This page gives definitions of domain-specific terms that we use a lot inside pretix and that might be used slightly differently elsewhere, as well as their official translations to other languages. In some cases, things have a different name internally, which is noted with a πŸ”§ symbol. If you only use pretix, you’ll never see these, but if you’re going to develop around pretix, for example connect to pretix through our API, you need to know these as well.




πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Organizer
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Veranstalter

An organizer represents the entity using pretix, usually the company or institution running one or multiple events. In terms of navigation in the system, organizers are the β€œmiddle layer” between the system itself and the specific events. Multiple organizers on the same pretix system are fully separated from each other with very few exceptions.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Event
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Veranstaltung

An event is the central entity in pretix that you and your customers interact with all the time. An event represents one shop in which things like tickets can be bought. Since the introduction of event series (see below), this might include multiple events in the real world.

Every purchase needs to be connected to an event, and most things are completely separate between different events, i.e. most actions and configurations in pretix are done per-event.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Event series
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Veranstaltungsreihe

An event series is one of two types of events. Unlike a non-series event, an event series groups together multiple real-world events into one pretix shop. Examples are time-slot-based booking for a museum, a band on tour, a theater group playing the same play multiple times, etc.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Date
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Termin
πŸ”§ Subevent

A date represents a single real-world event inside an event series. Dates can differ from each other in name, date, time, location, pricing, capacity, and seating plans, but otherwise share the same configuration.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Product
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Produkt
πŸ”§ Item

A product is anything that can be sold, such as a specific type of ticket or merchandise.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Admission product
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Zutrittsprodukt

A product is considered an admission product if its purchase represents a person being granted access to your event. This applies to most ticketing products, but not e.g. to merchandise.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Variation
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Variante
πŸ”§ Item variation

Some products come in multiple variations that can differ in description, price and capacity. Examples would include β€œAdult” and β€œChild” in case of a concert ticket, or β€œS”, β€œM”, β€œL”, … in case of a t-shirt product.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Category
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Kategorie

Products can be grouped together in categories. This is mostly to organize them cleanly in the frontend if you have lots of them.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Quota
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Kontingent

A quota is a capacity pool that defines how many times a product can be sold. A quota can be connected to multiple products, in which case all of them are counted together. This is useful e.g. if you have full-price and reduced tickets and only want to sell a certain number of tickets in total. The same way, multiple quotas can be connected to the same product, in which case the ticket will be available as long as all of them have capacity left.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Add-on product
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Zusatzprodukt

An add-on product is a product that is purchased as an upgrade or optional addition to a different product. Examples would be include a conference ticket that optionally allows to buy a public transport ticket for the same day, or a family ticket for 4 persons that allows you to add additional persons at a small cost, or a β€œtwo workshops” package that allows you to select two of a larger number of workshops at a discounted price. In all cases, there is a β€œmain product” (the conference ticket, the family ticket) and a number of β€œadd-on products” that can be chosen from.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Bundled product
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Enthaltenes Produkt

A bundled product is a product that is automatically put into the cart when another product is purchased. It’s similar to an add-on product, except that the customer has no choice between whether it is added or which of a set of product is added.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Question
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Frage

A question is a custom field that customers need to fill in when purchasing a specific product.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Voucher
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Gutschein

A voucher is a code that can be used for multiple purposes: To grant a discount to specific customers, to only show certain products to certain customers, or to keep a seat open for someone specific even though you are sold out. If a voucher is used to apply a discount, the price of the purchased product is reduced by the

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ (Automatic) Discount
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ (Automatischer) Rabatt

Discounts can be used to automatically provide discounts to customers if their cart satisfies a certain condition.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Gift card
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Wertgutschein

A gift card is a coupon representing an exact amount of money that can be used for purchases of any kind. Gift cards can be sold, created manually, or used as a method to refund your customer without paying them back directly. Unlike a voucher, it does not reduce the price of the purchased products when redeemed, but instead works as a payment method to lower the amount that needs to be paid through other methods. Gift cards are specific to an organizer by default but can even by shared between organizers.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Cart
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Warenkorb

