Laravel Paypal Integration - Smart button with server-side integration

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You would have seen a lot of blogs for paypal php integration with REST api which is driven completely in the backend. For checkout, paypal provides an easy way to checkout for client side ready-to-use smart button payment. This approach will work only from the frontend, which will not be safe and difficult to reconcile as the backend doesn’t have any information about it. Server side integration with the paypal smart button will help us to reconcile or track the payments even after some issues in the user’s payment journey. In this blog, we have walkthrough the paypal smart button with server side php laravel integration.

Paypal :
PayPal is an online popular payment platform that offers payment gateway related services to individuals and businesses entities. In addition to online payments, PayPal also offers a variety of related services including debit cards for payments, credit card readers for small merchants, and lines of credit. PayPal is one of very secure method of sending payments online.

PayPal API:
PayPal provides a REST API interface to the third party developers to integrate the payment gateway into their app. API caters for making payments on a website, refunding sales, looking up details of transactions, setting up a billing plan, storing a credit card’s history securely, etc. As it is a REST API, it uses HTTP methods to be easily incorporated into the web and mobile apps. Paypal provides different accounts like PayPal Premier, Business or Website Payments Pro account.  We need to give debit card information for creating business accounts but they won't charge any fee for it.  It allows you to accept payments immediately.

Set Up Your Development Environment:

To generate REST API credentials we need client id and secret, it can be generated by creating the sandbox environments. Follow the below steps to create the sandbox environments

  • For online transactions, you need to create a PayPal account at
  • Log in to the Developer Dashboard with your PayPal account
  • Under the Dashboard menu, select My Apps & Credentials
  • Make sure you're on the Sandbox tab to get the API credentials you'll use while you're developing code . These details include your secret_key and client_id. After you test and before you go live, switch to the Live tab to get live credentials
  • Under the App Name column, select Default Application, which PayPal creates with a new Developer Dashboard account. Select Create App if you don't see the default app

Render the Smart Payment Buttons:

Include  the PayPal JavaScript sdk with client id in the head of the web page.

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="">
<script src=" YOUR_CLIENT_ID "></script>

Default values for the PayPal JavaScript SDK

To streamline the integration, the PayPal JavaScript SDK uses default values for parameters. Depending on how you want your integration to work, you might want to override these default values by explicitly passing a different value. A few common parameters you might override:

  • currency - The PayPal JavaScript SDK defaults to USD.
  • intent - The PayPal JavaScript SDK defaults to capture, which results in the capturing the funds immediately. If you want to authorize funds immediately but capture the funds later, you have to explicitly pass authorize as the intent for the transaction.

I created the div container with id and used the id to render the PayPal Smart Payment Buttons to a container element on the web page.

              /* Render the PayPal button into #paypal-button-container */
                  /* Set up the transaction */
}       }).render('#paypal-button-container'); </script>

Paypal Buttons javascript code snippet is typical code snippet given by Paypal to render the Paypal smart button. In this code snippet, there are two main listeners

CreateOrder is to create the order id in the paypal system for the payment transactions. After the user pays the amount, onApprove method is invoked where it captures the payment details and responds in the ui screen about the payment status.

  // Render the PayPal button into #paypal-button-container
          	// Set up the transaction
        	createOrder: function(data, actions) {
            	return actions.order.create({
                	purchase_units: [{
                    	amount: {
                        	value: '88.44'

        	// Finalize the transaction
        	onApprove: function(data, actions) {
            	return actions.order.capture().then(function(orderData) {
                	// Successful capture! For demo purposes:
                	console.log('Capture result', orderData, JSON.stringify(orderData, null, 2));
                	var transaction = orderData.purchase_units[0].payments.captures[0];
                	alert('Transaction '+ transaction.status + ': ' + 
                                       + '\n\nSee console for all available details');

                	// Replace the above to show a success message within this page, e.g.
                	// const element = document.getElementById('paypal-button-container');
                	// element.innerHTML = '';
                	// element.innerHTML = '<h3>Thank you for your payment!</h3>';
                	// Or go to another URL:  actions.redirect('thank_you.html');

Payment Workflow:

In my app, the user needs to enter the amount and my app shows the paypal smart button for the user to open the paypal payment form. In the form, user pays the amount from their account and finally land on our app success page.   I created one more sandbox paypal personal account to pay in the app while checkout. Internally I put the flow between client and backend of our app along with the paypal server. The workflow steps are listed below:

  1. Enter the amount and click “paypal” it goes to the createorder method in the smart button javascript sdk.
  2. From createroder javascript function It  goes to our backend paymentcontroller->createorder method and which in turn calls the paypal server to create order and comes back to the paypal button create order.
  3. After the create order javascript method returns the orderid, javascript sdk will take us to the paypal login page, where we enter the personal paypal account to login. It will redirect us to the paypal payment page,for the user to pay.  
  4. Once a user pays, javascript sdk takes it to the Payal server.
  5. Paypal server approves the payment and then it calls the onapprove listener of javascript sdk.
  6. In this on approve javascript sdk method, it needs to call the payment controller->getstatus method to confirm the payment happened successfully by capturing the payment.
  7. Payment controller captures payments by invoking paypal capture payment rest api with the paypal payment id.
  8. It then returns back the payment capture details.
  9. If the payment details are successful, then show the payment success page. If it got cancelled, capture payment returns status failure, to show the order cancelled page.

The below flow diagram will make you clearer understand of paypal transaction:


I have made a simple order checkout for the user to enter the amount with the paypal smart button. 


