Fix For PayPal CSV Transaction History Download

PayPal Issues
PayPal Issues Solved

Have you been frustrated with trying to download your PayPal transaction history only to have the browser spin it’s wheels forever. Even if your report is small, the download still usually fails. I’ve fought with this many times and have finally found the fix. Apparently this is due to a PayPal timeout issue. You can fix this problem by using a terminal command to “aggressively try and keep the connection to PayPal alive” so the download can finish.

So, to fix this on a Mac,:

  • go to your History page on PayPal
  • select your date range
  • open Terminal or iTerm
  • enter the following
    • sudo sysctl -w net.inet.tcp.keepidle=10000 net.inet.tcp.keepintvl=5000 net.inet.tcp.always_keepalive=­1
  • enter your admin password
  • successfully download your transactions!

If your transaction list is huge you may still have to narrow your history search.

Thanks to Mark for posting this solution. I found it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8jPvIGX6aw