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This module is a payment backend module for django-SHOP, using IPayment ( from the 1und1 company in Germany. It can be used for credit card and other kind of payments.

Currently only IPayment's silent CGI mode is implemented, which does not require a PCI DSS certification ( for your shop, because your software never "sees" the credit card numbers. With this module your customer never visibly "leaves" your shop to enter his credit card numbers. You are therefore in full control over all design aspects of the payment process, something which for instance is not possible with PayPal.


Clone this module from github:

git clone

and move the sub-directory 'ipayment' into your projects path.



  • Add ‘ipayment’ to INSTALLED_APPS.
  • Add 'ipayment.offsite_backend.OffsiteIPaymentBackend' to SHOP_PAYMENT_BACKENDS.
  • Add the one of the IPAYMENT configuration dictionaries, see below.
  • Test your application using the sandbox.
  • Then close a deal with , and populate your configurations according to the given settings.

With this configuration, all sensible data is passed to IPayment within the submission form as hidden fields, but visible to the customer. In order to detect data manipulations, a check-sum is built using some of the sensible fields (trxUserId, trxPassword and more) together with the given securityKey. Use this configuration, whenever your shop is not able to speak HTTPS to the outside world. Many administrators of datacenters inhibit HTTPS traffic from inside to the Internet. In these situations, use this configuration:

    'accountId': 99999,
    'trxUserId': 99998,
    'trxType': 'preauth', # details in ipayment_Technik-Handbuch_2010-03.pdf (Seite 13-15)
    'trxPassword': '0',
    'trxCurrency': 'EUR',
    'trxPaymentType': 'cc', # payment type credit card
    'adminActionPassword': '5cfgRT34xsdedtFLdfHxj7tfwx24fe',
    'useSessionId': False,
    'securityKey': 'testtest',
    'invoiceText': 'Example-Shop Invoice: %s', # The text shown on the customers credit card roll

With this configuration, all sensible data (trxUserId, trxPassword and more) are passed to IPayment using a separate SOAP call, invoked from the shop's web-application. This method requires that your shop can speak HTTPS to the outside world. Whenever possible, use this configuration, because it is safer:

    'accountId': 99999,
    'trxUserId': 99999,
    'trxType': 'preauth', # details in ipayment_Technik-Handbuch_2010-03.pdf (Seite 13-15)
    'trxPassword': '0',
    'trxCurrency': 'EUR',
    'trxPaymentType': 'cc', # payment type credit card
    'adminActionPassword': '5cfgRT34xsdedtFLdfHxj7tfwx24fe',
    'useSessionId': True,
    'invoiceText': 'Example-Shop Invoice: %s', # The text shown on the customers credit card roll

All the given values from these sample configurations work on the IPayment's sandbox. Thus these values are immediately suitable to check functionality without the need of setting up an account at IPayment. If you register for IPayment, you get access to a configuration interface and other values will be assigned to your shop.

For your reference, you can use the following test credit card numbers:

  • Visa Test Card: 4012888888881881
  • Master Test Card: 5105105105105100
  • The expiration date must be set to the present date or later.
  • As Credit Card Checkcode use any three digits.


Compared to other unit tests, this test suite is rather tricky to setup. The reason for this is that the module has to contact the servers of your PSP, which themselves contact your testing environment through HTTP (to confirm the payment). Therefore during testing make sure, that your testing environment is reachable from the Internet with a name resolvable by DNS. You might have to configure your firewall, so that your workstation is reachable on port 80. If you do not have a domain name which resolves onto your external IP address, use a dynamic DNS service, as listed here

Set the host name of your environment in tests/testapp/


The unit test must start a web service which listens on port 80 of your testing environment. This feature is available in Django-1.4 or later. To run the test on its own, invoke:

cd tests/testapp
python test --liveserver

If you run Django behind a proxy, such as Apache or nginx, run:

cd tests/testapp
python test --liveserver

and change your proxy settings so, that incoming HTTP requests are passed through to These values of course depend on your testing environment.

If you have trouble running these tests, try to reach the shop using a browser, while the test suite is running, which is about 20 seconds. This artificial delay is required to wait for all external events to have finished.

Before repeating a test, wait at least one minute, since IPayment otherwise may reject the transaction with the message:

This transaction is currently already in process.
Do you have started the transaction twice?


IPayment offers a lot of different payment options, some of which require a PCI DSS certification and communicate using SOAP. Currently I have no plans to support these.


0.1.0 All unit tests have been adopted and rechecked in a real environment.

0.0.5 Unit tests have been written to check for both kind of payment methods.

0.0.4 Fixed the update of the correct status in table order.

0.0.3 django-shop-ipayment is able to pass sensible data to IPayment and gets a session key on return. This key then is used in the customers payment form, instead of passing sensible data.


If using a proxy, disable forwarding the X_HTTP_FORWARD header, but make sure, that the proxy sets the X_HTTP_FORWARD header with the IP address of the client. This header is used to assure that payment notifications originate from IPayment. If you have trouble with your proxy settings, disable this security feature in

    'checkOriginatingIP': False,


Feel free to post any comment or suggestion for this project on the django-shop mailing list at!forum/django-shop

Have fun! Jacob


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