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ECS

Customers click the “Check out with PayPal” button on your website and are redirected to PayPal’s servers.

 

 

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Why implement ECS (Express Checkout Shortcut)?

  • The customer does not need to type in their delivery address. They can use the details saved on their PayPal account.
  • Simplifying the checkout experience can help increase both your online and mobile conversion rates.
  • Allows you to append a delivery charge to the transaction that can differ based on the delivery address selected by the customer while on PayPal’s website.

 

Features

Supported customer countries No restrictions on customer countries.
Supported currencies
AUD, CAD, EUR, GBP, JPY, USD
Duplicate checks (opt-in) Supported.
Protect Plus Supported.
Refunds Full and partial refunds supported.
Chargebacks
Disputes are managed by PayPal.

 


 

Process overview

What will the customer see?

  • On your basket page, your website offers the customer the ability to check out using PayPal.
  • The customer clicks the button and is redirected to PayPal, where they sign in using their PayPal credentials (they can register with PayPal if they do not already have an account).
  • The customer selects their preferred delivery address and payment method on PayPal’s website.
  • The customer is redirected back to your website, where you can add additional delivery charges and display a final summary with the total amount shown.
  • The customer agrees to the payment on your website and is shown a confirmation of purchase.

 

 

How does it work behind the scenes?

The ECS payment flow can be split into four main parts, as shown below:

1

Initiate the customer

2

Redirect to PayPal

 

3

Retrieve order details

 

Only continue if customer’s browser is successfully redirected back to the returnurl.

 

4

Processing the authorisation

 

 


 

1. Initiate the customer

You will need to provide the customer with the option to check out with PayPal.

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Displaying PayPal on your checkout

PayPal provides a button you can add to your website, along with guidelines and how it should be used.

Click here to download the latest official “Check out with PayPal” buttons.

 

checkout with paypal

 

 

 

The “Check out with PayPal” button must take the customer directly to PayPal without any deviations or intermediate steps and return to your website afterwards. The customer must not be required to sign in to a store account prior to purchase. In addition, the button should:

  • Be placed directly below or next to each of your own checkout buttons.
  • Be placed above the fold (visible without needing to scroll).
  • Have alternative text “Checkout with PayPal” for cases where the image isn’t loaded in the customer’s browser.

These guidelines are outlined by PayPal and are subject to change.

When the customer clicks the “Check out with PayPal” button, your system will need to perform an ORDER request and interpret the response returned.

 

ORDER request example


#!/usr/bin/python
import securetrading

stconfig = securetrading.Config()
stconfig.username = "[email protected]"
stconfig.password = "Password1^"
st = securetrading.Api(stconfig)

order = {
    "currencyiso3a": "GBP",
    "requesttypedescriptions": ["ORDER"],
    "accounttypedescription": "ECOM",
    "sitereference": "test_site12345",
    "baseamount": "2001",
    "paymenttypedescription": "PAYPAL",
    "returnurl": "https://yourwebsite.com",
    "cancelurl": "https://yourwebsite.com",
    "paypallocale": "GB",
    "paypaladdressoverride": "1",
    "paypalemail": "[email protected]"
}

strequest = securetrading.Request()
strequest.update(order)
stresponse = st.process(strequest) #stresponse contains the transaction response
<?php

if (!($autoload = realpath(__DIR__ . '/../../../autoload.php')) && !($autoload = realpath(__DIR__ . '/../vendor/autoload.php'))) {
  throw new Exception('Composer autoloader file could not be found.');
}
require_once($autoload);

$configData = array(
    'username' => '[email protected]',
    'password' => 'Password1^'
);

$requestData = array(
    'currencyiso3a' => 'GBP',
    'requesttypedescriptions' => array('ORDER'),
    'accounttypedescription' => 'ECOM',
    'sitereference' => 'test_site12345',
    'baseamount' => '2001',
    'paymenttypedescription' => 'PAYPAL',
    'returnurl' => 'https://yourwebsite.com',
    'cancelurl' => 'https://yourwebsite.com',
    'paypallocale' => 'GB',
    'paypaladdressoverride' => '1',
    'paypalemail' => '[email protected]'
);

