Setup Plaid in Sandbox

Before you can access banking data from Plaid, you need to set up a Plaid integration in the Railz Dashboard™. You'll need to:

  • Retrieve your Plaid API keys.
  • Add your API keys to Railz and enable integration.
  • Customize your Plaid Link flow (optional).

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Using Live Banking Data for Testing

We recommend that you start by using Plaid's sandbox API keys to test your integration in our sandbox. Plaid's sandbox gives you access to sample banking data to test your flow through Railz Connect™.

Once you are ready to go production, you can use Plaid's development environment for testing in our sandbox, which allows you to connect to your own live bank accounts and transactions. See Plaid environments below for more details.

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Plaid Account

You will need a Plaid account before proceeding with the steps below. If you already have a Plaid account, have your account details at hand. If you don't, create an account before you start your setup.

Retrieve your Plaid API Keys

  1. Go to https://plaid.com and log in.
  2. Once logged in, from the top menu bar, select Team Settings > Keys. The Keys page is displayed showing the API keys you need for setup:
  • client_id
  • Sandbox secret
  • Development secret
Plaid - API Keys. Click to Expand.Plaid - API Keys. Click to Expand.

Plaid - API Keys. Click to Expand.

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Production Keys

If you have access to Plaid's production environment, the Keys page will show you the Production secret as well.

Add your Secure Keys to Railz and Enable Integration

  1. Open the Railz Dashboard™ and log in.
  2. In the left sidebar navigation menu, go to Integrations > Banking.
  3. Scroll down to the Plaid integration and click Manage.
Railz Banking Integrations. Click to Expand.Railz Banking Integrations. Click to Expand.

Railz Banking Integrations. Click to Expand.

  1. Find the API keys you retrieved in the previous step above and paste in your Client ID and Client Secret.
  2. From Application Key Type you have the option of choosing between Sandbox and Development. Select Sandbox, then click Save Changes
Railz Manage Banking Integration. Click to Expand.Railz Manage Banking Integration. Click to Expand.

Railz Manage Banking Integration. Click to Expand.

  1. Enable your integration. Go back to Integrations > Banking, and use the toggle to update the Plaid integration from Disabled to Enabled.

Customize Plaid Link (Optional)

Plaid allows you to customize the look, feel and content of Plaid Link that your business customers see when they authorize you to access their banking data. This is the customer journey you'll follow during testing.

  1. Go to https://plaid.com and log in. From the top menu, select Customize.
  2. The Plaid Customize page will load with a left pane to customize Plaid link and a right live preview pane. See Plaid Link customization for more details.
  3. Once you are done customizing your Plaid link, select Publish and your new changes will go into effect.

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