OpenERP Installation in Ubuntu 12.04LTS

Update the packages in the serve before starting the the installation. To update the VPS :

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

Add an openerp user to own and run the application.

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

Note that a “home” of /opt/openerp has been specified, this is where the OpenERP server code will reside and is created automatically by the command above.

Install postgresql

sudo apt-get install postgresql

Switch to postgres user to create database

sudo su - postgres

Now create database

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

Provide password when prompted.

Type exit to switch user.


Install required python dependencies

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

Download openerp 7.0


Now extract the tarball

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

Change the ownership of the files to the Openerp user we created earlier.

sudo chown -R openerp: *

Rename the directory to server for later use

sudo cp -a openerp-7.0 server

Copy the conf file to /etc

sudo cp /opt/openerp/server/install/openerp-server.conf /etc/

Now change the ownership

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

Edit openerp-server.conf and edit the line db_password = False. Replace False with the password you provided for postgres user and db_user=admin with your postgres user.

sudo nano /etc/openerp-server.conf

Also add the line below to specify the log file

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

Switch to openerp user

sudo su - openerp -s /bin/bash

You will see a messages saying openerp is running you have completed your installation successfully.

In your browser type http://<IPaddress>:8069 to verify

Replace the contents of the file /opt/openerp/server/install/openerp-server.init with the file below

Copy that file to /etc/init.d and rename it as


Make the script executable and owned by root

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

Set the location of openerp log file and make it writable by openerp.

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

To make openerp start at boot

sudo update-rc.d openerp-server defaults

Now openerp will start at boot.

That’s it!!