$api = Securetradingapi($configData);
$response = $api->process($requestData);
var_dump($response->toArray());

?>
curl --user [email protected]:Password1^ https://webservices.securetrading.net/json/ -H "Content-type: application/json" -H "Accept: application/json" -X POST -d '{
"alias": "[email protected]",
"version": "1.00",
"request": [{
    "currencyiso3a": "GBP",
    "requesttypedescriptions": ["ORDER"],
    "accounttypedescription": "ECOM",
    "sitereference": "test_site12345",
    "baseamount": "2001",
    "paymenttypedescription": "PAYPAL",
    "returnurl": "https://yourwebsite.com",
    "cancelurl": "https://yourwebsite.com",
    "paypallocale": "GB",
    "paypaladdressoverride": "1",
    "paypalemail": "[email protected]"
}]}'

 

ORDER response example


{
  u 'requestreference': u 'A0bxh87wt',
    u 'version': u '1.00',
    u 'responses': [{
      u 'transactionreference': u '72-32-20002',
      u 'paymenttypedescription': u 'PAYPAL',
      u 'settleduedate': u '2016-12-23',
      u 'transactionstartedtimestamp': u '2016-12-23 15:35:40',
      u 'errormessage': u 'Ok',
      u 'accounttypedescription': u 'ECOM',
      u 'errorcode': u '0',
      u 'redirecturl': u 'https://webapp.securetrading.net/cgi-bin/webscr?token=72x32x20002&useraction=commit&cmd=_express-checkout&paypalemail=billing%40email.com',
      u 'requesttypedescription': u 'ORDER',
      u 'settlestatus': u '0',
      u 'operatorname': u '[email protected]',
      u 'livestatus': u '0',
      u 'paypaltoken': u '72x32x20002'
    }]
}
array(3) {
    ["requestreference"] => string(9) "A349bdehj"
    ["version"] => string(4) "1.00"
    ["responses"] =>array(1) {
    [0] => array(13) {
        ["transactionreference"] => string(11) "72-32-20002"
        ["paymenttypedescription"] => string(6) "PAYPAL"
        ["settleduedate" ]=> string(10) "2016-12-23"
        ["transactionstartedtimestamp"] => string(19) "2016-12-23 15:35:40"
        ["errormessage"] => string(2) "Ok"
        ["accounttypedescription"] => string(4) "ECOM"
        ["errorcode"] => string(1) "0"
        ["redirecturl"] => string(137) "https://webapp.securetrading.net/cgi-bin/webscr?token=72x32x20002&useraction=commit&cmd=_express-checkout&paypalemail=billing%40email.com"
        ["requesttypedescription"] => string(5) "ORDER"
        ["settlestatus"] => string(1) "0"
        ["operatorname"] => string(23) "[email protected]"
        ["livestatus"] => string(1) "0"
        ["paypaltoken"] => string(11) "72x32x20002"
    }
  }
}
{
  "requestreference": "W23-fjgvn3d8",
  "version": "1.00",
  "response": [{
    "transactionreference": "72-32-20002",
    "paymenttypedescription": "PAYPAL",
    "settleduedate": "2016-12-23",
    "transactionstartedtimestamp": "2016-12-23 15:35:40",
    "errormessage": "Ok",
    "accounttypedescription": "ECOM",
    "errorcode": "0",
    "redirecturl": "https://webapp.securetrading.net/cgi-bin/webscr?token=72x32x20002&useraction=commit&cmd=_express-checkout&paypalemail=billing%40email.com",
    "requesttypedescription": "ORDER",
    "settlestatus": "0",
    "operatorname": "[email protected]",
    "livestatus": "0",
    "paypaltoken": "72x32x20002"
  }],
  "secrand": "zO9"
}

 

Field specification

Key

Field name Type Length Request Response Description
accounttypedescription Alpha 20 Only “ECOM” (e-commerce) is supported for PayPal transactions.
baseamount Numeric 13 The amount of the transaction in base units, with no commas or decimal points, so £10 is submitted as 1000. This value must be greater than zero. (Max length may vary depending on your acquiring bank – Contact your bank for further info)
cancelurl URL 2048 The URL that the customer will be returned to if they cancel the authorisation on their PayPal account.
currencyiso3a Alpha 3 The currency that the transaction will be processed in.