Create order:

In the javascript sdk, I am calling the backend paymentController using the  backend api url -  payment/paypal/createTransaction. 

    return fetch('/payment/paypal/createTransaction', {
                          method: 'post',
                          headers: {      
                          body:  JSON.stringify({})                             

In paymentcontroller, createOrder method we do the POST paypal request to /v2/checkout/orders.

An order represents a payment between two or more parties.The Orders API to create, update, retrieve, authorize, and capture orders are available. To make REST API calls, include the bearer token in the header with the Bearer authentication scheme. The value is Bearer <Access-Token> or Basic <client_id:secret>. Access token is generated in the construct method of the class using the client and client secret which we got as part of the sandbox paypal app sdk. This token will be stored in the class member.

public function __construct()
  /** PayPal api context **/
        $paypal_conf = \Config::get('paypal');   
        // Creating an environment
        $clientId = $paypal_conf['client_id'];
        $clientSecret = $paypal_conf['secret'];
        $this->_paypalApiUrl = $paypal_conf['api_url'];
        $params=['name'=>$clientId, 'surname'=>$clientSecret];
        $ch = curl_init($this->_paypalApiUrl."v1/oauth2/token");
        curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
        $headers = array(
            'Content-Type: application/json',
            'Accept: application/json',
            'Authorization: Basic '. base64_encode($clientId.":".$clientSecret) 
        curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, $headers);
        curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
        curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, rawurldecode(http_build_query(array(
            'grant_type' => 'client_credentials'
          $this->_token_response = json_decode(curl_exec($ch));
          $status = curl_getinfo($ch, CURLINFO_HTTP_CODE);
          Log::info('token generation status: '.$status.'response'.gettype($this->_token_response));      

Headers are set with content type and bearer token and in body, we have to pass the order number and amount. A successful request returns the HTTP 201 Created status code and a JSON response body that includes by default a minimal response with the ID, status, and HATEOAS links

public function payWithpaypal(Request $request)
        $paypal_conf = \Config::get('paypal');
        $paypalApiUrl = $paypal_conf['api_url'];
        $input = $request->all();
        $order_no = $input['order_no'];
        $amount = $input['amount'];
        $ch = curl_init($this->_paypalApiUrl."v2/checkout/orders");
        curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
        $headers = array(
            'Content-Type: application/json',
            'Accept: application/json',
            'Authorization: Bearer '. $this->_token_response->access_token
        curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, $headers);
        curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
        curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, '{
            "intent": "CAPTURE",
            "purchase_units": [
                "amount": {
                  "currency_code": "'.$paypal_conf['currency_type'].'",
                  "value": "'.$amount.'"
          $_order_response = json_decode(curl_exec($ch), true);
          $status = curl_getinfo($ch, CURLINFO_HTTP_CODE);
          Log::info('order generation response: '.$status.'response'.gettype($_order_response));
        return response()->json($_order_response);

Once the rest api is executed, the create order response has been sent to the frontend fetch call where it takes the order id from the response and then returns back to createOrder javascript sdk method . 

Then it takes the user to the paypal login followed by the payment screen so that the user pays the amount. Below screen is where the end user pay the amount and finally lands on the payment status page. 

 Once paid, it calls the onApprove javascript sdk method where we need to call application backend API to capture the payment using the current system order id, with paypal order id and facilitator access token in the request body.

// Finalize the transaction
         onApprove: function(data, actions) {
                console.log("on approve", data);
                return fetch('/payment/paypal/capture/{{$order_no}}', {
                    method: 'post',
                    headers: {
                    body: JSON.stringify(data),
                }).then(function(res) {
                    return res.json();

Capture payment for an order:

API:   POST   /v2/checkout/orders/{id}/capture

public function getPaymentStatus(Request $request)
          $input = $request->all();
          $payerId = $request->payerID; 
          $paypalOrderId = $request->orderID; 
          $facilitorAccessToken =  $request->facilitatorAccessToken;
          $ch = curl_init($this->_paypalApiUrl."v2/checkout/orders/".$paypalOrderId."/capture");
          curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
        $headers = array(
            'Content-Type: application/json',
            'Accept: application/json',
            'Authorization: Bearer '. $this->_token_response->access_token,

        curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, $headers);
        curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
        $_capture_response = json_decode(curl_exec($ch), true, 512);
        $status = curl_getinfo($ch, CURLINFO_HTTP_CODE);
        Log::info('order capture data : '.$status.'for'.$facilitorAccessToken.'response'
        return response()->json($_capture_response);

In this method, we pass the request body to  Paypal capture rest api method. Details are available in the paypal documentation link It requires paypal order id and facilitor acesstoken to capture the paypal payment status. Captured response has been sent to the frontend, where it checks for success and then returns the response status. It checks the status of the response for authorized and then returns to the order success screen. If it fails, then the order failure screen will be shown.

Screen shot of the successful payment and payment failures are shown below. It will be shown on success and failure scenarios respectively.


Add routes:

In the case of payments, there are three routes, add the following routes to routes/web.php file. These are Payments, Payment success, and cancellation.

Route::post('/payment/paypal/createTransaction', 'PaymentController@payWithpaypal');
Route::post('/payment/paypal/capture/{orderid}', 'PaymentController@getPaymentStatus');
Route::get('/suceess/{order_no}', function (){
    return view('suceess');
Route::get('/', function (){
    return view('index');

Finally paypal payment with server side integration is completed and the completed code is available in our github repository



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