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OpenERP 7.0 Videos - Install, Configure, and Implement OpenERP

The purpose of this step by step guide and video is to help someone with moderate IT skills and ability to follow directions install a working version of OpenERP 7 on an Ubuntu server. This is a basic setup that would be useful for development and testing purposes. Below is the basic steps that are used in this video presentation to setup OpenERP 7.0.

Basic Steps for OpenERP 7 Installation on Ubuntu

  • Download & Install Oracle Virtual Box
  • Download & Install Umbutu (This walkthrough uses Ubuntu 12.10)
  • Configure OpenERP system account on the server
  • Install PostGRES SQL and configure permissions
  • Download latest trunk version (This example uses )
  • Configure OpenERP settings
  • Test OpenERP Installation

Installing Oracle VM Virtual Box 

This setup is for people with some technical expertise who want to setup OpenERP for development, testing, or perhaps trying the system out for some potential uses in their business. Oracle's VM Virtual Box is perfect for this sort of installation as you can quickly get up and running on your existing hardware. All the steps are essentially the same as installing Ubuntu on dedicated hardware. This method allows you to get up and going very fast. 

Step 1: Download VM Virtual Box -

Step 2: Install VM Virtual box

Step 3: Create a new server in VM Virtual Box

Installing Ubuntu

Step 1: Download Ubuntu -

For this guide we downloaded version 12.10. Any recent version of Ubuntu should work as well although you may run into issues if you use a version before 10.05. Remember where you save the ISO.

Step 2: Mount the ISO in Virtual Box

In the VM manager go to settings and choose storage. There you will see your virtual CD. Click the small icon on the right to select your downloaded Ubuntu ISO and mount it.

Step 3: Start the Ubuntu server and install the OS

The process is very straight forward. Just  follow the prompts. Make sure you choose 'install' instead of the option to simply 'try' Ubuntu. NOTE: DO NOT MAKE YOUR USER 'openerp'. We will be using that user login to run the openerp server. If you use openerp as the primary login for the server you may have trouble completing the rest of the steps in this guide.

Step 4: Reboot the server

Configure the openerp user and install PostGRES

Step 1: Type ctrl-alt-T to bring up the command window

The graphical interface is little or no use in installing OpenERP. 

Step 2: Configure the openerp user

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

This command creates a user named 'openerp' configured as a system user. There is no login or password for this user. 

Step 3: Install Postgre

sudo apt-get install postgresql

This command will install all the necessary libraries for postgres.

sudo su - postgres

This command logs you in as the postgres user so that you can configure the database

createuser --createdb --username postgres --no-createrole --no-superuser --pwprompt openerp

This command will create the user and prompt you to enter a password. Make sure you don't forget the password.


This command will log you out of the postgres account.

Install the Python Dependencies

This step is easy but a bit tedious. OpenERP does not automatically install all the python libraries it needs to run. You need to install them manually.

TIP: Use the up arrow on your keyboard to bring up the previous command. Then just change the end extension. I do this to keep from having to type python over and over again

Here is the complete list. If you happen to skip one you will see an error during installation that will identify to you which dependency you are missing.

sudo apt-get install python-docutils

sudo apt-get install python-gdata

sudo apt-get install python-mako

sudo apt-get install python-dateutil

sudo apt-get install python-feedparser

sudo apt-get install python-lxml

sudo apt-get install python-libxslt1

sudo apt-get install python-ldap

sudo apt-get install python-reportlab

sudo apt-get install python-pybabel

sudo apt-get install python-pychart

sudo apt-get install python-openid

sudo apt-get install python-simplejson

sudo apt-get install python-psycopg2

sudo apt-get install python-vobject

sudo apt-get install python-tz

sudo apt-get install python-vatnumber

sudo apt-get install python-webdav

sudo apt-get install python-xlwt

sudo apt-get install python-werkzeug

sudo apt-get install python-yaml

sudo apt-get install python-zsi

You really don't have to worry about typing a line more than once. It will just re-install it. Depending on the exact build you use it is possible one or more dependencies may be left out of this list. Typically the server will tell you if it is missing one and you can just install the missing dependency using the same syntax.

Download and Install the OpenERP software

Step 1: Download the appropriate build of OpenERP 7

The version in this example is the latest available as of Dec 19, 2012. There will be a final release in the next few days and you will likely want to use that build instead. Just change out the link.


You will get a little character progress bar that will show the package downloading.

Step 2: Unpack the TAR file

cd /opt/openerp

sudo tar xvf ~/openerp-7.0alpha-latest.tar.gz

Naturally you will want to replace the actual name above with the build you have decided to download.

Step 3: Set the permissions on the files

sudo chown -R openerp: *

This command sets the permissions on the file for the openerp user

Step 4: Copy the files over to a directory named Server

Because build names change a lot and can be very cryptic it makes sense to copy the files into a directory that is more friendly. 

IMPORTANT: You will likely want to do a 'dir' to get the actual directory name that was created from the extracted files. While the wrapper file in this instance was openerp-7.0alpha-latest.tar.gz, the directory created was openerp-7.0alpha-20121206-000102. Therefore this is the name we must use when we copy over the files.

sudo cp -a openerp-7.0alpha-20121206-000102 server

Once again  you will want to replace the above command with the name of the build you actually downloaded.

Configure the OpenERP 7 Server config file

Step 1: Copy the configuration file

There in a config file in the install directory that we can copy into the /etc directory to get the server up and running.

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

Step 2: Open the OpenERP configuration file

sudo nano /etc/openerp-server.conf

Step 3: Change the password in the config file

Find the entry db_password=false. Change the entry from "False" to the password you used in the PostGres installation

Start the Server and Test the Installation

Step 1: login to the openerp account

sudo su - openerp -s /bin/bash

Step 2: Run the command to start the server


Step 3: Test the Installation in the browser

Fire up the Firefox browser and navigate to

If the installation has gone successfully then you should see the OpenERP prompting you to create your first database!

Post Rating


# Guilherme
Thursday, December 27, 2012 4:18 PM
I had some problems installing the lastest version:
2012-12-28 00:11:42,706 2677 CRITICAL ? openerp.modules.module: Couldn't load module web
2012-12-28 00:11:42,706 2677 CRITICAL ? openerp.modules.module: No module named unittest2
2012-12-28 00:11:42,706 2677 ERROR ? openerp.service: Failed to load server-wide module `web`.

The solution was to install "sudo apt-get install python-unittest2" and "sudo apt-get install python-mock"

Hope this helps other users with the same problem!
Monday, December 31, 2012 1:45 AM
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "./openerp-server", line 2, in
import openerp
File "/home/dhawal/workspace/openerp/server7.0/openerp/", line 29, in
import addons
ImportError: No module named addons

i could not resove this problem
Thanks in advanced
Monday, December 31, 2012 3:50 AM
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "./openerp-server", line 2, in
import openerp
File "/home/dhawal/workspace/openerp/server7.0/openerp/", line 29, in
import addons
ImportError: No module named addons

i could not resove this problem
Thanks in advanced
# Fouko
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 12:44 AM
Thanks for this clear explanation, to complete this we can add :

# sudo apt-get install python-unittest2
# sudo apt-get install python-mock
# sudo apt-get install python-jinja2

and :
To add the latest version of gdata-python-client library from

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

# Anonymous
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