Click here for a full list of available currencies.

customerprefixname Alphanumeric
including
symbols
25 The prefix of the customer’s billing name (e.g. Mr, Miss, Dr).
customerfirstname Alphanumeric
including
symbols
127 The customer’s billing first name.
customermiddlename Alphanumeric
including
symbols
127 The customer’s billing middle name(s).
customerlastname Alphanumeric
including
symbols
127 The customer’s billing last name.
customersuffixname Alphanumeric
including
symbols
25 The customer’s suffix name (e.g. Bsc).
customerpremise Alphanumeric
including
symbols
25 The customer’s house name or number.
customertown Alphanumeric
including
symbols
127 The customer’s town.
customercountryiso2a Alpha 2 The customer’s country. This will need to be in ISO2A format. Click here for a full list of country codes.
customerstreet Alphanumeric
including
symbols
127 The customer’s street name.
customercounty Alphanumeric
including
symbols
127 The customer’s county. For US addresses, the state would be entered in this field. Valid formats:

  • Preferred: Two character state code, e.g. “NY”.
  • Full state name, e.g. “New York”.
customerpostcode Alphanumeric 25 The customer’s postcode or ZIP code.If the country provided is not United States, Great Britain or Canada, or if no country is provided, the postcode field is not validated.
errorcode Numeric 1-5 The error code should be used to determine if the request was successful or not.

  • If the error code is “0” then the transaction was successful.
  • If the error code is not “0” then the transaction was not successful.

Click here for a full list of errorcode and message values.

orderreference Alphanumeric
including
symbols
255 Your unique order reference that can be stored on Secure Trading’s and PayPal’s system (this is your PayPal invoice ID).

When submitted, please ensure that the order reference is unique to each order.

paymenttypedescription Alpha 20 The value in the request must be “PAYPAL”. This will be returned in the response.
paypaladdressoverride Numeric 1 Allows you to override the delivery address chosen by the customer on PayPal:

  • 0 – Customer will be offered a choice between the delivery address entered on your website and addresses on their PayPal account.
  • 1 – Customer will use the delivery address entered on your website.
  • 2 – Customer will not be prompted to choose a delivery address on PayPal’s website (best suited to online services and downloads).
paypalemail Email 255 The email address that the customer will use to sign in to PayPal. Maximum of 64 characters allowed before the @ symbol.
paypallocale Alpha 2 The language of the PayPal login page.

Click here for a list of PayPal locales.

paypalmaxbaseamount Numeric 11 The expected maximum total amount of the complete order, including shipping cost and tax charges. PayPal uses this value to validate the buyer’s funding source. Must be in base units. For further information on this field, please refer to PayPal’s own specification.
paypaltoken Alphanumeric 255 The token relates to the customer’s session within PayPal’s system. You should log this, as you can then use it in relation to any relevant queries you may have with PayPal.
redirecturl URL 255 Redirect the customer’s browser to this URL, to allow them to sign in to their PayPal account.
requesttypedescription Alpha 255 The value in the request must be “ORDER”. This will be returned in the response.
returnurl URL 2048 The URL that the customer will be returned to following a successful authorisation on their PayPal account.
sitereference Alphanumeric including
underscore
50 The site reference relates to your individual account which you received on setup. If you do not know your site reference, please contact our Support team.

 

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Additional notes about ORDER requests

 

  • The customer name, customer premise, customer town and customer country are required when using PayPal address override options “0” or “1”.
  • When PayPal declines a transaction while the customer is on their servers, a message will be displayed on-screen. The customer may be prompted to try again or cancel the payment attempt.
  • You can configure your PayPal account to disable the check on duplicate invoice IDs (values submitted in the orderreference). Contact PayPal Support for further information.


