Sample code for bank validation

This page provides sample code to help you set up Postcoder bank validation.

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Bank validation using JavaScript

This example uses the bank endpoint to check a UK sort code and account number, and get details about the bank and branch. It can be customised using the config settings at the end of the HTML.

class PostcoderBank{
	
	constructor(config) {
		this.config = config
		this.init()
	}

	init() {

		this.endpoint = 'https://ws.postcoder.com/pcw/' + this.config.apikey + '/bank/'

		this.sortcode_input = document.querySelector(this.config.sortcode)
		this.accountnumber_input = document.querySelector(this.config.accountnumber)
		this.submit_btn = document.querySelector(this.config.submitbtn)

		// add click event listener to the submit button, to call the search function
		this.submit_btn.addEventListener('click', this.search)

		// add a result container to the page, delete when not required.
		this.resultcontainer = document.createElement('pre')
		this.submit_btn.closest('form').appendChild(this.resultcontainer)   

	}

	search = event => {

		event.preventDefault()

		if(this.sortcode_input.value && this.accountnumber_input.value){

			let self = this
			let sortcode = this.sortcode_input.value
			let accountnumber = this.accountnumber_input.value

			fetch(this.endpoint, {
					method: 'post',
					headers: {
						"Content-Type": "application/json",
				},
					body: `{"sortcode":"${sortcode}","accountnumber":"${accountnumber}"}`
				}).then( response => {
					if (!response.ok) { 
						throw response 
					}
					return response.json()
				}).then(data => {

					self.processResult(data)
					
				}).catch( err => {

					if(typeof err.text === 'function'){
						err.text().then( errorMessage => {
							console.log('Postcoder request error ' + err.status + ' : ' + errorMessage)
						})
					}else{
						console.log(err)
					}
			})
		}
	}

	processResult = result =>{

		// show result on page, delete when not required.
		this.resultcontainer.innerHTML = "Result: \n\n" + JSON.stringify( result, null, 4 )

	}

}
<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
  <head>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="postcoder.css" > 
    <script src="postcoder_bank.js"></script>
  </head>
  <body>


    <form>

      <label for="txt_sortcode">Sort code</label>
      <input type="text" id="txt_sortcode">

      <label for="txt_accountnumber">Account number</label>
      <input type="text" id="txt_accountnumber">

      <button id="btn_submit">Submit</button>
    
    </form>


    <script>
        
        new PostcoderBank({
          apikey: 'PCW45-12345-12345-1234X', 
          sortcode: '#txt_sortcode', // query selector of the sortcode input field
          accountnumber: '#txt_accountnumber', // query selector of the accountnumber input field
          submitbtn: '#btn_submit', // query selector of the submit button
        })

    </script>


  </body>
</html>
input, select {
	display: block;
	box-sizing: border-box;
	width: 100%;
	padding: 10px;
	height: 40px;
	margin-bottom: 0.5em;
	border-width: 1px;
	border-style: solid;
	border-color: lightgray;
}

.search_wrap {
	overflow: hidden;
}

.search_wrap div {
	font-size: 0.75em;
}

button {
	padding: 8px;
	margin-left: 0.5em;
	float:  right;
	font-family: sans-serif;
}

label {
	display: block;
	margin-top: 1.25em;
	margin-bottom: 0.25em;
}
select {
	position: relative;
	z-index: 1;
	padding-right: 40px;
}

.isvalid:after {
	content: '\2713';
	color: green;
}

.notvalid:after {
	content: '\2717';
    color: red;
}   

#successindicator {
	float:  right;
	margin-left: 0.5em;
	display: flex;
  	justify-content: center;
  	align-content: center;
  	flex-direction: column;
  	height: 40px;
}

#json_result_container {
	margin: 5em 0 0;
    background-color: #eee;
	color: #333;
    /* border: solid lightgrey 1px; */
	padding: 1em;
	overflow: auto;
}

