helloworld.js - How to run Node JS Sample Code using the Hello World API and X-Pay-Token

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helloworld.js - How to run Node JS 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 Node JS Sample code of the “Hello World API” using WebStorm



Next, we'll show you how to run the Node JS sample code of the “Hello World API” using WebStorm. WebStorm is a powerful IDE for modern JavaScript development. WebStorm provides full support for JavaScript, TypeScript, HTML, CSS as well as for other frameworks right out of the box, no additional plugins are required and can be downloaded using below link:




In WebStorm, 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 WebStorm


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




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


Step 2 - In the New Project wizard, select Node.js Express App from the list on the left, provide the project Location and click Create.




Step 3 - Create a new Javascript file and named it “helloworld




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


  • Set the below parameters:

var apiKey = '<YOUR API KEY>';

var sharedSecret = '<YOUR SHARED SECRET KEY>';




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const express = require('express');
const fs = require('fs');
var https = require('https');
const request = require('request');
const app = express();
const bodyParser = require('body-parser')
var path = require('path');
var crypto = require('crypto');

app.use(express.static(path.join(__dirname, 'public')));
app.use(bodyParser.urlencoded({extended: true}));

var apiKey = '<YOUR API KEY>';
var sharedSecret = '<YOUR SHARED SECRET KEY>';

var resourcePath = 'helloworld'
var queryParams = 'apiKey='+apiKey;
var postBody = '';

app.get('/', (req, res) => {

   var timestamp = Math.floor(Date.now() / 1000);
   var preHashString = timestamp + resourcePath + queryParams + postBody;
   var hashString = crypto.createHmac('sha256', sharedSecret).update(preHashString).digest('Hex');;
   var xPayToken = 'xv2:' + timestamp + ':' + hashString;


    var options = {
        hostname: 'sandbox.api.visa.com',
        port: 443,
        uri: 'https://sandbox.api.visa.com/vdp/helloworld?'+queryParams,
        method: 'GET',
        headers: {
            'Content-Type': 'application/json',
            'Accept': 'application/json',
            'x-pay-token': xPayToken
        json: true


    options.agent = new https.Agent(options);

    request.get(options, (err, res, body) => {
        if (err) {
            return console.log(err);
        console.log(`Status: ${res.statusCode}`);
    res.send('Hello World ');

app.listen(3050, function () {
    console.log('Example app listening on port 3050.');






Step 5 - Compile Your Code 


  • Simply right click and run “helloworld.js”






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Written by: @shameem@jmedlen, & @mprsic