How to process Instant Payment Notification (IPN) messages

IPN is a message service that sends you a notification when any type of transaction occurs in your account. The messages are received and processed by your server(s).

Process overview

To receive and process Instant Payment Notification (IPN) messages:

  1. Create an IPN listener to receive and process the IPN messages sent by PayPal. For complete details on creating an IPN listener, see Implementing an IPN Listener.
  2. In your PayPal merchant account settings, enable the IPN Message Service and specify the URL of your listener.
  3. Continuously run the IPN listener on the website specified by your listener URL.
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