Paddle changelog
Paddle changelog

💳 Branded Inline Checkout fires events on payment method changes





We’ve recently added new events to offer our sellers using Branded Inline Checkout greater flexibility to build better flows.

Paddle now fires events when customers change their payment method in the Branded Inline Checkout. This provides you with enhanced data-tracking capabilities and useful insights on your customers’ behaviour.

Sellers using the Branded Inline Checkout will now be able to do better analytics and create a better checkout experience by displaying different interactions on the customer’s screen based on Checkout.PaymentMethodChange and Checkout.WireTransfer.PaymentMethodChange events. For example, when a customer clicks on "Change payment method", you can reintroduce the “Back” button so the customer can return to the previous step.

Please contact our team at if you have any questions.

⚙️ Support removed for Windows SDK





Over time, app-based interfaces and license keys have given way to web-based checkouts and email logins, which has led to a significant decrease in usage of our Windows SDK.

Therefore Paddle will no longer support the Windows SDK going forward.

Although the Windows SDK will still work as it is now and the developer documentation will still be accessible, the Windows SDK will no longer receive any fixes, improvements or technical support. Its smooth running can no longer be guaranteed, so if you continue to use it please proceed with caution.

Sufficient usage of our Mac SDK means we will continue to support that for the foreseeable future.

Although this affects a very small proportion of Paddle’s software sellers, we always hate to remove support for any of our technology. But as our customers’ demands and needs evolve, we sometimes need to refocus our efforts to have the greatest impact on revenue delivery and growth.

Please click here to download a guide on how to use webviews and the Pay Link API to continue facilitating purchases in-app, and for a simple lambda function to help you get going. You can also contact the team at where we'll be glad to help.

🇺🇸 New US entity ‘ Inc.’ unlocks new features & benefits





As part of Paddle’s growth around the world - including in the United States where we support hundreds of software sellers - we have introduced a new US entity called Inc.

This has allowed us to make some improvements:

  • To drive the best possible payment acceptance following the release of Paddle Pilot, all end customers located in the US will now purchase from this new entity
  • This means ‘ Inc.’ will now appear on the checkout compliance bar, invoices, and receipts where applicable, creating a more 'local' experience for US customers
  • You will now receive a US payout invoice and a Rest of World payout invoice, which break down the sales in each region. This will also be accompanied by a ‘remittance advice’ document, which summarizes the amount paid out across those two. You will continue to receive a statement as well, which breaks down your revenue and fees. Read more about these documents on our support page
  • You can now download all payout documents and statements from within your Paddle dashboard for the first time

If you have any questions about what this means for yourselves or the end customers please email

🆓 Checkout update to help convert trial subscribers





We’ve changed the final - and arguably most important - button in the Paddle Checkout to help convert subscribers onto free trials. Previously when a subscription had a set Trial Period, the final step of the Checkout said "Subscribe Now". This occasionally had a negative impact on conversions, creating confusion about whether cards would be charged immediately.

From now on the wording in this case will say “Start Your Free Trial”, as on the image below. This is designed to reassure subscribers that they're not immediately charged.

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Paddle is committed to helping you improve your conversions and acquisition. That's why we have a team on the Checkout to optimize changes like this. If you have any questions, please contact our team.

🇺🇸 🇨🇦 Tax more clearly displayed in the Overlay Checkout for US & Canada





To provide the best experience for customers and to meet 'best practice' on sales tax compliance, we've improved the display of tax in the Overlay checkout when selling into the United States and Canada.

For customers judged to be in those countries, where tax is often expected to be displayed alongside the total price, the Overlay checkout will now break out the tax amount and the rate charged as specified values. Showing these separate from the total product price better caters to US and Canadian customers and upholds tax standards. Note that:

  • This is unaffected by your pricing settings of whether tax is 'inclusive' or 'exclusive' of the product price. We are simply displaying the amount of tax charged and the sales tax rate alongside the total price
  • The Inline Checkout is unaffected because it never shows pricing. Instead you can show these details through your implementation
  • This also doesn't apply to free items, where no tax is collected
  • This will only display for US & Canadian customers

If you have any further questions please contact our team.

