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PayPal API Accounts

You can find this section under Payment Processing > PayPal API Accounts in the IRP Admin left navigation menu.

To accept PayPal payments, you must set up your PayPal API Account in your IRP Admin.

To do this you will need your:

  • API Username
  • API Password
  • API Signature

You can retrieve these details from your PayPal Business Account, as discussed in the How To Add or Edit a PayPal API Account article.

PayPal errors and transactions

You can also see errors associated with PayPal transactions by clicking the PayPal Transaction Errors button at the top of the main PayPalAPIAccounts.aspx page. This takes you to the PayPalTransactions.aspx page where you can view full details of all transactions.

The PayPalTransactions.aspx page appears as follows:

PayPal Errors

You can use the search bar to find All Transactions, Successful Transactions or Failed Transactions.

To view the details of any transaction, click the More Details button. This takes you to the PayPalTransactionDetails.aspx page where you can see full transaction details, error details and the response from PayPal.

For more information about setting up PayPal accounts, visit the PayPal Developer Support website. This site also includes useful information about the Refund Transaction API Operation.

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How To Add or Edit a PayPal API Account

To add or edit a PayPal API Account, follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.paypal-business.co.uk and enter your login details.
  2. In the Top Navigation Menu select My Account > Profile > My Selling Preferences.
    In the Selling Online section click the Update link for API access.
  3. Under Option 2 select View API Signature.
  4. Leave the PayPal API Signature page open, open a new tab in your browser and log into your IRP Admin.
  5. Go to Payment Processing > PayPal API Accounts in the left navigation.
  6. To add a new PayPal API Account, click the Add New PayPal API Account button on the right hand side of the page.
    To edit an existing PayPal API Account, click the Edit button at the right side of the PayPal API Account you wish to update.
  7. Enter/Edit the following details:
    SettingDescription
    PayPal API AccountID The ID in the database of this PayPal API Account, added automatically by the IRP.
    Active Whether this API Account is active. If active, the website can use this account to process payments.
    CurrencyISO If you need a separate account to process a particular currency into, then select it here. In most cases, your current PayPal account can handle payments in other currencies, with PayPal handling exchange rates etc. In these cases, you can leave this at its default setting, 'All Unassigned (Charged in GBP)'.
    API Username Your API Username is the username related to your PayPal Account. Copy your API Username from the PayPal tab you have left open in step 4.
    API Password Your API Password is the password related to your PayPal Account. Copy your API Password from the PayPal tab you have left open in step 4.
    API Signature Copy your API Signature from the PayPal tab you have left open in step 4.
  8. Once you have entered the details, click the Insert PayPal API Account button or the Update PayPal API Account button to save them.
  9. Go to Payment Processing > PayPal Settings in the left navigation.
  10. Enter the following details if they are not already present:
    SettingDescriptionValue
    Enable Pay Pal Express Checkout This setting will turn on PayPal Express Checkout on your website. You must set up a PayPal API Account before enabling on this setting. Enabled
    Require Confirmed Shipping Address This setting means that the customer using PayPal must have confirmed their shipping address with PayPal before they can use it with your website. If this setting is on, it will reduce your PayPal sales. Client discretion
    Express Checkout API URL This is the URL PayPal requires all API messages to be sent to. You should only change this if PayPal have notified you that the URL is to change. https://api-3t.paypal.com/nvp
    Express Checkout Redirect URL This is the URL the system will redirect to once the customer has started their PayPal checkout process. You should only change this if PayPal have notified you that the URL is to change. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_express-checkout
    Express Checkout Redirect URL (Mobile Site) This is the URL the system will redirect to once the customer has started their PayPal checkout process on mobile devices. You should only change this if PayPal have notified you that the URL is to change. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_express-checkout-mobile
  11. Once you have entered the details, click the Update button to save them.
  12. Test the setup has been successful by adding an item to the basket on your site and clicking on the PayPal Checkout button on the basket page. If the setup has been successful you should be redirected to your branded PayPal login page.
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