 

2. Redirect to PayPal

After successfully submitting an ORDER request, your system will be returned a redirecturl in the response. Your system will need to redirect the customer’s browser to this URL, which is a page hosted by PayPal, in order to process the payment.

When testing, Secure Trading’s simulated PayPal login page (as shown below) is shown in place of a real PayPal login page.

After logging in to their PayPal account, the customer has the option to continue with the transaction or to cancel. When testing, you can replicate this by using one of the e-mails below on our test PayPal login screen.

 

Email address Scenario Result
[email protected] The customer performs a successful transaction. The customer’s browser is redirected to the URL specified in the returnurl that was submitted in the ORDER request.
[email protected] The customer opts to cancel the transaction. The customer’s browser is redirected to the URL specified in the cancelurl that was submitted in the ORDER request.

 

Clock
You must wait for the customer to return from the PayPal login page to the returnurl hosted on your servers before processing an authorisation.

PayPal simulator


 

3. Retrieve order details

Status attention
If the customer is redirected to the cancelurl:
Present your customer with alternative payment methods so they can try again.
Status good
If the customer is redirected to the returnurl:
Follow the instructions below.

 

ORDERDETAILS request example

Here is an example of an ORDERDETAILS request. This request retrieves the address information entered by the customer while on PayPal’s servers, and returns this in an ORDERDETAILS response.


#!/usr/bin/python
import securetrading

stconfig = securetrading.Config()
stconfig.username = "[email protected]"
stconfig.password = "Password1^"
st = securetrading.Api(stconfig)

orderdetails = {
    "requesttypedescriptions": ["ORDERDETAILS"],
    "sitereference": "test_site12345",
    "parenttransactionreference": "72-32-20002"
}

strequest = securetrading.Request()
strequest.update(orderdetails)
stresponse = st.process(strequest) #stresponse contains the transaction response
<?php
 
if (!($autoload = realpath(__DIR__ . '/../../../autoload.php')) && !($autoload = realpath(__DIR__ . '/../vendor/autoload.php'))) {
  throw new Exception('Composer autoloader file could not be found.');
}
require_once($autoload);

$configData = array(
	'username' => '[email protected]',
	'password' => 'Password1^'
	);
	
$requestData = array(
                'requesttypedescriptions' => array('ORDERDETAILS'),
                'sitereference' => 'test_site12345',
                'parenttransactionreference' => '72-32-20002'
);

$api = Securetradingapi($configData);
$response = $api->process($requestData);
var_dump($response->toArray());

?>
curl --user [email protected]:Password1^ https://webservices.securetrading.net/json/ -H "Content-type: application/json" -H "Accept: application/json" -X POST -d '{
	"alias": "[email protected]",
	"version": "1.00",
	"request": [{
                "requesttypedescriptions": ["ORDERDETAILS"],
                "sitereference": "test_site12345",
                "parenttransactionreference": "72-32-20002"
		}]
}'

 

ORDERDETAILS response

You must use the information returned in the ORDERDETAILS response to display a page to the customer on your website that summarises the order. The customer can use this page to review their order and confirm they would like to proceed, in which case your system would submit an AUTH request, as described below.

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Best practice guidelines

 

  • The customer should be able to complete the purchase in two or fewer steps after being redirected to your website from PayPal’s checkout pages.
  • The customer must not be required to manually enter additional information on the review page that is available via the PayPal APIs.

 

On the aforementioned review order page, the following information should be presented to the customer before completing the purchase:

 

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About delivery charges

Once your system has received the ORDERDETAILS response, you should now be in possession of the customer’s delivery address (if you intend on shipping a physical product). At this point, you are permitted to append a delivery charge to the transaction cost.

 

Regardless of any delivery charges, you must present the total cost to the customer and they must agree to this final amount before the payment is processed. We recommend separating the cost of the product(s) from the cost of delivery, so the customer can better understand how the amount was calculated.

 

Once the customer agrees to the payment, your system can process an AUTH request with this final amount submitted in the baseamount field (as described below). This total amount, including any additional delivery charges, should not exceed the paypalmaxbaseamount value (if submitted in the ORDER request).

