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Authorize.Net is pleased to announce our first release for Webhooks - automated event notifications sent right to your application.


More and more of what developers and their apps do can be defined in terms of events. With Authorize.Net payment processing, an event can be something like a payment transaction being authorized, a new payment card being added to a customer profile, or a subscription being cancelled. Instead of constantly checking to see whether a particular event happened, a much more resource friendly method can be to have a component simply listen for notifications of the event and act appropriately.


Webhooks is an increasingly common way to provide these notifications. You simply set up a URL, tell us what events you want that URL to be notified about, and we’ll make an HTTP POST to that URL with details every time one of those events happens.


This approach gives greater flexibility to separate components of your application, and can be especially useful when building integrations with Internet of Things (IoT) devices and services.


Webhooks are a modern replacement for Authorize.Net’s Silent Post. Although there is no firm timeline established, Webhooks will ultimately replace Silent Post, so we encourage developers to begin transitioning to it immediately.


Authorize.Net Webhooks can be easily configured and tested through a simple REST API. If your own URL endpoint isn’t set up yet or easily testable, you can start receiving events using tools like Services like allow you to set up webhook receiving endpoints on their servers, see what’s being sent and how, and plan your own development accordingly.


This first Webhooks release supports notifications for basic payment, recurring billing and customer profile events. We’ve worked closely with some of our merchant partners in developing this solution and have already received lots of great ideas for other event types that can be supported with notifications in the future.


Learn more by reviewing the Webhooks Documentation. We welcome your feedback on this release and suggestions on which event types we should add next.


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