A cart is a collection of products that are reserved by a customer who is currently completing the checkout process, but has not yet finished it.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Order
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Bestellung

An order is a purchase by a client, containing multiple different products. An order goes through various states and can change during its lifetime.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Order code
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Bestellnummer

An order code is the unique identifier of an order, usually consisting of 5 numbers and letters.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Customer
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Kund*in

A customer is the person who buys a ticket, regardless of who will be using it later. A customer can be defined just by an email address or a name, or can have a persistent customer account they can log in to.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Order position
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Bestellposition

An order position is a single line inside an order, representing the purchase of one specific product. If the product is an admission product, this represents an attendee.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Attendee
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Teilnehmer*in

An attendee is the person designated to use a specific order position to access the event. It may be the same or a different person as the customer.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Fee
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ GebΓΌhr

A fee is an additional type of line inside an order that represents a cost that needs to be paid by the customer, but is not related to a specific product. A typical example is a shipping fee.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Invoice and Cancellation
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Rechnung und Rechnungskorrektur

An invoice refers to a legal document created to document a purchase for tax purposes. Invoices have individual numbers and no longer change after they have been issued. Every invoice is connected to an order, but an order can have multiple invoices: If an order changes, a cancellation document is created for the old invoice and a new invoice is created.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Membership
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Mitgliedschaft

A membership is a status attached customer, granting that customer a special right for a limited amount of time. This special right could for example be the right to purchase a specific product. Memberships can be sold through pretix as well.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Check-in
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Check-in

A check-in is the event of someone’s ticket being scanned at an entry or exit of the event.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Check-in list
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Check-in-Liste

A check-in list is used to configure who can be scanned at a specific entry or exit of the event. Check-in lists are isolated from each other, so by default each ticket is valid once on every check-in list individually. They are therefore often used to represent parts of an event, either time-wise (e.g. conference days) or space-wise (e.g. rooms).

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Plugin
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Erweiterung

A plugin is an optional software module that contains additional functionality and can be turned on and off per event. If you host pretix on your own server, most plugins need to be installed separately.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Tax rule
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Steuer-Regel

A tax rule defines how sales taxes are calculated for a product, possibly depending on type and country of the customer.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Ticket
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Ticket

A ticket usually refers to the actual file presented to the customer to be used at check-in, i.e. the PDF or Passbook file carrying the QR code. In some cases, β€œticket” may also be used to refer to an order position, especially in case of admission products.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Ticket secret
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Ticket-Code

The ticket secret (sometimes β€œticket code”) is what’s contained in the QR code on the ticket.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Badge
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Badge

A badge refers to the file used as a name tag for an attendee of your event.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ User
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Benutzer

A user is anyone who can sign into the backend interface of pretix. Not to be confused with Customer.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Team
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Team

A team is a collection of users who are granted some level of access to a set of events.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Device
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ GerΓ€t

A device is something that talks to pretix but does not run on a server. Usually a device refers to an installation of pretixSCAN, pretixPOS or some compatible third-party app on one of your computing devices.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Gate
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Station

A gate is a location at your event where people are being scanned, e.g. an entry or exit door. You can configure gates in pretix to group multiple devices together that are used in the same location, mostly for statistical purposes.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Widget
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Widget

The Embeddable Widget is a JavaScript component that can be used to embed the shop of an event or a list of events into a third-party web page.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Sales channel
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Verkaufskanal

A sales channel refers to the type in which a purchase arrived in the system, e.g. through pretix’ web shop itself, or through other channels like box office or reseller sales.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Box office
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Abendkasse

Box office purchases refer to all purchases made in-person from the organizer directly, through a point of sale system like pretixPOS.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Reseller
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Vorverkaufsstelle

Resellers are third-party entities offering in-person sales of events to customers.