How To: Get Credentials for PayPal Adaptive Payments

When you create a payment method that uses PayPal Adaptive Payments, you’ll need to get API username, API password, Signature, and Application ID from the PayPal website.


You can also refer to PayPal Developer documentation to learn more about getting these credentials. Please note that you’ll need credentials for an NVP/SOAP API app.

Getting API username, API password, Signature

  1. Sign in to your PayPal Business account on the PayPal website.

  2. Open the settings of your profile.

    Click the profile icon on the PayPal page.
  3. Select the My selling tools section on the left. Find API access on the list of settings and click the Update link to the right of it.

    Go to "My selling tools" section and update API access settings.
  4. A new page will open. While on that page, click Request API credentials.

    Go to "My selling tools" section and update API access settings.
  5. Choose Request API signature and submit your request.

    Choosing between API signature and certificate.
  6. You’ll be able to see your API username, API password, and signature by clicking the Show links next to them.

    Viewing your PayPal API credentials.

Getting Application ID

To get application ID, please contact your PayPal manager. The decision whether or not to provide the application ID is up to PayPal.