Step 1. Get a test account
Get started with Adyen by creating a free test account. Your test account gives you access to the test Customer Area, which is an online dashboard where you can manage your Adyen integration across regions and currencies.
Your test Customer Area account allows you to:
- Make test payments.
- Invite team members.
- Apply for a live account.
- Start building your integration.
If you want to learn more about how payments work, have a look at our Payments fundamentals section.
Step 2. Build your integration
Start building your integration using your test account. In the meantime, you can start your application for a live account. You may want to wait for the result of your application to be confirmed before building the whole integration.
Build your integration to match your business needs:
Accept mobile and web payments with our customizable components and API.
Point of sale
Accept in-person payments with our payment terminals, integrated with your cash register or as stand-alones.
Automate your platform's merchant onboarding and payouts with our all-in-one solution.
Connect your existing commerce systems to our platform for a seamless payment flow.
Step 3. Apply for your live account
A live account allows you to accept payments from your shoppers using Adyen. Because Adyen is a payment provider and acquirer, we are legally obliged to do detailed checks when you apply for a live account.
Before applying for a live account:
- Prepare your application for a live account.
- Check the list of prohibited or restricted products and services. Get in touch with us if you think this applies to your business.
- Make sure you've been in touch with a sales contact.
Apply for your live account from your test Customer Area by selecting Apply for live on the welcome page.
While you wait for a live account, you can work on your integration using your test account. However, you may want to wait for the result of your application to be confirmed first.
Step 4. Sign the contract and get your live account
When your application is approved, we send you the contract. If your integration uses card payments, we also send you a data security attestation form. Complete this form based on your technical integration to ensure compliance with Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards.
Once we've received the signed contract and the completed data security attestation form, you get access to your live Customer Area. The user who created the test account receives the login instructions by email.
Step 5. Configure your live account
To start accepting live payments using your live account, you must first configure it. The setup from your test account is not copied to your live account.
Use our go-live checklists to make sure you've got everything correctly set up before accepting live payments: