PayPal Payment Gateway Integration in PHP using PayPal REST API

PayPal is one of the most trusted payment gateways on the internet. It is widely used on websites to accept online payments. However, integrating the PayPal payment gateway into the application is not easy. PayPal API documentation is quite big and thus hard to understand. For a developer who is going to integrate the PayPal gateway for the first time, it will take long hours and efforts to succeed in it. Fortunately, while researching this topic, I found a better way of integrating the PayPal payment gateway using PayPal REST API which we are going to discuss in this tutorial.

In order to achieve our goal, I’ll use the package provided by Omnipay. Omnipay provides a clean and easy way to integrate different payment gateway on your web application. Their code structure is also clean and efficient. All you need to do is follow their guidelines and pass your credentials. Omnipay does the rest stuff for you.

That being said, let’s start with PayPal gateway integration using PHP. The very first step is getting the PayPal API credentials.

Get PayPal Client ID and Client Secret

For PayPal integration in the website, you first need to create a REST API app on a PayPal developer account. Once you created the app, you will get the client id and client secret.

To create a REST API app, go to your PayPal developer account and log in to the dashboard.

In the dashboard, click on the menu ‘My Apps & Credentials’. Click on the ‘Create App’ button under the REST API apps section.

Create PayPal REST API APP

On the next step, fill out the app name and you will get your client id and client secret. In my case, in the below screenshot I can see sandbox credentials. It’s always recommended to test the payment first on sandbox and then switch to production mode.

PayPal REST API app Sandbox Client Id and Client Secret

Copy these credentials. It will require in the next steps.

Library Installation and Basic Setup

As I said, we will use Omnipay for PayPal REST API integration. Install the library using the command below.

composer require league/omnipay omnipay/paypal

After installing the library, create a configuration file where we store the API credentials, write DB connection and initialize the gateway.


require_once "vendor/autoload.php";

use Omnipay\Omnipay;


define('PAYPAL_RETURN_URL', 'YOUR_SITE_URL/success.php');
define('PAYPAL_CANCEL_URL', 'YOUR_SITE_URL/cancel.php');
define('PAYPAL_CURRENCY', 'USD'); // set your currency here

// Connect with the database
$db = new mysqli('localhost', 'MYSQL_DB_USERNAME', 'MYSQL_DB_PASSWORD', 'MYSQL_DB_NAME'); 

if ($db->connect_errno) {
    die("Connect failed: ". $db->connect_error);

$gateway = Omnipay::create('PayPal_Rest');
$gateway->setTestMode(true); //set it to 'false' when go live

Here, I passed the ‘Paypal_Rest’ parameter to the create() method of Omnipay. It tells Omnipay to use PayPal REST API in the background to process the payment. To the PAYPAL_CURRENCY constant, I used the ‘USD’ currency. Adjust this value as per your requirement. You should also pass the sandbox credentials to the constants CLIENT_ID and CLIENT_SECRET. Apart from it, replace the placeholders like YOUR_SITE_URL and MySQL database credentials.

Next, create a simple form where a user can enter the amount. For demo purposes, I just keep one field in the form. You can extend the form as per your requirement.


<form action="charge.php" method="post">
    <input type="text" name="amount" value="20.00" />
    <input type="submit" name="submit" value="Pay Now">

When the payment gets completed we should save the transaction details in the database table. Create a database table by running the below SQL statement.

CREATE TABLE `payments` (
 `payment_id` varchar(255) NOT NULL,
 `payer_id` varchar(255) NOT NULL,
 `payer_email` varchar(255) NOT NULL,
 `amount` float(10,2) NOT NULL,
 `currency` varchar(255) NOT NULL,
 `payment_status` varchar(255) NOT NULL,

This table contains no foreign key as it is just for demo purposes. The user can add a column user_id in this table to relate the payment with the user.

