Learn how to add QuickBooks firewall ports and security settings manually:

Have you ever realized that a simple internet block for QuickBooks programs due to firewall might land you into some huge technical glitches. Well, that isn’t as tiny as it looks like. Firewall can be one major reason of causing different errors. Thus, working upon this issue can prevent you from experiencing major issues later on. These errors can be halted by either updating the firewall to the latest version or by configuring the firewall software. Moreover, you can also add some exceptions for QuickBooks firewall ports.

There can be certain other steps that you might require to implement, to get rid of various errors. This piece of writing is going to brief you about the process to Set up Firewall and security settings for QuickBooks desktop. If you are seeking for the same, then ascertain to scroll through with much care. However, you can connect with our QuickBooks enterprise support team using our support line for further assistance.

What is Firewall?

Before you explore the ways to configure QuickBooks firewall ports, it is essential to first understand, what actually is firewall. Firewall is a must have application that saves the system from various threats like, malware, viruses, and unwanted programs. In certain cases, the firewall blocks the internet access required to run QuickBooks and the company file. This kind of issue is often encountered while using QB desktop in a multi-user environment. in such as case, you will have to update the firewall to the latest release, or manually configure the firewall. The process to configuring and updating firewall will be mentioned later in this post.

Windows Firewall - Screenshot 1

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Methods to Configure/ Set up QuickBooks Desktop Firewall Ports and Security Settings

Checkout the following steps to configure firewall & internet security settings for QuickBooks desktop:

Method 1: Automatically Configure Firewall Ports

You can run the QuickBooks File Doctor tool to resolve network related errors. This tool will open all the blocked ports. Also this tool can be used for configuring the Windows firewall.

QuickBooks file doctor icon - Screenshot

Method 2: Manually Configure Exceptions for QuickBooks Firewall Ports

  • Open QuickBooks Database Server Manager.
  • Now find QuickBooks Desktop 2018/2019/2020/2021 or 2022.
  • Write the Port Number and use it for QuickBooks Firewall ports exceptions.

Step 1: Steps to Manually Add QuickBooks Firewall Ports Exceptions

In case you are using multiple versions of QuickBooks desktop on the same PC, follow the below given steps for each QuickBooks version:

  1. In order to Add firewall port exceptions for QuickBooks, the initial step is to open Windows Start menu.
  2. Type in Windows Firewall into the search option, followed by opening Windows Firewall.
Windows Firewall - Screenshot
  1. Next step is to hit a click on Advanced Settings.
  2. Right click on Inbound Rules, along with that select New Rule.
  3. Choose Port and then hit Next.
Choose Port Option (QuickBooks Database Server Manager) - Screenshot 1
  1. Make sure that TCP is selected.
Ensure TCP option is Checked - Screenshot
  1. Now enter the ports which you need for your QuickBooks year versions, in the Specific ports field.
Configuring QuickBooks firewall and security exceptions - Screenshot
  1. The ports can be selected from below options:
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2022:8019, XXXXX
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2021:8019, XXXXX
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2020:8019, XXXXX
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2019: 8019, XXXXX
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2018: 8019, 56278, 55378-55382
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2017: 8019, 56727, 55373-55377
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2016: 8019, 56726, 55368-55372
  2. You will then have to Enter the port number and hit Next tab.
  3. Once done with that, hit a click on Allow the Connection and then, click on Next.
Allow the connection - Screenshot
  1. Moving ahead, you need to ensure all the files are marked, only if prompted.
Firewall Setting up in QBDBSM - Screenshot
  1. Name the rules and click on Finish to end the process.

You will have to repeat these steps for Outbound Rules. The same steps are to be carried out, only instead of select inbound rules, select outbound rules and you are good to go. After these steps open QuickBooks Desktop again in QuickBooks multi-user mode and check if the problem has been resolved.

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Important Note:

It should be noted that you are required to keep a note that QuickBooks desktop 2021, 2020 and the versions to be introduced use dynamic ports. These ports are specific firewall ports assigned at the time of installation. With this, it is ensured that the QuickBooks software gets exclusive use of a given port. To get the dynamic port number, you are supposed to carry out the steps below:

  • Initially, open the Windows start tab.
  • Type in QuickBooks database server manager, into the search box and also open the same.
  • Next, move to the Port monitor tab.
QuickBooks Port Number - Screenshot Image
  • Now check your QuickBooks version.
  • The final step is to take a note of the Port number, used for firewall port exception.

After completing the steps, you will have to keep a note that the assigned port number can be changed by opting for the renew option. After that move to the scan folders tab and select scan now tab. The steps will reset the firewall permissions. And you can renew the ports only for the desktop 2019 and later versions.

Step 2: Make Firewall Exceptions for your QuickBooks Programs

There are some executable files which are used by QuickBooks. Find this list go through the selection below to configure the firewall or antivirus program. Follow the steps below for each file:

Executable filesLocation
AutoBackupExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
Dbmlsync.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
DBManagerExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
FileManagement.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
FileMovementExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QuickBooksMessaging.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBW32.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBDBMgrN.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBGDSPlugin.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBServerUtilityMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
QBCFMonitorService.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
QBLaunch.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
QBUpdate.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks\QBUpdate
IntuitSyncManager.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\Sync
OnlineBackup.exeC:\Program Files\QuickBooks Online Backup

The point to be noted here is that, if you find Program Files (x86), it means that you are using a 64-bit operating system.

