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[QODBC-POS] QODBC POS could not access to QuickBooks POS Company File
Posted by Jack - QODBC Support on 02 March 2015 12:38 PM

QODBC POS could not access to QuickBooks POS Company File

Problem Description:

When set QODBC POS DSN to access the company file that is running in QuickBooks POS (Version 10), it will fail to connect to the company file. QuickBooks POS will search for the server with no response.


There is a limitation of QuickBooks POS SDK 10 that it will not able to get the currently open company file name & thus QODBC POS is not able to connect the currently open company file.

QuickBooks POS SDK Test Plus tool also required a connection string; It will not connect QuickBooks POS without a connection string.

For Example:

Connection String = " ComputerName=WIN-O8RQBVCMJFC;CompanyName=SampleCompany;Version=10 "

As a workaround for this issue, you need to provide the connection string to connect the company file. Please follow the below steps:

1) Please change QuickBooks POS to run in multi-user mode. Click the "Switch Company File to Multi-User Mode" option in File Menu.


2) Build Connection String:

Click "..." button at QODBC POS Setup Screen->General Window to enter the company file selection window:


3) In the company file selection window, QODBC POS will give you a list of all available company files (may take a few seconds) :

4) Select the company file you want to access, and then click ok. Then you will see the connection string has been built in the "Current Company Setting" option. And then please click the "Test Connection" button. QuickBooks POS will ask you to grant permission to QODBC POS:


5) Click the "Yes Always" button. If QODBC POS tells you the connection is successful, then you can use our test tools VB Demo to view QuickBooks POS records via QODBC POS.

6) Now, we will test the connection using QODBC POS Test Tool. Please open QODBC POS Test Tool from:
Start>>All Programs>> QODBC Driver for use with QuickBooks POS>>QODBC POS Test Tool


7) Please select the "QuickBooks POS Data" DSN from the dropdown list & click on "Connect".


8) You can see we are able to connect to DSN from QODBC POS Test Tool. Please write your SQL statement & click on "Run".


9)You can see we are able to fetch data from QODBC POS Test Tool. 

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