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Bancontact mobile for API only

Accept Bancontact payments using our APIs, and build your own payment form.

With Bancontact mobile, the shopper completes the payment in the Payconiq by Bancontact app installed on their mobile device.

Before you begin

These instructions explain how to add Bancontact mobile to your existing API-only integration. The API-only integration works the same way for all payment methods. If you haven't done this integration yet, refer to our API-only integration guide.

Before starting your integration:

  1. Make sure that you have set up your back end implementation for making API requests.
  2. Add Bancontact mobile in your test Customer Area.

Build your payment form for Bancontact

Include Bancontact in the list of available payment methods. You don't need to collect any information from the shopper in your payment form.

If you're using the /paymentMethods endpoint to show which payment methods are available to the shopper, specify in your request:

The response contains:

  • paymentMethod.type: bcmc_mobile_QR
  • paymentMethod.type: bcmc_mobile_app

We provide a Bancontact logo which you can use on your payment form. For more information, refer to Downloading logos.

Make a payment

When a shopper chooses to pay with Bancontact mobile, you need to redirect them to the Bancontact app, depending on how they are accessing your site:

  • For shoppers on mobile, present a button that redirects to the Bancontact app.
  • For shoppers on desktop or laptop, present a QR code.

We recommend that you use screen size to determine whether the shopper is accessing your site on mobile or desktop.

When the shopper selects to pay with Bancontact, make a /payments request with:

  • paymentMethod.type: Specify bcmc_mobile_QR to present a QR code, or bcmc_mobile_app to present the button that redirects to the Bancontact app.
  • returnURL: For paymentMethod.type: bcmc_mobile_app, this is the URL where the shopper is redirected back to after completing the payment.

Sample request to redirect to the Bancontact app:

curl https://checkout-test.adyen.com/v52/payments \
-H "x-API-key: YOUR_X-API-KEY" \
-H "content-type: application/json" \
-d '{
  "merchantAccount":"YOUR_MERCHANT_ACCOUNT",
  "reference":"YOUR_ORDER_NUMBER",
  "amount":{
    "currency":"EUR",
    "value":1000
  },
  "paymentMethod":{
    "type":"bcmc_mobile_app"
  },
  "returnUrl":"https://your-company.com/checkout?shopperOrder=12xy.."
}'
# Set your X-API-KEY with the API key from the Customer Area.
adyen = Adyen::Client.new
adyen.api_key = "YOUR_X-API-KEY"
 
response = adyen.checkout.payments({
  :amount => {
    :currency => "EUR",
    :value => 1000
  },
  :reference => "YOUR_ORDER_NUMBER",
  :paymentMethod => {
    :type => "bcmc_mobile_app"
  },
  :returnUrl => "https://your-company.com/checkout?shopperOrder=12xy..",
  :merchantAccount => "YOUR_MERCHANT_ACCOUNT"
})
// Set YOUR_X-API-KEY with the API key from the Customer Area.
// Change to Environment.LIVE and add the Live URL prefix when you're ready to accept live payments.
Client client = new Client("YOUR_X-API-KEY", Environment.TEST);
Checkout checkout = new Checkout(client);

PaymentsRequest paymentsRequest = new PaymentsRequest();

String merchantAccount = "YOUR_MERCHANT_ACCOUNT";
paymentsRequest.setMerchantAccount(merchantAccount);

Amount amount = new Amount();
amount.setCurrency("EUR");
amount.setValue(15000L);
paymentsRequest.setAmount(amount);

DefaultPaymentMethodDetails paymentMethodDetails = new DefaultPaymentMethodDetails();
paymentMethodDetails.setType("bcmc_mobile_app");
paymentsRequest.setPaymentMethod(paymentMethodDetails);

paymentsRequest.setReference("YOUR_ORDER_NUMBER");
paymentsRequest.setReturnUrl("https://your-company.com/checkout?shopperOrder=12xy..");

PaymentsResponse paymentsResponse = checkout.payments(paymentsRequest);
// Set your X-API-KEY with the API key from the Customer Area.
$client = new \Adyen\Client();
$client->setXApiKey("YOUR_X-API-KEY");
$service = new \Adyen\Service\Checkout($client);

