Rate limiting guidelines

PayPal’s primary focus is site availability and security in support of merchants.

While we do not publish a rate limiting policy, we might temporarily rate limit if we identify traffic that appears to be abusive. We rate limit until we are confident that the activity is not problematic for PayPal, merchants, or customers.

To ensure maximum protection for the site, we constantly evaluate traffic as it surges and subsides to adjust our policies. If you or your customers receive the HTTP 429 Unprocessable Entity - RATE_LIMIT_REACHED status code, which indicates too many requests and might indicate anomalous traffic, we rate limit to ensure site stability.

If this policy negatively affects your integration, contact Merchant Technical Support.

Tips to avoid rate limiting: