Create PayPal Transaction

The Create PayPal Transaction request performs a transaction (purchase) using the PayPal payment method.

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Getting started with PayPal in BlueSnap

Go to the PayPal Guide for a walkthrough of implementing the PayPal payment method via the API. To use PayPal, you will need to first connect your PayPal and BlueSnap account, as described in the guide.


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Send a test request

Go to API Explorer to send a test request to our sandbox environment and receive a response in real time.

Request Content

Send an altTransaction object, with the following:

PropertyTypeRequired
amountdecimalrequired
currencystringrequired
merchantTransactionIdstringoptional
payerInfoobjectoptional (see payerInfo)
paypalTransactionobjectrequired (see paypalTransaction)
productDescriptionstringoptional
softDescriptorstringoptional
taxReferencestringoptional
transactionDescriptionstringoptional
transactionMetaDataobjectoptional (see transactionMetaData)
vaultedShopperIdintegeroptional

Response Details

If successful, the response HTTP status code is 200 OK.
The response contains the request properties plus these additions:

PropertyNotes
fraudResultInfo
paypalTransactionis returned with the paypalUrl and orderId (see paypalTransaction)
processingInfo
vaultedShopperId

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Examples

Request Examples

curl -v -X POST https://sandbox.bluesnap.com/services/2/alt-transactions/ \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
-H 'Accept: application/json' \ 
-H 'Authorization: Basic dXNlcm5hbWU6cGFzc3dvcmQ=' \
-d '
{
    "amount": 100,
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "currency": "USD",
    "paypalTransaction": {
        "cancelUrl": "http://www.cancelURL.com",
        "returnUrl": "http://www.returnURL.com"
    }
}
curl -v -X POST https://sandbox.bluesnap.com/services/2/alt-transactions/ \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
-H 'Accept: application/json' \ 
-H 'Authorization: Basic dXNlcm5hbWU6cGFzc3dvcmQ=' \
-d '
{
    "amount": 100,
    "payerInfo": {
        "firstName": "John",
        "lastName": "Doe"
    },
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "currency": "USD",
    "paypalTransaction": {
        "cancelUrl": "http://www.cancelURL.com",
        "returnUrl": "http://www.returnURL.com"
    }
}
curl -v -X POST https://sandbox.bluesnap.com/services/2/alt-transactions/ \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
-H 'Accept: application/json' \ 
-H 'Authorization: Basic dXNlcm5hbWU6cGFzc3dvcmQ=' \
-d '
{
    "amount": 100,
    "vaultedShopperId": 20781033,
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "currency": "USD",
    "paypalTransaction": {
        "cancelUrl": "http://www.cancelURL.com",
        "returnUrl": "http://www.returnURL.com"
    }
}
curl -v -X POST https://sandbox.bluesnap.com/services/2/alt-transactions/ \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
-H 'Accept: application/json' \ 
-H 'Authorization: Basic dXNlcm5hbWU6cGFzc3dvcmQ=' \
-d '
{
    "amount": 100,
    "payerInfo": {
        "firstName": "John",
        "lastName": "Doe"
    },
    "merchantTransactionId": 3,
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "currency": "USD",
    "transactionMetaData": {"metaData": [
        {
            "metaValue": 20,
            "metaKey": "stateTaxAmount",
            "metaDescription": "State Tax Amount"
        },
        {
            "metaValue": 20,
            "metaKey": "cityTaxAmount",
            "metaDescription": "City Tax Amount"
        },
        {
            "metaValue": 10,
            "metaKey": "shippingAmount",
            "metaDescription": "Shipping Amount"
        }
    ]},
    "paypalTransaction": {
