Hosting your company data in multi-user mode in QuickBooks Desktop

This article provides detailed information on QuickBooks Desktop hosting and multi-user mode.

For steps on how to set up or troubleshoot a multi-user network:

Hosting Defined

The term hosting is used to describe the situation where the computer that is storing a company file (the host) allows other computers to access the file.

QuickBooks uses a service to manage company file access:

  • QuickBooks 2020 uses QuickBooksDB30
  • QuickBooks 2019 uses QuickBooksDB29
  • QuickBooks 2018 uses QuickBooksDB28

In Windows Control Panel, you can find this service in User Accounts, under Users for this computer. Look for the service that corresponds to your version of QuickBooks Desktop.

The following diagrams illustrate QuickBooks Desktop hosting modes.