Release notes

Version 0.5.0

  • Dropped official support for Python 3.3

  • Support for Django 2.0

  • Fixed bug with IPv6 addresses (thanks @alexcrawley)

  • Tidy up and update PayPalPaymentsForm. Specifically:

    • Where possible, remove explicit fields, leaving them to be handled by __init__(), which creates fields as required from the contents of initial.

    • Deprecate field return_url - use field return instead. PayPal expects field return, but Python’s return keyword meant it wasn’t possible to set that field in the class’s definition. Later, code in __init__ was added to handle any value in initial, in particular initial['return']. As the work around which renamed ‘return’ to ‘return_url’ is not necessary, it is now being deprecated. To maintain backwards compatibility initial[‘return_url’] is remapped to initial[‘return’], with a deprecation warning.

      Thanks @JonathanRoach

    • Add cmd choices for _xclick-auto-billing and _xclick-payment-plan.

Version 0.4.1

  • Added forgotten docs file

Version 0.4.0

  • Cleaned up and documented all settings related to button images. Specifically:
    • The default images have been updated to recent ones. This is backwards incompatible if you were relying on the previous (very old) image and had not set PAYPAL_IMAGE in your settings.
    • Removed separate settings for sandbox mode - these only meant more work when configuring, and production looked different from sandbox by default. This is backwards incompatible, but only affects development mode.
    • Names of settings made clearer. The new names are:

Version 0.3.6

  • Version bump due to messed up version numbers in previous release.

Version 0.3.4

  • Use multi certificates with PaypalEncryptedPaymentsForm
  • Fixed issue #166 - regression from 0.2.7 when using USE_TZ=False
  • Django 1.11 compatibility.
  • Added warnings for untested code.

Version 0.3.3

  • Fixed issue #147 - compatibility with Django 1.10

Version 0.3.2

  • Fixed verify method of IPN/PDT so that it can be re-run in the case of a PayPal server error.
  • Added ‘re-verify’ admin action for IPNs.
  • Other IPN admin improvements.
  • IMPORTANT: Removed the undocumented and untested item_check_callable parameter from several IPN and PDT processing functions. You should implement checks in signal handlers like valid_ipn_received or other calling code.
  • Fixed issue #119 - flagged IPNs not excluded from duplicate checking.
  • Fixed issue #126 - documented need to check amount received.

Version 0.3.1

  • Better handling of unknown datetime formats, thanks rebwok, PR #137
  • Added pytz dependency

Version 0.3

  • Dropped support for Django 1.4 and 1.5.
  • Fixed crasher with AmbiguousTimeError.
  • Better logging for
  • Fixed Django 1.7/1.8 compat for EmailField.
  • Added missing migration for PDT model.
  • Added missing South migrations
  • Fixed max_length of IPN/PDT custom and transaction_subject fields
  • Fixed issue #105 - IPN failure when running under non-English locale
  • Added missing fields option_selection1 and option_selection2 to IPN/PDT
  • IMPORTANT: Deprecated the PAYPAL_RECEIVER_EMAIL setting to allow multiple receiver emails in a single app. This has several consequences for your code, which must be fixed before upgrading to 0.4.x, when this setting will be dropped entirely:
    • When creating a PayPalPaymentsForm you must provide the business field in the initial parameter.
    • Validation of receiver_email must be done in your valid_ipn_received signal handler and your PDT processing view. Take into account the fact that the user can tamper with the form fields before posting them to PayPal.
  • The use of the pdt view for PDT payments is deprecated. Now you should provide your own view and use the process_pdt helper function.

Version 0.2.7

  • Small fix to logging, thanks frankier

Version 0.2.6

  • Small fixes, including not depending on South.

Version 0.2.5

  • Fixed some PayPalIPN DateTimeFields that were not being handled like the rest. Thanks thiagogds for the patch.
  • Fixed PayPalNVP.timestamp field so that it receives timezone-aware datetimes if you have USE_TZ = True

Version 0.2.4

  • Fixed timezone parsing of PalPal data so that PayPalIPN.payment_date and others are handled correctly (if you have USE_TZ = True).

    This does not include a migration to fix old data - see the release notes if you need that.

