Authorisation & Capture
Technical Overview
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Authorisation & Capture is a PayPal feature that allows merchants to authorise a payment amount at the time of checkout and capture the payment at a later time.

Authorisation & Capture allows merchants to perform the following actions through the PayPal website or the PayPal API:

  • Capture a partial amount or the full authorisation amount
  • Make multiple authorisations on one order authorisation
  • Capture multiple payments in one batch process
  • Initiate reauthorisations
  • Cancel previous authorisations


  • Increased flexibility in obtaining payment if the original authorisation amount changes
  • Accommodates a delayed order fulfilment process
  • Capture funds multiple times on one authorisation or order authorisation