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Natively Connect to QuickBooks POS Data in PHP

The CData ODBC driver for QuickBooks POS enables you to create PHP applications with connectivity to QuickBooks POS data. Leverage the native support for ODBC in PHP.

Drop the CData ODBC Driver for QuickBooks POS into your LAMP or WAMP stack to build QuickBooks POS-connected Web applications. This article shows how to use PHP's ODBC built-in functions to connect to QuickBooks POS data, execute queries, and output the results.

Configure a DSN

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

When you are connecting to a local QuickBooks instance, you do not need to set any connection properties.

Requests are made to QuickBooks POS through the Remote Connector. The Remote Connector runs on the same machine as QuickBooks POS and accepts connections through a lightweight, embedded Web server. The server supports SSL/TLS, enabling users to connect securely from remote machines.

The first time you connect, you will need to authorize the Remote Connector with QuickBooks POS. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide.

Establish a Connection

Open the connection to QuickBooks POS by calling the odbc_connect or odbc_pconnect methods. To close connections, use odbc_close or odbc_close_all.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC QuickBooksPOS Source","user","password");

Connections opened with odbc_connect are closed when the script ends. Connections opened with the odbc_pconnect method are still open after the script ends. This enables other scripts to share that connection when they connect with the same credentials. By sharing connections among your scripts, you can save system resources, and queries execute faster.

$conn = odbc_pconnect("CData ODBC QuickBooksPOS Source","user","password"); ... odbc_close($conn); //persistent connection must be closed explicitly

Create Prepared Statements

Create prepared statements and parameterized queries with the odbc_prepare function.

$query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Customers WHERE LastName = ?");

Execute Queries

Execute prepared statements with odbc_execute.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC QuickBooksPOS Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Customers WHERE LastName = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('Cook'));

Execute nonparameterized queries with odbc_exec.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC QuickBooksPOS Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT ListId, AccountLimit FROM Customers");

Process Results

Access a row in the result set as an array with the odbc_fetch_array function.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC QuickBooks POS data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT ListId, AccountLimit FROM Customers"); while($row = odbc_fetch_array($query)){ echo $row["ListId"] . "\n"; }

Display the result set in an HTML table with the odbc_result_all function.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC QuickBooks POS data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Customers WHERE LastName = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('Cook')); if($success) odbc_result_all($query);

More Example Queries

You will find complete information on the driver's supported SQL in the help documentation. The code examples above are QuickBooks POS-specific adaptations of the PHP community documentation for all ODBC functions.