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DocuSign LoanCo Sample App

LoanCo is a sample loan app that shows some common ways an application might interact with the DocuSign eSignature API. Various switches (authentication, focused view, templates) can be changed to show additional platform and API features and how easy they are to add to your own solution. LoanCo offers three (3) different loan workflows that demonstrate various features and workflows available through the platform.



git clone <repo>
cd <repo directory>
npm install


npm start


DocuSign has multiple ways of authenticating your app. This example is using Code Grant, which requires us to store a ClientSecret in addition to the Integration Key. read more about different authentication methods at

We use environment variables to setup our configuration. You can store these variables in a .env file at the root (dotenv package is used)

DOCUSIGN_ENVIRONMENT=demo  // use "www" for production
DOCUSIGN_IK=               // Integration Key
EMPLOYEE_EMAIL=            // used for final recipient of Personal Loan
EMPLOYEE_NAME=             // used for final recipient of Personal Loan
LOCAL_RETURN_URL=http://localhost/   // change to the correct return url, with a trailing slash
BRAND_ID=                  // not required, use to show a different Brand for the Sailboat example
GOOGLE_MAPS_API_KEY=       // required for Sailboat example to work
DEFAULT_EMAIL=             // for autofilling email input fields
FORCE_HTTPS=               // force https by setting to true
SESSION_SECRET=            // used to compute the hash value of the session, any number would do.

Using an https server


  1. Follow these instructions to generate a private key, certificate signing request, and SSL certificate. These should be stored in the root directory in files named server.key, server.csr, and server.crt respectively.


Templates are not currently automatically created. To create the Auto Loan template, follow these steps:

  1. Visit your Templates tab:
  2. Click "New" and "Upload Template"
  3. Upload the file "pdfs/template-auto-loan.json" and click on the newly-created Template
  4. Copy the Template ID by clicking the "(I)" or information icon next to the Template title
  5. Paste the Template ID into the "pdfs/template-auto-loan.json" file, replacing the existing templateId value
  6. Restart the sample using npm start

Todo: When initially run, the app will attempt to create a Template for the Auto Loan Application. This template is defined at pdfs/template-auto-loan.json.

Deploy to Heroku

A few requirements:

  • Make sure you have the heroku toolbelt/CLI installed locally
  • Fill out the fields in the .env file after cloning
  • Install heroku-config to send your local env variables in .env to heroku (heroku plugins:install heroku-config)


git clone <repo>
cd <repo directory>

# <fill out fields in .env file>

# create heroku app
heroku create

# test locally
heroku local

# push up .env file to heroku config (heroku plugins:install heroku-config)
heroku config:push

# push repo up to heroku
git push heroku master

# view online
heroku open

Errors you may encounter

    message: 'This Account lacks sufficient permissions. Document Visibility has been specified.  This account does not have document visibility turned on.'

Note: A document cannot be hidden from a recipient if the recipient has tabs assigned to them on the document. Carbon Copy, Certified Delivery (Needs to Sign), Editor, and Agent recipients can always see all documents. Important: You must enable document visibility in your account to complete this how-to. In Sending Settings, “Document Visibility” must be set to one of the following: 'Sender can set "must sign to view, unless a member of sending account"', or 'Sender can set "must sign to view unless sender"'

See the Document Visibility section in Fields and Properties for details about document visibility options.

    errorCode: 'PLAN_ITEM_NOT_ENABLED',
    message: 'A requested plan item is not enabled for this account. Plan item: AllowRequireWetSign'

Contact Support ( and request "Allow Require Wet Sign" to be enabled on your account, and then change this on Go to Signing Settings and find this option under Recipients.

Additional Resources


The DocuSign LoanCo Sample App is licensed under the MIT License.