How to install OpenERP 7.0 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

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Welcome to the latest of our very popular OpenERP installation “How Tos”.

The new release of OpenERP 7.0 is a major upgrade and a new Long Term Support release; the 7.0 Release Notes extend to over 90 pages! The most noticeable change is a complete re-write of the User Interface that features a much more modern look and feel.

OpenERP 7.0 is not only better looking and easier to use, it also brings many improvements to the existing feature-set and adds a number of brand new features which extend the scope of the business needs covered by OpenERP. Integration of social network capabilities, integration with Google Docs and LinkedIn, new Contract Management, new Event Management, new Point of Sale, new Address Book, new Fleet Management,… are only some of the many enhancements in OpenERP 7.0.

The How To

Following that introduction, I bet you can’t wait to get your hands dirty…

Just one thing before we start: You can simply download a “.deb” package of OpenERP and install that on Ubuntu. Unfortunately that approach doesn’t provide us (Libertus Solutions) with enough fine-grained control over where things get installed, and it restricts our flexibility to modify & customise, hence I prefer to do it a slightly more manual way (this install process below should only take about 10-15 minutes once the host machine has been built).

So without further ado here we go:

Step 1. Build your server

I install just the bare minimum from the install routine (you may want to install the openssh-server during the install procedure or install subsequently depending on your needs).

After the server has restarted for the first time I install the openssh-server package (so we can connect to it remotely) and denyhosts to add a degree of brute-force attack protection. There are other protection applications available: I’m not saying this one is the best, but it’s one that works and is easy to configure and manage. If you don’t already, it’s also worth looking at setting up key-based ssh access, rather than relying on passwords. This can also help to limit the potential of brute-force attacks. [NB: This isn’t a How To on securing your server…]

sudo apt-get install openssh-server denyhosts

Now make sure your server has all the latest versions & patches by doing an update:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Although not always essential it’s probably a good idea to reboot your server now and make sure it all comes back up and you can login via ssh.

Now we’re ready to start the OpenERP install.

Step 2. Create the OpenERP user that will own and run the application

sudo adduser --system --home=/opt/openerp --group openerp

This is a “system” user. It is there to own and run the application, it isn’t supposed to be a person type user with a login etc. In Ubuntu, a system user gets a UID below 1000, has no shell (it’s actually /bin/false) and has logins disabled. Note that I’ve specified a “home” of /opt/openerp, this is where the OpenERP server code will reside and is created automatically by the command above. The location of the server code is your choice of course, but be aware that some of the instructions and configuration files below may need to be altered if you decide to install to a different location.

[Note: If you want to run multiple versions of OpenERP on the same server, the way I do it is to create multiple users with the correct version number as part of the name, e.g. openerp70, openerp61 etc. If you also use this when creating the Postgres users too, you can have full separation of systems on the same server. I also use similarly named home directories, e.g. /opt/openerp70, /opt/openerp61 and config and start-up/shutdown files. You will also need to configure different ports for each instance or else only the first will start.]

A question I have been asked a few times is how to run the OpenERP server as the openerp system user from the command line if it has no shell. This can be done quite easily:

sudo su - openerp -s /bin/bash

This will su your current terminal login to the openerp user (the “-” between su and openerp is correct) and use the shell /bin/bash. When this command is run you will be in openerp’s home directory: /opt/openerp.

When you have done what you need you can leave the openerp user’s shell by typing exit.

Step 3. Install and configure the database server, PostgreSQL

sudo apt-get install postgresql

Then configure the OpenERP user on postgres:

First change to the postgres user so we have the necessary privileges to configure the database.

sudo su - postgres

Now create a new database user. This is so OpenERP has access rights to connect to PostgreSQL and to create and drop databases. Remember what your choice of password is here; you will need it later on:

createuser --createdb --username postgres --no-createrole --no-superuser --pwprompt openerp
Enter password for new role: ********
Enter it again: ********

Finally exit from the postgres user account:


Step 4. Install the necessary Python libraries for the server

sudo apt-get install python-dateutil python-docutils python-feedparser python-gdata \
python-jinja2 python-ldap python-libxslt1 python-lxml python-mako python-mock python-openid \
python-psycopg2 python-psutil python-pybabel python-pychart python-pydot python-pyparsing \
python-reportlab python-simplejson python-tz python-unittest2 python-vatnumber python-vobject \
python-webdav python-werkzeug python-xlwt python-yaml python-zsi

With that done, all the dependencies for installing OpenERP 7.0 are now satisfied (note that there are some new packages required since 6.1).

