REST API errors

PayPal returns standard HTTP status codes for successful and error responses.

HTTP status codes

Status code Description More information
200 Request OK
201 Resource created
400 Validation error Validation errors
401 Unauthorized request Authentication errors
402 Failed request
403 Forbidden
404 Resource was not found
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Error responses

The response body for all errors except Identity errors includes additional error details in this format:

    "name": "ERROR_NAME",
    "message": "ERROR_DESCRIPTION",
    "information_link": "ERROR_DOCUMENTATION_LINK",
    "details": "ERROR_DETAILS"

The response body for Identity errors includes additional error details in this format:

    "error": "ERROR_NAME",
    "error_description": "ERROR_DESCRIPTION"

Validation errors

HTTP 400 status code

To prevent validation errors, ensure that parameters are of the right type and conform to these constraints:

Parameter type Description
Character Names, addresses, phone numbers, and so on have maximum character limits.
Numeric Credit cards, amounts, card verification value (CVV), and so on must use non-negative numeric values and have required formats. For example, a CVV must be three or four numbers while a credit card number must contain only numbers.
Required Must be included in the request. For example, when you provide credit card information, you must include a postal code for most countries.
Monetary Must use the right currency.

For information about parameter types and constraints, see the REST API reference.

Authentication errors

For more information about authentication, see Make your first call.

HTTP 401 status code

Access token-related issues often cause authentication errors.

Ensure that the access token is valid and present and not expired.

Additional information