The checkout and the integrated payment methods are a crucial part of the Magento application. The inbuilt PayPal payment methods that Magento provides allow payments to be taken through PayPal, and it is vital to ensure the configuration is working correctly before using PayPal in
live mode. Testing PayPal Express Sandbox in Magento can be configured using two methods:
API Signature and
API Certificate. This post will look at setting up
API Signature credentials.
API Signature details used for sandbox mode can be found within your PayPal Developer account. Log into your Business account at https://developer.paypal.com.
Head to the
Dashboard section, then under the
Sandbox submenu on the left hand side, click on
PayPal by default creates two accounts for you: a buyer and a facilitator.
The facilitator’s email address will be the first detail entered within the Magento admin. Simply head to
System -> Configuration -> Sales -> Payment Methods, expand the
PayPal Express Checkout section and enter the email address in the
Email Associated with PayPal Merchant Account
API Password and
API Signature credentials can be obtained by clicking on the facilitator email address to expand further details, and then clicking
Account Details lightbox should pop up, and you’ll find the API credentials located under the
API Credentials tab.
Add the details into the Magento admin, and the
Enable this Solution option should now be available to set to
In addition, ensure that the
Sandbox Mode option is set to
Now that the sandbox PayPal configuration is complete, you can test out the payment method. You can use the
Buyer email account that PayPal sets up for you to test payments when needing to log into PayPal to complete a sandbox purchase.
Click on the buyer email address in your PayPal account under
Sandbox Accounts and click on the
Another lightbox will appear. Under the
Profile tab, you’ll be able to view details and change the password of the buyer account.
Funding tab, PayPal will also give you test
Bank Account and
Credit Card details if you choose to checkout as a guest when testing PayPal Express.
Testing PayPal Express sandbox in Magento allows you to check for any existing problems before using live credentials, and potentially avoid losing sales by fixing any unexpected errors.
Note: This article is based on Magento Community/Open Source version 1.9.