To go about testing PayPal Express sandbox orders in Magento 2 using the API Signature credentials is similar to how you test them in Magento 1. Simply get your details from your PayPal account and copy them into the Magento 2 admin.
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. Here are some simple steps to get the credentials implemented.
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 2 admin. Simply head to
Stores -> 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 2 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.
Any orders you make place using PayPal Express sandbox credentials will automatically go into
processing state. Be sure to check the whole checkout flow when using PayPal Express to ensure a smooth transition when switching to live payments when real customers start placing orders.
Note: This article is based on Magento Community/Open Source version 2.2.