$params = array(
  "amount" => array(
    "currency" => "EUR",
    "value" => 1000
  ),
  "reference" => "YOUR_ORDER_NUMBER",
  "paymentMethod" => array(
    "type" => "bcmc_mobile_app"
  ),
  "returnUrl" => "https://your-company.com/checkout?shopperOrder=12xy..",
  "merchantAccount" => "YOUR_MERCHANT_ACCOUNT"
);
$result = $service->payments($params);
#Set your X-API-KEY with the API key from the Customer Area.
adyen = Adyen.Adyen()
adyen.client.xapikey = 'YOUR_X-API-KEY'

result = adyen.checkout.payments({
   'amount': {
      'value': 1000,
      'currency': 'EUR'
   },
   'reference': 'YOUR_ORDER_NUMBER',
   'paymentMethod': {
      'type': 'bcmc_mobile_app'
   },
   'returnUrl': 'https://your-company.com/checkout?shopperOrder=12xy..',
   'merchantAccount': 'YOUR_MERCHANT_ACCOUNT'
})
// Set your X-API-KEY with the API key from the Customer Area.
var client = new Client ("YOUR_X-API-KEY", Environment.Test);
var checkout = new Checkout(client);

var amount = new Model.Checkout.Amount("EUR", 1000);
var details = new Model.Checkout.DefaultPaymentMethodDetails{
  Type = "bcmc_mobile_app"
};
var paymentRequest = new Adyen.Model.Checkout.PaymentRequest
{
  Reference = "YOUR_ORDER_NUMBER",
  Amount = amount,
  ReturnUrl = @"https://your-company.com/checkout?shopperOrder=12xy..",
  MerchantAccount = "YOUR_MERCHANT_ACCOUNT",
  PaymentMethod = details
};

var paymentResponse = checkout.Payments(paymentsRequest);
// Set your X-API-KEY with the API key from the Customer Area.
const {Client, Config, CheckoutAPI} = require('@adyen/api-library');
const config = new Config();
// Set your X-API-KEY with the API key from the Customer Area.
config.apiKey = '[API_KEY]';
config.merchantAccount = '[YOUR_MERCHANT_ACCOUNT]';
const client = new Client({ config });
client.setEnvironment("TEST");
const checkout = new CheckoutAPI(client);
checkout.payments({
    amount: { currency: "EUR", value: 1000 },
    paymentMethod: {
        type: 'bcmc_mobile_app'
    },
    reference: "YOUR_ORDER_NUMBER",
    merchantAccount: config.merchantAccount,
    returnUrl: "https://your-company.com/checkout?shopperOrder=12xy.."
}).then(res => res);

The /payments response contains:

  • action: Object containing information about the QR code or the redirect.
{
  "resultCode": "RedirectShopper",
  "action": {
    "method": "GET",
    "paymentData": "Ab02b...",
    "paymentMethodType": "bcmc_mobile_app",
    "type": "redirect",
    "url": "https://test.adyen.com/hpp/skipDet..."
  },
  "details": [
    {
      "key": "payload",
      "type": "text"
    }
  ],
  ...
}

After initiating the payment, the shopper has 15 minutes to complete it. We recommend that you show this timer to the shopper.

Your next steps depend on the paymentMethod.type that you specified in the /payments request:

Present the QR code

  1. Use the qrCodeData from the action object to render the QR code on your checkout page.
  2. After the shopper scans the QR code and completes the payment, we'll send a notification webhook informing you of the payment result.
  3. Present the payment result to your shopper.

Redirect shopper

Redirect the shopper to the Bancontact app.

  1. To complete the payment, redirect the shopper to the action.url returned in the /payments response.
  2. After the shopper is redirected back to your website or app, check the payment result by making a /payments/details request, specifying:
    • paymentData: Value you received in the /payments response.
    • details: Object that contains the URL-decoded values of the parameters that were returned when the shopper was redirected back to your website or app. For example, payload. To check the parameters that you should submit, refer to the details array that you received in the /payments response.
    /payments/details request
    {
         "paymentData":"Ab02b4c0!BQABAgCJN1wRZuGJmq8dMncmypvknj9s7l5Tj...",
         "details":{
           "{hint:Verify the parameters from /payments response}payload{/hint}":"Ab02b4c0!BQABAgCW5sxB4e/=="
         }
    }
    You receive a response containing:
    • resultCode: Use this to present the result to your shopper.
    • pspReference: Our unique identifier for the transaction.
    /payments/details response
     {
       "resultCode": "Authorised",
       "pspReference": "88154795347618C"
     }

Present the payment result

Use the resultCode from the /payments/details response to present the payment result to your shopper. You will also receive the outcome of the payment asynchronously in a notification webhook.

