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Paypal - Payment Data Transfer

Payment Data Transfer enables merchants using PayPal Payments Standard to display order-related information for customers on the merchant's site. The page confirms the customer's payment was successful and displays transaction details. Merchants can also use the web page to automatically fulfill orders for digital goods.

You can create the PDT in your PayPal account:

  1. Log in to your PayPal account.
  2. Click the Profile subtab.
  3. Click the My Selling Tools button in the left column.
  4. Find the Selling online section and click Update in the Website preferences row.
  5. Under Auto Return for Website Payments, click the On radio button.
  6. For the Return URL, set
  7. Under Payment Data Transfer, click the On radio button.
  8. Click Save.
  9. Find the Selling online section and click Update in the Website preferences row again.
  10. Scroll down to the Payment Data Transfer section of the page and take note of your PDT identity token.

Users with the old Paypal user interface:

  1. Log in to your account
  2. Click the 'Profile' subtab.
  3. Click the 'Website Payment Preferences' link in the Selling Preferences column.
  4. Click the Payment Data Transfer 'On' radio button
  5. Select Auto-Return to 'On'
  6. Enter a url to be returned to. E.g.
  7. Click 'Save'

A confirmation message will appear at the top of the page indicating that you have successfully enabled Payment Data Transfer. Your identity token will appear within that message, as well as below the PDT On/Off radio buttons.

Additional Notes: * You must enable Auto Return if you are going to use PDT * If you already have PDT enabled per the instructions above, to see your token, follow steps 1-3 above. Once you are in the Website Payment Preferences area of your account, you can view the token below the PDT On/Off section.

For information see the PayPal Developer page:

Setting up the Auto Return Page

Auto Return Overview With Auto Return for Website Payments, your buyers are redirected back to your site immediately after clicking the Pay button on the Payment Confirmation page.

Auto Return applies to all PayPal Website Payments, including Buy Now, Donations, Subscriptions, and Shopping Cart.

Your buyers enjoy a streamlined checkout experience and are returned back to your site quickly!

Setting Up Auto Return To set up Auto Return:

  1. Log in and click the Profile subtab under My Account.
  2. Click the Website Payment Preferences link under Selling Preferences.
  3. Click the On radio button to enable Auto Return.
  4. Enter the Return URL. Note: You must meet the Return URL requirements in order to set up Auto Return.

How to enable Instant Payment Notification

Instant Payment Notification (IPN) is PayPal's message service that sends a notification when a transaction is affected. Once IPN is integrated, sellers can automate their back office so they don’t have to wait for payments to come in to trigger order fulfillment.

IPN can send notifications for these transactions:

  • Instant payments, including Express Checkout and direct credit card payments
  • eCheck payments and pending, completed, or denied status payments
  • Pending payments
  • Recurring payments and subscriptions
  • Authorizations
  • Disputes, chargebacks, reversals, and refunds
  • You can also view notifications on PayPal’s IPN History page and resend them if you need to.

As PayPal’s interface for handling purchase confirmation and server-to-server communications, IPN can also be used to manage and customize a variety of APIs and communications, including:

  • Customize your website's response to customer purchases in seconds
  • Track customers via IPN “pass-through” variables
  • Notify sellers who deal mostly in software downloads and other digital, online goods
  • Track affiliate sales and commissions
  • Store transaction information in your own database

How to set up:

  1. Log into your PayPal account
  2. Click on My Profile
  3. Click on My selling Tools
  4. Search for Instant payment notifications
  5. Click on Get Started or Update
  6. Click on Choose IPN settings
  7. To start receiving IPN messages, enter the notification URL and select Receive IPN messages
  8. Click on Save
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