Start testing

We do not have a test environment or sandbox to run tests: we make it possible to use test users for verification directly in production. The advantage of working with a test user is that you can simulate between these users of the same actions allowed for a real user –list, update data, ask, answer, purchase, sell, rate, etc.- among test users without paying for any charges or getting penalties, without jeopardizing a real user’s reputation. This tutorial will guide you on how to start working with our API while your app is currently on development.

Importante:
All test operations must be maked out with test users. Remember that personal accounts should not be used for testing.

Contents

→Create a test user
→Considerations
→Buy and sell between users test

Create a test user

You need to have a token to create a test user. If you haven’t got your access_token yet, you may read the Authentication & Authorization guide, or you can simple come back here when you are ready to test. You only need to send on the on the JSON the country where you want to operate.


Consult our SITES resource of our API to know the site_id of each country. We recommend the creation of at least one seller user and one buyer user, to make transactions between them.

Example:

curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d
'{
   	"site_id":"MLA"
}'
https://api.mercadolibre.com/users/test_user?access_token=...

Response:

{
	"id":120506781,
    "nickname":"TEST0548",
    "password":"qatest328",
    "site_status":"active"
}

Great! On the response you get the User_id, Nickname, Password and current status of your new test user.


Considerations

When working with test users, you need to take into account the following considerations:

  • You can create up to 10 test users with your mercadolibre account.
  • Test users won’t be active for too long, but once they expire, you can create new ones.
  • List under the “Others” category as much as possible.
  • Never list under “gold” or “gold_premium” so it doesn’t get to our home page.
  • Test users can simulate operations only with listings from other test users: they can only buy, sell, ask questions, etc., in test list, created by test accounts.
  • Test users showing no activity (buy, ask, publish, etc.) during 60 days are immediately removed.
  • Test items are removed regularly.

Great! you just finished our Getting Started section. To continue learning, we recommend you to visit our API docs, and choose among our verticals: Products, Real Estates, Vehicles or Services.


Buy and sell between users test

Remember that tests on the platform and all transactions must be done with test users. In addition, personal accounts should not contain ads. If you want to simulate purchases between test users, you could use our test cards. Remember that testing on the platform and all transactions must be done between test users. In addition, personal accounts must not contain listings for this purpose.

Note:
Bear in mind that you should upload fictitious data and that for security, when running tests, we don't add bank names to cards available for testing.

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