For Bancontact payments, you can receive the following resultCode values:

resultCode Description Action to take
Authorised The payment was successful. Inform the shopper that the payment was successful.
Cancelled The shopper cancelled the payment. Ask the shopper whether they want to continue with the order, or ask them to select a different payment method.
Error There was an error when the payment was being processed. For more information, check the refusalReason field. Inform the shopper that there was an error processing their payment.
Pending or
Received
The payment order was successfully received. Inform the shopper that you've received their order, and are waiting for the payment to clear.
You will receive the final result of the payment in an AUTHORISATION notification.
Refused The payment was refused. For more information, check the refusalReason field. Ask the shopper to try the payment again using a different payment method.

Recurring payments

We support recurring transactions for Bancontact through SEPA Direct Debit. To make recurring payments, you need to:

  1. Create a shopper token.
  2. Use the token to make future payments for the shopper.

Create a token

We strongly recommend that you request explicit permission from the shopper if you intend to make recurring SEPA payments. Being transparent about the payment schedule and the charged amount reduces the risk of chargebacks.

To create a token, include in your /payments request:

  • storePaymentMethod: true
  • shopperReference: Your unique identifier for the shopper.

When the payment has been settled, you receive a notification webhook containing:

  • eventCode: RECURRING_CONTRACT
  • originalReference: The pspReference of the initial payment.
  • pspReference: This is the token that you need to make recurring payments for this shopper.

Make a payment with a token

To make a payment with the token, include in your /payments request:

  • paymentMethod.storedPaymentMethodId: The pspReference from the RECURRING_CONTRACT.
You can also get this value by using the /listRecurringDetails endpoint.
  • shopperReference: The unique shopper identifier that you specified when creating the token.
  • shopperInteractionContAuth.
  • recurringProcessingModel: Subscription or UnscheduledCardOnFile.

For more information about the shopperInteraction and recurringProcessingModel fields, refer to Recurring transaction types.

curl https://checkout-test.adyen.com/v52/payments \
-H "x-API-key: YOUR_X-API-KEY" \
-H "content-type: application/json" \
-d '{
       "amount":{
          "value":1000,
          "currency":"EUR"
       },
       "paymentMethod":{
          "type":"sepadirectdebit",
          "recurringDetailReference":"7219687191761347"
       },
       "reference":"YOUR_ORDER_NUMBER",
       "merchantAccount":"YOUR_MERCHANT_ACCOUNT",
       "shopperReference":"YOUR_UNIQUE_SHOPPER_ID_IOfW3k9G2PvXFu2j",
       "shopperInteraction":"ContAuth",
       "recurringProcessingModel": "Subscription"
}'
# Set your X-API-KEY with the API key from the Customer Area.
adyen = Adyen::Client.new
adyen.api_key = "YOUR_X-API-KEY"
 
response = adyen.checkout.payments({
  :amount => {
    :currency => "EUR",
    :value => 1000
  },
  :reference => "YOUR_ORDER_NUMBER",
  :paymentMethod => {
    :type => "sepadirectdebit",
    :recurringDetailReference => "7219687191761347"
  },
  :returnUrl => "https://your-company.com/checkout?shopperOrder=12xy..",
  :shopperReference => "YOUR_UNIQUE_SHOPPER_ID_IOfW3k9G2PvXFu2j",
  :merchantAccount => "YOUR_MERCHANT_ACCOUNT",
  :shopperInteraction => "ContAuth",
  :recurringProcessingModel => "Subscription"
})
// Set YOUR_X-API-KEY with the API key from the Customer Area.
// Change to Environment.LIVE and add the Live URL prefix when you're ready to accept live payments.
Client client = new Client("YOUR_X-API-KEY", Environment.TEST);
Checkout checkout = new Checkout(client);

PaymentsRequest paymentsRequest = new PaymentsRequest();

String merchantAccount = "YOUR_MERCHANT_ACCOUNT";
paymentsRequest.setMerchantAccount(merchantAccount);

Amount amount = new Amount();
amount.setCurrency("EUR");
amount.setValue(15000L);
paymentsRequest.setAmount(amount);

DefaultPaymentMethodDetails paymentMethodDetails = new DefaultPaymentMethodDetails();
paymentMethodDetails.setRecurringDetailReference("7219687191761347");
paymentMethodDetails.setType("sepadirectdebit");
paymentsRequest.setPaymentMethod(paymentMethodDetails);

paymentsRequest.setReference("YOUR_ORDER_NUMBER");
paymentsRequest.setReturnUrl("https://your-company.com/checkout?shopperOrder=12xy..");
paymentsRequest.setShopperInteraction("ContAuth");
paymentsRequest.setRecurringProcessingModel("Subscription");

