Firewall Configurations and Security Settings For QuickBooks Desktop

In this article, you will learn about Firewall Configurations and Security Settings For QuickBooks.


There are many errors that can be faced due to having an incorrect firewall and security configurations as Internet access gets disconnected for QuickBooks.Updating the firewall to the latest version might help in some cases but otherwise, you need to manually set the configurations.

Here we will show you how to set up Firewall Configurations and Security Settings For QuickBooks.


Configure Firewall Automatically


The best way to get every issue resolved is to contact QuickBooks Technical Support. Get a free consultation by our QuickBooks ProAdvisors and get every issue resolved without wasting any time.


Configure Firewall Manually


QuickBooks version 2019 is loaded with dynamic ports. These ports are of a specific type that makes sure that QuickBooks is assigned exclusively with a port.


Getting your dynamic port number 


  • Open windows search and then type QuickBooks Database Manager.
  • Once you have launched the tool switch to Port Monitor tab, Look for QuickBooks Desktop 2019.
  • Once you see the Port Number make a note of it. This port number will further be used for setting a port exception in the firewall.

Firewall Configurations and Security Settings For QuickBooks

Basic Knowledge about Firewall Configurations and Security Settings For QuickBooks


  • If you want to change Port assignment you can simply click on Renew.What you need to do is just switch to Scan Folder tab and simply click on Scan Now. This will reset the firewall. This can be only done in QuickBooks 2019. The user that have QuickBooks 2018 or below can use the setting for static ports that are mentioned below.
  • QuickBooks version 2018 and below use static kind of ports with a given range for every year. The port format is- 8019,XXXXX,XXXXX-XXXXX.


Adding Firewall Port Exception


In case you are using more than one version of QuickBooks on your computer then you must repeat this procedure for each version being used.


  • Open Windows Firewall using Windows Search.
  • Choose “Advanced Settings”.
  • Apply right click on Inbound Rules.
  • Choose “Inbound Rule”.
  • Choose “Port” and then click next.

  • Ensure that “TCP” is selected. Type in the specific ports that are needed by your QuickBooks.Click Next.

Port no.-

  • QuickBooks Desktop 2018: 8019, 56728, 55378-55382
    QuickBooks Desktop 2017: 8019, 56727, 55373-55377
    QuickBooks Desktop 2016: 8019, 56726, 55368-55372


  • Do select “Allow the Connection” and click Next.
  • Make sure that all profiles get selected in case u get prompt. Click NEXT.
  • Name the rule whatever you prefer and click Finish.
  • For outbound rules, you need to repeat all steps mentioned above select outbound instead of inbound.


In case error related to connectivity show up, you can make exceptions in the firewall for programs being used by QuickBooks


Creating exceptions in the firewall


There are various executable files that QuickBooks uses for performing various functions. Below are the steps you need to perform for each file you want to make an exception for.


  • Open Windows Firewall by using Windows Search.
  • Choose “Advanced Settings”.
  • Apply right click on Inbound Rules.
  • Select “New Rule”.
  • Choose “Program. Click next.
  • Choose an option This Program Path. Click on Browse.
  • Navigate to the location where the file is stored.
  • Click next.
  • Choose “Allow all connections”. Click next.
  • Name the rule and click on Finish.
  • Repeat the above steps for outbound rules as well.

Configurations for Antivirus and firewall


Configure your antivirus and firewall program only if above-mentioned configurations don’t help you to resolve the issue.

  • As there are many firewall programs available in the market these days and they also have different versions. Intuit does not take responsibilities for them contact QuickBooks Technical Support for more help.


Adding Port Exceptions for QuickBooks 


Do make sure that TCP is already selected.Every QuickBooks version has different port number make sure you enter the correct port number.In case multiple versions of QuickBooks are being used repeat the steps for each version.


List Of Executable Files Of QuickBooks

Firewall Configurations and Security Settings For QuickBooks


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