Step 5. Install the OpenERP server

I tend to use wget for this sort of thing and I download the files to my home directory.

Make sure you get the latest version of the application: at the time of writing this it’s 7.0. I got the download links from their download pages (note there are also deb, rpm and exe builds in this area too). There isn’t a static 7.0 release tarball as such anymore, but there is a nightly build of the 7.0 source tree which should be just as good and will contain patches as and when things get fixed. The link below is to the source tarball for the 7.0 branch.

Note: As an alternative method of getting the code onto your server, Jerome added a very useful comment showing how to get it straight from launchpad. Thanks!


Now install the code where we need it: cd to the /opt/openerp/ directory and extract the tarball there.

cd /opt/openerp
sudo tar xvf ~/openerp-7.0-latest.tar.gz

Next we need to change the ownership of all the the files to the OpenERP user and group we created earlier.

sudo chown -R openerp: *

And finally, the way I have done this is to copy the server directory to something with a simpler name so that the configuration files and boot scripts don’t need constant editing (I called it, rather unimaginatively, server). I started out using a symlink solution, but I found that when it comes to upgrading, it seems to make more sense to me to just keep a copy of the files in place and then overwrite them with the new code. This way you keep any custom or user-installed modules and reports etc. all in the right place.

sudo cp -a openerp-7.0 server

As an example, should OpenERP 7.0.1 come out soon, I can extract the tarballs into /opt/openerp/ as above. I can do any testing I need, then repeat the copy command so that the modified files will overwrite as needed and any custom modules, report templates and such will be retained. Once satisfied the upgrade is stable, the older 7.0 directories can be removed if wanted.

That’s the OpenERP server software installed. The last steps to a working system is to set up the configuration file and associated boot script so OpenERP starts and stops automatically when the server itself stops and starts.

Step 6. Configuring the OpenERP application

The default configuration file for the server (in /opt/openerp/server/install/) is actually very minimal and will, with only one small change work fine so we’ll simply copy that file to where we need it and change it’s ownership and permissions:

sudo cp /opt/openerp/server/install/openerp-server.conf /etc/
sudo chown openerp: /etc/openerp-server.conf
sudo chmod 640 /etc/openerp-server.conf

The above commands make the file owned and writeable only by the openerp user and group and only readable by openerp and root.

To allow the OpenERP server to run initially, you should only need to change one line in this file. Toward to the top of the file change the line db_password = False to the same password you used back in step 3. Use your favourite text editor here. I tend to use nano, e.g.

sudo nano /etc/openerp-server.conf

One other line we might as well add to the configuration file now, is to tell OpenERP where to write its log file. To complement my suggested location below add the following line to the openerp-server.conf file:

logfile = /var/log/openerp/openerp-server.log

Once the configuration file is edited and saved, you can start the server just to check if it actually runs.

sudo su - openerp -s /bin/bash

If you end up with a few lines eventually saying OpenERP is running and waiting for connections then you are all set.

On my system I noticed the following warning:

2012-12-19 11:53:51,613 6586 WARNING ? openerp.addons.google_docs.google_docs: Please install latest gdata-python-client from

The Ubuntu 12.04 packaged version of the python gdata client library is not quite recent enough, so to install a more up-to-date version I did the following (exit from the openerp user’s shell if you are still in it first):

sudo apt-get install python-pip
sudo pip install gdata --upgrade

Going back and repeating the commands to start the server resulted in no further warnings

sudo su - openerp -s /bin/bash

If there are errors, you’ll need to go back and find out where the problem is.

Otherwise simply enter CTL+C to stop the server and then exit to leave the openerp user account and go back to your own shell.

Step 7. Installing the boot script

For the final step we need to install a script which will be used to start-up and shut down the server automatically and also run the application as the correct user. There is a script you can use in /opt/openerp/server/install/openerp-server.init but this will need a few small modifications to work with the system installed the way I have described above. Here’s a link to the one I’ve already modified for 7.0.

