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The official Node.js client library for the Plaid API.

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Install

$ npm install plaid

Versioning

This release only supports the latest Plaid API version, 2020-09-14, and is generated from our OpenAPI schema.

For information about what has changed between versions and how to update your integration, head to the API upgrade guide.

The plaid-node client library is typically updated on a monthly basis. The canonical source for the latest version number is the client library changelog. New versions are published as GitHub tags, not as Releases. New versions are also published on npm. Plaid uses semantic versioning to version the client libraries, with potentially breaking changes being indicated by a major version bump.

All users are strongly recommended to use a recent version of the library, as older versions do not contain support for new endpoints and fields. For more details, see the Migration Guide.

Getting started

Most endpoints require a valid client_id and secret as authentication. Attach them via the configuration.

import { Configuration, PlaidApi, PlaidEnvironments } from 'plaid';

const configuration = new Configuration({
  basePath: PlaidEnvironments.sandbox,
  baseOptions: {
    headers: {
      'PLAID-CLIENT-ID': CLIENT_ID,
      'PLAID-SECRET': SECRET,
    },
  },
});

The PlaidEnvironments parameter dictates which Plaid API environment you will access. Values are:

The baseOptions field allows for clients to override the default options used to make requests. e.g.

const configuration = new Configuration({
  basePath: PlaidEnvironments.sandbox,
  baseOptions: {
    // Axios request options
  },
});

Dates

Dates and datetimes in requests and responses are represented as strings.

Time zone information is required for request fields that accept datetimes. Failing to include time zone information will result in an error. See the following examples for guidance on syntax.

If the API reference documentation for a field specifies format: date, use a string formatted as 'YYYY-MM-DD':

const start_date = '2022-05-05';

If the API reference documentation for a field specifies format: date-time, use a string formatted as 'YYYY-MM-DDTHH:mm:ssZ':

const start_date = '2019-12-12T22:35:49Z';

Error Handling

All errors can now be caught using try/catch with async/await or through promise chaining.

try {
  await plaidClient.transactionsSync(request);
} catch (error) {
  const err = error.response.data;
}

// or

plaidClient
  .transactionsSync(request)
  .then((data) => {
    console.log(data);
  })
  .catch((e) => {
    console.log(e.response.data);
  });

Note that the full error object includes the API configuration object, including the request headers, which in turn include the API key and secret. To avoid logging your API secret, log only error.data and/or avoid logging the full error.config.headers object.

Examples

For more examples, see the test suites, Quickstart, or API Reference documentation.

Exchange a public_token from Plaid Link for a Plaid access_token and then retrieve account data:

const response = await plaidClient.itemPublicTokenExchange({ public_token });
const access_token = response.data.access_token;
const accounts_response = await plaidClient.accountsGet({ access_token });
const accounts = accounts_response.data.accounts;

Retrieve the last 100 transactions for a transactions user (new, recommended method):

const response = await plaidClient.transactionsSync({
  access_token
});
const transactions = response.data.transactions;
);

Retrieve the transactions for a transactions user for the last thirty days (using the older method):

const now = moment();
const today = now.format('YYYY-MM-DD');
const thirtyDaysAgo = now.subtract(30, 'days').format('YYYY-MM-DD');

const response = await plaidClient.transactionsGet({
  access_token,
  start_date: thirtyDaysAgo,
  end_date: today,
});
const transactions = response.data.transactions;
console.log(
  `You have ${transactions.length} transactions from the last thirty days.`,
);

Get accounts for a particular Item:

const response = await plaidClient.accountsGet({
  access_token,
  options: {
    account_ids: ['123456790'],
  },
});
console.log(response.data.accounts);

Download Asset Report PDF:

const pdfResp = await plaidClient.assetReportPdfGet(
  {
    asset_report_token: assetReportToken,
  },
  {
    responseType: 'arraybuffer',
  },
);

fs.writeFileSync('asset_report.pdf', pdfResp.data);

Promise Support

Every method returns a promise, so you can use async/await or promise chaining.

API methods that return either a success or an error can be used with the usual then/catch paradigm, e.g.

plaidPromise
  .then((successResponse) => {
    // ...
  })
  .catch((err) => {
    // ...
  });

