Plaid Tutorial - The Basics

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Welcome to the Plaid Basics tutorial! This tutorial will help you understand the fundamentals around establishing a connection with Link, and creating an access token so you can use the Plaid API to fetch your user's data from their favorite bank.

Before we get started, let's go over some of the prerequisites. You're going to need:

  • An account at the Plaid dashboard -- you can sign up for free, and you only need Sandbox access for this tutorial.
  • A basic understanding of JavaScript and NodeJS. We won't get too fancy here, but this shouldn't be your first time trying to build an application.
  • A laptop or desktop computer -- this tutorial just won't fit on a mobile screen.
  • Recommended: An account at if you want to save your progress and come back later.

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This interactive tutorial is an experimental new feature that we're trying out. Would you like to see more of these? Do you have requests for specific tutorials? Did you encounter any bugs or problems? Let us know by clicking the Feedback? link at the top of this page.