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SpankPay v2 API Reference- WIP


An Invoice is a request for a payment. When created with the Button API or the JavaScript API, the user will be presented with a payment form prompting them to send cryptocurrency equivalent in value to the requested amount. Once the cryptocurrency has been received, the callback webhook will be called, and the Button/JavaScript onPaymentComplete callback is called.

Attribute Description
id The invoice's ID (assigned by SpankPay).
createdOn The timestamp the invoice was created (ISO 8601 format, assigned by SpankPay).
status The invoice's status. One of pending (awaiting payment), pending-callback (payment received, waiting for webhook to complete), failed, or succeeded.
apiKey The API key used to create this invoice.
amount The amount of the invoice, in currency. Must be positive and rounded to the appropriate number of decimal places for the currency.
currency The currency being requested. For valid values, see Output Currencies.
description A description of the goods / services within the invoice.

Optional (but recommended).


A list of currencies which should be accepted for this invoice. For valid values, see Input Currencies.

Optional (default: all available currencies)

callbackUrl The callback URL used to notify your application when the payment succeeds. See also: Webhook Callbacks.
metadata Arbitrary metadata provided by the caller, stored and returned along with the invoice. We suggest including the order or invoice number, and an opaque customer ID.

Limited to 128kb of JSON data.

Optional (default: {})

If allowPartial is true, the webhook callback will be called unconditionally when the first payment is received, whether the payment is less than, equal to, or greater than the invoice amount.

Optional (default: false)

Input Currency

The Input Currency for an Invoice is the currency sent by the user.

Currently valid input currencies:

Currency Description
BTC Bitcoin
ETH Ethereum
LTC Litecoin
USDT Tether
BUSD Binance USD
GUSD Gemini Dollar
PAX Paxos Standard
USDS Stably Dollar
COMP Compound
LINK Chainlink
WBTC Wrapped Bitcoin
BAT Basic Attention Token
CRV Curve
MKR Maker
SNX Synthetix
UNI Uniswap

Output Currencies

The Output Currency for an Invoice is the currency which will be displayed to the user. For example, a US$10 invoice will have "amount": "10.00" and "currency": "USD", and when paying, the user will be given the option to pay with (for example) 0.074 ETH or 0.0026 BTC.

Currently valid output currencies:

Currency Description
USD US Dollars
BTC Bitcoin
ETH Ethereum

Creating an Invoice with a Button

A SpankPay button is the simplest way to accept SpankPay on your site.

When the button is clicked, the user will be presented with the SpankPay payment frame, and the data-on-payment callback will be called once the payment is complete and your callback has accepted the payment.

<script src=""></script>

function onSpankPayPayment(payment) {
  console.log(`Payment ${payment.status}`, payment)

    data-metadata="{&quot;orderId&quot;: &quot;sc696969&quot;}"
  Pay with SpankPay!

See also:

Creating an Invoice with the SpankPay JavaScript API

For complete control over the user's SpankPay experience, the API can be called directly.

The method can be used to show the SpankPay payment frame.

const { spankpay } = require('spankpay')

const frame ={
  apiKey: 'test_quickstart_key',
  amount: '69.69',
  currency: 'USD',
  metadata: {
    orderId: 'sc696969',
  callbackUrl: '',

See also:

Enable Fiat Payments- come back to (WIP)

SpankPay supports fiat payments through Wyre. SpankPay supports debit card fiat payments through Wyre. Wyre will charge the user's debit card for the amount of the invoice, plus their debit fee, then send the seller's account the invoiced amount in Ethereum.

In order to enable debit (fiat) payments, your site must meet our criteria for whitelisting. If you believe your site matches our guidelines and wish to enable the feature, please reach out to [email protected] with the email address registered to your SpankPay account, the domain you wish to whitelist, and your geographic location. Once you have been whitelisted, the only thing left to do is enable fiat payments by passing the fiatEnabled: true option in your JS method call:{
  apiKey: 'test_quickstart_key',
  fiatEnabled: true,
  amount: '69.69',
  currency: 'USD',
  metadata: {
    orderId: 'sc696969',
  callbackUrl: '',

payment Event

The payment event will be triggered when a payment has been received and the callback url has accepted or rejected the payment.