PayPal Payment Gateway Integration in PHP

While making the payment through PayPal, the user will redirect to the PayPal website to complete the transaction. After following PayPal prompted steps, the user will redirect back to the application based on success or failure status. We defined these URLs in the config.php file.

Once, user redirects back to the application with success response, we need to execute the payment in the PHP file which is success.php in our case. At this point, we can store the payment information after executing the payment.

  • charge.php : Collect the user inputs, forward the customer to the PayPal website.
  • success.php : Execute payment as PayPal authorized the payment. Store transaction details into the database.
  • cancel.php : Customer didn’t complete the payment.


require_once 'config.php';

if (isset($_POST['submit'])) {

    try {
        $response = $gateway->purchase(array(
            'amount' => $_POST['amount'],
            'currency' => PAYPAL_CURRENCY,
            'returnUrl' => PAYPAL_RETURN_URL,
            'cancelUrl' => PAYPAL_CANCEL_URL,

        if ($response->isRedirect()) {
            $response->redirect(); // this will automatically forward the customer
        } else {
            // not successful
            echo $response->getMessage();
    } catch(Exception $e) {
        echo $e->getMessage();


require_once 'config.php';

// Once the transaction has been approved, we need to complete it.
if (array_key_exists('paymentId', $_GET) && array_key_exists('PayerID', $_GET)) {
    $transaction = $gateway->completePurchase(array(
        'payer_id'             => $_GET['PayerID'],
        'transactionReference' => $_GET['paymentId'],
    $response = $transaction->send();

    if ($response->isSuccessful()) {
        // The customer has successfully paid.
        $arr_body = $response->getData();

        $payment_id = $arr_body['id'];
        $payer_id = $arr_body['payer']['payer_info']['payer_id'];
        $payer_email = $arr_body['payer']['payer_info']['email'];
        $amount = $arr_body['transactions'][0]['amount']['total'];
        $currency = PAYPAL_CURRENCY;
        $payment_status = $arr_body['state'];

        $db->query("INSERT INTO payments(payment_id, payer_id, payer_email, amount, currency, payment_status) VALUES('". $payment_id ."', '". $payer_id ."', '". $payer_email ."', '". $amount ."', '". $currency ."', '". $payment_status ."')");

        echo "Payment is successful. Your transaction id is: ". $payment_id;
    } else {
        echo $response->getMessage();
} else {
    echo 'Transaction is declined';


<h3>User cancelled the payment.</h3>

Test Payment in Sandbox Mode

We are done with the programming part of the tutorial. The next part is testing the payments with dummy cards. You can generate dummy cards from your PayPal Developer dashboard.

Upon login, click on the “Credit Card Generator” from the left-side menu and you will see the options to generate your dummy credit card. These card details you can use while testing the payment with PayPal sandbox mode.


Make Payment Live

After testing the payments with a sandbox mode, if everything works fine then you can make your payments live for the customers. For this, you need to pass your live credentials to the PHP constants we used – CLIENT_ID and CLIENT_SECRET. In addition to this, set the false value to the setTestMode() method.


Send Product Information to PayPal

In the above code, we are sending the amount to pay on PayPal. You may also want to send product information. Your customers can see these product details on the payment page before making a payment.

To send the product information, you need to pass the ‘items’ array to the purchase method as follows.

$response = $gateway->purchase(array(
    'amount' => $_POST['amount'],
    'items' => array(
            'name' => 'Course Subscription',
            'price' => $_POST['amount'],
            'description' => 'Get access to premium courses.',
            'quantity' => 1
    'currency' => PAYPAL_CURRENCY,
    'returnUrl' => PAYPAL_RETURN_URL,
    'cancelUrl' => PAYPAL_CANCEL_URL,

Here I have passed the product details statically. You should make it dynamic depending on your product.

I hope you got to know about PayPal Payment Gateway Integration in PHP. I would like to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below.

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  1. Fatal Error: Uncaught Omnipay\Common\Exception\RuntimeException: Class ‘\Omnipay\Paypal\RestGateway’ not found

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