Configure Ecommerce hosted checkout webhooks

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What is a webhook?

Webhooks send an HTTP callback or message to allow one server to communicate with another. You can configure webhook settings on the Clover Merchant Dashboard. With webhooks configured on a hosted checkout page, your application can receive notifications when merchants who have installed your app perform certain actions. For more information on webhook settings, see the Webhook site.



You need to create an Ecommerce API token to use the hosted checkout page for making payments. See Set up an API token.

Configure webhook on the Merchant Dashboard

  1. Log in to the Clover Merchant Dashboard.
  2. From the left navigation menu, click Account & Setup. The Account and Setup page appears.
  3. Scroll down to the Ecommerce section and click Hosted Checkout. The Hosted Checkout page appears.
Hosted Checkout

Hosted Checkout

  1. Set or update the hosted checkout page style, ReCAPTCHA setting, and redirect URLs.
  2. In the Webhook section > Webhook URL field, enter a secure HTTPS link (URL).
  3. Click Generate. The Signing Secret field displays a secret key.
Webhook URL

Webhook URL

  1. Click Save.
  2. Click Copy to copy the key in the Signing Secret field to receive webhook messages after the customer has made a payment in a hosted checkout session. You can use this secret key to validate the Clover signature header in the webhook.
    Note: After a customer completes a payment on the hosted checkout page, a webhook notification is sent to the merchant’s configured webhook URL.

Created Time
Message: Approved for 100 or Decline for 100
Id: Payment universally unique identifier (UUID)
MerchantId: Merchant UUID
Data: Checkout Session UUID

Validate the Clover-signature header in the webhook

To secure webhooks you need to validate the webhook source, destination, and payload. Hash-based Message Authentication Code (HMAC) is used in the signature header verification to authenticate and validate webhooks. An HMAC is calculated using a secret key and a cryptographic hash function like SHA-2 or SHA-3. This HMAC becomes the signature of the webhook; it is then used to authenticate the webhook, and validate its payload.

You can include a Clover-Signature header field in the webhook message. This allows you to verify the validity of a webhook message. The value for the header includes the current time, payload and the webhook secret key.

Example to validate theClover-Signature header:
Clover-Signature: t=1642599079,v1=tf1535bddbf8923d77ca9665eed5fc89b8b5506bbad137cd4ca76aa2a8d2a342.

  1. Append the message's timestamp with a period (.) and the raw request payload. For example, using the example above—1642599079.json—where json is the raw request body of the received webhook message.
  2. Hash the value from the second string through the HmacSHA256 using the webhook secret key. The secret key displays in the Signing Secret field, generated for the webhook URL for your hosted checkout page.
  3. Compare the two strings with the v1 signature value. If they match, then the validation is successful.