Paypal strategy for kaching. Base on Paypal Rest SDK.

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Kaching strategy for accepting payment with Paypal Rest API. Base on Paypal Rest SDK.


$ npm install kaching-paypal


Kaching's example uses kaching-paypal. Please refer to: https://github.com/gregwym/kaching/tree/master/example.


0. Setup with Kaching

Paypal strategy require the client_id and client_secret offered by Paypal to operate. You can obtain them from https://developer.paypal.com/webapps/developer/applications.

It use api.sandbox.paypal.com as the default paypal host address. Feel free to change it in production environment.

var PaypalStrategy = require('kaching-paypal');
var kaching = require('kaching');

kaching.use(new PaypalStrategy({
  host: '<paypal_rest_api_endpoint>',        // optional
  port: '',                                  // optional
  client_id: '<paypal_client_id>',
  client_secret: '<paypal_client_secret>'

1. Create a payment

Use kaching.create, specifying paypal strategy, to create a Paypal payment. The payment detail should be setup and saved in req.payment prior invoking the create middleware.

After kaching created the pending payment, it replaces req.payment with the real payment object that was returned from Paypal API. Save it securely. (i.e., together with the user's order.)

app.get('/kaching/paypal', function(req, res, next) {
  // Setup payment detail in `req.payment`.
  req.payment = {
    description:'Kaching paypal test transaction'
}, kaching.create('paypal', {
  redirect_urls: {
    return_url: 'http://<return_url>',
    cancel_url: 'http://<cancel_url>'
}), function(req, res) { res.json(req.payment); });

2. Redirect user to Paypal to approve the payment

For most of the time, user should redirect to Paypal to complete the payment right away. You can find the page url in payment.links and do whatever you want.

Or simpler, replace the last request handler with kaching.approve middleware.

app.get('...', function(req, res, next) {
}, kaching.create('paypal', {
}), function(req, res, next) {
}, kaching.approve('paypal'));

If you want to use kaching.approve somewhere else, make sure it can read the payment object from req.payment.

3. Execute the approved payment to complete the transaction

User will be redirect to return_url once the payment has been approved. payer_id will be specified in req.query.PayerID. It is required to execute and complete the payment, so save it securely.

Commonly, execute the payment right after can save many trouble. Here is an example,

app.get('<return_route>', function(req, res, next) {
  // Prepare payment information and payerId
  req.payment = ...;           // Fetch the payment object from anywhere it was saved.
  req.payment.payer_id = req.query.PayerID;
}, kaching.execute('paypal'), function(req, res) {
  res.json(req.payment);       // Now the payment has been completed.



Construct a new strategy.

var options = {
  host: '<paypal_rest_api_endpoint>',        // optional
  port: '',                                  // optional
  client_id: '<paypal_client_id>',
  client_secret: '<paypal_client_secret>'


Build the payment creation middleware. Use req.payment as the payment_detail skeleton.

req.payment = {
  intent: '<sale | authorize>',             // default: sale
  payment_method: '<paypal | credit_card>', // default: paypal
  funding_instruments: {                    // required when payment_method = credit_card
    ...   // https://developer.paypal.com/webapps/developer/docs/api/#fundinginstrument-object
  amount: {                                 // required
    ...   // https://developer.paypal.com/webapps/developer/docs/api/#amount-object
  item_list: {                              // optional
    ...   // https://developer.paypal.com/webapps/developer/docs/api/#itemlist-object
  description: 'Payment description',       // optional
  redirect_urls: {                          // required when payment_method = paypal
    return_url: ...,
    cancel_url: ...


Build the payment approval middleware. Mainly redirect to the approval_url in payment.links.


Build the approved payment execution middleware. The middleware find the payment in req.payment and execute it with req.payment.payer_id.

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