System hardware and software requirements

Minimum system requirements

  • Mac OS X v10.7 (Lion) or v10.8 (Mountain Lion)

  • Intel-based processor, Core 2 Duo or higher required

  • Multiuser: Intel Core 2 Duo or higher processor to run server

  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB RAM recommended)

  • 250 MB of available disk space

  • Printer: 100% Macintosh-compatible printer, if you plan to print invoices, checks, deposit slips, lists, purchase orders, mailing labels, reports, or graphs

  • Checks: Use Intuit Checks if you plan to print checks. Canadian Image Ready Cheques are not supported.

Integration/compatibility requirements

  • Export report data requires Apple Numbers '09; Microsoft Excel 2008 or 2011 for Mac.

  • E-mail requires Apple Mail, Microsoft Entourage 2008 or Outlook 2011 for Mac

  • Accepting credit and debit cards directly into QuickBooks 2013 for Mac requires Intuit Merchant Service for QuickBooks for Mac (sold separately); subject to application approval and debit card transactions are processed as Signature Debit, which does not require entering a PIN code. See for details.

  • Processing payroll, integrated with QuickBooks for Mac, requires paid subscription (sold separately), EIN and Internet access. QuickBooks 2013 for Mac works with Intuit QuickBooks Payroll for Mac.

  • QuickBooks Payroll for Mac requires Internet connection and Adobe Reader to print checks and forms. Additional fees apply.

  • System requirements for Intuit QuickBooks Payroll for Mac and Aatrix
    Top Pay may differ from those of QuickBooks. For details, visit the company web
    sites at and

  • QuickBooks for Mac 2013 supports one-way conversion from QuickBooks for Windows 2011, 2012, and 2013

  • QuickBooks for Mac 2013 supports round tripping with QuickBooks for Windows 2013

Download requirements

You must have the following to download QuickBooks:

  • A high-speed Internet connection (DSL, cable modem, or higher)

  • Safari 2.0 or higher

It is recommended that you keep the original disk image, used to install QuickBooks, if you ever need to re-install QuickBooks. However, after installing QuickBooks, you can delete the downloaded disk image file from your somputer to free up disk space.

If this information does not answer your question, you can read discussions and post messages and questions relating to your issue on the Intuit QuickBooks Community site for free. You can contact an agent for additional guidance. Fees may apply.