what is Odoo ?

Hello everyone

Today’s article will be about “what is Odoo ?”, so you’ll get the chance to discover Odoo: its definition and its release history.

Overview about Odoo:

Odoo, formerly known as OpenERP, is a suite of enterprise management applications. Targeting companies of all sizes.

The application suite cover all the company’s needs:  CRM, eCommerce, accounting, inventory, point of sale, project management, etc.

It is 100 % modular application, so when Odoo is first installed there are ZERO modules installed with it, so you are able to only install the modules you need.

Odoo includes the following modules that may be installed with a simple mouse click:

– Accounting
– Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
– Warehouse Management
– Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP)
– Purchase Management
– Project/Service Management
– Human Resource Management (HRM)
– Content Management (CMS)
– Document Management
– Fleet Management
– Point of Sale (POS)
– Application Builder


  • Odoo offers a simple and rapid solution for all users, it allows you to customize or modify your modules.
  • Odoo is writing in Python, JavaScript and XML.
  • Odoo is compatible with: Linux, Unix-Like, OS X and Windows

Release history:


NB: Odoo have released software as open source but starting at the V9.0 release, the company of Odoo has transitioned to an open core model which provides subscription-based proprietary Enterprise software and cloud-hosted Software as a service, and a cut-down community version.

Software license:

  • GNU General Public License (GNU GPL):  is a widely used free software license, which guarantees end users the freedom to run, study, share and modify the software.
  • GNU Affero General Public License ( GNU AGPL): is a free, copyleft license published by the Free Software Foundation in November 2007, and based on the GNU General Public License, version 3 and the Affero General Public License.

The Free Software Foundation has recommended that the GNU AGPLv3 be considered for any software that will commonly be run over a network.

  • GNU Lesser General Public License (GNU LGPL): is a free software license published by the Free Software Foundation (FSF). The license allows developers and companies to use and integrate software released under the LGPL into their own (even proprietary) software without being required by the terms of a strong copyleft license to release the source code of their own components.

Debug Odoo 10.0 using Pycharm in Windows

Hello everyone
This article well help you step by step to debug odoo-10.0 in Windows using PycharmProjects.

For the environment, I am using Windows 7 and Pycharm, version 2016.3 in 64 bit

This article is divided into three parts:
Part 1: describes how to install required packages and source code
Part 2: show how to configure PostgresSQL and Odoo
Part 3: gives you the solution of some errors occurred while my installation process


I.Install required packages and source code:

1.1-Install Pycharm:


1.2-Install Python 2.7:


1.3-Install odoo 10:

First, go to:


to download the field “odoo-10.zip”, after that extract the content of “odoo-10.zip”.

1.4- Run Pycharm, and open the odoo-10 ( folder extracted earlier )



1.5-Install Microsoft Visual C++ Compiler for Python 2.7 if you don’t have one:


1.6-Install required packages:

For this step you could either:

Install the requirements.txt once you open PycharmProjects, it will appear a message asking you to install “requirements.txt

Go to “cmd” command line and execute these commands:

> cd C:\ python27 (here you specify the location of your field “python27”)
> python -m pip install -r C:\Users\PycharmProjects\Odoo-10.0\requirements.txt  (here you specify the location of your field “Odoo-10.0”)

NB: some of this required packages will not be installed, to do so I ask you to refer to the part 3 of this article.

1.7-Install pywin32 (This installation is optional) :

While installing the required packages missing, you may have some errors dealing with pywin32. So all you need to do is to install it:

link to the pywin32.exe

1.8-Install pip:

-Go to:


download get-pip.py

-Go to “cmd” command line and execute these commands:

> cd C:\python27(here you specify the location of your folder “python27”)
> Python get-pip.py

II.Install PostgreSQL and configure Odoo:

2.1- install and download PostgresSQL for Windows:

Download PostgreSQL from official website

NB : You should remember the password of “postgres” role that you set when installing PostgreSQL.you will need it in the next step.

2.2- Create a new role with superuser privilege for Odoo application:

In my case, I create a superuser “lenovo” and set its password as “lenovo”.
To do so, Go to “cmd” command line and execute these commands:

> cd "C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\9.4\bin"
> createuser.exe --createdb --username postgres --no-createrole --pwprompt lenovo

2.3- configure Odoo:

To configure Odoo, you can refer to the file odoo-server.conf:

This is the password that allows database operations:

; admin_passwd = admin
db_host = localhost
db_port = 5432
db_user = lenovo
db_password =lenovo
addons_path = C:\Users\PycharmProjects\odoo10\addons

If you want to change your port, you can add this line to that file: xmlrpc_port = 8070

III.Errors and solutions:

3.1-You may have an error telling that you don’t have “Setuptools”, so you can install it.

To do so, go to “cmd” command line and execute these commands:

> cd C:\python27
> python -m pip install --upgrade setuptools

3.2- Install wheel & lxml-3.6.4-cp27-cp27m-win32.whl:

Go to “cmd” command line and execute these commands:

> cd C:\python27
> python -m pip install wheel

To install lxml-3.6.4-cp27-cp27m-win32.whl, go here

Then, go to “cmd” command line and execute this commands:

> cd C:\python27
> python -m pip install lxml-3.6.4-cp27-cp27m-win32.wh

(here you should choose the file that go with your environment)

3.3- Install ebaysdk:

Go to:

(here you should choose the file that go with your environment)

Then, go to “cmd” command line and execute these commands:

> cd C:\python27
> python -m pip install "C:\path to\tar\ofxparse-0.15.tar.gz "

3.4- Install psycopg2 .exe:


3.5- once you launch your odoo server using your navigator: localhost: 8069, you may have this error: « could not execute command lessc »

to resolve that problem, you follow those steps:

  • – Install nodejs : https://nodejs.org/en/
  • – go to “cmd” command line and execute this commands:
> cd C:\Program Files\nodejs (here you specify the location of your field “nosejs”) 
> npm install -g less less-plugin-clean-css

3.6- how to use wkhtmltopdf to print a PDF:

  • -Install wkhtmltopdf : http://wkhtmltopdf.org/downloads.html  (Windows (MSVC 2013))
  • -In system variable on windows add in PATH: C:\Program Files\wkhtmltopdf\bin
  • -Restart the OS(systeme windows)