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Setting up the Sandbox environment and testing payments

Sandbox server

Although Barion payments are super easy to integrate, we strongly advise all developers to use the sandbox server for development and testing, before going live.

There are many advantages of using the sandbox server for testing:

  • Sandbox is available 7/24/365
  • Sandbox is totally self-service, no contract or NDA needed to use it
  • No approvals required
  • No transaction fees are spent during development and testing
  • The two systems are completely separated, so the same e-mail address can be used in both systems (warning: easy to mix them up!)

Limitations in functionality

The sandbox server is a copy of the live Barion servers, with some minor differences:

  • From the developers perspective, the only difference is the URL
  • No real money in the sandbox, all transactions are using "toy" money
  • Since the sandbox is not using real money, withdrawal to bank accounts is not possible
  • Real bank cards do not work, we provide a test card
  • Top-up is only possible with test card
  • Shops are automatically approved
  • Recurrence or token payment is automatically approved
  • The servers are of smaller capacity
  • Simple SSL certificates are used
  • Sandbox servers are updated regularly without notice (we are doing our best not to lose any data)


Registering accounts

Just as in the live server, a simple online form is needed to register a Barion account. Each merchant needs a Barion account, or Wallet, as we call it. Payments are credited onto this account, immediately after payment. Note: It is easy to mix up the live and sandbox accounts, so please always double check before calling support.

This URL is identical to, the word "secure" can be omitted.

Opening shop

Opening a shop in the sandbox is the same as opening one in the live server. The only difference is that the sandbox is wired to automatically approve all changes, while the live server requires a human compliance officer to approve the shop. Prepare for questions and some minor paperwork when switching from sandbox to live.



Test card


Using mobile app with Sandbox