 

The additional charge applied to cover the delivery costs is decided by you. Generally speaking, there are three approaches to calculating the delivery charge:

  1. Free delivery – You opt not to add any additional fees to the cost of the product and your business will cover the cost of the delivery.
  2. Fixed delivery price – You opt to add the same delivery charge to every order. This works best when you ensure the aforementioned charge has the same value as the average delivery cost across all of your orders.
  3. Charge the exact cost (using real-time rates) – Now you have the customer’s delivery address, and the size and weight of the delivery, you can contact your shipping partner and calculate the exact delivery cost and present this to the customer prior to completing the payment.

 

Here is an example of an ORDERDETAILS response:


{
  u 'requestreference': u 'A0dcb11e6',
    u 'version': u '1.00',
    u 'responses': [{
      u 'transactionreference': u '72-32-20003',
      u 'merchantname': u 'Test Merchant',
      u 'billinglastname': u 'PAYPALLastName',
      u 'transactionstartedtimestamp': u '2016-12-23 15:36:29',
      u 'paypalpayerstatus': u 'verified',
      u 'parenttransactionreference': u '72-32-20002',
      u 'accounttypedescription': u 'ECOM',
      u 'errorcode': u '0',
      u 'settleduedate': u '2017-05-30',
      u 'billingcountryiso2a': u 'GB',
      u 'paypalpayerid': u 'e018408a43pid',
      u 'paypaladdressstatus': u 'Confirmed',
      u 'billingemail': u '[email protected]',
      u 'requesttypedescription': u 'ORDERDETAILS',
      u 'errormessage': u 'Ok',
      u 'billingfirstname': u 'Andru00e9',
      u 'operatorname': u '[email protected]',
      u 'livestatus': u '0',
      u 'settlestatus': u '0'
    }]
}
array(3) {
  ["requestreference"] => string(9) "A58cdfkpy"
  ["version"] => string(4) "1.00"
  ["responses"] => array(1) {
      [0] => array(19) {
        ["transactionreference"] => string(11) "72-32-20003"
        ["merchantname"] => string(13) "Test Merchant"
        ["billinglastname"] => string(14) "PAYPALLastName"
        ["transactionstartedtimestamp"] => string(19) "2016-12-23 15:36:29"
        ["paypalpayerstatus"] => string(8) "verified"
        ["parenttransactionreference"] => string(11) "72-32-20002"
        ["accounttypedescription"] => string(4) "ECOM"
        ["errorcode"] => string(1) "0"
        ["settleduedate"] => string(10) "2016-12-24"
        ["billingcountryiso2a"] => string(2) "GB"
        ["paypalpayerid"] => string(13) "e018408a43pid"
        ["paypaladdressstatus"] => string(9) "Confirmed"
        ["billingemail"] => string(24) "[email protected]"
        ["requesttypedescription"] => string(12) "ORDERDETAILS"
        ["errormessage"] => string(2) "Ok"
        ["billingfirstname"] => string(10) "Andru00e9"
        ["operatorname"] => string(23) "[email protected]"
        ["livestatus"] => string(1) "0"
        ["settlestatus"] => string(1) "0"
      }
  }
}
{
  "requestreference": "W23-fjgvn3d8",
  "version": "1.00",
  "response": [{
            "transactionreference": "72-32-20003",
            "merchantname": "Test Merchant",
            "billinglastname": "PAYPALLastName",
            "transactionstartedtimestamp": "2016-12-23 15:36:29",
            "paypalpayerstatus": "verified",
            "parenttransactionreference": "72-32-20002",
            "accounttypedescription": "ECOM",
            "errorcode": "0",
            "settleduedate": "2017-05-30",
            "billingcountryiso2a": "GB",
            "paypalpayerid": "e018408a43pid",
            "paypaladdressstatus": "Confirmed",
            "billingemail": "[email protected]",
            "requesttypedescription": "ORDERDETAILS",
            "errormessage": "Ok",
            "billingfirstname": "Andru00e9",
            "operatorname": "[email protected]",
            "livestatus": "0",
            "settlestatus": "0"
  }],
  "secrand": "zO9"
}

 

Field specification

The following table describes the fields required in an ORDERDETAILS request, and the important fields to check in the response returned.

