Using the Sandbox

When you sign up for a ShipEngine account, you will automatically be provided a Sandbox environment for testing purposes. In the Sandbox, you can freely create labels, get rates, and test ShipEngine’s various available resources.

Check out our developer documentation for additional information regarding the ShipEngine Sandbox!

To access your Sandbox environment:

  1. Sign in to your ShipEngine Dashboard.

  2. Click the Environment drop-down and select Sandbox.

    Full-screen view of the ShipEngine Sandbox dashboard, with Sandbox environment selected

In the Dashboard section of the Sandbox dashboard, you can manage your Sandbox API Keys. All Sandbox API Keys will begin with TEST and only work with the ShipEngine Sandbox carriers.

You can also test with ShipEngine Carriers. Go to Set-up > Carriers to view your available sandbox carriers. Each carrier will have a unique Carrier ID that you can use in your test API calls.

Sandbox Carriers settings screen, with red arrow pointing to "Sandbox Carrier Accounts" table of available carriers.

Sandbox accounts will not necessarily have the same rates you see in your production carrier accounts. As these are test accounts, the rates do not reflect what you will see when you move to the Production environment and begin using your actual connected carriers.

Ready to switch to Production?

Click the link to Upgrade now button on the Dashboard.

Dashboard with Upgrade Now button