In this tutorial we will install OpenERP 6.1 with multi core support and a speedy webproxy. This is the way to get a well performing OpenERP 6.1 server.

Installing and configuring PostgreSQL

Install PostgreSQL database

sudo apt-get install postgresql

Create PostgreSQL User

sudo su postgres -c "createuser --createdb --no-createrole --pwprompt openerp"
#Enter Password
#Repeat Password
#Superuser: No

Change the postgesql.conf file to accept connections on all interfaces

sudo vi /etc/postgresql/9.1/main/postgresql.conf

Find the listen parameter and remove the # and listen to adress *

listen_address = '*'

Change the pg_hba.conf file to change the way authentication takes place

sudo vi /etc/postgresql/9.1/main/pg_hba.conf

Find the following line

local all all peer
hosts all all md5


local all all md5
hosts all all md5

If you want to connect to the postgres database from your machine you need to add a new line to the Ipv4 part of this file: Example is for a network

host all all MD5

Install OpenERP 6.1

Create a user for the OpenERP application

sudo adduser --system --quiet --shell=/bin/bash --home=/opt/openerp --gecos 'OpenERP' --group openerp

Install the required dependicies for OpenERP 6.1

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

Get OpenERP 6.1 from Launchpad

sudo su openerp -c "bzr branch lp:openobject-server/6.1 /opt/openerp/server"
sudo su openerp -c "bzr branch lp:openobject-addons/6.1 /opt/openerp/addons"
sudo su openerp -c "bzr branch lp:openerp-web/6.1 /opt/openerp/web"
sudo chown -R openerp: /opt/openerp/*

Configure the OpenERP application

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

In the /etc/openerp-server.conf file you only need to change one line and add a line for the log file and path configuration.

sudo vi /etc/openerp-server.conf

change the line: (in vi use a to start editing)

db_password = False


db_password = XXXXXX
(the password setup with the ALTER ROLE command)
addons_path = /opt/openerp/addons,/opt/openerp/web/addons
logfile = /var/log/openerp/openerp-server.log

Save the file (ESC :w)

Create a dir for the log file and give the correct permissions

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

Check if the server works

sudo su - openerp -s /bin/bash
/opt/openerp/server/openerp-server –config=/etc/openerp-server.conf

Check it using your brwoser and go to: http://[ip or dns name of server]:8069
You should see the login screen or database creation of OpenERP
Press CTRL+C to stop the server and use exit to get out of the openerp user shell

Install Gunicorn

apt-get install gunicorn python-psutil

Open the file in /opt/openerp/server

vi /opt/openerp/server/

And change it to something like this

bind = ''
# commented because we will supply the the pid file path as command line option
# pidfile = ''

conf =
conf['admin_passwd'] = 'passwd'
# Path to the OpenERP Addons repository (comma-separated for multiple locations)
conf['addons_path'] = '/opt/openerp/addons,/opt/openerp/web/addons'

# Optional database config if not using local socket
# conf['db_name'] = 'database_name'
# conf['db_host'] = 'postgresql_server'
conf['db_user'] = 'openerp'
# conf['db_port'] = 5432
conf['db_password'] = 'passwd'

Install NGINX

apt-get install nginx

Create a simpel config file in /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/
If you need an SSL connection with NGINX you can use these instructions.

vi /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/openerp-gunicorn

And change it to something like this

server {
   listen 80;
   server_name ;
   location / {
       proxy_set_header Host $host;
       proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
       proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;

Check if it works

sudo su openerp
cd /opt/openerp/server
gunicorn openerp:wsgi.core.application -c

If you go to http://servername you should be able to use your openerp server

Automatic Start on boot

Create a script to run OpenERP 6.1 with Gunicorn as a deamon
… work to be done here