When using the paypal sandbox with store, what do I put in the store settings fields for the paypal gateway?

I have obtained my paypal credentials for running live, but to test with the sandbox, do I have to have another set of credentials for my paypal developer account?

  • Thanks for the great answer! Rakesh
    – user6187
    Apr 1, 2015 at 14:45

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I haven't used Store but have used Cartthrob, Membrr (as well as many other ecommerce engines) and wanted to add my thought.

You should have two sets of credentials - your live PayPal account details and your developer account details (sandbox). As far as I know these are completely separate - certainly in my experience I've just used two separate accounts.

You'll need to set up a buyer account in the sandbox that you'll use when you've proceeded to the PayPal payment page.

To test the cart while developing, obtain the API details from your sandbox account and add these to the PayPal gateway in the CP. Once you test the checkout process (I'm assuming this is for PayPal Standard/Express) you'll need to enter the sandbox buyer account details (see above) to test a payment.

As I said, haven't had experience of Store but this seems like a more general PayPal API question.

  • thanks for clarifying that I need API details (credentials) for my sandbox account to use while testing. I will try that. Nov 22, 2012 at 15:06
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    This article does a god job of explaining the details of how to do this. Nov 24, 2012 at 21:37

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