System Requirements for QuickBooks® Software

Providing you the information you need to ensure your computer hardware, software, and operating system meet the minimum requirements for your specific QuickBooks® software.

QuickBooks® Pro/Premier 2022 & Enterprise 22.0

Operating Systems

  • Windows 10, all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows 8.1 (Update 1), all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows Server 2019, and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2016, and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 R2, and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012, and Essentials
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011Standard and Essentials
  • Windows 10 (10 S mode not supported)
  • Windows 8.1

Note: QuickBooks requires you to use Windows natively and not through an emulator or virtual environment.

Browser Requirements:

QuickBooks Desktop 2022 requires internet access and Internet Explorer 11 (32-bit).

Hardware and Operating System Requirements (Client and Server):

QuickBooks Desktop 2022 requires a 64-bit Windows operating system and won’t run on 32-bit.

Processor: 2.4 GHz minimum

RAM: 8GB minimum for 64-bit, 16GB Recommended

Server RAM Requirements:

  • 1-5 Users: 8GB RAM
  • 10 Users: 12GB RAM
  • 15 Users: 16GB RAM
  • 20 Users: 20+GB RAM

Windows:

  • US version of Windows (if using US QuickBooks software), Canadian version of Windows (if using Canadian QuickBooks software)
  • Regional settings are supported when set to English (United States/Canada) with keyboard setting to US/CA only
  • Administrator rights required for the server computer when hosting Multi-User access
  • Natively installed – means its 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.

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

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.

Firewall and Antivirus Software Compatibility:

We tested QuickBooks Desktop Pro and Premier 2022, and Enterprise 22.0 with the following antimalware and antivirus programs.

You may need to adjust some settings in these programs to get the best QuickBooks performance.

Antivirus software

  • McAfee
  • Avast
  • Bitdefender
  • Norton
  • Kaspersky
  • Trend Micro Security
  • Webroot
  • ESET
  • Panda Dome
  • Sophos
  • Avira
  • Symantec
  • F-Secure

Antimalware software

  • Bitdefender
  • AVG
  • Malwarebytes
  • Spybot
  • Emsisoft
  • McAfee
  • Avast
  • Webroot
  • ZoneAlarm
  • Kaspersky
  • F-Secure

Note: QuickBooks will work with systems running RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) but it’s not recommended because it may cause QuickBooks to operate slowly.

QuickBooks Desktop 2022 requires internet security protocol TLS 1.2 for the connected services to work smoothly.

Database Servers:

Windows: Windows Server 2019, and Essentials, Windows Server 2016Windows Server 2012 R2 and Essentials, Windows Server 2011, Standard and Essentials, Windows 10, or Windows 8.1.  Note: Windows 10 S Mode not supported.

Linux: When using QBES Database Server-only installation – OpenSuse 15.1, 15.2; Fedora 31, 32; Red Hat Enterprise 8 (RHEL 8)

1 Natively Installed: Installed on a particular system or environment that it was designed for. This also means that it doesn’t need to run in a virtual environment or emulation software.

Disk Space:

  • 2.5GB 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 US only)
    • Require minimum 4.0GB RAM
    • Twice the size of the largest file set to back up + 100MB or twice the size to restore. The space is only required from the work folder Local Application Data+”Intuit Data Protect”
      Note: Storing a large .QBW data file on an SSD will greatly speed up performance and is encouraged.

Software Compatibility:

  • QuickBooks integrates with hundreds of other apps. Here’s a list of the most common apps you can use. You can also find more at the Intuit App Store.

    Note: Additional RAM can enhance the use of these features.

