The provider makes requests to QuickBooks through the Remote Connector. The Remote Connector runs on the same machine as QuickBooks and accepts connections through a lightweight, embedded Web server. The server supports SSL/TLS, enabling users to connect securely from remote machines. The first time you connect, you will need to authorize the provider with QuickBooks.

The Remote Connector can be used to read and write to QuickBooks in situations where direct COM access to QuickBooks is not available (e.g., ASP.NET, Java, or QuickBooks on a remote machine). Follow the procedure below to connect to QuickBooks for the first time through the Remote Connector:

  1. If you have not already done so, download the Remote Connector from remoteconnector.com and install the Remote Connector on the machine where QuickBooks is installed.

  2. Open the company file you want to connect to in QuickBooks using an administrator account in single-user mode.

  3. Open the Remote Connector from the system tray and add a user on the Users tab. Enter a User and Password and select the level of access in the Data Access menu.

    Note: The Remote Connector does not use the User and Password properties to access QuickBooks; the User and Password properties authenticate the user to the Remote Connector. Authentication to QuickBooks is handled based on the ApplicationName property.

  4. When you first connect, a dialog will appear in QuickBooks prompting you to authorize the application. After authorizing the application, you can then execute commands to QuickBooks. Specify the URL of the Remote Connector and the User and Password. By default, the Remote Connector connects to the currently open company file.

  5. If you want to access QuickBooks when QuickBooks is not running, save the company file information for the user. The Remote Connector will then automatically open QuickBooks in the background with the company file for that user.

Note that if the QuickBooks UI is open, you can only connect to that company file. Additionally, note that the user permissions you run the Remote Connector under must match the user permissions you run QuickBooks under. The Remote Connector installation process installs the Remote Connector as a service under the current user account.

How do I Connect to QuickBooks over SSL/TLS?

You can enable SSL/TLS on the Advanced tab.

You will also need to send your public key certificate to the provider. You can do so by setting the SSLServerCert property.

Connecting to a Local Company File

Follow the steps below to authorize with QuickBooks and connect to a company file when both QuickBooks and the provider are running on your local machine.

  1. Open QuickBooks as an administrator and open the company file you want to connect to.

  2. Connect to QuickBooks. A dialog will appear in QuickBooks prompting you to authorize the provider. After granting access to the provider, you can now execute commands to QuickBooks.

  3. If you want to connect to the company file when QuickBooks is closed, set the CompanyFile connection option when you execute commands. QuickBooks will open automatically in the background with the file specified.

    Note that if QuickBooks is open through the application UI, only that CompanyFile can be used.

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