Is it possible to set a future start date for a subscription via drop-in script?

Modified on: Thu, 23 Jul, 2020 at 1:52 PM

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You may want to set a future start date for the service that your customers are subscribing to, rather than having the subscription activate immediately. When a future start date is given, the subscription is created in the Future state, and the customer is not charged immediately, but only when the subscription becomes Active, on the subscription start date.


In the drop-in script embedded, the[“start_date”] parameter would need to be used. Below is the sample code for reference:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<script src="" data-cb-site="sitename"></script>
<a href="javascript:void(0)" data-cb-type="checkout" data-cb-plan-id="plan_id">Subscribe</a>
<script type="text/javascript">
document.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", function() {
var cbInstance = Chargebee.getInstance();
var link = document.querySelectorAll("[data-cb-type=checkout]")[0];
var product = cbInstance.getProduct(link);["start_date"] = "1611750900";

Any date values would need to be in the form of a UNIX timestamp.

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