helloworld.go - How to run GoLang Sample Code using the Hello World API and X-Pay-Token

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helloworld.go - How to run GoLang Sample Code using the Hello World API and X-Pay-Token

In this "How-to" guide we will show you how to run the “Hello World” project using Visa Hello World API and and API Key - Shared Secret Authentication. The Hello World API is a simple API for testing the connectivity with the Visa Network.


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How to Create a Visa Developer Project


Before you are able to run the “Hello World” Project, you must create a Visa Developer Portal (VDP) project and get credentials. If you haven't registered yet just click on register here, fill out the account information, agree to the terms and conditions and click on receive emails. Once you have successfully activated your account, you will see your dashboard and you are ready to go.






Once you are there, click on create your first project if this is your first project.  On the next page, you will be asked for details, such as project name, description and a list of APIs to choose from.





For this tutorial, we're going to select CyberSource Payments and click create project.







How to get Credentials


After creating your project, you will be redirected to the project summary page. You can obtain your project credentials by browsing the left side navigation menu of your project and click on “Credentials”.





What is required for the X-Pay-Token Authentication?


To be able to make an API call with X-Pay-Token Authentication, you need to have the following:

  1. Api Key
  2. Secret Key



How to run the GoLang Sample code of the “Hello World API” using GoLand



Next, we'll show you how to run the GoLang sample code of the “Hello World API” using GoLand. GoLand is a cross-platform IDE that provides consistent experience on the Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems, and can be downloaded using below link:




In GoLand, a project helps you organize your source code, tests, libraries that you use, build instructions, and your personal settings in a single unit.



Step 1 - Launch GoLand


  • On the GoLand Welcome Screen, click Create New Project.




Otherwise, from the main menu, select File | New | Project


Step 2 - In the New Project wizard, select Go from the list on the left, provide the project Location, Go SDK and click Create.







Step 3 - Create a new Go file as Simple Application and named it “helloworld





Step 4 - Copy the below sample code to the “helloworld.go” file


  • Install all the required dependencies when prompt.
  • Set the below parameters:


apiKey    = "<YOUR API KEY>"

secretKey = "<YOUR SHARED SECRET>"



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package main

import (

var (
   // THIS IS EXAMPLE ONLY how will apiKey and password look like
   // apiKey = "1WM2TT4IHPXC8DQ5I3CH21n1rEBGK-Eyv_oLdzE2VZpDqRn_U";
   // sharedSecret = "19JRVdej9";

   apiKey    = "<YOUR API KEY>"
   secretKey = "<YOUR SHARED SECRET>"

func generateXPay(secretKey string, resourcePath string, queryParams string, postBody string) string {
   timestamp := strconv.Itoa(int(time.Now().Unix()))
   preHashString := timestamp + resourcePath + queryParams + postBody
   h := hmac.New(sha256.New, []byte(secretKey))
   // Write Data to it
   // Get result and encode as hexadecimal string
   hashString := hex.EncodeToString(h.Sum(nil))
   return "xv2:" + timestamp + ":" + hashString

func main() {

   queryParams := "apiKey=" + apiKey
   xpay := generateXPay(secretKey, "helloworld", queryParams, "")
   client := &http.Client{}

   request, err := http.NewRequest(http.MethodGet, "https://sandbox.api.visa.com/vdp/helloworld?"+queryParams, nil)
   if err != nil {

   request.Header.Set("x-pay-token", xpay)
   resp, err := client.Do(request)

   if err != nil {

   defer resp.Body.Close()
   body, err := ioutil.ReadAll(resp.Body)
   log.Println("Response Status:", resp.Status)
   log.Println("Response Body:", string(body))





Step 5 - Compile Your Code 


  • Simply right click and run “go build helloworld….”





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Written by: @shameem@jmedlen, & @mprsic