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Quickbooks System Requirements: 2021, 2020 and Enterprise

Quickbooks is one of the relatively newer accounting software platforms, which is targeted towards SMBs. Developed and marketed by Intuit, Quickbooks provides cloud-based and on-premise apps that helps users manage bills and payments.

If you’re looking to install Quickbooks on your system but want to learn both the client and server-side system requirements to run Quickbooks software, you’ve come to the right place.

Here we’ve discussed Quickbooks system requirements for the following versions. Click the one you want to check out to scroll down there.

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What are the System Requirements for Quickbooks Desktop 2021?

Here are the minimum and recommended system requirements for Quickbooks Desktop 2021, including compatible operating system versions, client and server-side specs, software and antivirus.

OS

Quickbooks doesn’t work on Windows emulators. You’ll need one of the following Windows versions to use Quickbooks Desktop 2021.

  • Windows 10, all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows 8.1, all editions, including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows Server 2019, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2016, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012, Standard and Essentials

Client and Server Specs

Check out the following table to know the minimum and recommended system requirements for Quickbooks Desktop 2021, including tech and server-side specs.

ParametersQuickbooks Desktop 2021 System Requirements
Processor2.4 GHz (Minimum)
RAM4GB (Minimum) | 8GB (Recommended)
Server RAM requirements1-5 users (8GB) |
10 users (12GB) |
15 users (16GB) |
20 users (20GB)
Disk space2.5GB for installation and additional for data files (SSD recommended)
WindowsUS versions | Admin rights for server computer hosting multiple users
Optical drive4X DVD-ROM drive for physical CD installation
Screen resolution1280 x 1024 (Minimum) | Up to two extended monitors supported
Internet SecurityTLS 1.2 for connected services
Supported Database servers (Windows)Windows Server 2019, Standard and Essentials |
Windows Server 2016, Standard and Essentials |
Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard and Essentials |
Windows Server 2012, Standard and Essentials |
Windows 10 |
Windows 8.1
Supported Database servers (Linux)OpenSuse Leap 15.1, 15.2 |
Fedora 31, 32 |
Red Hat Enterprise 8 (RHEL 8)
Recommended BrowserIE 11 (32-bit)

Compatible Software

  • Microsoft Office (2010-2019), including Word, Excel and Outlook; Microsoft 365 is only supported when installed locally.
  • Quickbooks POS V18.0 and V12.0.
  • TurboTax 2019 and 2018 (Personal/Business)
  • Lacerte 2019 and 2018
  • Pro-Series tax years 2020, 2019, and 2018
  • Quicken 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016
  • QuickBooks for Mac 2020, 2019, and 2016
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 or later.
  • Gmail, Yahoo, Windows Mail, Hotmail, AO.

Compatible Antivirus and Antimalware

Quickbooks Desktop 2021 Compatible AntivirusQuickbooks Desktop 2021 Compatible Antimalware
McAfeeMcAfee
AvastAvast
BitdefenderBitdefender
F-SecureF-Secure
KasperskyKaspersky
Trend Micro SecurityMalwarebytes
WebrootWebroot
ESETAVG
Panda DomeSpybot
SophosEmsisoft
AviraZoneAlarm
Symantec
Norton

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What are the System Requirements for QuickBooks Desktop Pro/Premier 2020 and Enterprise Solutions 20.0?

Here are the minimum and recommended system requirements for Quickbooks Desktop 2020 (Pro/Premier) and Enterprise Solutions 20.0, including compatible operating system versions, client and server-side specs, software and antivirus.

OS

Quickbooks doesn’t work on Windows emulators. You’ll need one of the following Windows versions to use Quickbooks Desktop 2021.

  • Windows 10, all editions including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows 8.1 (Update 1), all editions, including 64-bit, natively installed
  • Windows Server 2019, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2016, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012, Standard and Essentials
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011, Standard and Essentials

Client and Server Specs

Check out the following table to know the minimum and recommended system requirements for Quickbooks Desktop 2020 and Enterprise Solutions 20.0, including tech and server-side specs.

ParametersQuickbooks Desktop (Pro/Premier) 2020/Enterprise 20.0 System Requirements
Processor2.4 GHz (Minimum)
RAM4GB (Minimum) | 8GB (Recommended)
Server RAM requirements1-5 users (8GB) |
10 users (12GB) |
15 users (16GB) |
20 users (20GB)
Disk space2.5GB for installation and additional for data files (SSD recommended)
WindowsUS versions | Admin rights for server computer hosting multiple users
Optical drive4X DVD-ROM drive for physical CD installation
Screen resolution1280 x 1024 (Minimum) | Up to two extended monitors supported
Internet SecurityTLS 1.2 for connected services
Supported Database servers (Windows)Windows Server 2019, Standard and Essentials |
Windows Server 2016, Standard and Essentials |
Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard and Essentials |
Windows Server 2012, Standard and Essentials |
Windows 10 |
Windows 8.1
Supported Database servers (Linux)OpenSuse Leap 15.1, 15.2 |
Fedora 31, 32 |
Red Hat Enterprise 8 (RHEL 8)
Recommended BrowserIE 11 (32-bit)

Compatible Software

  • Microsoft Office (2010-2019), including Word, Excel and Outlook; Microsoft 365 is only supported when installed locally.
  • Quickbooks POS V18.0 and V12.0.
  • TurboTax 2019 and 2018 (Personal/Business)
  • Lacerte 2019 and 2018
  • Pro-Series tax years 2020, 2019, and 2018
  • Quicken 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016
  • QuickBooks for Mac 2020, 2019, and 2016
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 or later.
  • Gmail, Yahoo, Windows Mail, Hotmail, AO.

Compatible Antivirus

Quickbooks 2020 compatible Antivirus and Firewall
Windows Server Firewall (all editions)
Windows 8.1 Firewall (all editions)
Microsoft Security Essentials
Avast
AVG
NortonLifeLock (formerly Symantec)
ESET
Avira
Kaspersky
McAfee
Bitdefender
Malwarebytes

Quickbooks for Mac 2020 System Requirements

ParametersQuickbooks for Mac 2020 System Requirements
OSmacOS 10.14 (Mojave)
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo or higher
RAM2GB (Minimum) | 4GB (Recommended)
Disk Space250MB
PrinterMacintosh-compatible
Optical driveCD/DVD drive or internet connection for downloading installation

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What are the System Requirements for Quickbooks Desktop Enterprise?

Here are the minimum and recommended system requirements for Quickbooks Desktop Enterprise, including compatible operating system versions, client and server-side specs and software.

ParametersQuickbooks Desktop Enterprise System Requirements
Processor2.4 GHz (Minimum)
RAM4GB (Minimum) | 8GB (Recommended)
Disk space2.5GB for installation and additional for data files (SSD recommended)
Optical drive4X DVD-ROM drive for physical CD installation
Screen resolution1280 x 1024 (Minimum) | Up to two extended monitors supported
Encryption | SecurityAES-1288 for all PCI and PII data | PCI PA-DSS certified
Supported Database servers (Windows)Windows Server 2019, Standard and Essentials |
Windows Server 2016, Standard and Essentials |
Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard and Essentials |
Windows Server 2012, Standard and Essentials |
Windows 10 |
Windows 8.1
Recommended BrowserIE 11 (32-bit)

Supported software

  • Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook (Office 2013-2019 or Microsoft 365)
  • Gmail, Outlook.com and SMTP-supporting email clients.
  • Quickbooks POS 12.0, 18.0 and 19.0.
  • Quicken 2016-2020.
  • Quickbooks Mac 2016-2021.

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