Testing the Shippo API

To help you learn about all the features in the Shippo API, we have created a test mode. You can use the test mode to try all Shippo features including purchasing a label, without any charge.

This is useful when learning about the Shippo API for the first time, integrating it into your project, and testing out new features.

How to use the Shippo test mode

To use Shippo test mode, first generate a test token in API setting in the Shippo Web App.

Screenshot of UI for generating Shippo API test token

Click Generate Token and copy the resulting token. It will begin with shippo_test_.

To use test mode, insert your Shippo API test token in place of <API_TOKEN> for every API call.

The example below creates a new address object.


When testing, we recommend you use real verifiable addresses. This helps avoid errors due to malformed addresses.

 curl https://api.goshippo.com/addresses/ \
    -H "Authorization: ShippoToken <API_TOKEN>" \
    -d name="Shawn Ippotle" \
    -d company="Shippo" \
    -d street1="215 Clayton St." \
    -d street2="" \
    -d city="San Francisco" \
    -d state="CA" \
    -d zip=94117 \
    -d country="US" \
    -d phone="+1 555 341 9393" \
    -d email="shippotle@shippo.com"\
    -d is_residential=True\
    -d metadata="Customer ID 123456"
require 'shippo'
Shippo::API.token = '<API_TOKEN>'

# Create address object
address_from = Shippo::Address.create(
    :name => "Shawn Ippotle",
    :company => "Shippo",
    :street1 => "Clayton St.",
    :street_no => "215",
    :street2 => "",
    :city => "San Francisco",
    :state => "CA",
    :zip => "94117",
    :country => "US",
    :phone => "+1 555 341 9393",
    :email => "shippotle@shippo.com"
import shippo
from shippo.models import components

shippo_sdk = shippo.Shippo(api_key_header="<API_Token>")

        name="Shawn Ippotle",
        street1="215 Clayton St.",
        city="San Francisco",
        country="US", # iso2 country code
        phone="+1 555 341 9393",

// Create address object
$fromAddress = Shippo_Address::create( array(
    "name" => "Shawn Ippotle",
    "company" => "Shippo",
    "street1" => "215 Clayton St.",
    "city" => "San Francisco",
    "state" => "CA",
    "zip" => "94117",
    "country" => "US",
    "phone" => "+1 555 341 9393",
    "email" => "shippotle@shippo.com" 
// Create address object
const shippo = new Shippo({apiKeyHeader: '<API_TOKEN>'});
const addressFrom = await shippo.addresses.create({
    name: "Shawn Ippotle",
    company: "Shippo",
    street1: "215 Clayton St.",
    city: "San Francisco",
    state: "CA",
    zip: "94117",
    country: "US", // iso2 country code
    phone: "+1 555 341 9393",
    email: "shippotle@shippo.com",
    // Java

HashMap<String, Object> addressMap = new HashMap<String, Object>();
addressMap.put("name", "Mr. Hippo");
addressMap.put("company", "Shippo");
addressMap.put("street1", "215 Clayton St.");
addressMap.put("city", "San Francisco");
addressMap.put("state", "CA");
addressMap.put("zip", "94117");
addressMap.put("country", "US");
addressMap.put("phone", "+1 555 341 9393");
addressMap.put("email", "support@goshipppo.com");

Address createAddress = Address.create(addressMap);
using Shippo;
using Shippo.Models.Components;
ShippoSDK sdk = new ShippoSDK(apiKeyHeader: "<API_TOKEN>");
Address address = await sdk.Addresses.CreateAsync(
    new AddressCreateRequest()
        Name = "Shawn Ippotle",
        Company = "Shippo",
        Street1 = "215 Clayton St.",
        City = "San Francisco",
        State = "CA",
        Zip = "94117",
        Country = "US",
        Phone = "+1 555 341 9393",
        Email = "shippotle@shippo.com",

To help you identify test calls, responses in test mode include the key-value pair:

"test": true

Carriers in Test Mode

You can use test mode to generate sample shipping labels. These labels are watermarked with SAMPLE - DO NOT MAIL. You cannot use these labels for shipping.

Sample shipping label

The easiest way to generate your first label is to use a rate generated by USPS. Some carriers require a different test account credential to show test rates and generate test labels. For more information about which carriers require a separate test account, see our carrier capabilities page.

Notes About Test Mode

Test Labels

  • You cannot use test labels to ship a parcel.
  • Rates requested in test mode may differ from actual rates in live mode.
  • Test mode generates tracking numbers, but does not update the tracking information.
  • Test mode currently does not work with the batch label process and manifesting. We are actively working on supporting these features.

Test Data

  • Refund requests in test mode will always return a success response, but no invoice item will be generated.
  • When using the test token, you will only be able to access test data, not live data such as carrier accounts, transactions, and rates.
  • When using the live token, you will only be able to access live data, not test data.
    • Exception: If you have not upgraded your API and are continuing to use version 2014-02-11, your live token will remain unchanged and you will continue to see both test data and live data. This means that your Shipment object can return one of 3 different values for the variables test.
      • True – All Rates returned in Shipment were tests.
      • False – All Rates returned in Shipment were live.
      • None – Rates returned in Shipment were both tests and live.

Testing Carrier Accounts

  • User-owned carrier accounts (where you have plugged in your own carrier credentials) created with test tokens will only be available in test mode. To create live labels, users will need to connect their carrier accounts again using their live token. Similarly, carrier accounts created using the live token will not work in test mode.
    • Shippo carrier accounts will not require this, the carrier account object_ids will work for both test and live mode.
    • Exception: If you have not upgraded your API and are continuing to use version 2014-02-11, you will not need to create separate test and live carrier accounts to view test data and create test labels when in live mode.