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This method allows applications to update a subscription. Subscriptions allow applications to express interest in notifications and keep receiving the information relevant to their business.

Note: This call returns an error if an application is not authorized to subscribe to a topic.

You can pause and restart a subscription. See the disableSubscription and enableSubscription methods.


Resource URI


This method is not supported in Sandbox environment.

URI parameters

subscription_idstringThe unique identifier for the subscription to update. Use getSubscriptions to retrieve subscription IDs.

Occurrence: Required

HTTP request headers

All requests made to eBay REST operations require you to provide the Authorization HTTP header for authentication authorization.

The table below shows additional HTTP request headers that are either required, conditionally required, or strongly recommended for this method. Other standard HTTP request headers- opens rest request components page (not in this table) can also be used, but they are optional.

Content-TypestringThis header indicates the format of the request body provided by the client. Its value should be set to application/json.

For more information, refer to HTTP request headers.

Occurrence: Required

OAuth scope

This request requires an access token created with either authorization code grant flow or client credentials grant flow. Please refer to the note below for more details.

The access token must be created using one or more scopes from the following list (please check your Application Keys page for a list of OAuth scopes available to your application):

See OAuth access tokens for more information.

Note: An OAuth token created with the client credentials grant flow and the scope is required in order to create, update, or retrieve application-based subscriptions to notification topics. An OAuth token created with the authorization code grant flow and the scope is required in order to create, update, or retrieve user-based subscriptions to notification topics.

Request payload

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Request fields

Input container/fieldTypeDescription

The unique identifier of the destination endpoint that will receive notifications associated with this subscription. Use getDestinations to retrieve destination IDs.

Occurrence: Required


The payload associated with this subscription.

Occurrence: Required


The supported delivery protocol of the notification topic.

Note: HTTPS is currently the only supported delivery protocol of all notification topics.

Occurrence: Required


The supported data format of the payload.

Note: JSON is currently the only supported format for all notification topics.

Occurrence: Required


The supported schema version for the notification topic. See the supportedPayloads.schemaVersion field for the topic in getTopics or getTopic response.

Occurrence: Required


Set the status of the subscription being updated to ENABLED or DISABLED.

Occurrence: Required


HTTP response headers

This call has no response headers.

Response payload

This call has no payload.

Response fields

This call has no field definitions.

HTTP status codes

This call can return one of the following HTTP status codes. For an overview of the status codes, see HTTP status codes in Using eBay RESTful APIs.

204No Content
400Bad Request
404Not Found
500Internal Server Error

Error codes

For more on errors, plus the codes of other common errors, see Handling errors.

195000API_NOTIFICATIONAPPLICATIONThere was a problem with an eBay internal system or process. Contact eBay developer support for assistance.
195006API_NOTIFICATIONREQUESTInvalid or missing subscription status.
195007API_NOTIFICATIONREQUESTInvalid or missing destination id.
195008API_NOTIFICATIONREQUESTInvalid or missing schema version. Please refer to /topic/{topic_id} for supported schema versions.
195009API_NOTIFICATIONREQUESTSpecified format is not supported for the topic.
195010API_NOTIFICATIONREQUESTInvalid or missing protocol
195012API_NOTIFICATIONREQUESTSubscription already exists
195013API_NOTIFICATIONREQUESTThe subscription id does not exist.
195014API_NOTIFICATIONREQUESTThe subscription cannot be enabled since the topic or payload is no longer supported.
195015API_NOTIFICATIONREQUESTThe subscription cannot be enabled since the destination is not enabled.


This call has no warnings.


New to making API calls? Please see Making a Call.

Note: Identifiers, such as order IDs or user IDs, and personal data in these samples might be anonymized or may no longer be active on eBay. If necessary, substitute current, relevant eBay data in your requests.

Sample 1: Update subscription

This call creates a subscription for an application.


The required inputs are topicId, status, payload, payload (including format, schemaVersion and deliveryProtocol) and destinationId.



A successful call returns the HTTP status code 201 Created. This method has no response payload.