The payment argument will be a Payment object, and the status should be checked to ensure the payment has succeeded. Note, however, that the payment will only fail if the callback rejects the payment (see: Webhook Expected Response).

For example:

function onPayment(payment) {
  console.log(`Payment ${payment.status}:`, payment)
  if (payment.status == "succeeded") {
    window.location.href = '/order-complete'
  } else {
    window.location.href = '/order-failed'


A payment is created when SpankPay receives a user's payment in response to an Invoice.

We _strongly_ recommend validating webhook signatures, otherwise it could be possible for an attacker to create fake payment confirmations.
Attribute Description
createdOn The timestamp when the payment was first received. ISO 8601 format.

One of "pending", "failed", or "complete".

"pending" if the payment is still being verified (either waiting for an onchain transaction, or waiting for result of the callback).

"failed" if the webhook failed, or if the user navigates away from the payment page before completing the payment.

"complete" if the payment has been confirmed onchain and the callback has returned success.

invoiceId The ID of the corresponding Invoice.
invoice The corresponding Invoice object (see above).
currency The invoice's currency.
amount The invoiced amount.

The exchange rate used for this payment.

amount = inputAmount ⨉ exchangeRate

inputCurrency The input currency selected by the user (ex, "ETH").
inputAmount The amount of the input currency that was paid, in inputCurrency (ex, "0.6969").
outputCurrency The currency which will be credited to the merchant's account (currently the inputCurrency, but in the future this will be configurable)

The amount that will be credited to the merchant's account, in outputCurrency.

outputAmount = inputAmount - feeAmount (adjusting for their respective currencies)

outputAmountTarget The amount (in currency) that will be credit to the merchant's account.

The fee taken by SpankPay, converted to currency.

Note: SpankPay's fee is only taken once. It is converted to multiple currencies for convenience.

feeAmountInput The fee taken by SpankPay, converted to inputCurrency.
feeAmountOutput The fee taken by SpankPay, converted to outputCurrency.
receipt The result of the webhook callback (or null when the webhook is being called).
receipt.type Always "webhook"
receipt.url The URL which was called
receipt.status One of "pending", "failed", or "succeeded".
receipt.calledOn The timestamp of the last call (ISO 8601 format).

The HTTP status code of the last request.

The request will be considered successful if the status code is 2XX, permanently failed if it is 4XX, and otherwise the callback will be retried.

A responseStatus of 999 indicates a network or other non-HTTP error.

receipt.responseHeaders The HTTP headers returned by the last request.

The content of the HTTP response.

A JSON object if the response has Content-Type: application/json , and a string otherwise.

Truncated to 128kb.

Webhook Callbacks

SpankPay will POST a message to your application server when it receives a payment, and the payment will be considered successful once it receives a response containing {"received": true}.

The callback URL is provided when the Invoice is created, and we recommend including some metadata in the URL which your application can use to credit the appropriate order.

For example, if you assign each order an ID, the callback URL might be

Webhook Format

Webhook messages will take the following format:

POST /quickstart/callback
Content-Type: text/plain
X-SpankPay-Key: test_quickstart_key
X-SpankPay-Signature: t=1551389518&s=b613679a0814d9ec…

    "type": "payment",
    "payment_id": "pay_c493715653c",
    "createdOn": "1969-06-09T06:09:06.969Z",
    "invoiceId": "inv_f95d778c35f",
    "invoice": { ... },
    "amount": "69.69",
    "amountCurrency": "USD",
    "inputAmount": "0.6969",
    "inputCurrency": "ETH",
    "inputTx": "0x2144292c5ad…",

Note: the Content-Type will be text/plain instead of application/json as might be expected. This is to ensure that web frameworks like Express do not attempt to parse the request body as JSON, and instead make the raw string available to the request handler so it can more easy check the signature.

