Odoo is a business management software, including different modules such as CRM, billing, e-commerce, warehouse, website builder, inventory management, and accounting. The software is distributed in an open-code model, providing a free Community Edition, released under the GNU LGPLv3 software license. The source code of the Community Edition is available on the companies GitHub. Besides the free and open-source Community Edition, a proprietary “Enterprise” version provides additional features and services.
The modular design of Odoo allows developers to create additional modules or apps and distribute them on the Odoo marketplace, which provides more than 20.000 modules. This fact makes Odoo a versatile and customizable solution that can be adapted to many usage scenarios.
This tutorial will show you how to deploy Odoo 14 on a Scaleway Dedibox dedicated server, running on Ubuntu Focal Fossa (20.04 LTS).
1 . Log in to your server using SSH:
2 . Update the
apt sources lists and upgrade the software already installed on the machine to the latest version available in Ubuntu’s repositories:
apt update && apt upgrade -y
3 . Odoo requires a PostgreSQL database. By default, the database engine has to be installed on the same server as Odoo. Install PostgreSQL using the
apt package manager:
apt install postgresql -y
4 . Odoo requires the
wkhtmltox package to generate printable PDF reports using
wkhtmltopdf. Download the package into the
/tmp directory of your machine:
cd /tmp wget https://github.com/wkhtmltopdf/packaging/releases/download/0.12.6-1/wkhtmltox_0.12.6-1.bionic_amd64.deb
5 . Install
xfonts which is required by
apt install xfonts-75dpi xfonts-base -y
6 . Install the
wkhtmltox package using
dpkg -i /tmp/wkhtmltox_0.12.6-1.bionic_amd64.deb
1 . Download and install the Odoo GPG key:
wget -O - https://nightly.odoo.com/odoo.key | apt-key add -
2 . Odoo provides a repository for the
apt package manager. Add the repository to an
apt configuration file called
echo "deb http://nightly.odoo.com/14.0/nightly/deb/ ./" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/odoo.list
3 . Update the
apt package manager to add the new repository to it:
4 . Install the Python dependencies for Odoo:
apt install git build-essential python3 python3-pip python3-setuptools python3-dev python3-venv python3-wheel libxslt-dev libzip-dev libldap2-dev libsasl2-dev node-less libjpeg-dev gdebi -y
5 . Install the Python PIP requirements for Odoo:
apt install python-dev libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev libpq-dev libldap2-dev libsasl2-dev libffi-dev -y
Then install the remaining requirements using
Note: This step may take a while.
sudo -H pip3 install -r https://raw.githubusercontent.com/odoo/odoo/master/requirements.txt
6 . Install Odoo using
apt install odoo
1 . Open an Internet browser on your local computer and point it to
http://<your_dedibox_ip>:8069. The Odoo installation wizard displays:
Enter the following information in the form:
Once all data is filled in, click Create database to create the Odoo database and your first login.
2 . The application dashboard displays:
From this panel, you can install additional applications and modules to your Odoo installation. Click on the Install button next to each app to install it automatically on your Odoo server. You can see more details about each application by clicking on the Learn More button.
To navigate around your installed apps, click on the mosaic button in the top left corner and select your application from the list:
Odoo CRM module:
Odoo Discuss module with activated e-learning module:
By default, the Odoo web server is using a plain HTTP connection to transport data. To make connections to the application more secure, we configure the Nginx web server as an HTTPS-proxy that will act as front-end for Odoo.
1 . Install Nginx and
apt install nginx certbot python3-certbot-nginx
2 . Create a Nginx configuration file
odoo.example.com with your Odoo domain name) and put the following content in it:
3 . Activate the site by creating a symlink in the
ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/odoo.example.com /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/
4 . Run
certbot to request a new certificate and configure Nginx. Follow the instructions given during the certificate request:
5 . Open the file
/etc/odoo/odoo.conf in a text editor and add the following lines to it to enable Proxy mode in Odoo and restrict connections to the application to
localhost only, for security reasons:
[options] [...] proxy_mode = True xmlrpc_interface = 127.0.0.1 netrpc_interface = 127.0.0.1
6 . Restart Odoo:
systemctl restart odoo
You can now access your Odoo via a secure HTTPS connection at
In this tutorial, you have learned how to install Odoo 14 and its modules on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa. You then secured the connection to your Odoo using a TLS certificate issued by the Let’s Encrypt certification authority (CA) and restricted direct access to the application by using a Nginx proxy. To go further, refer to the official Odoo documentation.