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Merchants and partners use HTTPS to securely connect with PayPal’s servers. We use the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol to encrypt these communications. To ensure the security of our systems and adhere to industry best practices, PayPal is updating its services to require TLS 1.2 for all HTTPS connections. At this time, PayPal will also require HTTP/1.1 for all connections.

Starting on June 26, 2018, PayPal will be making changes that may impact your ability to accept any PayPal transactions, process credit card payments with PayPal, or access the funds in your PayPal Business account.

NOTE: To avoid having to make versioning changes reactively in the future, we recommend that you code your system to always negotiate using the most recent version possible.

Sandbox and Payflow Pilot Endpoints - Ready Now

The PayPal Sandbox and Payflow Pilot endpoints have been configured with the latest security standards to which the Production endpoints will be moving. You can use these endpoints to verify that your code supports the required standards before the Production endpoints are updated. These endpoints allow only TLS 1.2 and HTTP/1.1 connections:

Production Endpoints - Ready after June 2018

The Production endpoints will allow only TLS 1.2 and HTTP/1.1 connections:

NOTE: The Braintree website describes how to upgrade Braintree endpoints for TLS 1.2.

Verify your systems at!

Use our testing environment to verify that your servers support the latest security standards: The testing environment will present a ‘PayPal_Connection_OK’ message if you’ve completed the server update correctly.

*Note that you must test your API using your server, not your web browser.

Because every system build is different, you will need to contact your systems administrator to upgrade your framework to support TLS 1.2. If you need further outside assistance, see our PayPal Partner Directory for businesses that assist with these types of systems questions. For additional help, we have put together language-specific testing notes for common environments. We expect significant impact to Java environments, including Android. Other environments, including .NET, PHP, Ruby, Python and Node.js, may also be affected. For complete details, see:

Do I need to use TLS 1.2 when connecting to Braintree endpoints?

Yes, Braintree is upgrading its services to require TLS 1.2 for all HTTPS connections. The Braintree website describes how to upgrade Braintree endpoints for TLS 1.2.

Will PayPal be changing its dates now that the PCI Council has changed its deadline?

Yes. As you may be aware, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI Council) extended the deadline payment processors have to make these changes from 2016 to 2018. To ensure that we continue to set the bar in providing the highest security standards available while also accommodating the needs of our customers, PayPal has decided to allow security updates to be made after June 30, 2017. To avoid any disruption of service, you must verify that your systems are ready for this change by June 2018. We continue to recommend that you prioritize the changes and updated protocols specified by the PCI Council so you are best positioned to protect your customers from security and fraud-related issues.

What happened to the Temporary Sandbox endpoints?

Do not use the following test endpoints, which were made available before the Sandbox endpoints were updated:

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