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About Sofort

General information about Sofort

Sofort is a method of bank transfers and is based on online banking. A big advantage is: The customer doesn’t need to register and does not need to create a virtual account, a so called wallet. As the name suggests it is an immediate bank transfer and thus a direct bank transfer. The customer selects Sofort as payment method for their online purchase and is then forwarded to the secure payment form. The bank transfer data is transferred automatically and the customer only has to select his or her bank and enter their login details for online banking. Finally he releases the bank transfer by means of an approval code. All data is send encrypted to the online banking account. The online merchant receives a real-time confirmation of the executed bank transfer. The merchant can execute and dispatch the order immediately delivering goods/services faster. There is no waiting time until the dispatch of the goods like it would be for example in the case of prepayment via bank transfer.

As usual with online banking, the data disclosed in Sofort are encrypted with SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).


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The international online bank transfer with PIN/TAN from Sofort GmbH is now available in 8 countries. As part of the Klarna Group Sofort offers the integration of payment in the webshop, so that a customer is forwarded to his/her bank and can make the transfer with input of PIN and TAN.

TypePayments by Online Bank Transfer EN


Further information can be found on the webpage of Sofort (https://www.sofort.com/ger-DE/verkaeufer/su/e-payment-sofort-ueberweisung).

 

Process flow chart

Process flow for Sofort within Paygate


Paygate interface

Definitions

Data formats

Format

Description

a

alphabetical

as

alphabetical with special characters

n

numeric

an

alphanumeric

ans

alphanumeric with special characters

ns

numeric with special characters

bool

boolean expression (true or false)

3

fixed length with 3 digits/characters

..3

variable length with maximum 3 digits/characters

enum

enumeration of allowed values

dttm

ISODateTime (YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss)


Abbreviations

Abbreviation

Description

Comment

CND

condition


M

mandatory

If a parameter is mandatory, then it must be present

O

optional

If a parameter is optional, then it can be present, but it is not required

C

conditional

If a parameter is conditional, then there is a conditional rule which specifies whether it is mandatory or optional


Notice: Please note that the names of parameters can be returned in upper or lower case.


Calling the interface

To carry out an online transfer with Sofort via PPRO, go to the following URL:


Notice: For security reasons, Paygate rejects all payment requests with formatting errors. Therefore please use the correct data type for each parameter.

The following table describes the encrypted payment request parameters:

Parameter

Format

CND

Description

MerchantID

ans..30

M

MerchantID, assigned by Computop. Additionally this parameter has to be passed in plain language too.

TransID

ans..64

M

TransactionID which should be unique for each payment

RefNr

ans..40

O

Unique reference number. Only characters a-zA-Z0-9,-_ are allowed.

Amount

n..10

M

Amount in the smallest currency unit (e.g. EUR Cent)

Please contact the helpdesk, if you want to capture amounts < 100 (smallest currency unit).

Currency

a3

M

Three digits DIN / ISO 4217. Only EUR permissible.

OrderDesc

ans..384

M

Reason for payment on customer-account statement. Notice: Only the first 27 characters appear on the customer-account statement. You can view the full data in Computop Analytics.

AccOwner

as..50

M

Name of account holder

IBAN

an..34

O

IBAN of the user which appears predefined in the transfer window (only possible for DE).

BIC

an..11

O

BIC of the user which appears predefined in the transfer window

AddrCountryCode

a2

M

Two characters country code according to ISO 3166. Presently DE, AT, BE, NL, ES, CH, PL, IT permitted.

Language

a2

O

Language: de - German, en – English, fr- French, nl - Dutch, pl - Polish

MAC

an64

M

Hash Message Authentication Code (HMAC) with SHA-256 algorithm

URLSuccess

ans..256

M

Complete URL which calls up Paygate if payment has been successful. The URL may be called up only via port 443 This URL may not contain parameters: In order to exchange values between Paygate and shop, please use the parameter UserData.

URLFailure

ans..256

M

Complete URL which calls up Paygate if payment has been unsuccessful. The URL may be called up only via port 443 This URL may not contain parameters: In order to exchange values between Paygate and shop, please use the parameter UserData.

