PayPal Payflow Pro Payment Gateway

PayPal Payflow Pro Payment Gateway

The PayPal Payflow Pro payment gateway will allow your attendees/registrants to pay for their event registration with a credit or debit card.

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This add-on requires Event Espresso 4.6 or newer. It cannot be used with old versions of Event Espresso 4.

This payment gateway is a plugin for WordPress and can be installed through your WP dashboard (WP-admin).

Download the latest version of the PayPal Payflow Pro payment gateway for Event Espresso 4 from your Event Espresso account.

Then login to your WordPress dashboard (WP-admin) and go to Plugins. Next, click on Add New –> Upload and browse to the plugin on your computer. Then select the zip file and begin the upload process. Wait for the plugin to upload and then click on Activate.

Locate your Credentials for PayPal Payflow Pro

Your credentials for Payflow Pro are provided to you when you setup your merchant account.

Will Payflow Pro be the only payment method enabled or the only one you offer? Click here to learn how to make it selected by default during the registration checkout.

Setup and Configuration

PayPal Payflow Pro account with PayPal is needed to accept payments via Payflow. Need an account? Call this number to get started: 1-855-456-1338.

A dedicated SSL certificate is recommended to make registration checkout and other areas of your website more secure.

Login to your WP-admin (WP Dashboard) and go to Event Espresso –> General Settings –> Payment Methods. Once on the Payment Methods screen, click on Playflow Pro and click on the button to activate the payment method.


Below are the available fields and explanations for each field.

Name – This is the name of the payment method.
Description – This description is shown during registration checkout.
Admin-Only Name – This is a name of the payment method that will only be shown in the WP Dashboard (WP-admin).
Admin-Only Description – This description is used only in the WP Dashboard (WP-admin).
Debug Mode On? – Enables debugging for this payment method. It should be off (set to no) on a live/production site.
Open by Default? – This sets this payment method to be pre-selected on the registration checkout page.

To give your audience more payment options, you can activate multiple payment methods at the same time. However, if you are offering just one payment option, then we recommend that you set that one payment method to be selected by default during registration checkout. That will simplify the check out process for your attendees.

Vendor ID – This credential is needed to process payments and will be provided when you set up you Payflow account.
User ID – If you have created multiple users within your Payflow account then each user will have a unique user ID, this can be input here. If you have not created multiple users this will match your Vendor ID.
Password – This is the password for your Payflow account.
Partner ID – if your Payflow account was acquired through a reseller, then use your reseller’s ID. Otherwise, leave blank and the default option of “PayPal” will be used.
Button URL – This is the URL to the image that will be used during the payment process of registration checkout.
Alternative Button URL:
Pay by bank card
Usable From? – Select where this payment method should be available for use. This payment method cannot process payments through the WP-admin (WP Dashboard).
PMD Order – The value (number) can be used to sort or arrange this payment option. A lower value means that it should appear first during registration checkout.
Update Settings – Click this button after making any changes to your payment method.
Deactivate Payment Method – Click this button to deactivate this payment method.


The PayPal Payflow Pro payment gateway will let you accept payments via major credit or debit cards.

This is an onsite payment gateway which means that attendees/registrants will process their payment on your site.

A Payflow Pro account with PayPal is needed to accept payments via PayPal Payflow Pro and an SSL certificate is recommended for securing your website.

When signing up for your account, be sure to sign up for PayFlow Pro:

Payflow pro sign up example

This gateway will not work with a ‘PayFlow Link’ account.


I configured PayPal Payflow Pro and payments are not being processed. Can you help?
Double-check your credentials to make sure that you are using the live credentials which are for production mode. Also, ensure that there is no extra spacing before or after the credentials in the payment methods page of Event Espresso.

How can I setup a recurring payment or subscription through PayPal Payflow Pro?
Recurring or subscription payments are not currently supported in the PayPal Payflow Pro payment gateway.

When I refund a payment, does it also refund through PayPal Payflow Pro?
Refunds in Event Espresso 4 are currently a two step process. First, apply the refund through the transactional details screen of Event Espresso in your WP-admin (WP dashboard). Then login to your PayPal Payflow Pro account and process the refund.

Is an SSL certificate needed for PayPal Payflow Pro?
A dedicated SSL certificate is recommended if you are accepting payments on your website.

Do I need to be PCI compliant?
Compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) is required if you are processing, storing, or transmitting credit card data. Event Espresso recommends using a dedicated SSL certificate on your website.

View more information on PCI compliance from PayPal.


Our support team cannot write custom coding for you. Below are some examples on customizing this payment gateway.
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