Testing your app
The Trade Me sandbox environment is a completely independent copy of the Trade Me website, API and database. It is designed to allow you to test potentially destructive API operations in a safe environment.
To use it, simply replace any "trademe.co.nz" URL with "tmsandbox.co.nz". For example, to get the list of regions via the sandbox environment, use the following URL: https://api.tmsandbox.co.nz/v1/TmAreas.xml
The main sandbox website is: https://www.tmsandbox.co.nz. Feel free to create auctions, bid on existing auctions, whatever! Don't worry, no money will change hands and you won't be obligated to complete any sale.
Differences between sandbox and live environments:
- No emails are sent from the sandbox environment.
- New members in sandbox are enabled automatically and do not require email verification.
- New members in sandbox get $5,000 credit.
- New members in sandbox are automatically authenticated and address verified.
- Pay Now and account top-up payments don't accept real credit card numbers. Instead use this card number: 4111111111111111.
- Account top-up limits are not enforced in sandbox.
Every reference page on this site has a request builder tool to allow you to construct API requests on-the-fly. This tool operates against the sandbox, so you'll only see fake data when using this tool. On the plus side you don't have to worry about accidentally buying a gold-studded toenail clipper!
Credit card payments
When making credit card payments on the sandbox site, use this card number: 4111111111111111. Cardholder name, expiry date and CVV can be anything, as long as what you enter meets the validation requirements (expiry date in the future, 3 or 4 digit CVV, etc).
If you register an app in sandbox, then the registration details (consumer key, etc) are only valid when communicating with api.tmsandbox.co.nz. Similarly, access tokens that are generated in the sandbox environment are only valid within the sandbox environment. If you try to use an access token that was generated from sandbox in our production environment (or vice-versa), you will get a HTTP 401 error.