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HTML Variables for Website Payments Standard 3

HTML Variables for Shopping Carts

HTML variables for shopping carts can be used with Add to Cart buttons, as well as with third party shopping carts or custom carts that initiate payment processing with the Cart Upload command.

Table 5. HTMLVariables for Shopping Carts

Name

Required or Optional

Description

Character Length

add

See description

Add an item to the PayPal Shopping Cart.

This variable must be set as follows:

add="1"

The alternative is the display="1" variable, which displays the contents of the PayPal Shopping Cart to the buyer.

If both add and display are specified, display takes precedence.

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amount

Required

Price of the item or the total price of all items in the shopping cart.

 

business

Required

Your PayPal ID or an email address associated with your PayPal account. Email addresses must be confirmed.

 

discount_amount_cart

Optional

Single discount amount to be charged cart-wide.

It must be less than the selling price of all items combined in the cart. This variable overrides any individual item discount_amount_x
values, if present.

Applies only to the Cart Upload command.

 

discount_amount_x

Optional

The discount amount associated with item x.

It must be less than the selling price of the associated item. This amount is added with any other item discounts in the cart.

Applies only to the Cart Upload command.

 

discount_rate_cart

Optional

Single discount rate (percentage) to be charged cart-wide.

It must be set to a value less than 100. The variable overrides any individual item discount_rate_x
values, if present.

Applies only to the Cart Upload command.

 

discount_rate_x

Optional

The discount rate associated with item x.

It must be set to a value less than 100. The variable takes into account all quantities of item x.

Applies only to the Cart Upload command.

 

display

See description.

Display the contents of the PayPal Shopping Cart to the buyer. This variable must be set as follows:

display="1"

The alternative is the add="1" variable, which adds an item to the PayPal Shopping Cart.

If both add and display are specified, display takes precedence.

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handling_ cart

Optional

Single handling fee to be charged cart-wide. If handling_cart is used in multiple Add to Cart buttons, the handling_cart value of the first item is used.

 

item_name

Required

Name of the item or a name for the entire Shopping Cart

 

paymentaction

Optional

Indicates whether the transaction is payment on a final sale or an authorization for a final sale, to be captured later. Allowable values:

  • sale
  • authorization
  • order

The default value is sale. Set the value to authorization to place a hold on the PayPal account for the authorized amount. Set the value to order to authorize the transaction without placing a hold on the PayPal account.

Important: If you set paymentaction to order, you must use the Authorization & Capture API to authorize and capture the transaction payments. The merchant tools on the PayPal websitel let you capture payments only for authorizations, not for orders.

 

shopping_url

Optional

The URL of the page on the merchant website that buyers return to when they click the Continue Shopping button on the PayPal Shopping Cart page.

For more information, see Sample HTML Code for Add to Cart Buttons that Continue Shopping on the Current Merchant Webpage.

 

upload

See description

Upload the contents of a third party shopping cart or a custom shopping cart.

This variable must be set as follows:

upload="1"

The alternatives are the add="1" variable and the display="1" variable, which are used with the PayPal Shopping Cart.

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HTML Variables for Subscribe Buttons

HTML variables for Subscribe buttons set the terms of subscriptions and their recurring payments.

Table 6. HTML Variables for Subscribe Buttons

Name

Required or Optional

Description

Character Length

business

Required

Your PayPal ID or an email address associated with your PayPal account. Email addresses must be confirmed.

 

item_name

Optional

Description of item being sold (maximum 127 characters). If you are collecting aggregate payments, this can include a summary of all items purchased, tracking numbers, or generic terms such as "subscription." If omitted, customer will see a field in which they have the option of entering an Item Name

 

currency_code

Optional

The currency of prices for trial periods and the subscription. The default is USD.

For allowable values, see Currency Codes.

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a1

Optional

Trial period 1 price. For a free trial period, specify 0.

 

p1

See description.

Trial period 1 duration. Required if you specify a1. Specify an integer value in the allowable range for the units of duration that you specify with t1.

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t1

See description.

Trial period 1 units of duration. Required if you specify a1. Allowable values:

  • D – for days; allowable range for p1 is 1 to 90
  • W – for weeks; allowable range for p1 is 1 to 52
  • M – for months; allowable range for p1 is 1 to 24
  • Y – for years; allowable range for p1 is 1 to 5

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a2

Optional

Trial period 2 price. Can be specified only if you also specify a1.

 

p2

See description.

Trial period 2 duration. Required if you specify a2. Specify an integer value in the allowable range for the units of duration that you specify with t2.

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t2

See description.

Trial period 2 units of duration. Allowable values:

  • D – for days; allowable range for p2 is 1 to 90
  • W – for weeks; allowable range for p2 is 1 to 52
  • M – for months; allowable range for p2 is 1 to 24
  • Y – for years; allowable range for p2 is 1 to 5

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a3

Required

Regular subscription price.

 

p3

Required

Subscription duration. Specify an integer value in the allowable range for the units of duration that you specify with t3.

2

t3

Required

Regular subscription units of duration. Allowable values:

  • D – for days; allowable range for p3 is 1 to 90
  • W – for weeks; allowable range for p3 is 1 to 52
  • M – for months; allowable range for p3 is 1 to 24
  • Y – for years; allowable range for p3 is 1 to 5

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src

Optional

Recurring payments. Subscription payments recur unless subscribers cancel their subscriptions before the end of the current billing cycle or you limit the number of times that payments recur with the value that you specify for srt.

Allowable values:

  • 0 – subscription payments do not recur
  • 1 – subscription payments recur

The default is 0.

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srt

Optional

Recurring times. Number of times that subscription payments recur. Specify an integer above 1. Valid only if you specify src="1".

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sra

Optional

Reattempt on failure. If a recurring payment fails, PayPal attempts to collect the payment two more times before canceling the subscription.

Allowable values:

  • 0 – do not reattempt failed recurring payments
  • 1 – reattempt failed recurring payments before canceling

The default is 1.

For more information, see Reattempting Failed Recurring Payments With Subscribe Buttons.

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no_note

Required

Do not prompt payers to include a note with their payments. Allowable values for Subscribe buttons:

  • 1 – hide the text box and the prompt

For Subscribe buttons, always include no_note and set it to 1.

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custom

Optional

User-defined field which will be passed through the system and returned in your merchant payment notification email. This field will not be shown to your subscribers.

255

invoice

Optional

User-defined field which must be unique with each subscription. The invoice number will be shown to subscribers with the other details of their transactions

127

modify

Optional

Modification behavior. Allowable values:

  • 0 – allows subscribers to only create new subscriptions
  • 1 – allows subscribers to modify their current subscriptions or sign up for new ones
  • 2 – allows subscribers to only modify their current subscriptions

The default value is 0.

For more information, see Working With Modify Subscription Buttons.

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usr_manage

Optional

Set to 1 to have PayPal generate usernames and initial passwords for subscribers.

For more information, see Generating Usernames and Passwords With Subscribe Buttons.

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