  • Initially, hit a click on Start menu and then type Windows firewall and opening the same.
  • Next step is to press Advanced Settings and Right-click on Inbound Rules.
  • After that hit a click on New Rule >> Program >> Next options respectively.
  • Now choose the Program Path and Browse options.
  • Followed by finding file location and select Next tab.
  • Now hit a click on Allow the Connection and hit Next.
  • Also ensure that all the files are marked and then click on Next.
  • Create a Rule, and name it. After that choose Finish opt.
QuickBooks Firewall Port (Create a New Rule) - Screenshot
  • You can repeat the steps for Outbound Rules as well.

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Step 3: Configuring Antivirus and Windows Firewall

You are required to add an exclusion in Windows Defender or installed Antivirus program. The steps involved here are as follows:

  • Open Windows Defender Security Center.
  • And then open Virus and threat protection.
  • Once done with that, hit a click on Add an exclusion and choose folder.
  • Followed by adding Intuit Folder in C drive as exclusion.
  • Last step is to choose OK tab.

Step 4: Configure Firewall Programs

  • When a user uses a number of firewalls and the changing versions, then the Intuit is unable to do the Additional configuration setups. Take help from the Software publisher’s website.
  • Intuit is not involved in supporting different internet security programs. Therefore, you would have to Add exceptions for QuickBooks firewall ports. In case the error still persists, then add the following directories to your anti-virus program.

Step 5: Add QuickBooks Firewall Port Extensions on your Antivirus or Firewall (3rd Party Configuration)

Ensure that the TCP is chosen. Enter all the ports which are required. In the manually configure QuickBooks firewall ports exceptions, see the port number suitable for your QuickBooks version. Add ports for each year in case you have used multiple year versions of QuickBooks Desktop.

Executable filesLocation
AutoBackupExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
Dbmlsync.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
DBManagerExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
FileManagement.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
FileMovementExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QuickBooksMessaging.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBW32.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBDBMgrN.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBGDSPlugin.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QUICKBOOKS YEAR
QBServerUtilityMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
QBCFMonitorService.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
QBLaunch.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
QBUpdate.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks\QBUpdate
IntuitSyncManager.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\Sync
OnlineBackup.exeC:\Program Files\QuickBooks Online Backup

If you are using a 64-bit Operating System, then add executable files at the location Program files.

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Steps to Configure Firewall for QuickBooks Desktop Point of Sale (POS)

When the firewall blocks the connectivity between the server and the client workstations, point of sale configures the firewall automatically for you . At times, you might require to configure the firewall ports manually for QuickBooks desktop point of sale. When the security program blocks QuickBooks desktop point of sale ports, the below processes are interrupted:

  • Electronic Funds Transfer: The Intuit Merchant services credit card processing
  • Database server manager: Ability to connect and record transactions
  • Intuit Entitlement Service: The product license and user validation

Important Points

  • You need to have Windows Admin rights in order to perform the steps.
  • Also, in case of third party security program, you need to ensure to add the firewall ports and executable files that QuickBooks desktop point of sale needs.

Firewall Configuration for QuickBooks Desktop Point of Sale (POS)

In order to configure the firewall for QuickBooks desktop point of sale, the below steps can be followed:

  1. Initial step is to press Windows + R keys to open the Run command.
  2. Type in Control panel and also click on OK tab to open the control panel.
  3. Next step is to Set the view by to small icons and then opt for the Windows firewall.
  4. Choose the Advanced settings and select Inbound.
  5. After that New rule is to be selected.
  6. Followed by selecting port and then hitting Next.
  7. Next step is to Enter the port numbers and then click on Next tab.
  8. Choose Allow connection to select Next tab.
  9. Name the firewall rule and click on Finish tab.
  10. Follow the steps for outbound rule.

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Point of Sale Firewall Ports

PORTPORT NUMBERS
TCP (Incoming)8040, 8443, 8036, 8035, 8025, 8024, 46228, 46225, 46216-46220, 46203, 2638, 443
UDP (Outgoing)8036, 8035, 8024, 2638

Executable Files and Required Ports

DEFAULT PORTPROGRAM FILETASKS THAT REQUIRE THE PROGRAM FILE
443* EFTSvr.exe* Throughout operation
* Merchant Service transactions
8443* EFTSvr.exe* Throughout operation
* Merchant Service transactions
2638* DataImporter.exe
* EFTSvr.exe
* QBDBMgr.exe
* QBDBMgrN.exe
* QBPOSDBServiceEx.exe
* Conversion from previous version
* Changing currently running database.
* Startup
* Detecting change to QBDatabases.ini
* Help > Manage my license
* Throughout operation
46203,

46204
* EFTSvr.exe
* QBDBMgrN.exe
* QBPOS.exe
* Throughout operation
* Changing currently running database
8024, 8025* QBPOS.exe
* Setup.exe
* Web installation
* License verification
* Throughout operation

File Locations

FILELOCATION
Eftsvr.exe (v9 &lower)

DataImporter.exe

QBPOS.exe

QBPOSShell.exe (v10 & higher)
64-bit:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\

32-bit:
C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\
QBDBMgr.exe

QBDBMgrN.exe

QBPOSDBService.exe
64-bit:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\DatabaseServer\

32-bit:
C:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks POS XX\DatabaseServer\

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Winding Up!

After following all the above steps now you are able to configure QuickBooks firewall ports and security settings and check that you are able to use your software correctly. However, if the problem still occurs then something is blocking QuickBooks and needs to be resolved.

To do this, reach our U.S.-based account experts via our dedicated support line i.e. 1-800-761-1787. The QuickBooks desktop support team is available 24/7 and will give you instructions to resolve your all the firewall problems .

 

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