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Create a test buyer account


PayPal Sandbox Main Page
PayPal Sandbox Main Page
Log into your PayPal Developer's account. As mentioned before, everything done through a developer account is "pretend" only - no money is actually changing hands. So you can safely make and take payments without worry!

After you log into your developer account, you should see a screen that looks something like the screenshot to the right. It's worth clicking around the interface to get a sense of what options are available. We're only going to focus on a small subset of the functionality.

Click on the "Create a preconfigured buyer or seller account". This will take you to a screen that looks like the next screenshot. On this page create a "Buyer" account. For the email, just enter your own - it will be converted automatically to a unique email address after you click "Create Account". For the password, enter something simple to remember - I chose 12345678.

PayPal Add Test Buyer Account
PayPal Add Test Buyer Account
Finally, after you click create account you will be redirected to the main test accounts listing page. The screenshot below displays this page - with two sections highlighted. The screenshot displays a number of test accounts that I'd created in the past - don't worry about any of them other than the first row, highlighted in red. This is your new account you just created. What's a bit confusing is that it converted the email address to a unique one, containing a number of characters. This is just something done internally by PayPal to ensure the uniqueness of the test accounts.

At the bottom of the page there's a button highlighted in orange: "Enter Sandbox Test Site". This is the second confusing thing about this page. It seems like you're already in the sandbox site, but you're not! So if you were to try to put through a test submission through your form at this point, even though you'd see the URL in your browser point to https://www.sanbox.paypal.com, you're not actually in the sandbox. Weird? I know. Bear with me.

PayPal Test Account List
PayPal Test Account List
Click the "Enter Sandbox Test Site" button. This will open up a popup. You're now in the sandbox: time to put through some test payments!

Page last updated: Aug 3rd, 2009 - 1:37 PM


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