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Odoo (formerly known as OpenERP and before that, TinyERP) is a suite of open-source enterprise management applications. Targeting companies of all sizes, the application suite includes billing, accounting, manufacturing, purchasing, warehouse management, and project management.

Odoo features an application server which uses PostgreSQL as database back-end, with a web-based client. Odoo is written in Python, with a highly modular design which allows rapid development of new modules through Open Object RAD. Odoo developers have a strong commitment to free software.

A thriving support and development community has grown up around Odoo, providing free technical support, bug-fixing, new development, and support services. Odoo provides extensive documentation in various electronic formats, as well as hardcopy. The company responsible for development of Odoo earns profits through partnership services with Odoo consultants, and by providing support, training, hosting services, software development, and software quality testing and verification.


Installing Odoo

Install the odooAUR package. Please note that the Odoo package comes with a bunch of python2 packages available in the AUR. These dependencies and the size of Odoo require much disk space to be used (1.8Gio only for the source and the final Odoo pkg without its dependencies). If you are building manually in the current directory, please make sure your current directory is on a device with enough free space. If you are using an AUR helper, please increase the size of your tmpfs or configure your AUR helper accordingly.

Configuring PostgreSQL to run with Odoo

Odoo uses PostgreSQL as the database backend. The latter should have been installed with the odoo package as postgresql comes as a dependency.

It is necessary to create a new PostgreSQL user for Odoo. For that log in as the default PostgreSQL superuser, 'postgres', by executing the following command:

  • If you have sudo and your username is in sudoers:
$ sudo -i -u postgres
  • Otherwise:
$ su
# su - postgres

If the PostgreSQL instance has not been initialized yet, please follow first the PostgreSQL install process.

Once logged as the 'postgres' user, create the database user (called role in the PostgreSQL ) odoo with the command that follows.

  • where --interactive is used to prompt for missing role name and attributes rather than using defaults
  • and --pwprompt' is used to assign a password to the new role

You will first be asked for a password. For highly secure yet easy to remember passwords, consider using a Diceware Passphrase. Re-enter the password as requested. The next three questions should be answered in sequence with n, y, and n.

$ createuser odoo --interactive --pwprompt
Enter password for new role: 
Enter it again: 
Shall the new role be a superuser? (y/n) n
Shall the new role be allowed to create databases? (y/n) y
Shall the new role be allowed to create more new roles? (y/n) n

You can also use the following command line to specify the options to skip the interactive questions:

[postgres]$ createuser odoo --createdb --login --no-superuser --no-createrole --pwprompt

Once you are finished answering these questions, type exit to return to your regular user.

This completes the required installation and setup of PostgreSQL for use with Odoo under Arch Linux. Additional detailed information about PostgreSQL configuration can be found in the PostgreSQL article. By default, PostgreSQL only accepts connections from the local machine. If you plan to run PostgreSQL and Odoo on two different machines, you will need to follow PostgreSQL#Configure PostgreSQL to be accessible from remote hosts.

Configuring Odoo to run with PostgreSQL

The configuration file of Odoo is located at /etc/odoo/odoo.conf. Specify the db_user and db_password according to the username and password you specified at previous step. If the PostgreSQL server is on a different machine, also edit db_host.

; This is the password that allows database operations:
; admin_passwd = admin
db_host = False
db_port = False
db_user = odoo
db_password = False
addons_path = /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/openerp/addons

Starting the server

Ensure PostgreSQL is running and enabled first before running the following commands.

Use the command below to start odoo automatically at boot:

# systemctl enable odoo.service

Use the command below to start odoo:

# systemctl start odoo.service

Logging in

Go to http://localhost:8069 in your web browser to access the Odoo login page.

Running Odoo behind a reverse proxy

You can run odoo behind a web server such as Apache or Nginx in reverse proxy mode. This is useful for making odoo available in a local network, under a domaine name such as odoo.mydomain.local. It is also useful to enable caching for static resources, and reduce the load on your odoo application.

For this to work, you need to make sure that your local DNS-server (such as BIND or dnsmasq) resolves the domain name you choose to the web server's IP address. If running on your local machine, you could simply add an entry to /etc/hosts like this: odoo.mydomain.local

Using Nginx

Refer to this guide for how to create virtual hosts in Nginx.

Assuming your local domain is called mydomain.local, and odoo is hosted on the same machine as your Nginx server, create a file inside the servers-available directory that contains this server block:

upstream odoo {

server {
    listen 80;
    server_name odoo.mydomain.local;
    root        /usr/share/nginx/html;
    index       index.html index.htm;
    access_log  /var/log/nginx/odoo-mydomain-local.access.log;
    error_log   /var/log/nginx/odoo-mydomain-local.error.log;

    location / {
        proxy_pass  http://odoo;
        # force timeouts if the backend dies
        proxy_next_upstream error timeout invalid_header http_500 http_502 http_503 http_504;
        proxy_redirect off;

        # set headers
        proxy_set_header    Host            $host;
        proxy_set_header    X-Real-IP       $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header    X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_set_header    X-Forwarded-Proto https;

    # cache some static data in memory for 60mins
    location ~* /web/static/ {
        proxy_cache_valid 200 60m;
        proxy_buffering on;
        expires 864000;
        proxy_pass http://odoo;

To enable, simple create a symlink:

# ln -s /etc/nginx/servers-available/odoo /etc/nginx/servers-enabled/odoo

Reload or restart nginx service to enable the new configuration.

# systemctl restart nginx.service

Additional documentation

As Odoo is a complete enterprise solution, it might be rather complex to use for newcomers. Therefore, reading the Odoo User Documentation and Odoo technical documentation is highly advised.