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Get started with Adyen

An overview of the steps to start accepting payments using Adyen.

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 Areaaccount 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:

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:

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 Customer Area 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: