Where can I find my PayPal account API credentials?

Modified on Fri, 31 Mar 2023 at 02:32 PM

To learn more about how to set up PayPal for registrations or bookings payment collection:

(A) For Registration Fee Collection, see the article:

Registration Fee Collection: How to set up PayPal to collect fees online? 

(B) For Online Booking Payments, see the article: 

Online Booking Payments: How to set up PayPal for accepting card payments for online bookings with Cheqdin?

In this article, we'll guide you on where to find your PayPal API credentials to link with your Cheqdin account. 

Step 1: Login or create a PayPal account 

Log in to your PayPal account. The PayPal account you use for your centre or school must be a PayPal business accountYou can create a new PayPal business account for free if you don't have one. When creating a new PayPal account, you must ensure to select the correct region (country where your centre will be based).

Step 2: Head to the PayPal developer portal

Navigate to your developer portal once logged in. If you cannot find the menu of the developer portal, click on the below link once logged in  https://developer.paypal.com/home

Step 3: Go to your 'Dashboard'

Click on the 'Dashboard' link found on the menu bar. This will take you to your account's dashboard. 

Step 4: Go to Apps & Credentials

Click on the 'My Apps & Credentials' link on the menu bar. This will take you to a page where you can create credentials for your account which you'll have to link with Cheqdin's portal. 

Step 5: Select Live and create app

Here you'll see options for 'Sandbox' and 'Live' accounts. Sandboxes are created solely for the purpose of testing, you can ignore that option. Select the 'Live' tab/ option. 

Step 6: Create your App

After you've selected the 'Live' option, click on 'Create App'. Give your app a name of your choice. We recommend using the legal name of your centre if registered or your small business name so that you can easily identify it later on. 

Step 7: Live Account API Credentials for integration with Cheqdin

Once your app has been created, PayPal will auto-populate your API Credentials or otherwise known as the Application Programming interface. API is nothing but the credentials that define interactions between software applications, in simpler terms, it is a connection between two or more applications. You'll require the Live API Credentials to integrate your PayPal account (to receive payments directly) with Cheqdin. 


For security reasons, exercise caution when updating your API credentials - Do not save or share your client secrets information elsewhere.

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