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Learn how to accept PayPal payments.

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​PayPal is an online payment service that lets shoppers use their PayPal account to make online purchases. Shoppers store their credit or debit cards in their PayPal account, and then use that account to pay online and in-store.

The following table provides more details about payment types, flows, etc.

Payment type Payment flow Countries Currencies Recurring Refunds Partial refunds Separate captures1 Partial captures Chargebacks2
PayPal Direct (Web)
Redirect (iOS, Android)
International Multiple -white_check_mark- -white_check_mark- -white_check_mark- -white_check_mark- -white_check_mark- -white_check_mark-
PayPal Credit Direct US, UK Multiple -white_check_mark- -white_check_mark- -white_check_mark- -white_check_mark- -white_check_mark- -white_check_mark-

1 By default, payments are captured immediately after authorisation.
2 All chargebacks are handled directly via PayPal.

Before you choose the integration type

Note that our online payments PayPal solution supports two integration types depending on the channel:

  • Web

    • Direct payment flow. Recommended for new Web integrations.
    • Present a PayPal Smart Payment Button to shoppers in your payment form in all countries and web browsers supported by PayPal.
    • Smart Payment Buttons are available from Web Drop-in and Components v 3.7.0 and later.
  • iOS and Android
    • Redirect payment flow. Required for mobile integrations.
    • Present a PayPal payment button in your Android or iOS app for all countries and mobile browsers supported by PayPal.

We recommend that you use the latest version of the Checkout API for both web and mobile integrations.

Choose how you want to integrate