JavaScript for creating dynamic buttons that enable PayPal checkout
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Please see for the new home of the PayPal Checkout javascript integration. This repo will soon be deprecated, so please try out paypal-checkout and let us know any feedback. Thanks!

PayPal Payment Buttons Build Status

PayPal payment buttons that are as easy as including a snippet of code. Try it out and configure your own.

We have a few flavors of buttons for you to use:

Stand Alone Buttons

Perfect for use with Express Checkout or other API-based solutions

<script async src="paypal-button.min.js?merchant=YOUR_MERCHANT_ID"

Any type of button may be used: buynow, cart, donate, or subscribe.

PayPal Payments Standard Buttons

Buttons that create a PayPal button and HTML checkout form for you.

Buy Now

Buy Now buttons are for single item purchases.

<script async src="paypal-button.min.js?merchant=YOUR_MERCHANT_ID"
    data-name="My product"

Add data-hosted_button_id to your script along with your button ID for hosted buttons.

Add To Cart

Add To Cart buttons let users add multiple items to their PayPal cart.

<script async src="paypal-button.min.js?merchant=YOUR_MERCHANT_ID"
    data-name="Product in your cart"


Donation buttons let you accept donations from your users.

<script async src="paypal-button.min.js?merchant=YOUR_MERCHANT_ID"
    data-name="My donation"


Subscribe buttons let you set up payment subscriptions.

<script async src="paypal-button.min.js?merchant=YOUR_MERCHANT_ID"
    data-name="My product"

PayPal Payments Standard Features

Data variables

All of PayPal's HTML button variables are supported by prefixing their name with "data-". Here are the most commonly used:

  • data-name Description of the item.
  • data-number The number of the item.
  • data-amount The price of the item.
  • data-currency The currency of the item (note: these cannot be mixed).
  • data-quantity Quantity of items to purchase.
  • data-shipping The cost of shipping this item.
  • data-tax Transaction-based tax override variable.
  • data-size For button images: small and large work.
  • data-style The style of the button. Can be set to primary (default) and secondary.
  • data-locale The desired locale of the PayPal site.
  • data-callback The IPN notify URL to be called on completion of the transaction.
  • data-host The PayPal host to checkout in, e.g. (defaults to '').
  • data-type The type of button to render. button for a plain button (default) or form to create a button with a PayPal Payments Standard HTML form.

Editable inputs

Creating editable inputs is easy. Just add -editable to the name of your variable, e.g. data-quantity-editable, and an input field will magically appear for your users.

Options fields

Allow the user to choose from multiple options with the following syntax:


Callback notification

On completion of a transaction you can get a payment notification (IPN) on a callback URL you specify using the data-callback attribute. An IPN simulator is available on the sandbox.

Button Features


  • Changing the default language of a button can be done by setting the variable data-lc with the correct locale code, e.g. es_ES.
  • Changing the default input labels of editable buttons can be done by overriding the default configuration, e.g. paypal.button.config.labels.

JavaScript API

There's even a fancy JavaScript API if you'd like to pragmatically create your buttons.

paypal.button.create(business, data, config, parentNode)
Creates and returns an HTML element that contains the button code.

business - A string containing either the business ID or the business email
data - A JavaScript object containing the button variables
config - A configuration object for the button. Possible settings are button, type, style, size, and host
parentNode - An HTML element to add the newly created button to (Optional)

paypal.button.process(node) Parses node and automatically runs paypal.button.create on any <script> element it finds matching the right criteria. This is called automatically on document.body.

Browser support

The JavaScript buttons have been tested and work in all modern browsers including:

  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer 8+.

Getting your Merchant ID

Your merchant ID needs to be added to the URL of the referenced script. This ID can either be your Secure Merchant ID, which can be found by logging into your PayPal account and visiting your profile, or your email address.


We love contributions! If you'd like to contribute please submit a pull request via GitHub.

Mocha is used to run our test cases. Please be sure to run these prior to your pull request and ensure nothing is broken.


Jeff Harrell

Mark Stuart