View Full Version : Anybody need a Paypal IPN script for digital products?

August 17th, 2009, 11:15 PM
Okay, this may sound like a shameless plug. But I am giving away my Paypal IPN PHP script if you are selling ebooks, files, etc... anything downloadable.

I spent about the last week tweaking the script, writing docs, etc... and now you can get it for free. Just download it from my website:


Feedbacks, comments, help... we can discuss it here or you can add comments to my blog.

Lynn Terry
August 22nd, 2009, 10:57 AM
Hey Kidino! How are ya? :)

Can you explain what this does, and why we might need it?

August 22nd, 2009, 05:52 PM
Simple IPN is a PHP script that helps you sell your ebook, report, audio, photos, etc, anything downloadable.

It works with Paypal. And what it does is this...

it helps you generate the HTML for the Paypal button
it will create an expiring download page for your customers
it will create expiring download link(s) for your files
it will email your customers with the purchase & download info
you can setup your product with multiple files
it will verify the purchase with Paypal IPN (instant purchase notifaction)

Some of the best features are these...

no database setup required, runs on flat files
small and lightweight, only a few files
no need to create HTML for your Paypal button
you can customize how the thank you page looks like
you can customize how the download page looks like
you can store your files outside of the web root (public_html) so your files will not be downloadable directly
you can test it on Paypal Sandbox (check http://developer.paypal.com)
verifies purchase against the right price, currency and Paypal email address (sometimes people can send bogus IPN data)
did I mention that it's FREE?

How to use...

modify settings.php with product info and Paypal details
upload to any chosen folder
link order button or text link to "ipn.php?buy"
optionally, modify the download page template
optionally, modify the thank you page template

You can read more about it from the project page, and download too...


Any questions, feedbacks, help ... just fire away...

Jan Ferrante
August 23rd, 2009, 09:34 AM
Hi Kidino? Does this mean that it basically gives you the ability to sell reports etc without having a cart system?

August 23rd, 2009, 10:45 AM
Yep, this works like the Buy Now button.

Jan Ferrante
August 23rd, 2009, 11:03 AM
So basically anyone who wants to make a secure download with the features you've mentioned who doesn't have a cart could use this.

Is it possible to hook an affiliate program on somehow?

August 23rd, 2009, 11:19 AM
Is it possible to hook an affiliate program on somehow?

I don't see why not. Affiliate scripts/software normally works by having you add some code at the download page/thank you page. You have access to that. So yes, it can work with affiliate program.

Tell me if you have any specific affiliate system in mind. I'll check it out.

August 24th, 2009, 09:41 AM
This sounds good. I have been trying many a carts and services looking for an easy to use system like this where I don't need a cart. I am going to check into this. I have downloaded it and can't wait to try it out. I will post any comments or testimonials on your site in the future.
Thank you again kidino. I am using an affiliate program right now where I add their created buy now button with their tracking codes are inside, but I do have a few other products I want to put out single sales pages for so I can test the conversion rates, this will be good for that.

August 24th, 2009, 09:58 AM
It's best you tell me what affiliate software you are using. I can look it up in their knowledge base if they have any.

August 24th, 2009, 10:12 AM
I am using Click 2 Sell right.