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7. IPN and PDT > 65. Receive Instant Payment Notifications

Receive Instant Payment Notifications

Set up the IPN system to have PayPal automatically send transaction details to your server to process immediately after receiving a payment.

PayPal makes it easy for merchants to accept payments by placing payment buttons on their web sites. While this system can be sufficient to initiate transactions, it does nothing to help process payments once they’re made. IPN fills this gap.

PayPal’s IPN feature sends a behind-the-scenes server-to-server post to a page of your choice, almost instantly after a customer clicks the Pay button and completes the transaction at the PayPal web site.

To begin using IPN, log into PayPal, click Profile, and then click Instant Payment Notification Preferences to see the screen shown in Figure 7-1. Turn on the feature by checking the box, and then specify the URL of the script on your server that you would like to receive the transaction details.


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