#autocomplete_wrap{
	position: relative;
}

#suggestion_list{
	position:  absolute;
	background-color: #fff;
	outline: -webkit-focus-ring-color auto 1px;
	list-style-type: none;
  	margin: 0;
  	padding: 0;
  	max-height:  400px;
  	overflow-y: auto;
}

#suggestion_list li{
	cursor: pointer;
	padding: 10px 5px;
}

#suggestion_list li.header{
	border-bottom: 2px solid #ddd;
}

#suggestion_list li:hover, #suggestion_list li.selected{
	background-color: #ddd;
}

#suggestion_list li span.location{
	font-size: 0.75em;
	color: #666;
}

.arrow {
 	border: solid black;
	border-width: 0 3px 3px 0;
	display: inline-block;
	padding: 3px;
}

.left {
	margin-left: 3px;
	transform: rotate(135deg);
	-webkit-transform: rotate(135deg);
}

.address{
	height: 140px;
	margin: 8px;
}

.map {
	height: 300px;
	width: 100%;
}

body {
	font-family: sans-serif;
	padding: 0;
	margin: 0;
}
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Bank validation using Python, PHP or C#

These examples show how to make a request to the bank endpoint to check a UK sort code and account number, and get details about the bank and branch.

from urllib.parse import quote
import requests
import json

# Request parameters
api_key = "PCW45-12345-12345-1234X"
sort_code = "100000"
account_number = "31510604"

# Prepare request and encode user-entered parameters with %xx encoding
request_url = f"https://ws.postcoder.com/pcw/{api_key}/bank"

request_body = {
    "sortcode": f"{quote(sort_code, safe='')}",
    "accountnumber": f"{quote(account_number, safe='')}",
}

# Send request
response = requests.post(request_url, json=request_body)

# Process response
if response.status_code == 200:
    json = response.json()
    print(json["valid"], json["bankname"], json["branchname"])
else:
    print(f"Request error: {response.content.decode()}")
// Request parameters
$api_key = "PCW45-12345-12345-1234X";
$sort_code = "100000";
$account_number = "31510604";

// Prepare request and encode user-entered parameters with %xx encoding
$request_url = "https://ws.postcoder.com/pcw/$api_key/bank";

$data = array("sortcode" => $sort_code, "accountnumber" => $account_number);

$context = stream_context_create([
  "http" => [
    "header"  => "Content-type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded\r\n",
    "method"  => "POST",
    "content" => http_build_query($data),
    "ignore_errors" => true
  ]
]);

// Send request
$result = file_get_contents($request_url, false, $context);

// Process response
$status_line = $http_response_header[0];
preg_match("{HTTP\/\S*\s(\d{3})}", $status_line, $match);
$status_code = $match[1];

if ($status_code == 200) {
    $json = json_decode($result);
    echo("$json->valid<br>$json->bankname<br>$json->branchname");
} else {
    echo("Request error");
}
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using System.Net.Http;
using Newtonsoft.Json.Linq;
					
public class Program
{
	public static async Task Main()
	{
		// Request parameters
		string apiKey = "PCW45-12345-12345-1234X";
		string sortCode = "100000";
		string accountNumber = "31510604";

		// Prepare request and encode user-entered parameters with %xx encoding
		string requestUrl = $"https://ws.postcoder.com/pcw/{apiKey}/bank";
		
		var content = new Dictionary<string, string>
		{
			{ "sortcode", sortCode },
			{ "accountnumber", accountNumber }
		};
		var encodedContent = new FormUrlEncodedContent(content);

		using (HttpClient client = new HttpClient())
		{
			// Send request
			var response = await client.PostAsync(requestUrl, encodedContent);
			var responseContent = await response.Content.ReadAsStringAsync();

			// Process response
			if (response.IsSuccessStatusCode)
			{
				JObject responseJson = JObject.Parse(responseContent);
				Console.WriteLine($"{responseJson["valid"]}, {responseJson["bankname"]}, {responseJson["branchname"]}");
			}
			else
			{
				Console.WriteLine($"Request error: {responseContent}");
			}
		}
	}
}
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