        "cancelUrl": "http://www.cancelURL.com",
        "returnUrl": "http://www.returnURL.com"
    }
}
curl -v -X POST https://sandbox.bluesnap.com/services/2/alt-transactions/ \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
-H 'Accept: application/json' \ 
-H 'Authorization: Basic dXNlcm5hbWU6cGFzc3dvcmQ=' \
-d '
{
    "amount": 100,
    "payerInfo": {
        "firstName": "John",
        "lastName": "Doe"
    },
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "transactionDescription": "Product description",
    "currency": "USD",
    "paypalTransaction": {
        "cancelUrl": "http://www.cancelURL.com",
        "returnUrl": "http://www.returnURL.com"
    }
}
curl -v -X POST https://sandbox.bluesnap.com/services/2/alt-transactions/ \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
-H 'Accept: application/json' \ 
-H 'Authorization: Basic dXNlcm5hbWU6cGFzc3dvcmQ=' \
-d '
{
    "amount": 100,
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "currency": "USD",
    "paypalTransaction": {
        "cancelUrl": "http://www.cancelURL.com",
        "inContext": true,
        "returnUrl": "http://www.returnURL.com"
    }
}
curl -v -X POST https://sandbox.bluesnap.com/services/2/alt-transactions/ \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
-H 'Accept: application/json' \ 
-H 'Authorization: Basic dXNlcm5hbWU6cGFzc3dvcmQ=' \
-d '
{
    "amount": 100,
    "merchantTransactionId": "A3bn43",
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "currency": "USD",
    "paypalTransaction": {
        "cancelUrl": "http://www.cancelURL.com",
        "recurring": 1,
        "returnUrl": "http://www.returnURL.com"
    }
}
curl -v -X POST https://sandbox.bluesnap.com/services/2/alt-transactions/ \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
-H 'Accept: application/json' \ 
-H 'Authorization: Basic dXNlcm5hbWU6cGFzc3dvcmQ=' \
-d '
{
    "amount": 100,
    "currency": "USD",
    "paypalTransaction": {"paypalSubscriptionId": 1234567}
}
curl -v -X POST https://sandbox.bluesnap.com/services/2/alt-transactions/ \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
-H 'Accept: application/json' \ 
-H 'Authorization: Basic dXNlcm5hbWU6cGFzc3dvcmQ=' \
-d '
{
    "merchantTransactionId": "testtransaction1",
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "amount": "100.00",
    "currency": "USD",
    "payerInfo": {
      "firstName": "John",
      "lastName": "Doe"
    },
    "paypalTransaction": {
      "transactionType": "AUTH_ONLY",
      "returnUrl": "http://www.returnURL.com",
      "cancelUrl": "http://www.cancelURL.com",
      "maxAmount": "120.00"
    }
}
curl -v -X POST https://sandbox.bluesnap.com/services/2/alt-transactions/ \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
-H 'Accept: application/json' \ 
-H 'Authorization: Basic dXNlcm5hbWU6cGFzc3dvcmQ=' \
-d '
{
    "merchantTransactionId": "testtransaction1",
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "amount": "100.00",
    "currency": "USD",
    "payerInfo": {
      "firstName": "John",
      "lastName": "Doe"
    },
    "paypalTransaction": {
      "transactionType": "SET_ORDER",
      "returnUrl": "http://www.returnURL.com",
      "cancelUrl": "http://www.cancelURL.com",
      "maxAmount": "120.00"
    }
}
curl -v -X POST https://sandbox.bluesnap.com/services/2/alt-transactions/ \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
-H 'Accept: application/json' \ 
-H 'Authorization: Basic dXNlcm5hbWU6cGFzc3dvcmQ=' \
-d '
{
    "amount": 120.50,
    "payerInfo": {
        "firstName": "John",
        "lastName": "Doe"
    },
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "currency": "USD",
    "taxReference": "048deff0-a285-47e1-bc39-42f79bf0095b",
    "paypalTransaction": {
        "cancelUrl": "http://www.cancelURL.com",
        "returnUrl": "http://www.returnURL.com"
    }
}

