Receipts for your Rails application that works with any payment provider.

Check out the example receipt and example invoice PDFs.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'receipts'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install receipts


Adding receipts to your application is pretty simple. All you need is a model that stores your transaction details. In this example our application has a model named Charge that we will use.

We're going to add a method called receipt on our model called Charge that will create a new receipt for the charge using attributes from the model.

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# == Schema Information
# Table name: charges
#  id             :integer          not null, primary key
#  user_id        :integer
#  stripe_id      :string(255)
#  amount         :integer
#  card_last4     :string(255)
#  card_type      :string(255)
#  card_exp_month :integer
#  card_exp_year  :integer
#  uuid           :string
#  created_at     :datetime
#  updated_at     :datetime

class Charge < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :user
  validates :stripe_id, uniqueness: true

  def receipt
      id: id,
      subheading: "RECEIPT FOR CHARGE #%{id}",
      product: "GoRails",
      company: {
        name: "GoRails, LLC.",
        address: "123 Fake Street\nNew York City, NY 10012",
        email: "[email protected]",
        logo: Rails.root.join("app/assets/images/one-month-dark.png")
      line_items: [
        ["Date",           created_at.to_s],
        ["Account Billed", "#{} (#{})"],
        ["Product",        "GoRails"],
        ["Amount",         "$#{amount / 100}.00"],
        ["Charged to",     "#{card_type} (**** **** **** #{card_last4})"],
        ["Transaction ID", uuid]
      font: {
        bold: Rails.root.join('app/assets/fonts/tradegothic/TradeGothic-Bold.ttf'),
        normal: Rails.root.join('app/assets/fonts/tradegothic/TradeGothic.ttf'),

Update the options for the receipt according to the data you want to display.

Customizing Your Receipts

  • id - Required

This sets the ID of the charge on the receipt

  • product or message - Required

You can set either the product or message options. If you set product, it will use the default message. If you want a custom message, you can set the message option to populate it with custom text.

  • company - Required

Company consists of several required nested attributes.

  • name - Required
  • address - Required
  • email - Required
  • logo - Optional

    • line_items - Required

You can set as many line items on the receipts as you want. Just pass in an array with each item containing a name and a value to display on the receipt.

  • font - Optional

If you'd like to use your own custom font, you can pass in the file paths to the normal and bold variations of your font. The bold font variation is required because it is used in the default message. If you wish to override that, you can pass in your own custom message instead.

Rendering the Receipt PDF in your Controller

Here we have a charges controller that responds to the show action. When you visit it with the PDF format, it calls the receipt method that we just created on the Charge model.

We set the filename to be the date plus the product name. You can customize the filename to your liking.

Next we set the response type which will be application/pdf

Optionally we can set the disposition to :inline which allows us to render the PDF in the browser without forcing the download. If you delete this option or change it to :attachment then the receipt will be downloaded instead.

class ChargesController < ApplicationController
  before_action :authenticate_user!
  before_action :set_charge

  def show
    respond_to do |format|
      format.pdf {
        send_data @charge.receipt.render,
          filename: "#{@charge.created_at.strftime("%Y-%m-%d")}-gorails-receipt.pdf",
          type: "application/pdf",
          disposition: :inline


    def set_charge
      @charge = current_user.charges.find(params[:id])

And that's it! Just create a link_to to your charge with the format of pdf and you're good to go.

For example:

# config/routes.rb
resources :charges
<%= link_to "Download Receipt", charge_path(@charge, format: :pdf) %>


Invoices follow the exact same set of steps as above, with a few minor changes and have a few extra arguments you can use:

  • issue_date - Date the invoice was issued

  • due_date - Date the invoice payment is due

  • status - A status for the invoice (Pending, Paid, etc)

  • bill_to - A string or Array of lines with billing details

You can also use line_items to flexibly generate and display the table with items in it, including subtotal, taxes, and total amount.
    id: "123",
    due_date: + 30,
    status: "<b><color rgb='#5eba7d'>PAID</color></b>",
    bill_to: [
      "GoRails, LLC",
      "123 Fake Street",
      "New York City, NY 10012",
      "[email protected]",
    company: {
      name: "GoRails, LLC",
      address: "123 Fake Street\nNew York City, NY 10012",
      email: "[email protected]",
      logo: File.expand_path("./examples/gorails.png")
    line_items: [
      ["<b>Item</b>", "<b>Unit Cost</b>", "<b>Quantity</b>", "<b>Amount</b>"],
      ["GoRails Subscription", "$19.00", "1", "$19.00"],
      [nil, nil, "Subtotal", "$19.00"],
      [nil, nil, "Tax Rate", "0%"],
      [nil, nil, "Total", "$19.00"],


  1. Fork it ( )
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create a new Pull Request