Using PayPal Standard PDTΒΆ

Paypal Payment Data Transfer (PDT) allows you to display transaction details to a customer immediately on return to your site unlike PayPal IPN which may take some seconds. You will need to enable PDT in your PayPal account to use it.

However, PDT also has the disadvantage that you only get one chance to handle the notification - if there is a connection error for your user, the notification will never arrive at your site. For this reason, using PDT with django-paypal is not as well supported as IPN.

To use PDT:

  1. Edit and add paypal.standard.pdt to your INSTALLED_APPS. Also set PAYPAL_IDENTITY_TOKEN - you can find the correct value of this setting from the PayPal website:


    For installations on which you want to use the sandbox, set PAYPAL_TEST to True. While testing, ensure that when you create the PayPalPaymentsForm your receiver email (business parameter) is set to your sandbox account email too.

  2. Update the database

  3. Create a view that uses PayPalPaymentsForm just like in Using PayPal Standard IPN.

  4. After someone uses this button to buy something PayPal will return the user to your site at your return_url with some extra GET parameters.

    You will want to write a custom view that calls paypal.standard.pdt.views.process_pdt. This function returns a tuple containing (PDT object, flag), where the flag is True if verification failed.

    Add the following to your

    from django.urls import path, include
    urlpatterns = [
        path('your_return_url/', your_pdt_return_url_view, name="pdt_return_url"),

    And then create a view that uses the process_pdt helper function:

    def your_pdt_return_url_view(request):
        pdt_obj, failed = process_pdt(request)
        context = {"failed": failed, "pdt_obj": pdt_obj}
        if not failed:
            # WARNING!
            # Check that the receiver email is the same we previously
            # set on the business field request. (The user could tamper
            # with those fields on payment form before send it to PayPal)
            if pdt_obj.receiver_email == "":
                # ALSO: for the same reason, you need to check the amount
                # received etc. are all what you expect.
                # Do whatever action is needed, then:
                return render(request, 'my_valid_payment_template', context)
        return render(request, 'my_non_valid_payment_template', context)

    See the IPN/PDT variables documentation for information about attributes on the PDT object that you can use.