This guide explains how to enable PayPal and make PayPal payments from your server.


PayPalis Britain’s No.1 preferred online and mobile payment method. It is an alternative payment method that you can add to your existing online checkout to increase sales. Your customers can then choose to checkout with their favourite payment method: PayPal, debit card, or credit card.

Alternative payment methods, like PayPal, work a little differently from traditional card-based payment methods like Visa and MasterCard. Instead of staying on your checkout page to make a payment, customers will be redirected to PayPal to complete their payment before being redirected back to your site.

PayPal's Express Checkout

Express Checkout makes it easier for buyers to pay online. In an Express Checkout flow, a buyer checks out at the beginning of the flow like normal. However, the buyer does not enter shipping, billing, or payment information, because PayPal provides the stored information. This simplifies and expedites the checkout process.

In the Express Checkout flow, the buyer:

  • Chooses Express Checkout by clicking Checkout with PayPal
  • Logs into PayPal to authenticate his or her identity
  • Reviews the transaction on PayPal
  • Confirms the order and pays from your site
  • Receives an order confirmation

Getting Started

Taking payments with PayPal is easy, all you have to do is:

  1. Create and activate your PayPal account
  2. Link your PayPal and Worldpay accounts
  3. Add a PayPal button to your website and make PayPal payments

It’s as simple as that!

1. Create and Activate your PayPal Account

PayPal needs your authorisation to process Worldpay-sourced transactions. However, you can create test PayPal payments at any time.

Adjust the PayPal API settings in your PayPal account to accept payments through Worldpay

To adjust the settings in your PayPal account so that you can accept payments through Worldpay:

  1. Log in to your PayPal Business account, and select Profile and Settings from the Profile drop-down.
  2. On the My Profile page, click My Selling Preferences, and choose to Update API access.
  3. Click Grant API Permission.
  4. Paypal must be configured for each currency from (GBP, EUR, USD) that you accept. Each currency has a separate API username. Choose the first required API username and click Lookup:
    • For GBP the username is
    • For EUR the username is
    • For USD the username is
  5. Tick the first 10 permissions and click Add.
  6. Configuration of this currency is now complete. If you have another currency click Add New Third Party, and follow steps d, e, and f again.

3. Send us your PayPal details and preferences

Now, let us know you're ready to go by toggling the PayPal switch in your Worldpay settings. Then, emailRSC_Admin.Wpdev@worldpay.comwith your PayPal primary email address, as well as if you'd like reference transactions, and if you would like to set your PayPal checkout merchant logo via Worldpay and we'll do the rest. If you need to change the primary email address, please get in touch before making the change.

Now you're ready for step 3,Add a PayPal button and make payments.