Key

Field name Type Length Request Response Description
errorcode Numeric 1-5 The error code should be used to determine if the request was successful or not.

  • If the error code is “0” then the transaction was successful.
  • If the error code is not “0” then the transaction was not successful.

Click here for a full list of errorcode and message values.

parenttransactionreference Alphanumeric
including
hyphens
25 The transaction reference of the preceding ORDER request. This will come from the redirect from PayPal.
requesttypedescription Alpha 255 The value in the request must be “ORDERDETAILS”. This will be returned in the response.
sitereference Alphanumeric
including
underscore
50 The site reference identifies your Secure Trading account.
paypaladdressstatus Alpha 25 The status of the address with PayPal. Either “Confirmed” or “Unconfirmed”.
paypalpayerid Alphanumeric 255 Unique PayPal customer account number.
paypalpayerstatus Alpha 25 The status of the payer with PayPal. Either “verified” or “unverified”.

 

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Additional notes about ORDERDETAILS responses

  • The billing and customer details returned may be different to those submitted in the initial ORDER request. This can occur when the customer uses different details when logged in to PayPal’s servers (and paypaladdressoverride is set to “0”).
  • The PayPal fields returned are defined by PayPal. These are correct at time of writing, but may be subject to change.


 

4. Processing the authorisation

After the customer has confirmed they would like to continue with the payment, your system will need to perform an AUTH request and interpret the response returned.

 

AUTH request example

Here is an example of a PayPal AUTH request. Notice how the structure is similar to a standard AUTH request, except for the exclusion of most of the payment, billing and delivery details, because these are inherited from the previous requests. Please ensure the parenttransactionreference field is submitted, containing the unique transaction reference of the preceding ORDERDETAILS request.


#!/usr/bin/python
import securetrading

stconfig = securetrading.Config()
stconfig.username = "[email protected]"
stconfig.password = "Password1^"
st = securetrading.Api(stconfig)

auth = {
    "requesttypedescriptions": ["AUTH"],
    "sitereference": "test_site12345",
    "parenttransactionreference": "72-32-20003",
    "paymenttypedescription": "PAYPAL",
    "paypaladdressoverride": "1"
}

strequest = securetrading.Request()
strequest.update(auth)
stresponse = st.process(strequest) #stresponse contains the transaction response
<?php
 
if (!($autoload = realpath(__DIR__ . '/../../../autoload.php')) && !($autoload = realpath(__DIR__ . '/../vendor/autoload.php'))) {
  throw new Exception('Composer autoloader file could not be found.');
}
require_once($autoload);

$configData = array(
	'username' => '[email protected]',
	'password' => 'Password1^'
	);
	
$requestData = array(
               'requesttypedescriptions' => array('AUTH'),
               'sitereference' => 'test_site12345',
               'parenttransactionreference' => '72-32-20003',
               'paymenttypedescription' => 'PAYPAL',
               'paypaladdressoverride' => '1'
);

$api = Securetradingapi($configData);
$response = $api->process($requestData);
var_dump($response->toArray());

?>
curl --user [email protected]:Password1^ https://webservices.securetrading.net/json/ -H "Content-type: application/json" -H "Accept: application/json" -X POST -d '{
	"alias": "[email protected]",
	"version": "1.00",
	"request": [{
               "requesttypedescriptions": ["AUTH"],
               "sitereference": "test_site12345",
               "parenttransactionreference": "72-32-20003",
               "paymenttypedescription": "PAYPAL",
               "paypaladdressoverride": "1"
		}]
}'

 

AUTH response example

Here is an example of a PayPal AUTH response. The structure is similar to a standard AUTH response, except for the inclusion of additional PayPal-specific fields.


