Create a user for the ODOO application

sudo adduser --system --quiet --shell=/bin/bash --home=/opt/odoo --gecos 'ODOO' --group odoo

Install PostgreSQL database and add odoo as a postgres superuser

sudo apt-get install postgresql -y

sudo su – postgres -c “createuser -s odoo” 2> /dev/null || true

Add password to openerp postgres user

sudo su postgres
psql template1
ALTER ROLE odoo WITH password 'XXXXX';


Change the postgesql.conf file to accept connections on all interfaces (development use only)

sudo vi /etc/postgresql/9.3/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/9.3/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 the required dependicies for ODOO

sudo apt-get install python-dateutil python-feedparser 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 python-docutils python-psutil python-mock python-unittest2 python-jinja2 python-pypdf python-decorator python-requests python-passlib python-pil -y

Install latest gdata-python-client from

sudo wget
sudo tar zxvf gdata-2.0.17.tar.gz
cd gdata-2.0.17/
sudo python install

Install wkhtmltopdf for printing reports in ODOO

sudo wget
sudo dpkg -i wkhtmltox-0.12.1_linux-trusty-amd64.deb
sudo cp /usr/local/bin/wkhtmltopdf /usr/bin
sudo cp /usr/local/bin/wkhtmltoimage /usr/bin

Install ODOO 8.0 from Github

sudo su - odoo
git clone --branch 8.0
chown -R odoo: *

Configure the ODOO application

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

In the /etc/odoo-server.conf file you need to following lines.

sudo vi /etc/odoo-server.conf

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

db_user = openerp
db_password = false


db_user = odoo
db_password = XXXXXX

(the password setup with the ALTER ROLE command)

addons_path = /opt/odoo/odoo/addons
logfile = /var/log/odoo/odoo-server.log

Save the file (ESC :w)

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

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

Check if the server works

sudo su odoo
python /opt/odoo/odoo/openerp-server --config=/etc/odoo-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 ODOO
Press CTRL+C to stop the server and use exit to get out of the openerp user shell

Installing a boot script (if you want a boot script)

sudo vi /etc/init.d/odoo-server

Use the follwing script: (first press the a to add lines and copy the script)

# Provides: odoo-server
# Required-Start: $remote_fs $syslog
# Required-Stop: $remote_fs $syslog
# Should-Start: $network
# Should-Stop: $network
# Default-Start: 2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop: 0 1 6
# Short-Description: Business Applications
# Description: ODOO Business Applications.

# Specify the user name (Default: openerp).

# Specify an alternate config file (Default: /etc/odoo-server.conf).

# pidfile

# Additional options that are passed to the Daemon.
[ -x $DAEMON ] || exit 0
[ -f $CONFIGFILE ] || exit 0
checkpid() {
[ -f $PIDFILE ] || return 1
pid=`cat $PIDFILE`
[ -d /proc/$pid ] && return 0
return 1

case "${1}" in
echo -n "Starting ${DESC}: "
start-stop-daemon --start --quiet --pidfile ${PIDFILE} \
--chuid ${USER} --background --make-pidfile \
--exec ${DAEMON} -- ${DAEMON_OPTS}
echo "${NAME}."
echo -n "Stopping ${DESC}: "
start-stop-daemon --stop --quiet --pidfile ${PIDFILE} \
echo "${NAME}."

echo -n "Restarting ${DESC}: "
start-stop-daemon --stop --quiet --pidfile ${PIDFILE} \
sleep 1
start-stop-daemon --start --quiet --pidfile ${PIDFILE} \
--chuid ${USER} --background --make-pidfile \
--exec ${DAEMON} -- ${DAEMON_OPTS}
echo "${NAME}."
echo "Usage: ${NAME} {start|stop|restart|force-reload}" >&2
exit 1

exit 0

Save the file (ESC :w)

Check if the server works

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

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

less /var/log/odoo/odoo-server.log

and 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
Change the (super)admin password of openerp. Click on Manage Databases (perhaps you’re already here). Change the password.
It adds the password in plain text in the /etc/odoo-server.conf file, that’s why we changed the permissions on this file!

Stop the server

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

Automatic Startup and Shutdown

sudo update-rc.d odoo-server defaults

If you reboot the server everything should be working.

If you are searching for an easier way of provisioning your server you could use my ODOO v8 Install Script.