Expected Response

The webhook endpoint must return an HTTP 200 response with a JSON object containing { "received": true }. Other metadata may optionally be included in the JSON object, and it will be returned verbatim in the Payment's receipt.response field.

If the webhook endpoint returns a non-200 response, or a body that does not contain { "received": true }, the webhook will be retried according to the following rules:

  • 10 times, each 30 seconds apart (ie, every 30 seconds for 5 minutes)
  • 10 times, each 5 minutes apart (ie, every 5 minutes for 50 minutes)

Testing Webhooks

The Webhook Test Page can be used to send simulated webhooks.

At the moment, the test webhooks will send the body of a started invoice

Additionally, we recommend that developers use ngrok to create a public URL which can route to their local development server. During development, your application can be configured to automatically query ngrok for the developer's current public URL:

async function getPublicUrl() {
  if (config.PUBLIC_URL)
    return config.PUBLIC_URL

  if (!config.ENVIRONMENT != 'development')
    throw new Error('config.PUBLIC_URL has not been defined!')

  try {
    const res = await fetch('http://localhost:4040/api/tunnels')
  } catch (e) {
    throw new Error(
      'Error connecting to ngrok to fetch public URL ' +
      '(hint: did you run "ngrok"?). Original error: ' + e

  const obj = await res.json()
  for (const tun of obj.tunnels) {
    return tun.public_url

  throw new Error(
    'Unexpected response from ngrok (tunnels found): ' +



We strongly recommend validating webhook signatures, otherwise it could be possible for an attacker to create fake payment confirmations.

To verify that webhooks are authentically from SpankPay, the content can be verified using the X-SpankPay-Signature header.

Additionally, you include query parameters in the callback URL (for example, …/quickstart/callback?customer-id=69420), there is a very small risk that a man-in-the-middle attack between SpankPay's servers and your servers could alter these query parameters. For complete correctness, we recommend verifying the requested URL against the receipt.url field, which will be URL originally requested by SpankPay.

Validating Webhook Signatures

javascript tab="Javascript (manually)"
const crypto = require('crypto')

const crypto = require('crypto')

 * Decodes a SpankPay webhook, returning a triple of:
 *   [data, timestamp, error]
 * Where `data` is the webhook object, and `timestamp` is the
 * call's timestamp (integer seconds since epoch, UTC).
 * If an error is encountered (for example, because the
 * signature is invalid), `error` will be a non-null
 * string describing the error.
 * For example:
 *   const [data, timestamp, error] = decodeSpankPayWebhook(
 *     process.env.SPANKPAY_API_SECRET,
 *     req.headers['x-spankpay-signature'],
 *     req.body,
 *   )
function decodeSpankPayWebhook(secret, sig, data) {
    if (!data || data.slice(0, 1) != '{') {
        const msg = (
            `Empty or non-JSON webhook data: ` +
        return [null, null, msg]

    const sigData = {}
    sig.split('&').forEach(bit => {
        const [key, val] = bit.split('=')
        sigData[key] = val

    const timestamp = parseInt(sigData.t)
    if (!isFinite(timestamp))
        return [null, null, `Invalid or missing timestamp: ${sig}`]

    const hash = crypto.createHmac('sha256', secret)
    const actualSig = hash.digest('hex')
    if (sigData.s !== actualSig)
        return [null, null, `Invalid signature. ${sigData.s} !== ${actualSig}`]

    let dataObj
    try {
        dataObj = JSON.parse(data)
    } catch (e) {
        return [null, null, `Error decoding JSON: ${'' + e}`]

    return [dataObj, timestamp, null]

function shorten(s, len) {
    if (!len)
        len = 16

    if (!s || s.length <= len)
        return s

    return s.slice(0, len / 2) + '…' + s.slice(s.length - len / 2)

function signSpankPayData(secret, data, t) {
    if (t === undefined)
      t = parseInt( / 1000)
    const hash = crypto.createHmac('sha256', secret)
    return `t=${t}&s=${hash.digest('hex')}`