{
  u 'requestreference': u 'A0dcb11e6',
    u 'version': u '1.00',
    u 'responses': [{
      u 'transactionreference': u '72-32-20004',
      u 'merchantname': u 'Test Merchant',
      u 'paymenttypedescription': u 'PAYPAL',
      u 'authcode': u '44782-D149613359266',
      u 'transactionstartedtimestamp': u '2016-12-23 15:36:31',
      u 'errormessage': u 'Ok',
      u 'parenttransactionreference': u '72-32-20003',
      u 'accounttypedescription': u 'ECOM',
      u 'errorcode': u '0',
      u 'settleduedate': u '2017-05-30',
      u 'currencyiso3a': u 'GBP',
      u 'baseamount': u '2001',
      u 'acquirerresponsecode': u 'None',
      u 'requesttypedescription': u 'AUTH',
      u 'operatorname': u '[email protected]',
      u 'livestatus': u '0',
      u 'settlestatus': u '0'
    }]
}
array(3) {
  ["requestreference"] => string(9) "A58cdfkpy"
  ["version"] => string(4) "1.00"
  ["responses"] => array(1) {
      [0] =>array(17) {
        ["transactionreference"] => string(11) "72-32-20004"
        ["merchantname"] => string(13) "Test Merchant"
        ["paymenttypedescription"] => string(6) "PAYPAL"
        ["authcode"] => string(19) "44782-D149613359266"
        ["transactionstartedtimestamp"] => string(19) "2016-12-23 15:36:31"
        ["errormessage"] => string(2) "Ok"
        ["parenttransactionreference"] => string(11) "72-32-20003"
        ["accounttypedescription"] => string(4) "ECOM"
        ["errorcode"] => string(1) "0"
        ["settleduedate"] => string(10) "2017-05-30"
        ["currencyiso3a"] => string(3) "GBP"
        ["baseamount"] => string(4) "2001"
        ["acquirerresponsecode"] => string(4) "None"
        ["requesttypedescription"] => string(4) "AUTH"
        ["operatorname"] => string(23) "[email protected]"
        ["livestatus"] => string(1) "0"
        ["settlestatus"] => string(1) "0"
      }
  }
}
{
  "requestreference": "W23-fjgvn3d8",
  "version": "1.00",
  "response": [{
            "transactionreference": "72-32-20004",
            "merchantname": "Test Merchant",
            "paymenttypedescription": "PAYPAL",
            "authcode": "44782-D149613359266",
            "transactionstartedtimestamp": "2016-12-23 15:36:31",
            "errormessage": "Ok",
            "parenttransactionreference": "72-32-20003",
            "accounttypedescription": "ECOM",
            "errorcode": "0",
            "settleduedate": "2017-05-30",
            "currencyiso3a": "GBP",
            "baseamount": "2001",
            "acquirerresponsecode": "None",
            "requesttypedescription": "AUTH",
            "operatorname": "[email protected]",
            "livestatus": "0",
            "settlestatus": "0"
  }],
  "secrand": "zO9"
}

 

Field specification

The following table describes the fields required in a PayPal AUTH request, and the important fields to check in the response returned.

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Because the response largely follows the same structure as a standard AUTH response, most of the fields returned in the AUTH response have been omitted from the below. Click here for the full AUTH specification.

Key

Field name Type Length Request Response Description
errorcode Numeric 1-5 The error code should be used to determine if the request was successful or not.

  • If the error code is “0” then the transaction was successful.
  • If the error code is not “0” then the transaction was not successful.

Click here for a full list of errorcode and message values.

parenttransactionreference Alphanumeric
including
hyphens
25 The transaction reference from the preceding ORDERDETAILS response.
paymenttypedescription Alpha 20 The value in the request must be “PAYPAL”. This will be returned in the response.
paypaladdressoverride Numeric 1 Must be the same value submitted in the ORDER request.
requesttypedescriptions Alpha 255 Submit “AUTH”.
settlestatus Numeric 3 This field is used to determine the transaction status. Click here for further information on the settlestatus field and the settlement process for PayPal.
sitereference Alphanumeric
including
underscore
50 The site reference identifies your Secure Trading account.

 

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You cannot perform tokenisation with PayPal.