    • Microsoft Office:
      • Office 2019.
      • Office 2016 (including Outlook 2016) both on 32 and 64-bit.
      • Office 2013 and 365 (including Outlook 2013) both on 32 and 64-bit. Note: Microsoft 365 is only supported when it's locally installed, not the web version.
      • Email estimates, invoices, and other forms with Microsoft Outlook 2016-2019, Microsoft Outlook with Microsoft 365, Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Outlook.com, other SMTP-supporting email clients.
      • Preparing letters requires Microsoft Word 2019, 2016, 2013, or Microsoft 365 (includes 64-bit).
      • Exporting reports requires Microsoft Excel 2019, 2016, 2013, or Microsoft 365 (includes 64-bit).
      • Contact Synchronization with Microsoft Outlook requires Outlook 2019  (32-bit), 2016, or 2013.
    • QuickBooks Point of Sale V19.0, and V18.0.
    • TurboTax 2021 (Personal and Business).
    • Lacerte 2021.
    • Pro-Series tax year 2021.
    • Quicken 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016.
    • QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 2022, 2021, 2020, and 2019.
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader: Business Planner, Payroll, and viewing forms require Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 or later.
    • Payroll and other online features and services require Internet access with at least a 56 Kbps connection speed (1 Mbps recommended).
    • Gmail, Yahoo Email, Windows Mail, Hotmail and AOL (i.e Mozilla Thunderbird Email Client which supports the plain text version).
    • Internet Explorer 11.

QuickBooks® Point-of-Sale

Minimum System Requirements:

  • At least 4GB of Ram (8 GB recommended) for a single workstation installation.
  • 1 GB of disk space (additional space required for data files).
  • Single user: 2.0 GHz processor (2.8 GHz recommended).
  • Multiple users: 2.8 GHz processor (3.5 GHz recommended).
  • Display: Optimized for 1280×768 screen resolution or higher.
  • 4X DVD ROM drive required for DVD installations (unless user is downloading QuickBooks Desktop Point of Sale from Intuit Server).

Multi-user recommendations:

Multi-core processor and 8 GB of RAM are recommended for better performance on the Point of Sale server workstation.  In a multi-user configuration, each workstation concurrently running Point of Sale must have a separately purchased user license, and every copy of Point of Sale must be the same version and level.

QuickBooks Desktop Compatibility:

  • Intuit QuickBooks Pro or Premier 2017-2020
  • Enterprise Solutions Versions 17.0-20.0.

Security Software:

Products have been tested with the following software:

  • McAfee Internet Security Suite
  • Symantec Norton® Internet Security Suite
  • Avast
  • Microsoft
  • AVG
  • Avira

Minimum System Requirements:

  • At least 4GB of Ram (8 GB recommended) for a single workstation installation.
  • 1 GB of disk space (additional space required for data files).
  • Single user: 2.0 GHz processor (2.8 GHz recommended).
  • Multiple users: 2.8 GHz processor (3.5 GHz recommended).
  • Display: Optimized for 1280×768 screen resolution or higher.
  • 4X DVD ROM drive required for DVD installations (unless user is downloading QuickBooks Desktop Point of Sale from Intuit Server).

Multi-user recommendations:

Multi-core processor and 8 GB of RAM are recommended for better performance on the Point of Sale server workstation.  In a multi-user configuration, each workstation concurrently running Point of Sale must have a separately purchased user license, and every copy of Point of Sale must be the same version and level.

QuickBooks Desktop Compatibility:

  • Intuit QuickBooks Pro or Premier 2017-2020
  • Enterprise Solutions Versions 17.0-20.0.

Security Software:

Products have been tested with the following software:

  • McAfee Internet Security Suite
  • Symantec Norton® Internet Security Suite
  • Avast
  • Microsoft
  • AVG
  • Avira

QuickBooks® for Mac 2022 (US Only)

Minimum System Requirements:

  • An operating system of at least Mac OS X v11.3 (Big Sur) or later
  • An internet connection for the downloaded installation

Integration/Compatibility Requirements:

    • Export report data - Apple Numbers v3.5, and Microsoft Excel 2016 or later, including Mac Office 365
    • E-mail as PDF - Apple Mail, Microsoft Outlook 2016 or later, including Mac Office 365
    • File conversion - QuickBooks Mac 2022 supports:
      • One-way conversion to QuickBooks Online
      • One-way conversion from QuickBooks Windows 2022
      • Conversion to and from QuickBooks for Windows 2022

Important Notes:

  • If the product requirements above don’t specifically state an operating system, hardware, software, firewall or antivirus is supported, it hasn’t been tested. Intuit can’t promise your experience will be trouble-free.
  • If you experience problems outside of the supported environment, technical support will be limited to standard troubleshooting. If unresolved, the program should be returned to a supported environment for additional support.
  • If Microsoft/Apple no longer supports the aforementioned products, then neither shall Intuit.