This guide covers the process for testing cXML Punchout using the Postman for Chrome tool. There are add-ons available for other browsers, but this guide will show examples using Postman. 

Use this guide to troubleshoot network connectivity and password / credential issues.


  1. Punchout URL (i.e. https://yoursite.com.au/punchout.aspx)
  2. Username
  3. Password 
  4. Sample Punchout Setup Request file (see sample at the end of this article)
  5. API testing app / browser add-on: 

Step-by-step guide

  1. Open Postman.
  2. Enter the URL in the URL request box. 
  3. Set the request type to 'POST'. 

  4. Paste the sample Punchout Setup Request XML into the 'Body' dialogue box as raw data. You can find the code at the end of this article.

  5. Replace the #USERNAME# with your username.
  6. Replace the #PASSWORD# with your password.
  7. Click 'Send' (top right of browser window). 
  8. If the request is successful, you will get a '200 OK' response code in the response dialogue box.

  9. If this is the case, you can continue on testing within your ERP system.
  10. If you get a blank response dialogue box (even if the status returns '200 OK'), check that the URL, your username, and password are all correct.
  11. If you still get a blank response, contact your supplier for further assistance. 

Sample Punchout Setup Request

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE cXML SYSTEM "http://xml.cXML.org/schemas/cXML/1.2.021/cXML.dtd">
<cXML payloadID="1233444-200@ariba.acme.com"
      xml:lang="en-US" timestamp="1999-03-12T18:39:09-08:00">
            <Credential domain="AribaNetworkUserId">
            <Credential domain="ABN">
            <Credential domain="AribaNetworkUserId">
            <UserAgent>Ariba ORMS 5.1P4 </UserAgent>
        <PunchOutSetupRequest operation="create">
            <Extrinsic name="randomKey">department code</Extrinsic>

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