Our 3rd party shipping software only captures orders that are processing/complete in magento. I would like to auto invoice orders using this payment method and this payment method only. So that as soon as the order is captured, magento auto invoices.

Clarification: Our shipping software (Ship Station) will not process/pull orders from Magento unless they are Processing status. With Check/Money Order Payment method in magento, orders are not automatically moved to that status from PENDING unless the order is manually invoiced in the Magento backend.

I am looking for guidance on how to set up an observer that automatically triggers an order using the Check/Money Order payment method and then a module that automatically invoices that order.

I hope that clarifies my need/question.

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    Hello kirkbrogan, welcome to Magento SE. We are happy to help you. Your question is not clear at all. Which extension that you are mentioning ? do you have any reference for this ? Do you have some code to show us ? Basically this question is too broad and an off topic here Sep 3, 2015 at 6:41

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You should create an simple extension and have some observer to listen sales then do whatever you would like to.

In your etc/config.xml


Now NameSpace_ModuleName_Model_Observer.php

class NameSpace_ModuleName_Model_Observer
   public function sendInvoice($observer) {
    $order = $observer->getEvent()->getOrder();

    //check order payment
    if($this->_getPaymentMethod($order) == 'payment_method'){
           $invoice = Mage::getModel('sales/service_order', $order)->prepareInvoice();
           $transactionSave = Mage::getModel('core/resource_transaction')

           //send invoice

    //get payment method code
    protected function _getPaymentMethod($order)
       return $order->getPayment()->getMethodInstance()->getCode();

you will have to find out your payment method code and replace with payment_method.

Hope this helps.

  • Adarsh, is there any way you can help me a bit more to integrate this? I'm completely new to magento and am not sure where/how to do what you suggest.
    – kirkbrogan
    Sep 4, 2015 at 3:46
  • I have explained all in my answer. What specifically you are looking for? Sep 4, 2015 at 3:48
  • does it matter where i place/create the observer code?
    – kirkbrogan
    Sep 4, 2015 at 5:40
  • Your File path should be NameSpace_ModuleName_Model_Observer.php. Observer class must be inside your Model folder. Did you check simple module development link? Sep 4, 2015 at 5:41

Perhaps you could solve your problem by navigating to System > Configuration > Payment Methods, expanding the method that correlates to your Check/Money Order payment method and looking for a "New Order Status" field. If this exists, set it to "Processing" so that your orders skip the pending step entirely and ShipStation will pull them in normally.

I have attached a screenshot as an example. However, my payment method is called "Terms" in this instance. Payment Method Screenshot

If you need a code-level solution to solve this problem, Inchoo has a good post about automatically changing the status or an order. Note that you will not want to automatically ship and complete the order as they do in the example.

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