PaymentsResponse paymentsResponse = checkout.payments(paymentsRequest);
// Set your X-API-KEY with the API key from the Customer Area.
$client = new \Adyen\Client();
$client->setXApiKey("YOUR_X-API-KEY");
$service = new \Adyen\Service\Checkout($client);

$params = array(
  "amount" => array(
    "currency" => "EUR",
    "value" => 1000
  ),
  "reference" => "YOUR_ORDER_NUMBER",
  "paymentMethod" => array(
    "type" => "sepadirectdebit",
    "recurringDetailReference" => "7219687191761347"
  ),
  "returnUrl" => "https://your-company.com/checkout?shopperOrder=12xy..",
  "shopperReference" => "YOUR_UNIQUE_SHOPPER_ID_IOfW3k9G2PvXFu2j",
  "recurringProcessingModel" => "Subscription",
  "shopperInteraction" => "ContAuth",
  "merchantAccount" => "YOUR_MERCHANT_ACCOUNT"
);
$result = $service->payments($params);
#Set your X-API-KEY with the API key from the Customer Area.
adyen = Adyen.Adyen()
adyen.client.xapikey = 'YOUR_X-API-KEY'

result = adyen.checkout.payments({
   'amount': {
      'value': 1000,
      'currency': 'EUR'
   },
   'reference': 'YOUR_ORDER_NUMBER',
   'paymentMethod': {
      'type': 'sepadirectdebit',
      'recurringDetailReference': '7219687191761347'
   },
   'returnUrl': 'https://your-company.com/checkout?shopperOrder=12xy..',
   'shopperReference': 'YOUR_UNIQUE_SHOPPER_ID_IOfW3k9G2PvXFu2j'
   'merchantAccount': 'YOUR_MERCHANT_ACCOUNT',
   'shopperInteraction':'ContAuth',
   'recurringProcessingModel': 'Subscription'
})
// Set your X-API-KEY with the API key from the Customer Area.
var client = new Client ("YOUR_X-API-KEY", Environment.Test);
var checkout = new Checkout(client);

var amount = new Model.Checkout.Amount("EUR", 1000);
var details = new Model.Checkout.DefaultPaymentMethodDetails{
  Type = "sepadirectdebit",
  RecurringDetailReference = "7219687191761347"
};
var paymentsRequest = new Model.Checkout.PaymentRequest
{
  Reference = "YOUR_ORDER_NUMBER",
  Amount = amount,
  ReturnUrl = @"https://your-company.com/checkout?shopperOrder=12xy..",
  MerchantAccount = "YOUR_MERCHANT_ACCOUNT",
  ShopperReference = "YOUR_UNIQUE_SHOPPER_ID_IOfW3k9G2PvXFu2j",
  RecurringProcessingModel = "Subscription",
  ShopperInteraction = "ContAuth",
  PaymentMethod = details
};

var paymentResponse = checkout.Payments(paymentsRequest);
// Set your X-API-KEY with the API key from the Customer Area.
const {Client, Config, CheckoutAPI} = require('@adyen/api-library');
const config = new Config();
// Set your X-API-KEY with the API key from the Customer Area.
config.apiKey = '[API_KEY]';
config.merchantAccount = '[YOUR_MERCHANT_ACCOUNT]';
const client = new Client({ config });
client.setEnvironment("TEST");
const checkout = new CheckoutAPI(client);
checkout.payments({
    amount: { currency: "EUR", value: 1000 },
    paymentMethod: {
        type: 'sepadirectdebit',
        recurringDetailReference: "7219687191761347"
    },
    reference: "YOUR_ORDER_NUMBER",
    merchantAccount: config.merchantAccount,
    shopperReference: "YOUR_UNIQUE_SHOPPER_ID_IOfW3k9G2PvXFu2j",
    returnUrl: "https://your-company.com/checkout?shopperOrder=12xy..",
    shopperInteraction: "ContAuth",
    recurringProcessingModel: "Subscription"
}).then(res => res);

Test and go live

Bancontact currently has no test platform. If you have a personal Bancontact account you can test your integration by either:

  • Making live payments with a low value.
  • Cancelling the transaction when you are asked to verify the payment.

Before you can accept live payments, you need to submit a request for Bancontact in your live Customer Area.

See also