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How do I integrate PayFast with PrestaShop (hosted PrestaShop website)?

In order to use PayFast with PrestaShop, you will need to install the PayFast payment module for PrestaShop, which is provided by PayFast.

To install the PayFast payment module, follow the instructions below:

  1. Download the correct version for your PrestaShop installation: v1.5-1.6 or v1.7.*
  2. Unzip the module to a temporary location on your computer.
  3. Copy the 'modules' folder in the archive to your base 'PrestaShop' folder.
    • This should NOT overwrite any existing files or folders and merely supplement them with the PayFast files.
    • This is however, dependent on the FTP program you use.
    • If you are concerned about this, rather copy the individual files across as per instructions below.
    • Using your FTP program, ensure that the /modules as well as /modules/payfast directories are set to CHMOD 0755, otherwise the validation script will not be accessible to set successful payments as paid.
  4. Log into the PrestaShop Back Office console.
  5. Using the top navigation bar, navigate to Modules Catalog.
  6. Click on Categories and select Other. Alternatively, type PayFast in the search bar and click Search.
  7. Click the 'Install' button to install the module.
  8. Once the module is installed, click 'Configure' below the PayFast name.
  9. The PayFast options will then be shown, and you will see the module is ready to be tested.
  10. Leave everything as per default and click 'Save'.
  11. The module is now ready to be tested with the Sandbox. To test with the sandbox, use the following login credentials when redirected to the PayFast site:
    • Username:
    • Password: clientpass

Copying the individual files across

If you are concerned that copying the entire folder from the downloaded module may overwrite files in your installation, rather copy the files from the extracted module individually into your installation.

Be sure to copy the files from the downloaded module to their corresponding locations within your installation:

The list of files needed in your online installation is as follows:


Testing that it is working correctly

If you followed the installation instructions above, the module is in 'test' mode and you can test it by purchasing from your site as a buyer normally would. You will be redirected to PayFast for payment and can log in with the user account detailed above and make payment using the balance in their wallet.

You will not be able to directly 'test' a credit card or Instant EFT payment in the sandbox, but you don't really need to. The inputs to and outputs from PayFast are exactly the same, no matter which payment method is used, so using the wallet of the test user will give you exactly the same results as if you had used another payment method.

Going live

In order to make the module 'LIVE', follow the instructions below:

  1. Log into the PrestaShop Back Office.
  2. Using the top navigation bar, navigate to Modules.
  3. Click 'Payments & Gateways' to expand the options.
  4. Under PayFast, click the 'Configure' link
  5. In the PayFast Settings block, use the following settings:  
    • Mode = “Live”
    • Merchant ID = <Login to PayFast -> Integration Page>
    • Merchant Key = <Login to PayFast -> Integration Page>
    • Debugging = Unchecked
  6. Click 'Save'.
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