For example:

import * as bodyParser from 'body-parser';
import * as express from 'express';
import { Configuration, PlaidApi, PlaidEnvironments } from 'plaid';

const configuration = new Configuration({
  basePath: PlaidEnvironments.sandbox,
  baseOptions: {
    headers: {
      'PLAID-CLIENT-ID': CLIENT_ID,
      'PLAID-SECRET': SECRET,
      'Plaid-Version': '2020-09-14',
    },
  },
});

const plaidClient = new PlaidApi(configuration);

const app = express();
const port = process.env.PORT || 3000;

app.use(
  bodyParser.urlencoded({
    extended: true,
  }),
);
app.use(bodyParser.json());

app.post('/plaid_exchange', (req, res) => {
  var public_token = req.body.public_token;

  return plaidClient
    .itemPublicTokenExchange({ public_token })
    .then((tokenResponse) => tokenResponse.access_token)
    .then((access_token) => plaidClient.accountsGet({ access_token }))
    .then((accountsResponse) => console.log(accountsResponse.data.accounts))
    .catch((error) => {
      const err = error.response.data;

      // Indicates plaid API error
      console.error('/exchange token returned an error', {
        error_type: err.error_type,
        error_code: err.error_code,
        error_message: err.error_message,
        display_message: err.display_message,
        documentation_url: err.documentation_url,
        request_id: err.request_id,
      });

      // Inspect error_type to handle the error in your application
      switch (err.error_type) {
        case 'INVALID_REQUEST':
          // ...
          break;
        case 'INVALID_INPUT':
          // ...
          break;
        case 'RATE_LIMIT_EXCEEDED':
          // ...
          break;
        case 'API_ERROR':
          // ...
          break;
        case 'ITEM_ERROR':
          // ...
          break;
        default:
        // fallthrough
      }

      res.sendStatus(500);
    });
});

app.listen(port, () => {
  console.log(`Listening on port ${port}`);
});

Migration guide

9.0.0 or later to latest

Migrating from version 9.0.0 or later of the library to a recent version should involve very minor integration changes. Many customers will not need to make changes to their integrations at all. To see a list of all potentially-breaking changes since your current version, see the client library changelog and search for "Breaking changes in this version". Breaking changes are annotated at the top of each major version header.

Pre-9.0.0 to latest

Version 9.0.0 of the client library was released in August 2021 and represents a major interface change. Any customer migrating from a version prior to 9.0.0 should consult the migration guide below.

This version represents a transition in how we maintain our external client libraries. We are now using an API spec written in OpenAPI 3.0.0 and running our definition file through OpenAPITool's typescript-axios generator. All tests have been rewritten in Typescript.

Client initialization

From:

const configs = {
  clientID: CLIENT_ID,
  secret: SECRET,
  env: plaid.environments.sandbox,
  options: {
    version: '2020-09-14',
  },
};

new plaid.Client(configs);

To:

const configuration = new Configuration({
  basePath: PlaidEnvironments.sandbox,
  baseOptions: {
    headers: {
      'PLAID-CLIENT-ID': CLIENT_ID,
      'PLAID-SECRET': SECRET,
      'Plaid-Version': '2020-09-14'
    }
  }
});

new PlaidApi(configuration);

Endpoints

All endpoint requests now take a request model, have better Typescript support and the functions have been renamed to move the verb to the end (e.g getTransactions is now transactionsGet). Callbacks are no longer supported.

From:

pCl.sandboxPublicTokenCreate(testConstants.INSTITUTION,
  testConstants.PRODUCTS, {}, cb);

To:

const request: SandboxPublicTokenCreateRequest = {
  institution_id: TestConstants.INSTITUTION,
  initial_products: TestConstants.PRODUCTS as Products[],
  options,
};

const response = await plaidClient.sandboxPublicTokenCreate(request);

Errors

From:

pCl.getTransactions(accessToken, startDate, endDate,
{ count: count, offset: offset }, (err, response) => {
  if (err) {
    if (err.status_code === 400 &&
      err.error_code === 'PRODUCT_NOT_READY') {
      setTimeout(() => {
        getTransactionsWithRetries(
          accessToken, startDate, endDate, count,
          offset, num_retries_remaining - 1, cb
        );
      }, 1000);
    } else {
      throw new Error(
        'Unexpected error while polling for transactions', err);
    }
  } else {
    cb(null, response);
  }
});

To:

plaidClient
  .transactionsGet(request)
  .then((response) => resolve(response.data))
  .catch(() => {
    setTimeout(() => {
      if (retriesLeft === 1) {
        return reject('Ran out of retries while polling for transactions');
      }
      getTransactionsWithRetries(
        plaidClient,
        access_token,
        start_date,
        end_date,
        count,
        offset,
        ms,
        retriesLeft - 1,
      ).then((response) => resolve(response));
    }, ms);
  });

or use `try/catch`

try {
  await plaidClient.transactionsGet(request);
} catch (error) {
  const err = error.response.data;
  ...
}

Enums

While the API and pre-9.0.0 versions represent enums using strings, 9.0.0 and later allows either strings or Node enums.

Old:

products: ['auth', 'transactions'],

Current:

products: ['auth', 'transactions'],

// or

const { Products } = require("plaid");

products: [Products.Auth, Products.Transactions],

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