[QODBC-Desktop] - Do I really need to purchase QuickBooks to develop a one off application for a client?
Posted by Rajendra Dewani (QODBC Support) on 21 November 2022 10:03 AM

[QODBC-Desktop] - Do I really need to purchase QuickBooks to develop a one off application for a client?

Problem Description:

I need to develop a one-off application for a client.

I have their QuickBooks Desktop company file. Can I develop on that data without having QuickBooks installed on my development machine?

If I need to purchase QuickBooks, I will buy the latest version. Will my client's 2022 company file work with that version, or will they have to upgrade as well?

Kind Regards




Accounting software is unlike other software in that governments worldwide make changes all the time in relation to taxes and how people are employed and paid. A QuickBooks 2022 format company file will be converted by QuickBooks 2023 to the new format when it's opened, and there's no backward converter.

If you are going to use that company file for development only and you will not be sending it back to your client/customer, then they need not have to upgrade either QuickBooks to 2023.

Also, in my experience, there's no such thing as a one off application. Sooner or later, you're going to have to fix, modify, change or enhance your application because of a new business requirement. On going work requires the developer to have their own QODBC license. QODBC is licensed to each computer it is used on.

As far as what you can do when the 30-day evaluation runs out, well, you can still use a QuickBooks Sample Company file even with an expired evaluation. You can't use a real company file. After 30-Days, you can either purchase a QODBC license or use a QuickBooks sample company file.

QODBC Desktop can be used with QuickBooks Sample company, and no QODBC license is required.


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