How to Add QuickBooks Firewall Ports Manually?

by James Antonio

Firewall protection is very vital for any system. However, at times your firewall settings can affect QuickBooks’ performance. Thus, you need to set up your Windows firewall and verify the security settings to run QuickBooks Desktop without any issues.

What is QuickBooks Firewall Ports

QuickBooks Firewall Ports Manually

Often QuickBooks users come across different viruses and security issues. It is the firewall port of QuickBooks that controls whether a particular program can be used by the system or not.

Why do Firewall settings Affect QuickBooks?

Since QuickBooks Desktop is normally used in a multi-user environment, it is quite likely possible that you might face some difficulties related to firewall issues. Such problems might occur from a firewall blocking the internet usage needed for a few of the QuickBooks files or programs.

In such scenarios, you need to update the firewall to its latest release to resolve the issue or manually add QuickBooks to the Firewall Ports.

How to Add Ports to QuickBooks Firewall Manually?

Step 1: Click on the Start menu and look for Firewall.

Step 2: Select Windows Firewall.

Step 3: Choose Advance Settings from the right pane.

Step 4: On Inbound Rules do a right-click and choose New Rule.

Step 5: Select Port and tap on Next.

Step 6: Look for the TCP option and input specific ports that are required for the current QuickBooks version you are using. If there are multiple versions you have been using, you need to add on each year’s ports too.

To do this, follow the following format:

  • QuickBooks Desktop 2019: 8019, XXXXX. (XXXXX is the assigned port number found in QuickBooks Database Server Manager)
  • QuickBooks Desktop 2018: 8019, 56728, 55378-55382
  • QuickBooks Desktop 2017: 8019, 56727, 55373-55377
  • QuickBooks Desktop 2016: 8019, 56726, 55368-55372
  • QuickBooks Desktop 2015: 8019, 56725, 55363-55367

Step 7: Select Next and ensure to permit the Connection which is to be selected and tap on Next once again.

Step 8: Before selecting Next, make sure to have check-marked all the profiles.

Step 9: Name the rule with a specific name such as QBPorts and tap on Finish.

Step 10: For Outbound Rules, follow the above steps.

Step 11: Check by opening QuickBooks Desktop in multi-user mode or over the network to verify the issue is resolved.

How can you Resolve Connectivity Issues?

If connectivity issues still persist, you need to make exceptions to the use of programs QuickBooks in Windows Firewall.

Here’s what you need to follow:

Step 1: Tap on the Start Menu and Enter Firewall.

Step 2: Take your cursor to Windows Firewall.

Step 3: Choose Advanced Settings from the right-hand side and do a right-click on Inbound Rules.

Step 4: Choose New Rule.

Step 5: Choose Programs and select Next.

Step 6: Tap on the Program Path and choose to Browse.

Step 7: Move to one of the paths that are listed (table mentioned below) and tap on Next.

Step 8: Select Allow the Connection and choose Next.

Step 9: Ensure to have check-marked all the profiles and click Next.

Step 10: Finish the procedure by giving the rule a new name.

Step 11: Check by opening QuickBooks Desktop in multi-user mode or over the network to verify the issue is resolved.

  Executable files  Location
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
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

Configuring 3rd Party AntiVirus/Firewall Programs

You can also try configuring 3rd Party AntiVirus/Firewall Programs. However, ensure to follow this method only if the Windows Firewall issue isn’t resolving.

Ensure that TCP must be selected and then enter the ports which are required for the current QuickBooks version on your antivirus/3rd party firewall programs.

  Executable files  Location
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
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

Few of the programs must compel you to restart your computer for the required changes to be saved successfully. After finishing the above-mentioned steps, restart your computer and then open QuickBooks to confirm.


Need some one on one QuickBooks Assistance?


Is there any Specific Tool to help me with the Firewall Ports Issue on QuickBooks?

Yes. To resolve any kind of Firewall ports issue on QuickBooks, download the QuickBooks Tool Hub and execute QuickBooks File Doctor.

What is the main Functionality of using QuickBooks File Doctor?

The main feature of using QuickBooks File Doctor is that once you run QuickBooks File Doctor, it automatically opens the ports.

Are there any Specific Ports for?

Yes, for 2019, 2020 versions on QuickBooks, dynamic ports are being used. These ports are not assigned during installation because of being specific firewall ports that are not in a range.

How to get Dynamic Port Numbers for QuickBooks 2019, 2020 Versions?

For fetching the dynamic port number on QuickBooks 2019, 2020 versions, you need to follow the step below:

Step 1: Click on the Windows Start menu.
Step 2: Input “QuickBooks Database Server Manager” on the search and visit QuickBooks Database Server Manager.
Step 3: Select the Port Monitor tab.
Step 4: Locate your QuickBooks version and note down the port number.

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