  • Work-arounds for bugs in the IPN Simulator

  • Other small fixes

Regarding the handling of dates: If you want to fix historic data in your IPN tables, you need to apply a migration like the following:

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
from __future__ import unicode_literals

import pytz
from datetime import datetime
from django.db import migrations
from django.utils import timezone

    "%H:%M:%S %b. %d, %Y PST",
    "%H:%M:%S %b. %d, %Y PDT",
    "%H:%M:%S %b %d, %Y PST",
    "%H:%M:%S %b %d, %Y PDT",

def parse_date(datestring):
    for format in PAYPAL_DATE_FORMATS:
            return datetime.strptime(datestring, format)
        except (ValueError, TypeError):

def fix_ipn_dates(apps, schema_editor):
    PayPalIPN = apps.get_model("ipn", "PayPalIPN")

    for ipn in PayPalIPN.objects.all():
        # Need to recreate PayPalIPN.posted_data_dict
        posted_data_dict = None
        if ipn.query:
            from django.http import QueryDict
            roughdecode = dict(item.split('=', 1) for item in ipn.query.split('&'))
            encoding = roughdecode.get('charset', None)
            if encoding is not None:
                query = ipn.query.encode('ascii')
                data = QueryDict(query, encoding=encoding)
                posted_data_dict = data.dict()
        if posted_data_dict is None:

        for field in ['time_created', 'payment_date', 'next_payment_date', 'subscr_date', 'subscr_effective',
                      'retry_at', 'case_creation_date', 'auction_closing_date']:
            if field in posted_data_dict:
                raw = posted_data_dict[field]
                naive = parse_date(raw)
                if naive is not None:
                    aware = timezone.make_aware(naive, pytz.timezone('US/Pacific'))
                    setattr(ipn, field, aware)

class Migration(migrations.Migration):

    dependencies = [
        ('ipn', '0003_auto_20141117_1647'),

    operations = [
                             lambda apps, schema_editor: None)  # allowing reverse migration is harmless)

Version 0.2.3

  • Fixed various deprecation warnings when running under Django 1.8

Version 0.2.2

  • Added ‘commit’ kwarg to express_endpoint_for_token()

Version 0.2.1

  • Added PayPalNVP.response_dict attribute.
  • Added PayPalFailure.nvp attribute to get full info
  • Switched to using requests library for HTTP calls.

Version 0.2

  • Introduced new, less confusing signals, and deprecated the old ones. This is a bit of an API overhaul, but the migration path is clear, don’t worry!

    • IPN:

      Previously, there were IPN signals like payment_was_successful which fired even if the payment_status on the IPN was 'Failed', and there were other signals like payment_was_refunded to cover other specific statuses, but not all of them. There were also bugs that meant that some signals would never fire.

      To sort out all these issues, and to future proof the design, the signals have been reduced to:

      • valid_ipn_received
      • invalid_ipn_received

      The ‘invalid’ signals are sent when the transaction was flagged - because of a failed check with PayPal, for example, or a duplicate transaction ID. You should never act on these, but might want to be notified of a problem.

      The ‘valid’ signals need to be handled. However, you will need to check the payment_status and other attributes to know what to do.

      The old signals still exist and are used, but are deprecated. They will be removed in version 1.0.

      Please see Using PayPal Standard IPN.

    • Pro:

      This used signals even though they weren’t really appropriate.


      • If you are using PayPalWPP directly, the returned PayPalNVP objects from all method should just be used. Remember that you need to handle PayPalFailure exceptions from all direct calls.
      • If you are using the PayPalPro wrapper, you should pass a callable nvp_handler keyword argument.

      Please see Using PayPal Payments Pro (WPP).

  • You must explicitly set PAYPAL_TEST to True or False in your settings, depending on whether you want production or sandbox PayPal. (The default is True i.e. sandbox mode).

    The sandbox() method on any forms is deprecated. You should use render and set PAYPAL_TEST in your settings instead.

Version 0.1.5

  • Fixed support for custom User model in South migrations

    If you:

    • are using a custom AUTH_USER_MODEL
    • are using the ‘pro’ app
    • installed version 0.1.4 and ran the migrations,

    you will need to reverse the migrations in the ‘pro’ app that were applied when you ran “./ migrate”.

Version 0.1.4

  • New docs!
  • Python 3 support.
  • Django 1.7 support.
  • Support for custom User model via AUTH_USER_MODEL. If you change AUTH_USER_MODEL you will still need to write your own migrations.
  • Support for all possible ‘initial’ options that could be wanted in PayPalStandardForm
  • Support for PayPalPro CreateBillingAgreement method
  • Support for PayPalPro DoReferenceTransaction method
  • Upgraded to PayPal Pro API version 116.0
    • This deprecates the “amt” parameter for SetExpressCheckout and DoExpressCheckoutPayment. paymentrequest_0_amt should be used instead. Use of amt will raise a DeprecationWarning for now.
  • Various bug fixes, refactorings and small features.
  • Removed PDT signals (which were never fired)

Version 0.1.3

  • Missing payment types added
  • Additional signals:
    • payment_was_refunded
    • payment_was_reversed
  • Django 1.6 compatibility
  • Various bug fixes, including:
    • Fixes for non-ASCII characters