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How to Set Up Your Paypal Account


PayPal’s IPN and PDT setup helps to ensure that orders are fully processed both on PayPal’s side and fully captured in Airbit's Order system. To ensure orders go through without issue, please follow all steps of this guide

Initial Setup

To start using PayPal with Airbit:

  1. Setup a Verified PayPal Premier or Business Account. If you have an existing Personal account, you can upgrade your account to a Premier or Business account free.
  2. Confirm your email address, which verifies the email address where PayPal sends payment receipts and account emails. (You might have done this already if you upgraded your account.)
  3. Provide and confirm your bank account information, which allows you to easily withdraw funds.
  4. Enter your PayPal email address into the Payment Settings in Airbit

PayPal Instant Payment Notification (IPN)

Instant Payment Notification (IPN) is the primary means for PayPal to communicate payment to our server to ensure your orders are processed successfully. You must enable IPN for your orders to process automatically

  1. Log into your PayPal account and go to Profile → Profile & Settings → Selling Preferences → Instant Payment Notification preferences: (alternatively click here to go directly to the page, making sure you're logged into your PayPal account before you click the link)
  2. Click Turn On IPN on the PayPal site.
  3. You will then be prompted for a Notification URL, which should be which should be (Note: if you already have an IPN URL set for some other system then you can leave it as it is, Airbit will continue to work - it's only necessary that IPN is enabled and any URL is set)
  4. Save your Settings

PayPal Payment Data Transfer (PDT)

Payment Data Transfer (PDT) is another way of PayPal sending our servers payment information for an order. This information is sent instantly after your customers redirect from PayPal to the order confirmation page, therefore we can check for a successful payment quicker than IPN alone and provide your customers will their order faster.

PDT differs from IPN (Instant Payment Notification) as IPN's are sent in the background after an order, but usually it's still instant. For best results and to ensure the most full proof checkout for your customers, you should enable both IPN's and PDT. To enable PDT please follow the instructions below:

  1. Log into your PayPal account and go to Profile -> Profile & Settings -> My Selling Preferences -> Website preferences (alternatively click here to go directly to the page, making sure you're logged into your PayPal account before you click the link). Click Update on the right hand side
  2. Set Auto Return to On
  3. Add to the Return URL (Note: what you put here doesn’t matter, it is overridden by Airbit and customers are always redirected to an order confirmation page)
  4. Set Payment Data Transfer to On
  5. Scroll down & Save your Settings
  6. Go back into Website Preferences
  7. Copy your Identity Token (under the ‘Payment Data Transfer’ header)
  8. Go to and paste your Identity Token into the field labeled PDT Token in your Airbit Payment settings
  9. Save your Payment Settings

Please Note: You may have to set up your account to automatically accept currency conversions. This can be done in your Paypal settings. If your account does not automatically accept currency conversions, this can delay payment and beat delivery, as the transaction will be put on hold pending your approval of the request. Read the step-by-step guide here.

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  1. Ellis Houslin

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