Response

a7

O

Status response sent by Paygate to URLSuccess and URLFailure, should be encrypted. For this purpose, transmit Response=encrypt parameter.

URLNotify

ans..256

M

Complete URL which Paygate calls up in order to notify the shop about the payment result. The URL may be called up only via port 443 It may not contain parameters: Use the UserData parameter instead.

UserData

ans..1024

O

If specified at request, Paygate forwards the parameter with the payment result to the shop

ReqID

ans..32

O

To avoid double payments, enter an alphanumeric value which identifies your transaction and may be assigned only once. If the transaction is submitted again with the same ReqID, Paygate will not carry out the payment, but will just return the status of the original transaction. Please note that the Paygate must have a finalized transaction status for the first initial action. Submissions with identical ReqID for an open status will be processed regularly.

SellingPoint

ans..50

O

Selling point

Service

ans..50

O

products or service sold

Channel

ans..64

O

configuration channel of the PPRO contract (account and ContractID are stored in the system). If it exists, it may overwrite channels stored in the system

Languagea2O2-letter language code (e.g.. de) that should be preferred when presenting payment pages to the consumer

Plain

ans..50

O

A value to be set by the merchant to return some information unencrypted, e.g. the MID

Custom

ans..1024

O

The merchant can submit several values separated by | which are returned unencrypted and separated by &.

Custom=session=123|id=456 will change in the answer to Session=123&id=456

Parameters for Sofort via PPRO


The following table gives the result parameters which the Paygate transmits to URLSuccess or URLFailure and URLNotify. If you have specified the Response=encrypt parameter, the following parameters are forwarded Blowfish encrypted to your system:

Parameter

Format

CND

Description

MID

ans..30

M

MerchantID, assigned by Computop

PayID

an32

M

ID assigned by Paygate for the payment For example for referencing in batch files.

XID

an32

M

ID for all single transactions (authorisation, capture, credit note) for one payment assigned by Paygate

TransID

ans..64

M

Merchant’s transaction number

Status

a..50

M

OK or AUTHORIZED (URLSuccess) as well as FAILED or AUTHORIZE_REQUEST (URLFailure)

Description

ans..1024

M

Further details in the event that payment is rejected. Please do not use the Description but the Code parameter for the transaction status analysis!

Code

n8

M

Error code according to Paygate Response Codes (A4 Error codes)

RefNr

ans..40

O

Unique reference number. Only characters a-zA-Z0-9,-_ are allowed.

MAC

an64

M

Hash Message Authentication Code (HMAC) with SHA-256 algorithm

UserData

ans..1024

O

If specified upon call, Paygate forwards the parameter with the payment result to the shop

PaymentPurpose

ans..26

M

Purpose of payment

PaymentGuarantee

a..12

C

NONE = no payment guarantee,

VALIDATED= customer account valid, but no payment guarantee,

FULL= payment guarantee

Notice: This parameter is only returned if the Status=OK.

ErrorText

ans..256

C

Detailed PPRO error message.

Notice: Is returned only if Status=FAILED. Use is possible only in agreement with Computop support.

TransactionID

an..20

O

Unique transaction number from PPRO

AccOwner

as..50

O

Name of account holder

AccBank

ans..50

O

Name of the account holder’s bank

IBAN

an..34

O

International Bank Account Number

BIC

an..11

O

Bank Identifier Code

Plain

ans..50

O

A value to be set by the merchant to return some information unencrypted, e.g. the MID

Custom

ans..1024

O

The merchant can submit several values separated by | which are returned unencrypted and separated by &.

Custom=session=123|id=456 will change in the answer to Session=123&id=456

Result parameters for URLNotify, URLSuccess and URLFailure in case of Sofort via PPRO



Credit with Sofort

Credits (refunds) are possible via a Server-to-Server connection. For a Credit with reference to a capture the amount of the Credit is limited to the amount of the previous capture.

To carry out a credit with a reference transaction, please use the following URL:


Notice: For security reasons, Paygate rejects all payment requests with formatting errors. Therefore please use the correct data type for each parameter.

