How to Send PayPal Mass Payments? PayPal Mass Payments File Types and PayPal Mass Payment File Contents

Written By Sam on 9 October 2010

Most of them who work online must be knowing about PayPal. Though the service is not great still people use it very widely over the whole world as there is no service currently that can reach people across the globe very easily. If you are one of those who use PayPal frequently then you must be knowing that you can easily send money to your friends via PayPal. To send money via PayPal all you need is just the PayPal email. If you are an Online company and looking to send money to multiple people via PayPal then “Mass Payment” will be very useful. Mass Payments lets you send multiple payments in one batch. It is a fast and convenient way to send commissions, rebates, rewards, and general payments. One more advantage of using PayPal Mass Payments is that the sender pays the PayPal fee instead of the receiver.

Procedure To Send PayPal Mass Payments

  • Create a tab-delimited or CSV payment file
  • Upload it to PayPal
  • PayPal will process the payments.

How To Send PayPal Mass Payment Payment Information

  • Upload a payment file directly on the PayPal site.
  • Submit the information through PayPal API.

PayPal Mass Payments Processing

When a Mass Payments request is executed, PayPal processes each payment in the request. PayPal takes the payment amounts from your account and attempts to put them into the recipients PayPal account. PayPal holds the mass payment amounts for 30 days. If a payment is unclaimed after 30 days, the money is returned to your account.

Who Can Use PayPal Mass Payments?

All users who have got a PayPal Premier account or Business account and a verified account, can use Mass Payments.

PayPal Mass Payments File Types

Users must create a payment file to send Mass Payments and you can send up to 5,000 payments in one batch. A payment file contains recipient and payment information. PayPal supports payment files with the following extensions:

  • .TXT (Text, tab-delimited)
  • .CSV (Comma Separated Value)
  • .DAT (Text, tab-delimited)

PayPal Mass Payment File Contents

The payment file contains the required fields – Recipient (Email address or PayPal account ID), Payment Amount and Currency Type (Three-letter currency code. Eg. USD, EUR, AUD); optional fields – Customer ID and Custom Note.

Accessing PayPal Mass Payments

  • Log in to your PayPal account at
  • Click the Send Money tab and the Send Money Online page opens.
  • Click the Make a Mass Payment subtab.
  • Now upload your Mass Payments file and send the money to the receivers.

You can review your Mass Payments transaction details immediately after it has been submitted. The last page in the Mass Payments process includes a link to access the information.

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