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How to Allow QuickBooks through Windows Firewall

Run QuickBooks File Doctor to Fix Network Issues Automatically

run the file doctor tool using the tool hub
  • Open QB Tool Hub and go to the Company File Issues tab.
  • Choose Run QuickBooks, File Doctor. It will take a while for the File Doctor to open. However, if the File Doctor doesn’t open for long, search it up from the Start menu and open it from there.
  • When QB File Doctor opens, select the company file. If you don’t see your company file, select Browse and search and find and select the company file.
  • Now, choose Check your file and network.
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  • Select Continue.
  • Enter QB admin password when asked for.
  • Finally, choose Next.

1. Create Firewall Port Exception for QuickBooks

Follow these instructions to create firewall port exceptions for QuickBooks programs.

  • Launch the Windows Start menu, type ‘Windows Firewall’ into the search box, and open Windows Firewall.
  • Choose Advanced Settings.
  • Right-click on Inbound Rules and go to New Rule.

Note: Later on, we will create Outbound Rules.

  • Choose Port and go to Next.
create firewall port exception for quickbooks
  • Ensure TCP is selected.
  • Go to the Specific local ports field and type in the specific ports needed for the QB year version:
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2017: 8019, 56727, 55373-55377
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2018: 8019, 56728, 55378-55382
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2019: 8019, XXXXX
    • QuickBooks Desktop 2020 and later: 8019, XXXXX
  • After entering the port number, choose Next.
  • Choose Allow the Connection, followed by Next.
  • If asked for, ensure all profiles are selected and choose Next.
  • Add a rule and assign it a name like “QBPorts(year).”
  • Finally, choose Finish.

2. Add Windows Firewall Exceptions for QB Programs

DBManagerExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks YEAR
AutoBackupExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks YEAR
QuickBooksMessaging.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks YEAR
QBW32.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks YEAR
FileManagement.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks YEAR
OnlineBackup.exeC:\Program Files\QuickBooks Online Backup
QBDBMgrN.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks YEAR
Dbmlsync.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks YEAR
IntuitSyncManager.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\Sync
QBCFMonitorService.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
FileMovementExe.exeC:\Program Files\Intuit\QuickBooks YEAR
QBServerUtilityMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
QBLaunch.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks
QBUpdate.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks\QBUpdate
  • Go to the Start and enter Windows Firewall there. 
  • Double-click Windows Firewall to open it.
  • Choose Advanced Settings.
  • Right-click Inbound Rules and choose New Rule.
  • Choose Program followed by Next.
  • Go to This Program Path and Browse.
  • Choose one of the executable files from the list of QuickBooks programs given above. 
  • Select Next, followed by Allow the Connection.
  • Tap on Next.
  • If asked, ensure all profiles are selected and then choose Next.
  • Add a rule and give it a name like “QBFirewallException(name.exe).”, where in place of ‘name’, write the name of the executable file.

Do this for all the QuickBooks programs given in the table above.

3. Verify the Antivirus or Firewall Settings

verify the antivirus or firewall settings

Final Words

1. How to turn off the Windows Firewall?

Here is how you can turn off the Windows Firewall:
a. Launch the Start menu and go to the Control Panel, followed by System and Security followed by Windows Firewall.
b. Click on Turn Windows Firewall on or off.
c. Choose Turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended) for both work or home (private) Public network location and network location settings.
d. Finally, select OK.

2. Why does QuickBooks say the Windows firewall is blocking after configuring the firewall?

Make sure to restart the computer after creating exceptions for QuickBooks programs, and ensure you create exceptions for all QB programs. If the Windows Firewall is configured incorrectly, your computer might see QB as a threat to the system and thus might block further operations. This can happen to various executable files.

3. How do you fix the Windows firewall blocking QuickBooks?

You can fix the Windows firewall blocking QuickBooks by creating port exceptions for QB programs. Learn how to create port exceptions for QuickBooks Desktop through the detailed steps given in this guide.

4. Why is my firewall not working with QuickBooks?

If you mean the firewall is not allowing QuickBooks, this might be because it sees the QB programs as a threat to the system. Therefore, to allow QuickBooks through the Windows firewall, create a port exception for all QB programs. 

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