Set up PayPal for collecting subscription payments

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Collecting payments for subscription products

Step1: Configure your PayPal account

Step 2: Connect PayPal and Sellfy

Step 3: Set up IPN notifications

Important! You must complete all 3 steps to enable recurring payment collection for your subscription products.


Collecting payments for subscriptions products

If you want to start selling subscription products on your site and have already familiarised yourself with how to create these in your Sellfy account, you're ready for the next step: Setting up your PayPal to receive payments for your subscription products.

Receiving payments for subscription products is different from receiving regular payments. You'll need to take some extra steps to configure your PayPal account to allow for recurring payments.


Step 1: Configure your PayPal account

To set up your PayPal account for recurring payments, follow these steps:

  1. Visit PayPal developer portal
  2. Click Log into Dashboard in the top right corner
  3. Enter your PayPal details to log in
  4. In the sidebar menu, click My Apps & CredentialsCreate App
  5. Enter an App name
  6. In the Business account field, select your current/active Paypal account
  7. Click Create App
  8. Switch to Live in the top right corner

After you successfully created the app, you will be provided with a Client ID and Secret on the next page. You need to enter both these unique details in your Sellfy Payment Options page. Head to the next section for further instructions.


Step 2: Connect PayPal and Sellfy

Note: It's absolutely essential to copy-paste the Client ID and Secret correctly from your PayPal developer portal to your Sellfy account. Make sure you check if you've included all the symbols and deleted any extra spaces before and after you've copy-pasted the content.

Follow the steps below to align your PayPal and Sellfy for recurring payments.

  1. Log into your Dashboard
  2. Navigate to Store Settings → Payment settings
  3. Scroll down to Settings for subscription products section
  4. Copy your Client ID and Secret Key from the PayPal developers portal
  5. Paste your Client ID and Secret Key into Sellfy
  6. Click Save


Step 3: Set up IPN notifications

Important! Setting up IPN notifications on Paypal is essential to enable for recurring payments to be received in your account.

  1. Log into your PayPal business account
  2. Click the cog icon in the top right corner
  3. Navigate to My selling preferences
  4. Click Update to the right of Instant payment notifications
  5. Click Choose IPN Setting to specify and activate listener's URL
  6. In the Notification URL bar, specify this URL: https://sellfy.com/billing/subscriptions/webhooks/paypal/ for your listener
  7. Click Receive messages (Enabled)
  8. Click Save
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