Response Examples

{
    "amount": 100,
    "vaultedShopperId": 1234,
    "processingInfo": {"processingStatus": "PENDING"},
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "currency": "USD",
    "paypalTransaction": {
        "paypalUrl": "https://www.sandbox.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_express-checkout&token=EC-3SH38585JS3540821",
        "orderId": 3979635
    }
}
{
    "amount": 100,
    "vaultedShopperId": 1234,
    "payerInfo": {
        "firstName": "John",
        "lastName": "Doe"
    },
    "processingInfo": {"processingStatus": "PENDING"},
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "currency": "USD",
    "paypalTransaction": {
        "paypalUrl": "https://www.sandbox.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_express-checkout&token=EC-0SM33181BF217002W",
        "orderId": 3979589
    }
}
{
    "amount": 100,
    "vaultedShopperId": 20781033,
    "processingInfo": {"processingStatus": "PENDING"},
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "currency": "USD",
    "paypalTransaction": {
        "paypalUrl": "https://www.sandbox.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_express-checkout&token=EC-9GY47037JY601890L",
        "orderId": 3979591
    }
}
{
    "amount": 100,
    "vaultedShopperId": 1234,
    "payerInfo": {
        "firstName": "John",
        "lastName": "Doe"
    },
    "merchantTransactionId": 3,
    "processingInfo": {"processingStatus": "PENDING"},
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "currency": "USD",
    "transactionMetaData": {"metaData": [
        {
            "metaValue": 20,
            "metaKey": "stateTaxAmount",
            "metaDescription": "State Tax Amount"
        },
        {
            "metaValue": 20,
            "metaKey": "cityTaxAmount",
            "metaDescription": "City Tax Amount"
        },
        {
            "metaValue": 10,
            "metaKey": "shippingAmount",
            "metaDescription": "Shipping Amount"
        }
    ]},
    "paypalTransaction": {
        "paypalUrl": "https://www.sandbox.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_express-checkout&token=EC-7GY45732D90677524",
        "orderId": 3979657
    }
}
{
    "amount": 100,
    "vaultedShopperId": 1234,
    "payerInfo": {
        "firstName": "John",
        "lastName": "Doe"
    },
    "processingInfo": {"processingStatus": "PENDING"},
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "currency": "USD",
    "paypalTransaction": {
        "paypalUrl": "https://www.sandbox.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_express-checkout&token=EC-0SM33181BF217002W",
        "orderId": 3979589
    }
}
{
    "amount": 100,
    "vaultedShopperId": 1234,
    "processingInfo": {"processingStatus": "PENDING"},
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "currency": "USD",
    "paypalTransaction": {
        "paypalUrl": "https://www.sandbox.paypal.com/checkoutnow?token=EC-4UU43831F40425709",
        "orderId": 3979635,
        "inContext": true
    }
}
{
    "amount": 100,
    "vaultedShopperId": 1234,
    "processingInfo": {"processingStatus": "PENDING"},
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "currency": "USD",
    "paypalTransaction": {
        "paypalUrl": "https://www.sandbox.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_express-checkout",
        "orderId": 980111
    }
}
{
    "amount": 100,
    "vaultedShopperId": 1234,
    "processingInfo": { "processingStatus": "SUCCESS" },
    "currency": "USD",
    "transactionApprovalDate": "09/29/2020",
    "transactionApprovalTime": "13:08:47",
    "transactionId": 38500786,
    "paypalTransaction": { "paypalSubscriptionId": 1234567 }
}
{
  "alt-transaction": {
    "-xmlns": "http://ws.plimus.com",
    "merchantTransactionId": "A3bn43",
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "amount": "100.00",
    "currency": "USD",
    "payerInfo": {
      "firstName": "John",
      "lastName": "Doe"
    },
    "vaultedShopperId": "19587618",
    "paypalTransaction": {
      "paypalUrl": "https://www.sandbox.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_express-checkout&token=EC-2FK36938XP960042T",
      "orderId": "4006145"
    },
    "processingInfo": { "processingStatus": "PENDING" }
  }
}
{
  "alt-transaction": {
    "-xmlns": "http://ws.plimus.com",
    "merchantTransactionId": "A3bn43",
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "amount": "100.00",
    "currency": "USD",
    "payerInfo": {
      "firstName": "John",
      "lastName": "Doe"
    },
    "vaultedShopperId": "19587618",
    "paypalTransaction": {
      "paypalUrl": "https://www.sandbox.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_express-checkout&token=EC-2FK36938XP960042T",
      "orderId": "4006145"
    },
    "processingInfo": { "processingStatus": "PENDING" }
  }
}
{
    "amount": 120.50,
    "vaultedShopperId": 1234,
    "payerInfo": {
        "firstName": "John",
        "lastName": "Doe"
    },
    "processingInfo": {"processingStatus": "PENDING"},
    "softDescriptor": "ABC COMPANY",
    "currency": "USD",
    "taxReference": "048deff0-a285-47e1-bc39-42f79bf0095b",
    "paypalTransaction": {
        "paypalUrl": "https://www.sandbox.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_express-checkout&token=EC-0SM33181BF217002W",
        "orderId": 3979589
    }
}

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Important note about shopper's shipping information

The shopper's shipping information will only be sent if you set the noShipping property (in paypalTransaction) to 0 or 2; then the shopper's shipping address will be retrieved from PayPal, and the vaulted shopper will be automatically updated with that shipping address.

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How to get the subscription ID

You can obtain the subscription ID in two ways:

  • In the subscriptionId field in the Charge IPN that is sent once the initial payment is processed.
    or
  • By sending a Retrieve PayPal Transaction request once the payment has been processed.

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API Explorer

BlueSnap provides a sandbox environment so you can test basic requests with this endpoint. You can view the request in the API Explorer console and its response directly below the console.

The console includes a sample request with predefined parameter values. To send a request with custom values, edit the parameter fields below. As you edit the fields, your custom values display in the request in the console.

Click the Try it! button below the request example when you are ready to send your request.

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