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A buildout recipe to install and configure OpenERP

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This is a Buildout recipe for downloading, installing and configuring one or several OpenERP servers, web clients and/or gtk clients. It currently supports versions 6.0 and 6.1, custom branches, custom addons and gunicorn deployment. For a quickstart you can jump to the example section.


You get 3 recipes at once. The recipe to use is the following:

For the server:

recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:server

For the web client:

recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:webclient

For the gtk client:

recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:gtkclient

Default options from zc.recipe.egg

This recipe reuses the zc.recipe.egg:scripts recipe, so the options are the same (eggs, interpreter, etc.), and some changes, documented below.

Consult the documentation here

The main useful ones are below:


Starting from version 0.16 of the recipe, you don’t need to put anything in this option by default. But you may specify additional eggs needed by addons, or just useful ones:

eggs =


The behaviour of this option is slightly modified : by default, no script other than those directly related to OpenERP are generated, but you may specify some explicitely, with the same semantics as the normal behaviour (we simply set an empty default value, which means to not produce scripts):

scripts =

In the current state, beware to not require the same script in different parts or rename them. See for details.


This is the default interpreter option of zc.recipe.egg that specifies the name of the Python interpreter that shoud be included in the bin directory of the buildout:

interpreter = erp_python

Specific options

The recipe also adds a few specific options:


Specifies the OpenERP version to use. It can be:

The version number of an official OpenERP (server, web client or gtk client):

version = 6.0.3

A custom download:

version = url

An absolute or a relative path:

version = path /my/path/to/a/custom/openerp

A custom bzr, hg, git or svn branch or repository. The syntax is the same as the addons option (see below):

version = bzr lp:openobject-server/6.1 openerp61 last:1

A nightly build:

version = nightly 6.1 20120814-233345

or (dangerous):

version = nightly 6.1 latest


Specifies additional addons, either a local path or a repository.


addons = local ../some/relative/path/for/custom_addons/
         local /some/other/absolute/path/for/custom_addons
         bzr lp:openobject-addons/trunk/    addons0 last:1
         hg addons1 default
         git addons2 master
         svn addons3 head
         bzr lp:openerp-web/trunk/ openerp-web last:1 subdir=addons

When using local paths you can either specify a directory holding addons, or a single one. In that latter case, it will be actually placed one directory below

For remote repositories the syntax is:


  • TYPE can be bzr, hg, git or svn
  • URL is any URL scheme supported by the versionning tool
  • DESTINATION is the local directory that will be created (relative or absolute)
  • REVISION is any version specification supported (revision, tag, etc.)
  • OPTIONS take the form name=value. Currently, only the subdir option is recognized. If used, the given subdirectory of the repository is registered as an addons directory.

Repositories are updated on each build according to the specified revision. You have to be careful with the revision specification.

Buildout offline mode is supported. In that case, update to the specified revision is performed, if the VCS allows it (Subversion does not).


Startup scripts are created in the bin directory. By default the name is: start_<part_name>, so you can have several startup scripts for each part if you configure several OpenERP servers or clients. You can pass additional typical arguments to the server via the startup script, such as -i or -u options.

You can choose another name for the script by using the script_name option

script_name = start_erp


Specifies a time in seconds to wait within the startup script before actually launching OpenERP. The Gunicorn startup script (see below) is not affected by this setting

startup_delay = 3


Allows to load development and useful testing tools, such as anybox.testing.datetime. False by default:

with_devtools = true


URL to download official and nightly versions from (assuming the archive filenames are constistent with those in OpenERP download server). This is a basic mirroring capability:

base_url =


Specifies the destination download directory for OpenERP archives. The path may be absolute or relative to thebuildout directory. By setting it in your default.cfg, you may share the downloads among different buildouts.


openerp-downloads-directory = /home/user/.buildout/openerp-downloads


Gunicorn integration is only supported on OpenERP >= 6.1 This options allow to generate a script to start OpenERP with Gunicorn. It currently support two values: direct and proxied

Direct mode

Direct mode should be used to let Gunicorn serve requests directly:

gunicorn = direct

Proxied mode

Use this mode if you plan to run Gunicorn behind a reverse proxy:

gunicorn = proxied

Gunicorn options

Gunicorn-specific options are to be specified with the gunicorn. prefix and will end up in the the Gunicorn python configuration file etc/gunicorn_<part_name>, such as:

gunicorn.workers = 8

If you don’t specify gunicorn.bind, then a value is constructed from the relevant options for the OpenERP script (currently options.xmlrpc_port and options.xmlrpc_interface).

