Node SDK

The Tier Node SDK can be found on GitHub and npm.

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SDK for using in Node.js applications


npm install


This is the SDK that can may be used to integrate Tier into your application. More details on the general concepts used by Tier may be found at


tier: usage: tier [options] <command>


  --api-url=<url>  Set the tier API server base url.
                   Defaults to TIER_API_URL env, or

  --web-url=<url>  Set the tier web server base url to use for login.
                   Defaults to TIER_WEB_URL env, or

  --key=<token>    Specify the auth token for Tier to use.
                   Tokens can be generated manually by visiting
                   minted for a project by running 'tier login',
                   or set in the environment variable TIER_KEY.

                   Tell Tier to use the specified auth type.  Default: basic

  --debug -v       Turn debug logging on
  --no-debug -V    Turn debug logging off

  --help -h        Show this usage screen.


  login            Log in the CLI by authorizing in your web browser.
                   Tokens are stored scoped to each project working directory
                   and API server, and will not be active outside of that

  logout           Remove a login token from your system.

  projectDir       Show the current project directory that login tokens are
                   scoped to.

  push <jsonfile>  Push the pricing model defined in <jsonfile> to Tier.

  pull             Show the current model.

  whoami           Get the organization ID associated with the current login.

  fetch <path>     Make an arbitrary request to a Tier API endpoint.


TierClient Constructor

import { TierClient } from ''
// or: const { TierClient } = require('')
const tier = new TierClient()


The default options are likely fine, with the exception of tierKey, which is of course unique.

TierClient.fromCwd(options?: TierSettings)

Load a Tier client with a token found in the authStore (see options above), based on the specified apiUrl and current project directory.

tierJSUrl(): string

Return the URL to the tier.js browser API. Include this tier.js script on every page of your website.

tier.stripeOptions(org: OrgName)

Get the options to pass to the client-side call to Tier.paymentForm().

Posts to /api/v1/stripe/options

tier.stripeSetup(org: OrgName, setup_intent: string)

Attempt to attach a payment method from a resolved stripe SetupIntent ID.

Call this on the server-side when Stripe redirects the user back to the page where you called Tier.paymentForm(), passing in the string provided on the url search params.

The returned promise will resolve with the {status: "succeeded"} SetupIntent object if the payment method was attached.

If the SetupIntent requires additional attention, then the Promise will fail with an object indicating what needs to be done.

For example:

import { isTierError, TierClient } from ''
const tier = TierClient.fromEnv()

// account settings page
app.get('/account', async (req, res) => {
  const org = await lookupCurrentLoggedInUserSomehow(req)

  const u = new URL(req.url, 'http://x')
  if (u.searchParams.has('setup_intent')) {
    // returning from Stripe payment method setup.
    try {
      await tier.stripeSetup(`org:${org}`, u.searchParams.get('setup_intent'))
      // payment method is now attached!
    } catch (er) {
      if (isTierError(er)) {
        // something bad happened!
        // handle this like any other server error,
        // log it, show error page, etc.
        return serve5xxStatusPage(res, er)
      } else {
        // the user has to do something
        return redirect(res, er.redirect_to_url.url, 303)

  const stripeOptions = await tier.stripeOptions(`org:${org}`)

tier.appendPhase(org: OrgName, plan: PlanName, effective?: Date)

Add a phase to the specified org's schedule. If not specified, the effective date is the current time.

Posts to /api/v1/append

Reporting and Checking Usage

Usage and limit amounts are based on best available data at the moment reported. Amounts reported by the Tier API are eventually consistent, usually within a few ms.

Check that a user has access to a feature (ie, it's included in their plan, and they are not over their limit) using tier.can(). When a feature is successfully consumed, call to tell Tier about it.

Simple Example

Our customer is attempting to consume 1 of the foo feature. We should allow if they're not over their limit, and report it once the feature is delivered.

if (await tier.can('org:acme', 'feature:foo')) {
  await'org:acme', 'feature:foo')
} else {
  // suggest they buy a bigger plan, maybe?

Example with count > 1

In this case, the user might have remaining usage allowed by their plan, but not enough to do what we're trying.

if (await tier.can('org:acme', 'feature:foo', 10)) {
  await'org:acme', 'feature:foo', 10)
} else {

Out of Band Checking/Reporting, On Completion

Sometimes a "feature" is not a single function call. We might kick off a series of events or chain of messages, and only want to charge the user if the entire process succeeds.

if (await tier.can('org:acme', 'feature:foo')) {
  // ok they can start it
  myAPI.addToMessageBrokerSystem('acme', 'foo')

// elsewhere in my application somewhere, maybe another
// machine, some time later, who knows

const handleFinalStep = async org => {
  // ok it worked!
  // do something
  await`org:${org}`, 'feature:foo')

Note that this highlights a race condition! If the user can initiate many such processes, they may go over their limit. (Maybe that's what you want.)

Out of Band Checking/Reporting, Up-front and Rollback

In this example, the feature is again a chain of messages being passed between systems, but since it can take a while to complete, we don't want to let the user go over their limit. We also don't want to charge them if the process fails!

if (await tier.can('org:acme', 'feature:foo')) {
  myAPI.addToMessageBrokerSystem('acme', 'foo')
  // report the usage right away
  await'org:acme', 'feature:foo')

const handleError = async org => {
  // oh no, it failed!
  // just report negative usage to "refund" the usage
  await`org:${org}`, 'feature:foo', -1)

const handleFinalStep = async org => {
  // don't have to tell tier about it, because we already did.
}, feature, count = 1, now = new Date()): Promise<void>

Reports count units of feature usage for the specified org.

Promise resolves when data has been accepted by Tier, rejects if there is an error report.

tier.can(org, feature, count = 1, now = new Date())

Returns true if the org is allowed to consume the feature in the amount specified (default: 1) as of the now date specified.

No side effects, does not increment usage.

if (await tier.can(org, feature, 10)) {
  // org is allowed to use 10 of feature
  // we haven't actually consumed them yet, however.
} else {
  // org is not allowed to use 10 of feature
  // they might be allowed to use fewer than that, though

tier.cannot(org, feature, count = 1, now = new Date())

Inverse of can().

Returns true if the org is not allowed to consume the feature in the amount specified (default: 1) as of the now date specified.

No side effects, does not increment usage.

tier.lookupOrg(org: OrgName): Promise<OrgDetails>

Look up various information about the org's associated customer as it exists in Stripe.

Included fields:

tier.lookupSchedule(org: OrgName): Promise<Schedule>

Look up the org's schedule. This includes a phases list of Phase objects, and a current number indicating in the phases array to the currently active phase.

Makes GET request to /api/v1/schedule

tier.lookupCurrentPlan(org: OrgName): Promise<PlanName>

Fetch the user's current schedule, and return the name of the plan that is currently active. Promise<any>

Makes a request to the Tier API service to verify that it is reachable, and that the client's API token is valid.

tier.pushModel(model: Model)

Push the pricing model definition to Tier.


Pull the full pricing model from Tier.

tier.pullPricingPage(name: string = 'default'): Promise<PricingPage>

Pull a pricing page data object from Tier.

If a name is provided, then the named pricing page settings will be fetched. Otherwise, it will pull the default pricing page (ie, the latest lexically-sorted version of each plan name in the model).


Any error encountered by Tier, whether a network failure or non-2xx response code, will raise a TierError.

This is similar to a regular Error object, but with the following data attached:


These methods are used internally by the Tier SDK, you probably don't need to call them yourself.

These each make a request to the Tier API, and verify that the response is a 2xx status code.