Square vs Stripe

Find the right payment processing platform for your business.

How Square works

Square provides every business owner with the right solution to take credit and debit card payments in person, online and over the phone. Square also provides APIs and business solutions including subscriptions management, POS software and hardware, marketing and loyalty tools, online store builder, appointments, invoices and inventory management. Flexible solutions from Square help businesses hit the ground running with transparent rates, PCI compliance for free and no lock-in contracts or added fees.

For developers, Square offers an open platform that enables them to build omnichannel experiences, leverage a dedicated developer dashboard and contact technical developer support. For those who wish to keep development to a minimum, the suite of pre-built integrations on Square App Marketplace simplifies connecting to the most popular business apps.

How Stripe works

Stripe provides software and APIs to accept payments and send payouts. In addition, Stripe also offers pre-built integrations with third parties, like Wordpress, or allows your developers to build your own checkout option with multi-currency support. Similar to Square, Stripe also offers a flat rate pay-as-you-go model. However, unlike Square, it charges €20 for chargebacks.

Why people choose Square

Square can help you process all kinds of payments, any way you want, integrating seamlessly with all the tools to help you run your business. Simplicity is a necessity for any business that’s getting started. You can start taking payments without worrying about contracts or hidden fees, no matter whether you sell in person, online or on the go. Square also offers fast access to your funds, allowing you to transfer your money into an external bank account as quickly as the next working day as standard, for free.

Square also offers loyalty and marketing tools, as well as subscriptions management, fraud protection and invoicing, among many other features, to help you manage all aspects of your business, online and offline. Square products can be integrated into your existing systems via our 25+ APIs, or even used by companies without developer teams, because our tools are so intuitive and simple to use.

If you can rely on a development team, we offer dedicated developer support via Slack, forum and online form, as well as an advanced developer dashboard and extensive documentation, tutorials and sample code to help you seamlessly manage all elements of your business.

Square can help transform your business with innovative payment processing, both physically and digitally. If you’re still unsure about which solution is right for your business, the Square sales team can help you find the best fit.

Omnichannel solutions for your business

Business solutions to sell anywhere and get paid anytime.

Take payments anywhere

Accept in-person or online payments with Square.

Customer relationships

Keep new and existing customers coming back with tools that grow your business.

Integrate with Square APIs

Leverage our APIs for online, in-app and in-person payments.

How Square compares to Stripe*


  Square Stripe
Card online payments cost: All EU/EEA Cards: 1.4% + 25c + VAT Standard EEA cards: 1.5% + 25p and Premium EEA cards: 1.9% + 25c
International card online payments cost: UK/non-EEA cards: 2.9% + 25c + VAT UK cards: 2.5% + 25c and International cards: 3.25% + 25c
In-person payments cost: 1.75% + VAT for all cards 1.4% + 10c per European cards & 2.9% + 10c per non-European cards
Chargeback fees: none €20
PCI Compliance: PCI compliance and encryption included as standard 5c per authorisation for point-to-point encryption
Hardware: €19 – €599 + VAT €59 - €199 + VAT

Features and solutions

  Square Stripe
Free POS App:
eGift cards:
Free online store:
Website templates:
Payment links:
Bespoke retail POS system:
Bespoke restaurant POS system:
Kitchen display system:
Loyalty programme software:
Email marketing software:
Team management:
Inventory management:
Connects with 100+ apps in the app marketplace platforms:
25+ APIs for custom online, mobile and in-person workflows:
Dedicated developer support: Yes, via forum, online form and Slack Yes, via Discord


Square is well known for its innovative, simple-to-use POS systems and kits. While Stripe offers only two different types of terminals, Square provides businesses with a wider array of POS and KDS hardware that best meets their needs.


Both Square and Stripe take security very seriously with end-to-end data encryption. Square software maintains Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) and handles all PCI compliance instead of merchants. On the other hand, Stripe members must go through an annual PCI compliance validation.

Square offers a free online store and online ordering page builder with integrated debit and credit card payment. If you already have an existing eCommerce you can easily add Square payments with third-party integrations or by using the APIs. Square also offers flexible pay links that you can use as embedded buttons, payment links or QR codes for online uses or for print pieces. With Stripe you can use their APIs or their pre-built checkout on your existing website. And similarly to Square Online Checkout, you can use payment links.

Hardware for selling anywhere.

We design and build our hardware in-house, so it all works together seamlessly.

Square Reader

Take contactless payments anywhere with a card reader that pairs directly with your device.

Square Terminal

Take payments, print receipts and run your business with a powerful and portable payment terminal.

Square Register

Get an all-in-one POS register with a dedicated customer display that lets you start selling right out of the box.

Square Stand

Turn your iPad into a point of sale and take every kind of payment.

Start with Square today

Business and payments solutions that work for you.

Square business solutions

Point-of-sale solutions

The flexible and customisable POS system built for Irish businesses of all shapes and sizes.


Send digital invoices, accept and track payments.

Online booking software

An app that turns your device into an appointment scheduling powerhouse.

Marketing tools

Reach more customers and automate your campaigns.

Frequently asked questions

(by people thinking about switching from Stripe to Square)

Resources to keep you up to date and on top.

It’s your business. We just want to help you keep doing it.

How Square works

Square connects all sides of your business with easy to use tools designed to give you time to focus on what you do best.

Business types

Square business software offers solutions that are essential for all business types, no matter what shape or size.

*Competitive data on this page was collected as of 17 Mar 2023 and it is based on information found on stripe.com/ie. This information is subject to change or update without notice. Square does not make any representations as to the completeness or accuracy of the information on this page.