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Odoo 12 Development Cookbook - Third Edition

By : Parth Gajjar, Alexandre Fayolle, Holger Brunn, Daniel Reis
Book Image

Odoo 12 Development Cookbook - Third Edition

By: Parth Gajjar, Alexandre Fayolle, Holger Brunn, Daniel Reis

Overview of this book

Odoo is a powerful framework known for rapid application development. Its latest release, Odoo 12, introduces tons of new features. With this book, you’ll learn how to develop powerful Odoo applications from scratch, using all the latest features. This Odoo cookbook starts by covering Odoo installation and deployment on the server. Next, you’ll explore the Odoo framework with real-world examples. You’ll create a new Odoo module from the ground up and progress to advanced framework concepts. You’ll also learn how to modify existing applications, including Point of Sale (POS). This book is not just limited to backend development; the advanced JavaScript recipes for creating new views and widgets will help you build beautiful UI elements. As you move forward, you’ll gain insights into website development and become a quality Odoo developer by studying performance optimization, debugging, and automated tests. Finally, you’ll learn the latest concepts like multi-website, In-App Purchasing (IAP),, and IoT Box. By the end of the book, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to build powerful Odoo applications. The development best practices used in this book will undoubtedly come handy when you are working with the Odoo framework.
Table of Contents (26 chapters)

Managing Odoo environments using the start command

We will often want to use custom or community modules with our Odoo instance. Keeping them in a separate directory makes it easier to install upgrades to Odoo or troubleshoot issues from our custom modules. We just have to add that directory to the add-ons path and they will be available in our instance, just like the core modules are.

It is possible to think about this module directory as an Odoo environment. The Odoo start command makes it easy to organize Odoo instances as directories, each with its own modules.

Getting ready

For this recipe, we need to have already installed Odoo. We are assuming that it will be located at ~/odoo-dev/odoo, and that virtualenv has been activated.

This means that the following command should successfully start an Odoo server:

$ ~/odoo-dev/odoo/odoo-bin

How to do it...

To create a work environment for your instance, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Change to the directory where Odoo is:
$ cd ~/odoo-dev
  1. Choose a name for the environment and create a directory for it:
$ mkdir my-odoo
  1. Change to that directory and start an Odoo server instance for that environment:
$ cd my-odoo/
$ ../odoo/odoo-bin start

How it works...

The Odoo start command is a shortcut to start a server instance using the current directory. The directory name is automatically used as the database name (for the -d option), and the current directory is automatically added to the add-ons path (the --addons-path option), as long as it contains an Odoo add-on module. In the preceding recipe, you won't see the current directory in the add-ons path because it doesn't contain any modules yet.

With the start command, if you are on the virtual environment, it will take the virtual environment name as the database instead of the directory that you are in. However, if you aren't in the virtual environment, this should work fine.

There's more...

By default, the current directory is used, but the --path option allows you to set a specific path that you can use instead. For example, this will work from any directory:

$ ~/odoo-dev/odoo/odoo-bin start --path=~/odoo-dev/my-odoo

The database to use can also be overridden using the usual -d option. In fact, all of the other usual odoo-bin command-line arguments will work, except --addons-path. For example, to set the server listening port, use the following command:

$ ../odoo/odoo-bin start -p 8080 -i base

As we can see, the Odoo start command can be a convenient way to quick-start Odoo instances with their own module directory.