Arguably the most popular payment gateway in the world, Paypal can help you take payments from your customers. The Paypal module allows you to choose whether to add PayPal as an option in addition to any other gateways you may be using, or as a master gateway on its own by accepting all major credit cards via your account. Below are the instructions on installing and configuring the PayPal module for your PrestaShop 1.5.

How to install and configure the PayPal gateway Module in PrestaShop 1.5

  1. Log into your PrestaShop 1.5 dashboard.
  2. Using the top menu bar, hover over the Modules tab and select the Modules option
  3. From here you can select the module by scrolling until you see the PayPal module. You need to ensure you are using the latest version of the module.

    If you have automatic module updates enabled, the module listed will be the latest version. Simply click on the Install button to have the module enabled.

    If you do not have that activated, you will want to go to to find the module and then follow the third party module installation steps.
  4. You will see an install completion message once the module is installed. Next, click on the Configure link to proceed to the configuration page.
  5. You are now on the PayPal module configuration screen. There are a few steps to configure the module. Initially you will see the screen below where the module assumes you need to create a PayPal business account. If you already have one, select the Yes radio button for the Already have a PayPal business account? question.
  6. Next, follow the three steps to be able to accept payments via PayPal.
    Step 1 - Select Your Option
    Need PayPal to process all your card payments? This enables PayPal to be your sole processor.
    Need PayPal in addition to your existing card processor? If you already have another gateway, this adds Paypal to the list of options while keeping your other gateway for credit cards.

    Step 2 - Sign Up For Your Free PayPal Business Account
    If you do not have an account, click on the Sign Up button to create one.

    Step 3 - Process Payments On Your Online Shop
    This step is only enabled after you have established a PayPal business account.

    API Username Your PayPal account username.
    API Password Your PayPal account password.
    API Signature Your PayPal account signature.
    Express Checkout Shortcut Select whether you wish to offer your customers the 3-click checkout.
    Use a Sandbox Set up a test area for your PayPaly account. This is for developers.
    Payment Type Select whether you want automatic or manual authorization.

  7. Click on the Save button at the bottom of Step 3 to save your PayPal gateway module configuration.
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n/a Points
2014-03-17 10:12 am

Hello, Thank You very Much for Information. We want to use prestashop and use paypal as our main online payment gateway. We have a paypal business account from India we want to accept payments internationally.

i have a question that is this PayPal module free

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2014-03-19 4:35 am

Hello! how could I set payment e-mail notice for seller?

8,065 Points
2014-03-19 7:42 am
Hello Steven,
I am unsure as to what you are referring to. Could you clarify?
n/a Points
2014-03-19 11:18 am


Today there are a consumer on my website to buy a product, but I didn't received any order email.

How can I resolve this situation?

17,014 Points
2014-03-19 11:29 am
Hello Steven,

To ensure you receive an email after a new order is placed, just follow the instructions in our article on How to enable/disable the new order notifications

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-04-28 1:07 pm

Is this Paypal module working well for business in singapore? Seems the paypal business service only allow UK bank and nearby. 

8,310 Points
2014-04-28 2:11 pm
Hello andy,

Thank you for your comment. In the Official prestashop forums I found a similar post, where they advise to use the PayPal Europe module for Singapore.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

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2014-05-24 8:10 am

Hi there!

I have a simple problem with my PayPal module and seems its a configuration but I dont know what I forgot to add..... when i hit the PP payment button opens a page like this:

How can I configurate it?


Thanks in advance, Laszlo

8,065 Points
2014-05-27 8:11 am
It looks like a configuration somewhere is causing an additional space to be added after your domain. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate anything that could cause this. To attempt to identify the issue, I recommend searching your database for your domain with a space after it. If this produces any results, correct them and try again.
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2014-06-17 11:48 pm

During set up of the Paypal module, I had a little bit of trouble (I didn't find your instructions until now) and on the Payment page during checkout, I have to paypal buttons.  I'm not sure how to make it just be one.  Can you help?

Thank you for your wonderful tutorials!  They have helped me tremendously.

8,065 Points
2014-06-18 8:15 am
It sounds like you have your PayPal information set up within 2 different places. I recommend removing the steps that you previously took and following this guide.
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2014-08-13 3:18 pm

Which Paypal module should be used?  Paypal or Paypal USA & Canada?  I'm based in the USA, so, I suppose the answer is obvious.  I'm wondering why there are two modules. 

16,176 Points
2014-08-13 3:52 pm
Hello Archibald,

Thanks for the question. It definitely is confusing - and this happens quite a bit when there many plugins published. When I looked at the different Paypal plugins, I could see that there some (the Paypal USA & Canada one) that were made by PrestaShop. While the others appear to be made a third-party. It will depend on what you want and also if you trust the third party that has made the plugin. In this case, since PrestaShop developed the latter, then I would go with that one.

Hope that helps!

Arnel C.

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