iDEAL is an e-commerce payment system used in the Netherlands which is based on online banking. Introduced in 2005, this payment method allows customers to buy on the internet using direct online transfers from their bank account.
iDEAL is owned by the Dutch organization Currence and remains by far the most popular method for online payments in the Netherlands, well beyond credit card use. As of November 2018, the total amount of payments exceeded two billion. All major Dutch banks are part of the iDEAL scheme.