Similar to the configuration file, you need to either copy it or paste the contents of this script to a file in /etc/init.d/ and call it openerp-server. Once it is in the right place you will need to make it executable and owned by root:

sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/openerp-server
sudo chown root: /etc/init.d/openerp-server

In the configuration file there’s an entry for the server’s log file. We need to create that directory first so that the server has somewhere to log to and also we must make it writeable by the openerp user:

sudo mkdir /var/log/openerp
sudo chown openerp:root /var/log/openerp

Step 8. Testing the server

To start the OpenERP server type:

sudo /etc/init.d/openerp-server start

You should now be able to view the logfile and see that the server has started.

less /var/log/openerp/openerp-server.log

If there are any problems starting the server you need to go back and check. There’s really no point ploughing on if the server doesn’t start…

OpenERP 7 Database Management Screen

OpenERP 7 Database Management Screen

If the log file looks OK, now point your web browser at the domain or IP address of your OpenERP server (or localhost if you are on the same machine) and use port 8069. The url will look something like this:

What you should see is a screen like this one (it is the Database Management Screen because you have no OpenERP databases yet):

What I do recommend you do at this point is to change the super admin password to something nice and strong (Click the “Password” menu). By default this password is just “admin” and knowing that, a user can create, backup, restore and drop databases! This password is stored in plain text in the /etc/openerp-server.conf file; hence why we restricted access to just openerp and root. When you change and save the new password the /etc/openerp-server.conf file will be re-written and will have a lot more options in it.

Now it’s time to make sure the server stops properly too:

sudo /etc/init.d/openerp-server stop

Check the logfile again to make sure it has stopped and/or look at your server’s process list.

Step 9. Automating OpenERP startup and shutdown

If everything above seems to be working OK, the final step is make the script start and stop automatically with the Ubuntu Server. To do this type:

sudo update-rc.d openerp-server defaults

You can now try rebooting you server if you like. OpenERP should be running by the time you log back in.

If you type ps aux | grep openerp you should see a line similar to this:

openerp 1491 0.1 10.6 207132 53596 ? Sl 22:23 0:02 python /opt/openerp/server/openerp-server -c /etc/openerp-server.conf

Which shows that the server is running. And of course you can check the logfile or visit the server from your web browser too.

OpenERP 70 Main Setup Screen

OpenERP 70 Main Setup Screen

That’s it! Next I would suggest you create a new database filling in the fields as desired. Once the database is initialised, you will be directed straight to the new main configuration screen which gives you a fell for the new User Interface in OpenERP 7 and shows you how easy it is to set up a basic system.

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  • Tom bmbadil says:

    Hi guys,

    I have Ubuntu 12.04 Server in a Virtual box. Hence this is the server version I can only use the browser of my guest computer.

    Do I have to configure port forwarding in order to access localhost:8069?

    What configurations do I have to make in order to access the odoo server from my mac and not in the virtual box itself?

    • fathin says:

      maybe it’s the problem about your VM’s IP, and you didn’t access the proper IP since localhost will refer to your host (mac i presume)

      check VM’s IP using


      then open http://[VM's IP]:8069/

      i used bridge mode that make it as if it’s connected with same lan with the host (i connected to lan with running dhcp from router), the VM get similiar IP with the host (typically after the host); and you can access it from any computer in the same lan.

      if you want to make port forwarding (uses the host’s IP) then you can follow the guide at:

      forward port 8069 to VM’s port 8069

  • zkvvoob says:


    Wonderful tutorial, thank you very much for it! Just one hiccup: after all the steps have been completed successfully and I don’t see any errors in the log file, I go to the OpenERP webpage, it starts loading, the tab title says “OpenERP”, but the page is blank and the loading indicator keeps rotating for ages.

    Did a server restart, no change.

    Could you, please, help me figure this one out? Thanks!

  • Rogie69 says:


    thanks a million, really easy to use and it is working beautifully. I am a linux noob and went from installing linux yesterday to having Open ERP running today !


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  • Vishwas Shashidhar says:

    Excellent Guide. Thanks a lot.

  • Dom says:

    Hi all,

    On debian 7, when making openerp start automatically, [b]sudo update-rc.d openerp-server defaults[/b]i have those errors :


    /# sudo update-rc.d openerp-server defaults
    update-rc.d: using dependency based boot sequencing
    insserv: warning: script ‘K01openerp-server’ missing LSB tags and overrides
    insserv: warning: script ‘K01smartmontools’ missing LSB tags and overrides
    insserv: warning: script ‘’ missing LSB tags and overrides
    insserv: warning: script ‘S14libdevmapper1.02’ missing LSB tags and overrides
    insserv: warning: script ‘openerp-server’ missing LSB tags and overrides
    insserv: warning: script ‘’ missing LSB tags and overrides
    insserv: warning: script ‘modutils’ missing LSB tags and overrides
    insserv: warning: script ‘libdevmapper1.02’ missing LSB tags and overrides
    insserv: warning: script ‘smartmontools’ missing LSB tags and overrides


    Does anyone has an idea to fix it ,


  • Jorge says:

    Thanks for this tutorial, it has helped me to install properly OpenERP.

