PayPal is a truly global payments platform that is available to people in 203 markets, allowing customers to get paid in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds to their bank accounts in 57 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 26 currencies.
PayPal Checkout does not include virtual terminal functionality and cannot be seamlessly integrated with the Checkfront payment page. As such, PayPal does not allow you to process credit cards on behalf of your customers, in the Checkfront admin area. Payments can only be made via the customer-facing booking portal.
Does PayPal Support my Country's Currency?
While PayPal supports many global currencies, not every currency is available. In order to take transactions, you will need to set your Checkfront account to a currency accepted by PayPal. You can double-check if your currency is supported in the documentation below.
SetupBack to top
To enable Paypal Checkout in Checkfront, login to your Checkfront account and navigate to Manage > E-Commerce. Select Paypal Express Checkout, which is probably recommended at the top.
If you don't see the PayPal Express Checkout option beneath the Square option, you can also select the payment methods available in your country button to reveal the full list of payment gateways available to you, and you will be able to select it there.
In the pop-up window for PayPal Express Checkout, enter the email matching the one on your PayPal account, and click Activate.
And that's it! Your PayPal Checkout payment gateway is now activated, and you're ready to take some payments.
Sandbox Mode & Re-BillingBack to top
PayPal Express Checkout sandbox mode allows you to test end-to-end transactions using the PayPal sandbox, without needing a live credit card to process. During setup, check the Enabled sandbox (test) mode box after supplying your PayPal email address. Remember to turn this off again, when you want to start processing live transactions!
Test Credit Card Numbers
For Paypal Payments Pro, you can use the following test credit card numbers during checkout:
Use an expiry date in the future and any three-digit number for the CVC.
To activate re-billing for PayPal Express Checkout, make sure you check the box when configuring the payment gateway in Checkfront.
In addition, you must ensure you have granted API permissions in PayPal, seen below.
Finally, when an end-user makes a payment for your services, they must also check a box during checkout to authorize re-billing.
PayPal API SetupBack to top
To get started, you'll need a Paypal Business Account (free) or a Paypal Payments Pro Account. Once your Paypal account has been activated, you'll need to give Checkfront permission to add payments to your account at Checkfront. The following steps will show you how to do that:
1. Login to your Paypal Business account.
2. Hover your mouse over the Tools menu and then select All Tools from the drop-down menu.
3. From the Tools page, locate the API Credentials tile and click on the Open link.
4. From the API Credentials page, you'll be presented with two options. Select: Option 1 - Grant API Permission
5. From the next page, supply the Checkfront API Username and click the Lookup button. The username is acct_api1.checkfront.com and not your Checkfront username.
6. Next, you should set the permissions for Checkfront. For normal operation, we require the following permissions be checked:
• Process your customer's credit or debit card payments
• Use Express Checkout to process payments
• Authorize and capture your PayPal transactions
• Issue a refund for a specific transaction
• Charge an existing customer based on a prior transaction
Once you've checked the relevant permissions, click the Add button underneath. You'll now receive a confirmation message, stating that the third party application (Checkfront) has been successfully added.