Other supported options and their default values are:

gunicorn.workers = 4
gunicorn.timeout = 240
gunicorn.max_requests = 2000

Finally, you can specify the Gunicorn script name with the gunicorn_script_name option. The configuration file will be named accordingly.

OpenERP options

You can define OpenERP options directly from the buildout file. The OpenERP configuration files are generated by OpenERP itself in the buildout etc directory during the first buildout run. You can overwrite these options in from the recipe section of your buildout.cfg. The options must be written using a dotted notation prefixed with the name of the section. The specified options will just overwrite the existing options in the corresponding config files. You don’t have to replicate all the options in your buildout.cfg. If an option or a section does not exist in the openerp config file, it can be created from there.

For example you can specify the xmlrpc port for the server or even an additional option that does not exist in the default config file:

options.xmlrpc_port = 8069
options.additional_option = "foobar"

It will end-up in the server config as:

xmlrpc_port = 8069
additional_option = "foobar"

For the web client you can specify the company url with:

global.server.socket_port = 8080 = ''

It will modify the corresponding web client config:

server.socket_port = 8080

company.url = ''

Example OpenERP 6.0 buildout

Here is a sample buildout with versions specification, 2 OpenERP servers (with one using the latest 6.0 branch on the launchpad) using only NETRPC and listening on 2 different ports, and 2 web clients:

parts = openerp1 web1 openerp2 web2
#allow-picked-versions = false
versions = versions
find-links =

recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:server
version = 6.0.3
options.xmlrpc = False
options.xmlrpcs = False

recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:webclient
version = 6.0.3

recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:server
version = bzr lp:openobject-server/6.0 openobject-server-6.x last:1

options.xmlrpc = False
options.xmlrpcs = False
options.netrpc_port = 8170

recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:webclient
version = 6.0.3
global.openerp.server.port = '8170'
global.server.socket_port = 8180

MarkupSafe = 0.15
Pillow = 1.7.7
anybox.recipe.openerp = 0.9
caldav = 0.1.10
collective.recipe.cmd = 0.5
coverage = 3.5
distribute = 0.6.25
feedparser = 5.0.1
lxml = 2.1.5
mako = 0.4.2
nose = 1.1.2
psycopg2 = 2.4.2
pychart = 1.39
pydot = 1.0.25
pyparsing = 1.5.6
python-dateutil = 1.5
pytz = 2012b
pywebdav =
pyyaml = 3.10
reportlab = 2.5
vobject = 0.8.1c
z3c.recipe.scripts = 1.0.1
zc.buildout = 1.5.2
zc.recipe.egg = 1.3.2
Babel = 0.9.6
FormEncode = 1.2.4
simplejson = 2.1.6

Example OpenERP 6.1 buildout

Here is a simple example for a stock OpenERP 6.1, with a GTK client, and a local addon you are developping for a client project


with OpenERP 6.1 the web client is natively included in the server as a simple module. In that case you don’t need to write a separate part for the web client, unless that’s what you really want to do.

parts = openerp gtk
#allow-picked-versions = false
versions = versions
find-links =

recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:server
version = 6.1-1
addons = local ../path/to/my/local/addons

options.xmlrpcs = False

gunicorn = direct

recipe = anybox.recipe.openerp:gtkclient
version = 6.1-1

MarkupSafe = 0.15
Pillow = 1.7.7
PyXML = 0.8.4
babel = 0.9.6
feedparser = 5.1.1
gdata = 2.0.16
lxml = 2.3.3
mako = 0.6.2
psycopg2 = 2.4.4
pychart = 1.39
pydot = 1.0.28
pyparsing = 1.5.6
python-dateutil = 1.5
python-ldap = 2.4.9
python-openid = 2.2.5
pytz = 2012b
pywebdav =
pyyaml = 3.10
reportlab = 2.5
simplejson = 2.4.0
vatnumber = 1.0
vobject = 0.8.1c
werkzeug = 0.8.3
xlwt = 0.7.3
zc.buildout = 1.5.2
zc.recipe.egg = 1.3.2
zsi = 2.0-rc3