    Now I have to learn more about it to use it in the real world.

    Thanks for you job.

  • e-s0m says:

    Alan, thank you very much for this manual.
    I’m just starting to explore OpenERP and this page was very helpful.

  • Clavel says:

    hola como puedo solucionar este error
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/opt/openerp/server/openerp-server”, line 2, in
    import openerp
    File “/opt/openerp/server/openerp/”, line 39, in
    import addons
    File “/opt/openerp/server/openerp/addons/”, line 38, in
    from openerp.modules import get_module_resource, get_module_path
    File “/opt/openerp/server/openerp/modules/”, line 27, in
    from . import db, graph, loading, migration, module, registry
    File “/opt/openerp/server/openerp/modules/”, line 32, in
    import openerp.osv as osv
    File “/opt/openerp/server/openerp/osv/”, line 22, in
    import osv
    File “/opt/openerp/server/openerp/osv/”, line 30, in
    import orm
    File “/opt/openerp/server/openerp/osv/”, line 62, in
    import fields
    File “/opt/openerp/server/openerp/osv/”, line 47, in
    import as tools
    ImportError: No module named tools

  • ati says:

    I install OpenERP tnx for that. But I have a trouble. After installation I create a DB. When I try login, i saw a popup that call me “OpenERP Session Expired” and a red modal on it write “Wrong username or password”. I checked on pgadmin everything is normal in DB. Pls help me 🙁

  • Janis says:

    Very good manual thx.

  • jo says:

    Can you tell how to install odoo 8 ?
    Thank you

  • Gwyllym says:

    Why the hell cant this be a metapackage that works instead of endless lines of bloody terminal commands.
    How on earth can we consider this a serious package when it is so badly fragmented?
    Whilst i am a GNu/Linux fan this sort of unpolished setup system for a real world business application gives us the bad name of ” to hard to use “, and it is completely justifiable

  • michael says:

    Hi there( i tried to find out your name, it seems to be Alan):
    my openerp always shutsdown.
    Sometimes while working on it, it become nonrepsonsive, that is I realized it has been shutdown.
    I have to run “sudo /etc/init.d/openerp-server start” to have it started.
    Inpecting the log, does not find much information. Is there different levels of logging?
    Could you give some hint where I could find the reason, it shuts down?

  • Mwithi says:

    Nice Guide!! Anyway it works with older versions of openerp7, latest ones have no install/ folder in it.


  • Elikplim says:

    Hello Alan Lord, there a few issues I want o draw your attention to, OpenERP has modified it’s folders and the content, some of the links have changed, I realised after I got stuck following your code to install it.

    The installation breaks from here, whiles installing the new OpenERP.

    sudo cp /opt/openerp/server/install/openerp-server.conf /etc/
    sudo chown openerp: /etc/openerp-server.conf
    sudo chmod 640 /etc/openerp-server.conf

    Can you please take a look at it and see if you can find a fix, in the mean time,i will comment back should I find a way around it.

  • Richard says:

    Thanks it helped alot, nevertheless be aware that now, the openerp-server.conf file has to be created manually before copying it in the /etc/ directory.

    Here the config I used :
    ; This is the password that allows database operations:
    ; admin_passwd = admin
    db_host = False
    db_port = False
    #you might have an other db user
    db_user = odoo
    db_password = False
    #for more addons path use “,” between
    addons_path = /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/openerp/addons, /opt/odoo/mycustomaddons

    Please feel free to change the path and names accordingly.

  • Manmohan Sharma says:

    Hi, Document is good. Kindly update the source code location.
    Correct location is “wget

  • JOSE says:

    Hello, I followed your guide to install openerp on ubuntu 12.04. I got the following error if I tried to start the server as suggested on step 6 (“sudo su – openerp -s /bin/bash /opt/openerp/server/openerp-server”) “no module named tools” in an addon named “account_wizard”.

    However this was solved after step 7 was done, now I can start and stop the server ok.

    Thanks for your guide !

  • Swan White says:

    I’ve installed OpenERP on windows and everything is ok as I guess. But once I tried to compile some file it is issuing bellow error. Please help me to solve this.

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “C:\Users\Sewwandis\Documents\Workspace\openerp-7.0\”, line 2, in
    import openerp
    File “C:\Users\Sewwandis\Documents\Workspace\openerp-7.0\openerp\”, line 39, in
    import addons
    ImportError: No module named addons

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