Create a Buy Now or Pay Now button

DocsDeprecatedLast updated: March 16th 2023, @ 11:23:55 am

Important: The Buy Now button is deprecated. For new integrations, see the PayPal Checkout Overview.

Learn how to create a Buy Now or Pay Now button by using the Create a PayPal payment button page. In most cases, you use the Buy Now button for selling merchandise and the Pay Now button for selling services.

1.RequiredOpen the Make a PayPal Button page.
2.RequiredEnter payment details.
3.OptionalAdd product information, such as size, color, and price options.
4.OptionalCustomize the button text and appearance.
5.OptionalOverride your default shipping rates.
6.OptionalOverride your default tax information.
7.OptionalAssociate transactions with an email address instead of your PayPal merchant ID.

Open the Make a PayPal Button page

  1. Go to

  2. Log in with the PayPal account you want to use to make the button.

  3. Select the button you want to make.

Enter payment details

  1. In Item name, enter the name of the item or service that you want to sell.

  2. (Optional) If you assign tracking numbers to your products or you want PayPal to track inventory levels, enter a unique inventory ID or tracking number in Item ID.

  3. In the Price field, enter the price of the item or service. Leave blank if your product has different options and prices. See Add product options and prices.

  4. To change the default currency, click a currency from the Currency drop-down menu.

    The default currency is listed in your Profile, under My Money and PayPal balance.

    Note: If you're satisfied with your button, click Create Button to save your button and generate the HTML code. Then copy and paste the code to your web page.

Add product options and prices

If your product has multiple options, like colors and sizes, add a drop-down menu to your button to list each option. You can list options with or without prices. To gather product customization information from a customer, add a text box to your button. For example, if you offer custom engraving, customers enter the message they want engraved in the text box.

  1. To add up to 10 product options, click Add drop-down menu with price/option or Add options without prices.

  2. Configure these options:

ComponentComponent Description
Name of drop-down menuEnter a name that appears above the drop-down menu, as Size.
Menu option nameEnter a name for the option, such as Small.
PriceEnter the price for option, such as $10.00. This item is disabled if you are adding options without prices.
CurrencyA drop-down menu that shows the default currency. To change the currency, select a different currency in the drop-down menu.
  1. Click Add another option, Remove option, or Done.

  2. Preview the drop-down menu in your customer's view.

  3. To add up to two text fields where customers can enter information, click Add text field.

  4. Enter a text-box label, such as Text to engrave:

Customize the button text and appearance

You can change the appearance and text of the default PayPal button or you can enter a URL to use your own button image.

To customize the button appearance:

  1. Click Customize text or appearance.

  2. To use a smaller version of the default PayPal button, click Use smaller button.

  3. By default, credit card logos are displayed beneath the payment button. To hide the logos, uncheck Display credit card logos.

    Note: This option is not applicable to Add to Cart buttons.

  4. To change the default language, click the Country and language for button menu and select a country and language. If you change the country and language, verify that Currency is set appropriately.

    The default language is specified in Preferred language, under My Settings in your Profile.

  5. To use your own button (not hosted by PayPal), select Use your own button image and then enter the URL of your button image. If your image is hosted on an SSL-secured server, change the text box to begin with https://.

  1. To hide the default credit card banner, click Display credit card logos to disable the banner.

  2. To change the default Buy Now text to Pay Now, click Select button text.

    The button text is changed to Pay Now.

Override default shipping rates

(Optional) Shipping rates are automatically calculated using the shipping methods you set in your PayPal account profile. U.S. merchants can override the shipping methods and set shipping rates on a per transaction basis. Non-U.S. merchants must first enable shipping method overrides in their account profile.

U.S. merchants:

  1. To review the shipping methods set in your account profile, click View.

  2. To use your default shipping methods, leave Use settings saved in your PayPal profile checked.

  3. Enter the product's Weight and select Lb(s) or kgs.

  4. To override your default shipping methods, click Use specific amount and then enter the amount to charge for shipping.

  5. For items that do not incur shipping charges, such as digital goods, enter zero (0.00).

For non-U.S. merchants, first enable overrides:

  1. Log in to your PayPal account.

  2. Select Profile, and then Profile and Settings.

  3. Click My selling tools.

  4. From the Shipping my items section, locate Shipping Calculations and click Update.

  5. On the Shipping calculation page, click Yes for the Override shipping methods per transaction option.

  6. On Create a PayPal payment button page, click Use specific amount and enter an amount to charge for shipping.

For more information, see Override shipping calculations on individual transactions.

Override default tax information

(Optional) Tax is automatically calculated on a per transaction basis using the tax rates you set in your PayPal account profile.

  • To use your default tax rates, leave Use saved values in PayPal profile checked.

  • To override the default tax rates, select Use tax rate and enter a percentage to calculate the tax on this item, regardless of quantity.

  • For non-taxable items, enter zero (0.000) to override automatic sales tax calculation.

Associate transactions with your PayPal account

By default, transactions from your payment button are associated with your PayPal merchant ID. To associate transactions to an email address instead, click Use my primary email address. If your Profile contains multiple email addresses, click the address to use as the primary email address for this button.

For example, you might select the email address of the person in your organization who handles order fulfillment or accounting. All payments are deposited to your PayPal account balance, regardless of which email address is selected. However, only the selected email address will receive the email payment notifications.

Tip: PayPal recommends using the default option so that your email address will not be exposed within the button code.


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