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Lago vs Chargebee

Lago vs Chargebee

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Chargebee defines itself as a "subscription billing and revenue management platform", which offers several products.

Lago is focused on metering and usage-based billing. We'll compare both products here.

Lago
Chargebee
Pricing
Free open-source solution
Implementation fee + recurring cost + cut on revenue (est. 1-2%)
Focus
Billing
Subscription-based billing
Purchasing process
Self-service
Sales-led
Compatibility (payments)
Can be integrated with any PSP
Can be integrated with any PSP
Vendor lock-in
No lock-in
Annual contract + implem. cost
Customization
Fully customizable
Limited
API
Native
Available

Let’s take a look at each category.

Pricing

Lago is open-source and free, and we’re not fans of the ‘rent-seeker’ pricing approach.

Chargebee’s pricing is not fully public, but it includes: one-time implementation costs, a subscription fee and a cut on your transaction volume (companies we interviewed said it ranked between 1-2% of the transaction volume).

Focus

Lago is focusing all its energy on billing. We aim at integrating well with adjacent tooling (payments, ERP etc.), but we strongly believe that billing deserves a standalone focus.

Chargebee is primarily a subscription management platform, which offers several tools to handle recurring payments. In addition to this, it also includes a large catalog of integrations.

Purchasing process

Lago is self-serve. Your billing can be in production in a few hours over a week-end.

Chargebee requires you to go through a sales process, a quote, and a negotiation, that can last 1-3 months.

Compatibility

Lago and Chargebee can be used with the most popular payment platforms.

Vendor lock-in

There is no ‘vendor lock-in’ with Lago.

Chargebee usually requires a 1-year commitment, and a one-off implementation fee of dozens of thousands of euros/dollars.

Customization

Chargebee has been built with ‘subscription-based’ pricing in mind, making it less flexible for ‘consumption-based’ pricing or hybrid pricing (the mix between subscription and consumption pricing).

Lago has been built with an event-based architecture, to be as flexible as possible. You can also fork our code and use it to build your very own system.

API

Lago has an API-first approach, to provide maximum flexibility to engineers, and also offers a user interface for simpler tasks.

Chargebee started as a 'front-end' product, and then later released a public API.

Two hosting options, same benefits

Whether you choose the cloud version or decide to host the solution yourself, you will benefit from our powerful API and user-friendly interface.

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Cloud

The fastest way to set up your metering and billing system.

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Self-hosted

The optimal solution for teams who want control and flexibility.

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