Seller Onboarding

Note: This is version 2 of the PayPal Commerce Platform. If you integrated before February 2019, see version 1.

For your sellers to be able to accept payment on your platform, they must be onboarded with PayPal. Connected path requires your sellers to sign up for a PayPal account and grant you permissions to conduct payments on their behalf.

There are two ways to onboard your sellers:

  • Upfront onboarding. Sellers connect before buyers make PayPal payments through your platform.
  • Progressive onboarding. Sellers connect after buyers make PayPal payments through your platform.

Upfront onboarding

Upfront onboarding requires you to integrate the PayPal onboarding mini-browser into your website. You make an API call to pre-fill information in some of the PayPal account onboarding fields offered to your sellers. This lets your sellers create PayPal accounts or link existing PayPal accounts to your platform without ever leaving your experience.

URL onboarding

URL onboarding is a variation of upfront onboarding that streamlines the onboarding process. You forgo the API call and require your sellers to complete all sign-up fields.

Progressive onboarding

After a buyer makes a PayPal payment, your seller receives an email that a payout is waiting. The email links to the PayPal website where the seller is asked to complete steps to connect their PayPal account to your platform to get the payment. If the seller does not have a PayPal account, they will be prompted to create one.


Onboard your sellers: