System Requirements For QuickBooks Accounting Software




System requirements is a very primary thing that you should need to know before purchasing any product for your computer. It explains to you what’s the system configuration(OS, RAM, Processor, Model etc) is required in order to run the particular hardware or software application smoothly and efficiently. In simple terms:- It defines the compatibility of product with your Hardware/Software

This article will help you to know about the system requirements for QuickBooks accounting software(all versions), that explains which version needs what’s configuration to work efficiently on your computer. You can also talk to our Intuit Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor in order to get more information on this topic.

Make sure before purchasing any QB’s product of any version,first check the system requirements for better results.

System Requirements For QuickBooks For All Editions & Versions

1. QuickBooks 2020 and Enterprise Solutions 2020 & 2019 Version

System requirements for QB’s Pro, Premier 2019 and Enterprise 19.0 are given below:

a) Operating Systems

  • Windows 10:  All editions including 64-bit and also Natively Installed (designed for a particular system or environment)
  • Windows 8.1(update 1): All editions including 64-bit, Natively Installed
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1:  All 64-bit edition and Natively Installed
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2011
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

b) Database Servers

  • For Windows, it supports Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2011, Windows 8.1 (update 1) or Windows 7 SP1 (Enterprise and Professional editions only),  also Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows 10, natively installed.
  • For Linux, it supports OpenSuse 42.3, Fedora 27, Red Hat Enterprise 7 when you using QBES Database Server.
  • Browser Requirement: Internet Explorer 11 (32 bit)

c) Hardware Requirements (client and server)

  • 2.4 GHz Minimum (processor)
  • 4GB minimum and 8 GB Recommended (RAM)
  • Server RAM Requirements
  • 8GB RAM for 1-5 Users
  • 12GB RAM for 10 Users
  • 16GB RAM for 15 Users
  • 20+GB RAM for 20 Users

d) Disk space:

  • 2.5GB disk space
  • Additional Software provided on the QB CD 60MB for Microsoft .NET 4.6 Runtime.
  • Intuit Data Protect in QB Connected Services offerings(Additional requirements and Applies to the US only)
  • 4.0 GB RAM (minimum Require)
  • Require Twice the size of the largest file for backup or restore.

Note: On SSD storing a large.QBW data file will greatly improve the performance.

e) Windows:

  • US version of Windows (If you are using US QB Software)
  • The Canadian version of Windows (if using Canadian QB software)
  • When set to English (the United States/Canada) with keyboard setting to US/CA only, so the regional setting is supported
  • When hosting Multi-user access Administrator rights required for the server computer.
  • Natively Installed (Designed for the particular system or Environment )

f). Optical Drive:

  • 4X DVD-ROM drive required for CD installations

g) Screen Resolution:

  • Higher with up to 2 Extended monitors or 1280 x 1024 screen resolution, so you will be comfortable to handle your work easily.
  • Default DPI settings.

h) Software Compatibility:

QB software is very compatible with any hardware and also easy to interact with hundreds of third-party applications. Therefore the following integrations are provided with QuickBooks:

i. Microsoft Office:

  • Office 2016 including Outlook 2016 on 32 and 64 bit.
  • Office 2010 and Office 2013 and 365 both on 32 and also 64 bit (including Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013)
  • Gmail Estimates, Invoices and other forms with Microsoft outlook 2010-2016, Microsoft Outlook with office 365 and other support to Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and Outlook.com.
  • Requires Microsoft word 2016, 2013, or 2010 or Office 365 (includes 64-bit) for preparing letters because all version has different features.
  • Requires Microsoft Excel 2016, 2013, or 2010 or Office 365 (Includes 64-bit) for exporting reports because reports are different to others so it requires different Microsoft versions.
  • It requires Outlook 2010 (32-bit) for contact Synchronization with Microsoft Outlook.
  • Requires QB contact Sync for Outlook synchronization Outlook.
  • QB Point of Sale Version 18.0 and Version 12.0 (applies to the US only)
  • TurboTax 2018 (Personal and Business)
  • Lacerte 2018 and 2017 (applies to the US)
  • Pro-Series tax years 2017 and 2016 (the US only)
  • Quicken 2018, 2017, 2016
  • QB for Mac 2016 (the US only)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader: It requires for Viewing forms, Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 or later because some form is difficult to open, so suitable version is required for forms.
  • It requires internet access with at least a 56 Kbps connection speed for payroll and other online features. (1Mbps recommended). The slow speed of the internet arises many problems and provides a bad connectivity to other system results.
  • Yahoo Email, Gmail, Windows Mail, Hotmail, and AOL.
  • Internet Explorer 11.

ii. Firewall and Antivirus Software Compatibility:

Firewall and antivirus products are supports to QB Pro/Premier 2019 and Enterprise 19.0

Note: To adjust settings in these products in some cases.

  • Windows Server Firewall
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 Firewall
  • Windows 7 Firewall
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Avast
  • AVG
  • Symantec
  • ESET
  • Avira
  • Kaspersky
  • McAfee
  • Bitdefender
  • Malwarebytes

2. QuickBooks 2018 and Enterprise Solutions 2018

System requirements for QuickBooks Pro/Premier 2018 and Enterprise 18.0 are given below:

a) Operating systems supported:

  • Windows 10, all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows 8.1 (Update 1), all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1, all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2011 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

b) Database Servers:

  • For Windows, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2011 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 10, Windows 8.1 (update 1) or Windows 7 SP1 (Enterprise and Professional editions only), natively installed

Important: As a result, Windows Server 2011 R2 is supported with QuickBooks Desktop 2017 R4. And also QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise 17.0 R4.

  • For Linux, When using QBES Database Server-only installation Opens-use 42.2, Fedora 25, Red Hat 7 (Update 3)
  • Browser Requirement: Internet Explorer 11 (32-bit)

c) Hardware requirements :

  • Processor 2.4 GHz minimum
  • 4 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB Recommended
i. Server RAM Requirements
  • 8 GB RAM for 1-5 Users
  • 12GB RAM for 10 Users
  • 16GB RAM for 15 Users
  • 20+GB RAM for 20 Users

d) Disk space:

  • 5GB of disk space (additional required for data files)
  • Additional software: 60MB for Microsoft .NET 4.6 Runtime, provided on the QuickBooks CD
  • Additional requirements for Intuit Data Protect in QuickBooks Connected Services offerings. (applies to the US only).
    • Require minimum 4.0GB RAM
    • QuickBooks software required double the size of the largest file set to back up + 100MB. Or double the size to restore. But, space is only compulsory from the work folder LocalApplicationData+” Intuit\Intuit Data Protect”

Note: Storing a large.QBW data file on an SSD will greatly speed up performance and is encouraged.

e) Windows:

  • US version of Windows (if using US QuickBooks software), and also the Canadian version of Windows (if using Canadian QuickBooks software)
  • Regional settings are supported when set to English (the United States/Canada) with keyboard setting to the US/CA only
  • Administrator rights required for the server computer when hosting Multi-User access
  • Natively installed – means it was installed on a particular system or environment that it was designed for. This also means it doesn’t need to run in a virtual environment or emulation software.

f) Optical Drive:

4X DVD-ROM drive required for CD installations (unless QuickBooks is downloaded from the Intuit server)

g) Screen Resolution:

  • Display optimized for 1280 x 1024 screen resolution or higher with up to 2 Extended monitors
  • Best optimized for Default DPI setting for a given computer.

h) Software compatibility

Since QuickBooks is efficient in integrating with hundreds of third-party applications.  The following integration is assigned with QB, additional RAM will increase the use of these characteristics. See Intuit Marketplace for the most up-to-date list.

i. Microsoft Office:
  • Office 2016 (contain Outlook 2016) both on 32 and 64-bit. Office 2010 and Office 2013 and 365 both on 32 and 64 bit.

Note: Office 365 is only worked when it is locally installed, not the web version.

  • Email Estimates, Invoices and other forms with Microsoft Outlook 2010-2016, Microsoft Outlook with Office 365, Gmail, YahooMail, and Outlook.com, other SMTP-supporting e-mail clients
  • Preparing letters requires Microsoft Word 2016, 2013, or 2010 or Office 365 (includes 64-bit)
  • Exporting reports requires MSExcel 2016, 2013, or 2010 or Office 365 (includes 64-bit)
  • Contact Synchronization with MS Outlook requiredOutlook 2010 (32-bit)
  • Synchronization with Outlook requires QuickBooks Contact Sync for Outlook. (the download is available at no charge). Contact Synchronization doesn’t work with the MS Business Contact Manager Outlook plug-in. If a synchronization is performed, twin records could result.
  • QuickBooks Point of Sale V12.0, V11.0, V10.0 (applies to the US only)
  • TurboTax 2016 and 2015 (Personal and Business)
  • Lacerte 2016 and 2015 (applies to the US only)
  • Pro-Series tax years 2016 and 2015 (applies to the US only)
  • Quicken 2017, 2016, 2015
  • QuickBooks for Mac 2016 (applies to the US only)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader: Business Planner, Payroll, and viewing forms require Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 or later.
  • Payroll and other online features also services require Internet access. With at least a 56 Kbps connection speed, 1Mbps recommended. (DSL or cable modem recommended).
  • Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Windows Mail, Hotmail and AOL (i.e Mozilla Thunderbird Email Client*)
    Note: Supports plain text version in Mozilla.
  • Internet Explorer 11
ii. Firewall and antivirus compatibility

QuickBooks Pro, Premier 2018 and Enterprise 18.0 has been checked with this firewall and antivirus products.

Note: In a few cases, it may be important to modify settings in these products. To ensure the best realizable performance with QB.

  • Windows Server Firewall (all editions)
  • Windows 8.1 Firewall (all editions)
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Windows 7 Firewall (all editions)
  • Avast
  • AVG
  • Symantec
  • ESET
  • Avira
  • Kaspersky
  • McAfee
  • Bitdefender
  • Malwarebytes

Note: QB will work with systems running RAID but this is not approved. Because performance matter may cause QuickBooks to operate slowly.

3. QuickBooks POS(Point Of Sale)

  • It consists of at least 4GB of RAM for a single workstation and for 8 GB of RAM for Multi-user.
  • It consists of at least 1 GB of disk space.
  • QuickBooks POS supports Vista or higher.
  • It consists of 4 GHz processor for single users, 2.8 GHz for multi-users.
  • It consists of a multi-core processor for Multi-user implementations.

4. QuickBooks Enterprise 2017

a) Operating System Supported

  • Windows 10 (64 bit)
  • Windows 8.1 (64 bit)
  • Windows 7 Service pack-1 (64 bit)
  • Windows Server 2012 R-2
  • Windows Server 2011 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Note: Windows Server 2011 R2 is only supported with QuickBooks Desktop 2017 R4 and QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise 17.0 R4.

b) Database Servers

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2,
  • Windows 10, Windows 8.1 (update 1) or Windows 7 SP1 (Enterprise and Professional editions only)
  • Linux: When using QBES Database Server-only installation – OpenSuse 42.1, Fedora 23, Red Hat 7 (Update 2)

 c) Hardware requirements (client and server)

  • Minimum 2.4 GHz Processor
  • Minimum 4 GB RAM, 8GB RAM is Recommended
i. Server RAM requirements
  1. 8GB RAM for 0-5 Users
  2. 12GB RAM for 10+ Users
  3. 16GB RAM for 15+ Users
  4. 20+GB RAM for 20+ Users

d) Optical Drive:

  • 4X DVD-ROM drive needed for CD installations.

e) Screen Resolution:

  • Display optimized for 1280 x 1024 screen resolution

f) Internet:

  • Internet access is required
  • US version. Regional Settings are supported when set to English (United States) with keyboard setting to U.S. only.

g) Space Requirements

  • 5 GB of disk space is required
  • Additional software: 60 MB for Microsoft.NET 4.6 Runtime, provided on the QuickBooks CD
  • For QuickBooks Connected Services offerings, additional requirements for Intuit Data Protect
  • Minimum 4.0 GB RAM required

h) Software Compatibility

 QuickBooks is capable of integrating with hundreds of third-party applications.

  1. Microsoft Office – Office 2016, Office 2010, Office 2013/Office 365 (including Outlook 2016, 2010 and 2013); (Office 365 is only supported when installed locally and not on the web version)
  2. QuickBooks Point of Sale V12.0, V11.0, V10.0
  3. Payroll and other online features and services require Internet access with at least a 56 Kbps connection speed
  4. TurboTax 2015 and 2014 (Personal and Business)
  5. Lacerte 2015 and 2014
  6. Pro-Series tax years 2015 and 2014
  7. QuickBooks for Mac 2016`
  8. Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook and other SMTP supporting E-mail clients
  9. TurboTax 2015 and 2014 (Personal and Business)
  10. Internet Explorer 11

i. Firewall and antivirus software compatibility

  • Windows Server Firewall, 7 & 8.1 Firewall (all editions)
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Avast
  • AVG
  • Symantec
  • ESET
  • Avira
  • Kaspersky
  • McAfee
  • Bitdefender
  • Malware bytes

5. QuickBooks for Mac 2019

System requirements QuickBooks for Mac 2019 are as following

a) Minimum System Requirements

  • MacOS 10.12 (Sierra): supported by macOS 10.13 (High Sierra), macOS 10.14 (Mojave)
  • Intel processor,(Core 2 Duo or Higher)
  • Multi-User Server: The Higher processor to run the server or Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM (4 GB RAM recommended)
  • 250 MB of available disk space, so its store data.
  • CD/DVD drive or Internet connection for download installation, because without internet connection nothing to possible work online
  • Printer for print invoices, checks, and also deposits slips (100% Macintosh-compatible printer), similarly used in QuickBooks Software
  • Checks: Use Intuit checks
  • Product registration required

b) Integration/Compatibility requirements

  • Export report data: It requires Apple Numbers v3.5; Microsoft Excel 2016 or later, including Mac Office 365.
  • Email: It requires Apple Mail, Microsoft Outlook 2016 or later, including Mac office 365, almost all support to Email.
  • Accepting credit and Debit Cards: Requires Intuit Merchant Services for QB for Mac.
  • Integrating Processing Payroll: Requires a paid subscription, EIN and Internet access for QuickBooks for Mac. Set up a payroll Integration is important because it sending information when I work to your payroll processor.
  • Adobe reader and printer must require to print checks and forms in QB payroll for Mac because of its basic needs of the system. (Additional fees apply)
  • System requirements for Intuit QuickBooks Payroll for Mac and Matrix
  • Top pay may differ from those of QB. even more, details visit the website at www.macpayroll.com and www.matrix.com
  • QBD for Mac 2019 supports a one-way conversion in QuickBooks online because one-way conversion is secure.
  • It also supports one-way conversion from QBD for windows 2016 to 2018.
  • Supports Round-Tripping with QuickBooks for Windows 2019 because round-tripping is a better option to send their data file to their Accountant.

6. QuickBooks for Mac (older versions)

Read the QuickBooks system requirements for mac earlier versions:

  • QuickBooks for Mac 2016 R5 or earlier- macOS 10.10.2(Yosemite), MacOS 10.11(EI Caption).
  • QuickBooks for Mac 2016 R6 and later- macOS 10.11(EL Caption), and MacOS 10.12(Sierra).
  • Mac processor should be Intel Core 2 Duo or higher.
  • For Multi-user server, your Mac processor should be Intel Core 2 Duo or higher processor to run a server.
  • Mac Ram should be 2GB RAM(4 GB RAM recommended).
  • 250MB of disk space should be available on Mac.
  • For Printer: 100% Macintosh-compatible printer, if you plan to print invoices, checks, deposit slips, purchase orders, mailing labels, reports or graphs.
  • For Checks: use intuit checks if you intended to print checks. Canadian Image prepared cheques are not supported.
  • Product registration required.

7. QuickBooks app

you can check the configuration required in a system for QuickBooks app. Therefore, here read the given requirements for QB App.

a) Processor

  • 2.4 GHz
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • SIMD Extensions 2 (SSE2) Support for Streaming

b) Hard Disk

  • 1 GB
  • Solid State Drive (SSD): SSD

c) Network Speed

  • As suggested by QuickBooks Online
  • Minimum Internet speed 512 Kps
  • Recommended Internet Speed 1MBPS

d) Machine types supported

  • Desktops
  • Laptops
  • Ultrabook/tablets

e) Operating System Supported

i. Windows
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7
ii. For Mac
  • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
  • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)

e) Display

  • Best optimized for 1280X800 screen resolution or higher
  • Between 1200*800 and 1600*900
  • And between 1600*1200 and 1920*1200
  • Between 1920*1440 and 2560*1440
  • Up to 200% DPI
  • Extended monitor support

After the long discussion on system requirement of QuickBooks for all versions, hope you got the solution of your query. If you need any further assistance related to this topic or QuickBooks related query. Don’t hesitate to contact us at QuickBooks Customer Help Service or directly dial +1-855-441-4417. 

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