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Plaid quickstart

This repository accompanies Plaid's quickstart guide.

Here you'll find full example integration apps using our client libraries:

Plaid quickstart app

Table of contents

1. Clone the repository

Using https:

$ git clone
$ cd quickstart

Alternatively, if you use ssh:

$ git clone
$ cd quickstart

Special instructions for Windows

Note - because this repository makes use of symlinks, to run this on a windows machine please use the following command when cloning the project

$ git clone -c core.symlinks=true

2. Set up your environment variables

$ cp .env.example .env

Copy .env.example to a new file called .env and fill out the environment variables inside. At minimum PLAID_CLIENT_ID and PLAID_SECRET must be filled out. Get your Client ID and secrets from the dashboard:

NOTE: .env files are a convenient local development tool. Never run a production application using an environment file with secrets in it.

3. Run the quickstart

There are two ways to run the various language quickstarts in this repository. You can simply run the code directly, or you can choose to use Docker. If you would like to use Docker, skip to the Run with Docker section.

If you are using Windows and choose not to use Docker, this quickstart assumes you are using some sort of Unix-like environment on Windows, such as Cygwin or WSL. Scripts in this repo may rely on things such as bash, grep, cat, etc.

Run without Docker


  • The language you intend to use is installed on your machine and available at your command line. This repo should generally work with active LTS versions of each language such as node >= 12, python >= 3.8, ruby >= 2.6, etc.
  • Your environment variables populated in .env


Once started with one of the commands below, the quickstart will be running on http://localhost:8000

$ cd ./node
$ npm install
$ node index.js
$ cd ./python

# If you use virtualenv
# virtualenv venv
# source venv/bin/activate

$ pip install -r requirements.txt
$ python
$ cd ./ruby
$ bundle
$ bundle exec ruby app.rb
$ cd ./go
$ go build
$ go run server.go
$ cd ./java
$ mvn clean package
$ ./

Run with Docker



There are three basic make commands available

  • up: builds and starts the container
  • logs: tails logs
  • stop: stops the container

Each of these should be used with a language argument, which is one of node, python, ruby, java, or go. If unspecified, the default is node.

Start the container
$ make up language=node

The quickstart is now running on http://localhost:8000.

If you make changes to one of the server files such as index.js, server.go, etc, or to the .env file, simply run make up language=node again to rebuild and restart the container.

View the logs
$ make logs language=node
Stop the container
$ make stop language=node

Testing OAuth

Some European institutions require an OAuth redirect authentication flow, where the end user is redirected to the bank’s website or mobile app to authenticate. For this flow, you should set PLAID_REDIRECT_URI=http://localhost:8000/oauth-response.html in .env. You will also need to register this localhost redirect URI in the Plaid dashboard under Team Settings > API > Allowed redirect URIs.

OAuth flows are only testable in the sandbox environment in this quickstart app due to an https redirect_uri being required in other environments. Additionally, if you want to use the Payment Initiation product, you will need to contact Sales to get this product enabled.