if (typeof require !== 'undefined' && require.main == module) {
  const secret = 'sk_spankpay'
  const data = '{"SpankPay": "BOOTY"}'
  const sig = signSpankPayData(secret, data, 696969)
  console.log(`Signing '${data}' with secret key '${secret}': ${sig}`)

  examples = [
    ["correctly signed", sig, data],
    ["missing timestamp", "", data],
    ["missing signature", "t=696969", data],
    ["invalid signature", "t=696969&s=invalid", data],
    ["invalid data", sig, '{"invalid": true}'],
    ["empty data", sig, null],
    ["non-JSON data", sig, "invalid"],
  for (const [name, sig, data] of examples) {
    console.log(`Decoding ${name}:`, decodeSpankPayWebhook(secret, sig, data))

``` python tab="Python (manually)" from future import print_function

import sys PY3 = sys.version_info[0] == 3

import hmac import time import json import hashlib

if PY3: from urllib.parse import parse_qsl else: from urlparse import parse_qsl

def decode_spankpay_webhook(secret, sig, data): """ Decodes a SpankPay webhook, returning a triple of: (data, timestamp, error)

    Where `data` is the webhook object, and `timestamp` is the call's
    timestamp (integer seconds since epoch, UTC).

    If an error is encountered (for example, because the signature is
    invalid), `error` will be a non-null string describing the error.

    For example::

        (data, timestamp, error) = decode_spankpay_webhook(

secret = to_bytes(secret)
data = data and to_bytes(data)
if not data or data[:1] != b"{":
    return (None, None, "Empty or non-JSON webhook data: %r" %(shorten(data), ))

sig_data = dict(parse_qsl(sig))

    timestamp = int(sig_data.get("t"))
except (ValueError, TypeError):
    return (None, None, "Invalid or missing timestamp: %r" %(sig, ))

to_sign = b"%d.%s" %(timestamp, data)
actual_sig =, to_sign, hashlib.sha256).hexdigest()
if sig_data.get("s") != actual_sig:
    return (None, None, "Invalid signature. %r != %r" %(sig_data.get("s"), actual_sig))

    data_obj = json.loads(data)
except ValueError as e:
    return (None, None, "Error decoding JSON: %s" %(e, ))

return (data_obj, timestamp, None)

def to_bytes(s): # Note: use "ascii" instead of "utf-8" here because, in this context, we # should only ever get ASCII input (ie, because JSON is ASCII, not unicode) # and we should fail early if unicode sneaks in. return ( s if isinstance(s, bytes) else bytes(s, "ascii") if PY3 else str(s) )

def shorten(s, n=16): if not s or len(s) < n: return s return s[:n//2] + b"..." + s[-n//2:]

def sign_spankpay_data(secret, data, timestamp=None): secret = to_bytes(secret) data = to_bytes(data) timestamp = int(timestamp if timestamp is not None else time.time()) data = b"%d.%s" %(timestamp, data) sig =, data, hashlib.sha256).hexdigest() return "t=%s&s=%s" %(timestamp, sig)

if name == 'main': secret = 'sk_spankpay' data = '{"SpankPay": "BOOTY"}' sig = sign_spankpay_data(secret, data, 696969) print("Signing %r with secret %r: %s" %(data, secret, sig)) examples = [ ("correctly signed", sig, data), ("missing timestamp", "", data), ("missing signature", "t=696969", data), ("invalid signature", "t=696969&s=invalid", data), ("invalid data", sig, '{"invalid": true}'), ("empty data", sig, None), ("non-JSON data", sig, "invalid"), ] for (name, s, d) in examples: print("Decoding %s: %s" %(name, decode_spankpay_webhook(secret, s, d), ))

``` php tab="PHP (manually)"