🧾 Tax rates updated in Ireland, the Canary Islands, Channel Islands, and Livigno





In September of last year, the Irish Tax Authorities announced a temporary reduction in their standard VAT from 23% to 21%. As of February 28 the rate change has expired, and so Paddle have also reverted the Ireland VAT rate back to 23%.

Alongside this update we have amended the VAT rates in the Canary Islands, Channel Islands, and Livigno with all now set to the required 0%.

As part of Paddle's revenue delivery platform, Paddle Comply ensures sales tax rates are up-to-date and that all transactions are compliant. This includes staying on top of both permanent and temporary rate changes.

If you have any questions, you can get in touch with our team via

💳 Paddle launches Paddle Pilot to route & cascade payments for increased payment acceptance





Today we’re pleased to announce the launch of Paddle Pilot, a product that works to increase the amount of successful payments, whether at checkout, subscription renewal, or upgrade.

SaaS companies lose revenue to declined payments caused by overly sensitive fraud checks and technical hiccups. Pilot now gives payments multiple chances to convert. Using Managed Payments’ multi-acquirer banking infrastructure and high payment volume, Pilot :

  1. routes payments to the acquirer with the best track record with similar payments

  2. and then cascades any payments that do get blocked to fallback acquirers, to try again

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Pilot has already driven increased payment acceptance for some software sellers by as much as 4%.

Routing and cascading payments for more chances of success means converting new subscriptions, retaining customers, and expanding them over time, capturing more of your hard-won revenue and supporting your scale-up effort.

Please ask our team if you have any questions!

🏖️ A new sandbox environment to test your Paddle implementation





The long awaited Paddle sandbox is finally here! Whether you’re already selling through Paddle or just looking to get started, you can now create a sandbox account to accompany your live Paddle account.

  • Use test cards to simulate successful and unsuccessful transactions, with or without 3DS authentication flows
  • Experiment with billing models, subscription updates, customer management & more
  • Test your customers’ experience over the full subscription lifecycle
  • Protect your production site and customers from your tests

If you’re new to Paddle sign up for an account first so we can get to know you. Then you can play with sandbox while we make sure you’re ready to start selling.

If you’re already with Paddle, you can create a sandbox account now.


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We know this is something that has been often requested and we’re delighted to be able to deliver this for our software sellers. Please contact us for more information or if you need help getting started.

🔤 New fonts for your branded inline checkout





Last November we announced the release of a new branded checkout experience, with dozens of additional styling options added to our inline checkout. This opened up new ways of designing the purchase flow to create a consistent brand design and customer experience.

We’re pleased to announce we have also now released 6 new system fonts! These include:

  • Lato
  • Lucida Grande
  • Verdana
  • Arial
  • Georgia
  • Times New Roman

These are fonts that come preloaded on Mac and Windows and therefore load quickly, ensure design consistency, and work with all supported languages and characters.


One of our software sellers, Renderforest, saw a 5% increase in conversions after using the branding options.

We hope you enjoy the new styling options - why not use our new sandbox to experiment with a branded inline checkout if you haven't already?

If you have any questions please ask our team and we'd be happy to help.

⚙️ A new place to recover your subscription revenue





To grow SaaS revenue you need to retain and expand your subscriptions. In other words, Net Revenue Retention has become your scale-up imperative. But previously the options available to you - from combating cart abandonment to retaining failed subscriptions - were dotted around the Paddle Dashboard!

So we’ve moved them all to a new area called 'Recover' where you can now:

  • Enable checkout recovery emails, including a preview of the email templates sent
  • Choose when, if at all, to send pre-billing emails (useful if you only offer long billing cycles, e.g. a year or more)
  • Select the payment retry schedule to trigger after failed attempts
  • Set an automatic action for unsuccessful subscriptions, by pausing them, moving them to past due, or cancelling them
  • Decide whether to send dunning emails to help reduce involuntary churn

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Because of the importance of NRR, we want to give you more control, visibility, and options to retain and grow your subscription revenue. Please ask our team if you have any questions!