Getting PayPal REST API keys for Coconut Tickets

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Coconut Tickets is built to last into the future and as such uses the PayPal REST API which is the latest payment mechanism from PayPal. The REST API uses different credentials to the classic PayPal connections. This page explains how existing PayPal account holders can create the credentials necessary to use Coconut Tickets to collect the payments from their customers.

Note that to use the PayPal REST you must have at least a business account with PayPal, it will not work with a personal PayPal account.

 

Step 1.

Use your normal PayPal account identifier (your email address) and your normal password to log on to the PayPal develop’s website. The URL is https://developer.paypal.com/

The developer’s website looks like this.

PayPal develop website front page screenshot

 

Step 2.

Once logged in you should see this page.

PayPal developer website logged in screen shot

 

Step 3.

Scroll down this page until you find the section called “REST API apps”

PayPal REST API app setup screenshot

Then click on the “Create App” button

 

Step 4.

The application creation form is displayed. All you need do is type in the name you want to give the application, this could be “CoconutTickets”. Enter the application name into the purple area on the screenshot.

PayPal create new REST API screenshot

Click “Create App” to create CoconutTickets as a REST application.

 

Step 5.

Instantly the application will be created and the Sandbox credentials for the application will be displayed as per this screenshot.

PayPal sandbox credentials screenshot

The Sandbox credentials are useful for testing the application but they can’t be used to accept real money from customers.

Step 6.

Notice that in the top right hand side of the credentials page there is a toggle button Sandbox/Live, which I have drawn a red ring around. Click on “Live” to see the live credentials. You should see a page like this screenshot below.

paypal REST account switching to live credentials screen shot

 

Step 7.

Carefully copy the following three lists of characters that will be entered into Coconut Tickets

  1. PayPal account (looks like an email address)
  2. Client ID (the area highlighted in dark blue in the last screenshot)
  3. Client Secret (click on “Show” underneath the heading)

paypal find the REST API credentials screenshot

 

That’s it! You have created your live PayPal REST API credentials and are ready to use them to accept payments.

For information on how to configure multiple payment gateways please see this tutorial.

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Written by Clive.verrall

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