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Data models allowing for connection to external systems.

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This module provides an interface/adapter mechanism for the definition of remote systems.

Note that this module stores everything in plain text. In the interest of security, it is recommended you use another module (such as keychain or red_october to encrypt things like the password and private key). This is not done here in order to not force a specific security method.

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Configure external systems in Settings => Technical => External Systems


The credentials for systems are stored in the external.system model, and are to be configured by the user. This model is the unified interface for the underlying adapters.

Using the Interface

Given an external.system singleton called external_system, you would do the following to get the underlying system client:

with external_system.client() as client:

The client will be destroyed once the context has completed. Destruction takes place in the adapter’s external_destroy_client method.

The only unified aspect of this interface is the client connection itself. Other more opinionated interface/adapter mechanisms can be implemented in other modules, such as the file system interface in OCA/server-tools/external_file_location.

Creating an Adapter

Modules looking to add an external system adapter should inherit the external.system.adapter model and override the following methods:

  • external_get_client: Returns a usable client for the system

  • external_destroy_client: Destroy the connection, if applicable. Does not need to be defined if the connection destroys itself.

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This module is maintained by the OCA.

Odoo Community Association

OCA, or the Odoo Community Association, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the collaborative development of Odoo features and promote its widespread use.

This module is part of the OCA/server-backend project on GitHub.

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