The following table describes the encrypted payment request parameters:

Parameter

Format

CND

Description

MerchantID

ans..30

M

MerchantID, assigned by Computop. Additionally this parameter has to be passed in plain language too.

PayID

an32

M

Paygate ID for the identification of a payment

TransID

ans..64

M

ID assigned by Merchant for the payment process to be credited

Amount

n..10

M

Amount in the smallest currency unit (e.g. EUR Cent)

Please contact the helpdesk, if you want to capture amounts < 100 (smallest currency unit).

Currency

a3

M

Three digits DIN / ISO 4217.

MAC

an64

M

Hash Message Authentication Code (HMAC) with SHA-256 algorithm

ReqIDans..32OTo avoid double payments, enter an alphanumeric value which identifies your transaction and may be assigned only once. If the transaction is submitted again with the same ReqID, Paygate will not carry out the payment, but will just return the status of the original transaction. Please note that the Paygate must have a finalized transaction status for the first initial action. Submissions with identical ReqID for an open status will be processed regularly.

Parameters for credits via socket connections


The following table gives the parameters with which the Paygate responds:

Parameter

Format

CND

Description

MID

ans..30

M

MerchantID, assigned by Computop

PayID

an32

M

ID assigned by Paygate for the payment. Important for future reference.

XID

an32

M

ID assigned by Paygate for the payment transaction

TransID

ans..64

M

TransactionID which should be unique for each payment

Status

a..50

MC

OK or FAILED

Description

a..1024

M

Further details in the event that payment is rejected. Please do not use the Description but the Code parameter for the transaction status analysis!

Code

n8

M

Error code according to Paygate Response Codes (A4 Error codes)

Response parameters for credits with Sofort via socket connections


Batch processing via the interface

Basic information about using Batch files and about their structure can be found in the Batch Manager manual. Within batch processing not alle functions are available which are usually available for the online interface.

This section describes the parameters which must be transferred within the data set (Record) for executing a refund for Sofort and which information can be found within the response file about the payment status.

Following table gives an overview of all batch versions that are possible for a specific action an their specialities:

Action

Version

Description

Credit

1.0 / 2.0

Standard version without return of parameter Code

 

1.x / 2.x

with RefNr (valid for all versions other than 1.0)

Description of the possible batch versions


The structure for Sofort within a Batch file to be submitted is the following:

HEAD,<MerchantID>,<Date>,<Version>
SOFORT,Credit,<Amount>,<Currency>,<TransID>,(<RefNr>,)<PayID>

FOOT,<CountRecords>,<SumAmount>


Example for Master MID Funktion:

HEAD,[Master]MerchantID,Date,2.x
Type,Action,[Slave]MID,Amount,Currency,TransID,Data (depends on Action)
FOOT,CountRecords,SumAmount


The following table describes the individual fields and values used within the data set (record) within the batch file:

Parameter

Format

CND

Description

Type

a..11

M

HEAD for Header, FOOT for Footer, SOFORT for Sofort

Action

a..20

M

The parameter Action defines the type of transaction:

Credit

Amount

n..10

M

Amount in the smallest currency unit (e.g. EUR Cent)

Currency

a3

M

Three digits DIN / ISO 4217

TransID

ans..64

M

TransactionID which should be unique for each payment

RefNr

ans..40

O

Unique reference number. Only characters a-zA-Z0-9,-_ are allowed.

PayID

an32

M

ID for this transaction given by Paygate

Description of fields within the record for Batch files

 

 

The record area within the response file for Batch transactions looks the following way:

SOFORT,Credit,<Amount>,<Currency>,<TransID>,(<RefNr>,)<PayID>,<Status>,<Code>

 

The following table describes the response parameters which the Batch Manager saves in the Record area for each transaction (standard parameters not explained here, such as <TransID> or <RefNR> correspond to the call as specified above):

Parameter

Format

CND

Description

Action

a..20

M

The parameter Action defines the type of transaction: Credit.

PayID

an32

M

ID for this transaction given by Paygate

Status

a..50

M

OK or FAILED

Code

n8

M

Error code according to Paygate Response Codes (A4 Error codes)

Description of result parameters within the record for Batch files