This guide takes you through the installation of Odoo community edition on a ubuntu 20.04 server.

The goal of the tutorial is to demonstrate a production grade installation of Odoo server.


  • Ubuntu 20.04

Preparing for Odoo installation

This section explain how to setup Ubuntu system for the purpose of installing Odoo:

First of all, Clone the Odoo repostory on local system

mkdir -p /odoo/odoo15
sudo git clone --depth 1 --branch 15.0 /odoo/odoo15

Create System User

Create a system user for running Odoo process

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

Create Log directory

Crate a directory for Odoo logs

sudo mkdir /var/log/odoo

Change permissions

Set owner of the Odoo directories to odoo by issuing following command:

sudo chown -R odoo:odoo /var/log/odoo
sudo chown -R odoo:odoo /odoo/odoo15 

Install PostgreSQL Server

Perform following steps to install postgresql server

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -cs)-pgdg main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgdg.list'

wget --quiet -O - | sudo apt-key add -

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get -y install postgresql

Create the database user:

sudo su - postgres -c "createuser -s odoo"

Install System Dependencies

Install python and various other development packages using following command

apt install -y python3 \
python3-pip \
build-essential \
wget \ 
python3-dev \
python3-venv \
python3-wheel \
libxslt-dev \
libzip-dev \
libldap2-dev \
libsasl2-dev \
python3-setuptools \
node-less \
libjpeg-dev \
gdebi \
python3-venv \
python-is-python3 \
libxml2-dev \
libxslt1-dev \
libffi-dev \

Create a virtual environment (VENV) for Odoo App

Create a virtual environment for installing python packages required by Odoo

cd /odoo

python -m venv venv

Activate it by running following command:

source /odoo/venv/bin/activate

And then install pip packages using following commands

pip install -r /odoo/odoo15/requirements.txt

Create Odoo Server Config

Create the master configuration using following steps:

sudo cat <<EOT >> /odoo/server.conf
admin_passwd = admin
xmlrpc_port = 8069
logfile = /var/log/odoo/odoo-server.log

sudo chown odoo:odoo /odoo/server.conf
sudo chmod 640 /odoo/server.conf 

Start Odoo Server

sudo su - odoo -s /bin/bash
source /odoo/venv/bin/activate
/odoo/odoo15/odoo-bin -c /odoo/server.conf --http-interface=