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Manually Capturing Transactions (Authorize Only)

This feature allows your payment gateway to authorize the charge without actually withdrawing the funds from the customer's account until you approve it. For example, some store owners prefer not to charge their customers until the order is ready for shipment. Using authorize only has other benefits like reducing fraud, reducing processing costs, and improving customer satisfaction.

Payment Gateways that Allow "Authorize Only"

  • Adyen*
  • Amazon Pay*
  • Cybersource (non-hosted)
  • First Data Payeezy Gateway*
  • Heartland Payment Systems
  • Klarna Payments*
  • NMI
  • PayPal Payflow Pro
  • PayPal Payments Pro (Payflow Edition)*
  • PayPal powered by Braintree*
  • PSIGate
  • Sage Pay/Protx VSP Direct
  • SecureNet*
  • Stripe*
  • Simplify
  • QuickBooks Payments*

*Only these payment gateways allow capturing funds from the BigCommerce control panel. For all others, log into your payment gateway's virtual terminal to capture funds.

Limitations of Authorize Only

Authorizations will expire after a certain amount of time. Depending on the gateway, this can be anywhere between 7 and 30 days.

Setting up Authorize Only

1. In your BigCommerce control panel, go to Store SetupPayments.

2. Click on the tab of the payment gateway. Here we are using Authorize.Net.

Authorize.Net Settings tab

3. Next to Transaction Type, select Authorize Only.

Authorize Only transaction type

4. Save your changes.

Capturing Funds Within BigCommerce

You can only capture funds within BigCommerce if you are using the payment gateways with an asterisk (*) listed above. For all others, log into your payment gateway's virtual terminal.

Capturing Funds for a Single Order

1. Go to OrdersView.

2. Click the + icon next to the order you wish to capture funds for.

Expand order button

3. Click Capture Funds in the Billing section of the order details. A confirmation pop-up will display. Click Ok to capture funds.

Capture funds link

If the funds are successfully captured by your payment gateway, you will notice the order's status change from either Awaiting Payment to Awaiting Shipment or Awaiting Fulfillment, depending on your gateway.


Authorization can expire! If for any reason the funds cannot be captured, an error message will display at the top of the of the View Orders screen. If this occurs, contact your payment gateway for additional information as the authorization may have expired.

Capturing Funds for Multiple Orders

1. Go to OrdersView.

2. Check the box next to the orders you want to capture funds for.

3. Select Capture Funds for Selected from the Choose an action menu, then click Confirm.

Capture Funds for Selected action

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