Introduction

PayPal for WooCommerce plugin supports PayPal reference transactions.

PayPal reference transaction is a PayPal feature that allows you to derive subsequent transactions from a financial transaction.

You can use the transaction ID of a previous order to later initiate a subsequent new transaction, provided that you and the buyer have agreed on this new order.

For example, a buyer purchases an item on your site, and you use the PayPal transaction ID later to initiate another transaction, which you and the buyer have agreed on.

In this guide, we will see how to create PayPal reference transactions using PayPal for WooCommerce plugin with PayPal Payments Pro 2.0 (PayFlow) and PayPal Website Payments Pro (DoDirectPayment)  – DDP and PayPal Express Checkout.

Get PayPal for WooCommerce

This guide is for those using our PayPal for WooCommerce plugin, which upgrades the PayPal experience on your WooCommerce website for free.  This includes full support for the Authorization and Capture feature outlined in this article.

1. Go to Order Details Page

  • Make sure the order you selected was paid by either PayFlow, DDP, or Express Checkout.

For PayPal Express Checkout Users

To make PayPal transactions work with PayPal Express Checkout, you need to enable Billing Agreements between you and the Buyer.

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2. Click on Create Reference Transaction Order

  • To quickly create a repeat order, you can check the option “Copy Items to New Order?”, this will copy items from existing orders into the new reference order that will be created.
  • When you click on the “Create Reference Transaction” button, a new WooCommerce order will be created and its status will be set to “Pending Payment“.
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3. Add Items, Recalculate and Update the Order

  • To quickly create a repeat order, you can check the option “Copy Items to New Order?”, this will copy items from existing orders into the new reference order that will be created. 
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4. Click on Process Reference Transaction

  • Once you click on “Process Reference Transaction,” the payments will automatically be processed, and you will receive the payment in your Merchant account.
  • The order status will be changed from “Pending Payment” to “Processing.”
  • You can also see the transaction details in the WooCommerce Order’s notes section.
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