Authors and contributors:

  • Christophe Combelles
  • Georges Racinet

The primary branch is on the launchpad:

Please don’t hesitate to give feedback and especially report bugs or ask for new features through launchpad at this URL: Changes ~~~~~~~

1.0.1 (24-08-2012)

  • launchpad #1027994: ‘base_url’ option, to download from mirrors
  • launchpad #1035978: restored ‘local’ version scheme for OpenERP itself. Also implemented the ‘url’ version scheme.
  • removed deprecated renaming of 6.1 to 6.1-1
  • Refactored the documentation

0.17 (07-08-2012)

  • launchpad #1033525: startup_delay option
  • launchpad #1019888: Gunicorn integration.
  • launchpad #1019886: installation of ‘openerp’ as a develop distribution, and full python server startup script.
  • launchpad #1025617: Support for nightly versions in 6.1 series
  • launchpad #1025620: Support for latest version
  • launchpad #1034124: Fix interference of buildout options with gtkclient recipe
  • launchpad #1021083: optional development tools loading in startup script
  • launchpad #1020967: stop creating scripts by default
  • launchpad #1027986: Better handling of interrupted downloads

0.16 (29-06-2012)

  • launchapd #1017252: relying on Pillow to provide PIL unless PIL is explicitely wanted.
  • launchpad #1014066: lifted the prerequirement for Babel. Now the recipe installs it if needed before inspection of OpenERP’s

0.15 (14-06-2012)

  • launchpad #1008931: Mercurial pull don’t take URL changes into account. Now the recipe manages the repo-local hgrc [paths] section, updates the default paths while storing earlier values
  • launchpad #1012899: Update problems with standalone vcs addons
  • launchpad #1005509: Now bzr branches are stacked only if
    bzr-stacked-branches option is set to True.

0.14.1 (17-05-2012)

  • launchpad #1000352: fixed a concrete problem in Bzr reraising

0.14 (17-05-2012)

  • launchpad #1000352: option vcs-clear-retry to retrieve from scratch in case of diverged Bzr branches. Raising UpdateError in right place would trigger the same for other VCSes.
  • Basic tests for Git and Svn
  • Refactor with classes of VCS package

0.13.1 (14-05-2012)

  • launchpad #997107: fixed vcs-clear-locks option for bzr, that requires a user confirmation that cannot be bypassed in older versions

0.13 (14-05-2012)

  • launchpad #998404: more robust calls to hg and bzr (w/ unit tests), and have exception raised if vcs call failed (break early, break often).
  • launchpad #997107: vcs-clear-locks option (currently interpreted by Bzr only)

0.12 (02-05-2012)

  • launchpad #993362: addons subdir option, and made repositories being one addon usable by creating an intermediate directory.

0.11 (18-04-2012)

0.10 (02-04-2012)

  • fixed the sample buildouts in the readme file

0.9 (23-03-2012)

  • Clean-up and refactoring
  • Removed url option (download url supported through version)
  • Support OpenERP 6.1 and 6.0
  • Added an ‘addons’ option allowing remote repositories and local directories
  • Improved error messages
  • Updated the documentation
  • Handle bad Babel import in
  • Support offline mode of buildout
  • Create gtk client config without starting it

0.8 (20-12-2011)

  • handle deploying custom bzr branches

0.7 (14-09-2011)

  • handle new sections in openerp config

0.6 (11-09-2011)

  • Overwrite config files each time
  • Make the “dsextras” error more explicit (install PyGObject and PyGTK)
  • fixed some deps
  • improved the doc

0.5 (10-08-2011)

  • Use dotted notation to add openerp options in the generated configs

0.4 (09-08-2011)

  • Added support for the web client and gtk client

0.3 (08-08-2011)

  • fixed config file creation

0.2 (08-08-2011)

  • Pass the trailing args to the startup script of the server

0.1 (07-08-2011)

  • Initial implementation for the OpenERP server only

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