 * Decodes a SpankPay webhook, returning: `[$data, $timestamp,
 * $error]`
 * Where `$data` is the webhook object (as an associative array), and
 * `$timestamp` is the call's timestamp (integer seconds since epoch, UTC).
 * If an error is encountered (for example, because the signature is
 * invalid), `$error` will be a non-null string describing the error.
 * For example:
 *     define('SPANKPAY_API_SECRET', "sk_...");
 *     list($data, $timestamp, $error) = spankpay_decode_webhook(
 *         file_get_contents("php://input")
 *     );
function spankpay_decode_webhook(string $secret, string $sig, string $data) {
    $repr = function ($val) {
        return var_export($val, true);

    if (!$data || substr($data, 0, 1) !== '{') {
        $msg = "Empty or non-JSON webhook data: {$repr($data ?? spankpay_shorten($data))}";
        return [null, null, $msg];

    parse_str($sig, $sig_data);

    $timestamp = $sig_data['t'] ?? null;
    if (!is_numeric($timestamp)) {
        $msg = "Invalid or missing timestamp: {$repr($timestamp)}";
        return [null, null, $msg];

    $expected_sig = $sig_data['s'] ?? null;
    $to_sign = "$timestamp.$data";
    $actual_sig = hash_hmac('sha256', $to_sign, $secret);
    if (!hash_equals($expected_sig ?? "", $actual_sig)) {
        spankpay_debug("Secret key: {$repr(spankpay_shorten($secret))}; data: {$repr($to_sign)}");
        $msg = "Invalid signature. {$repr($expected_sig)} !== {$repr($actual_sig)}";
        return [null, null, $msg];

    $data_arr = json_decode($data, true);
    if (!$data_arr) {
        return [null, null, "Error decoding JSON: {$repr($data)}"];

    return [$data_arr, (int) $timestamp, null];

function spankpay_debug(string $msg) {
    if (defined('SPANKPAY_DEBUG') && SPANKPAY_DEBUG) {
        echo "SPANKPAY_DEBUG: $msg\n";

function spankpay_shorten(string $str, integer $len = null) {
    $len = $len ?? 16;

    if (strlen($str) <= $len) {
        return $str;

    return substr($str, 0, $len / 2) . "..." . substr($str, -$len / 2);

function spankpay_sign_data($secret, $data, $t = null) {
    $t = $t ?? time();
    $s = hash_hmac('sha256', "$t.$data", $secret);
    return "t=$t&s=$s";

if (!count(debug_backtrace())) {
    define('SPANKPAY_DEBUG', true);
    $secret = 'sk_spankpay';
    $data = '{"SpankPay": "BOOTY"}';
    $sig = spankpay_sign_data($secret, $data, 696969);
    echo "Signing '$data' with secret key '$secret': $sig\n";
    $examples = [
        ["correctly signed", $sig, $data],
        ["missing timestamp", "", $data],
        ["missing signature", "t=696969", $data],
        ["invalid signature", "t=696969&s=invalid", $data],
        ["invalid data", $sig, '{"invalid": true}'],
        ["non-JSON data", $sig, 'invalid']
    foreach ($examples as $example) {
        $result = spankpay_decode_webhook($secret, $example[1], $example[2]);
        echo "Decoding ${example[0]}: " . var_export($result, true) . "\n";

Preventing Replay Attacks

To ensure your application only processes each webhook once, we recommend using the signature as a nonce. For example:'/spankpay/callback', async (req, res) => {
    const sig = req.headers['x-spankpay-signature']
    // ... validate signature ...

    try {
        const firstUse = await redis.set(`spankpay-webhook:${sig}`, '1', {
            // The nx - Not Exists - flag ensures the key can only be set once
            nx: true,
            // The ex - EXpire - flag ensures the key will expire after an hour
            ex: 60 * 60,
        if (!firstUse)
            return res.json({ received: true })

        // ... handle webhook ...
    } catch (e) {
        // If there is an error, clear the flag so that the webhook
        // will be processed on a subsequent request.
        // NOTE: your application must be careful not to leave the
        //       webhook in a partially processed state, otherwise
        //       there may be inconsistencies when it is retried.
        await redis.del(`spankpay-webhook:${sig}`)
        throw e

    return res.json({ received: true })