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Quickbooks Web Connector (QBWC)

QBWC adds Quickbooks Web Connector integration to your Rails 3/4 application.

  • Simplified job queueing and response processing
  • No-XML request generation and validation with qbxml
  • Support for custom job queue implementations
  • Works with both Quickbooks and Quickbooks Point of Sale


Install the gem

gem install qbwc

Add it to your Gemfile

gem "qbwc"

Run the generator:

rails generate qbwc:install


The Job

The Session

The Request

A request is a chunk of XML that the Web Connector can process. Requests can be formatted as raw XML or Ruby hashes. Requests can be easily generated and validated using the qbxml gem.

Workflow Overview

This is the rough order in which things happen

  1. The Web Connector initiates a connection with the application
  2. An existing QBWC session is retrieved or a new one is created
  3. The web connector requests work from the QBWC session
  4. The session responds with the next request in the work queue
  5. The web connector processes the query and replies with a result set
  6. The session processes the result set and sends back the current progress of the work queue (0 - 100)
  7. If the session is exhausted then the web connector closes the connection, otherwise it restarts from step 3


Managing Jobs

Listing Jobs

Listing all jobs that match a pattern => /customer/)

Listing all automatically queued jobs => true)

Listing all disabled jobs => false)

Adding Jobs

Adding a manual job

QBWC.add_job :my_manual_job do |a, b|
  # qbxml request(s) here

Adding an automatic job

QBWC.add_job :my_auto_job, :auto => true do
  # qbxml request(s) here

Add a response proccessor for a job

QBWC.on_response :my_job do |r|
  # response processing here

Modifying an existing job

Changing job properties

QBWC.mod_job :my_job, :auto => false, :enabled => false

Changing the job body

QBWC.mod_job :my_job do |d|
  # qbxml request(s) here

Queueing jobs

Automatic jobs are queued every time a new session is created. Manual jobs have to be queued when needed.

QBWC.queue(:new_customers, Customer.all)

Job Configuration DSL

All of the above class methods are accessible in the configuration context of the QBWC object, allowing you to keep all of your QBWC specific definitions in a single, clean, configuration file.

QBWC.configure do
  add_job :my_manual_job do

  on_response :my_manual_job do

  add_job :my_auto_job, :auto => true do

  on_response :my_auto_job do


  • Jobs are enabled by default
  • Jobs are manual by default
  • Using a non unique job name when creating a job will overwrite the job with the same name

Sample Jobs

Create new customers

QBWC.add_job :new_customers do |customers|
  Array(customers).map do |c|
    { xml_attributes:  { onError: "stopOnError"}, 
      customer_add_rq: {
        :xml_attributes: { requestID: "1"}
        :customer_add:   { name:} } }
QBWC.on_response :new_customers do |c|


Get All Vendors

QBWC.add_job :import_vendors, :auto => true do
    <QBXMLMsgsRq onError="continueOnError">
      <VendorQueryRq requestID="6" iterator="Start">
QBWC.on_response :new_customer do |v|



All configuration options can be set in the auto-generated initializers/qbwc.rb file. The sample values below represent the default settings.

Set web connector authentication credentials

c.username = "foo"
c.password = "bar"

Set company file path (blank for open or named path or function etc..)

c.company_file_path = ""

Set minimum Quickbooks version

c.min_version = 7.0

Set Quickbooks support URL provided

c.support_site_url = "localhost:3000"

Set Quickbooks owner ID

c.owner_id = '{57F3B9B1-86F1-4fcc-B1EE-566DE1813D20}'

In the event of an error in the communication process do you wish the sync to stop or blaze through


c.on_error = :stop

Enable logging of all requests and responses

QBWC.logging = false

Select Quickbooks api to use

# Options
# :qb
# :qbpos

c.api = :qb

Perform response processing after session termination. Enabling this option will speed up qbwc session time (and potentially fix timeout issues) at the expense of memory since every response must be stored until it is processed.

c.delayed_processing = false

Contributing to qbwc

  • Check out the latest master to make sure the feature hasn't been implemented or the bug hasn't been fixed yet
  • Check out the issue tracker to make sure someone already hasn't requested it and/or contributed it
  • Fork the project
  • Start a feature/bugfix branch
  • Commit and push until you are happy with your contribution
  • Make sure to add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
  • Please try not to mess with the Rakefile, version, or history. If you want to have your own version, or is otherwise necessary, that is fine, but please isolate to its own commit so I can cherry-pick around it.
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