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An Odoo server ready to link with a database, installed on CentOS 7
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Dockerized Odoo

An Odoo 8 server installed in CentOS 7.


You must change the database administration password by adding
--env ADMIN_PASSWORD=blahblah, or it will default to admin, which is too
insecure for production environments.

Odoo does not allow to be run as the user postgres, which is the default.
You must change it with --env POSTGRES_USER=other_user.

Also, to block access to your PostgreSQL database, you should either
don't expose its port (you do not need to do it anyway) or use
--env POSTGRES_PASSWORD=something_secure when launching the db container.

You are setting up a service which will recieve passwords from users.
As such, you should use HTTPS for production. The easiest way to
set it up will be proxying Odoo with yajo/https-proxy.

Never add the debugger in production.

tl;dr: Docker Compose example

# Odoo server itself
    image: yajo/odoo:8.0
    # Allow colorized output
    tty: true
        # Default values (you **must** change ADMIN_PASSWORD)
        ADMIN_PASSWORD: admin
        PGDATABASE: odoo
        PGUSER: odoo
        PGPASSWORD: odoo
        PGDATABASE: odoo
        PGHOST: db
        UNACCENT: True
        WDB_SOCKET_SERVER: wdb
        WDB_WEB_PORT: 1984
        WDB_WEB_SERVER: localhost
    # If you are going to use the HTTPS proxy for production,
    # don't expose any ports
        - "8069:8069"
        - "8072:8072"
        # Assuming you have an addons subfolder in the working tree
        - ./addons:/opt/odoo/extra-addons:ro,Z
        - appdata
        - db
        - wdb # Debugger, only for development
    # This is the default command
    command: launch

# Hold separately the volumes of Odoo variable data
    image: yajo/odoo:data

# PostgreSQL server
    image: postgres:9.2
        # You **must** change these
        POSTGRES_USER: odoo
        - dbdata

# PostgreSQL data files
    image: postgres:9.2
    command: "true"

# For development, add a debugger
    image: yajo/wdb-server
        - "1984:1984"

# For production, you will need HTTPS
    image: yajo/https-proxy
        - "80:80"
        - "443:443"
        - app:www
        PORT: 8069
        # In case you have your SSL key & certs, put them here:
        KEY: |
            -----BEGIN PRIVATE KEY-----
            [some random base64 garbage]
            -----END PRIVATE KEY-----
        CERT: |
            -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
            [some random base64 garbage]
            -----END CERTIFICATE-----
            -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
            [you will probably have more of these sections]
            -----END CERTIFICATE-----

The above is a sample docker-compose.yml file. This image is a little bit
complex because it has many launcher scripts and needs some links and volumes
to work properly, but if you understand the above, you almost got it all.


To get up and running using the docker CLI:

# PostgreSQL data files
docker run -d --name odoo_dbdata postgres:9.2 true

# PostgreSQL server
docker run -d --name odoo_dbsrv --volumes-from odoo_dbdata \
    -e POSTGRES_USER=odoo -e POSTGRES_PASSWORD=something_secure \

# Hold separately the volumes of Odoo variable data
docker run -d --name odoo_appdata yajo/odoo:data

# Odoo server itself
docker run -d --name odoo_app --link odoo_dbsrv:db \
    --volumes-from odoo_appdata --publish-all \
    -e ADMIN_PASSWORD=something_more_secure \
    -e PGUSER=odoo -e PGPASSWORD=something_secure \

Follow instructions from postgres to understand the PostgreSQL part.

Maybe you prefer to change --publish-all for -p 1984 -p 8069 -p 8072.

Scripts available

  • debug: Use for debugging with wdb from the start. See section
    Debugging below.

  • launch: DEFAULT. All other scripts end up running this one.

    You can choose which upstream server to run by adding
    --env ODOO_SERVER=script_name to the docker run command.

    Choose from:

    • openerp-server: To run just the web server (port 8069).

    • openerp-gevent: To run the web server with live chat (port 8072).

    • DEFAULT. Like the first, with some more options.

  • pot: This prints a *.pot template to translate your module.


    docker run --rm --link odoo_dbsrv:db yajo/odoo pot one_module,other
  • unittest: This runs the server in unit test mode, optionally installing
    or updating the given addons if comma-separated list is given.


    docker run -P --rm --link odoo_dbsrv:db yajo/odoo unittest one_module,other

    PhantomJS is included.

Reading logs

By default, logs are printed to STDOUT so you can read them with
the usual command:

docker logs odoo_app

This is more standard and works better with Docker Compose.

If you need persistent logs, use volumes from yajo/odoo:data and configure
/etc/odoo/openerp-server.conf to store them in /var/log/odoo/.

Adding custom configuration

This image includes the basic configuration required for Odoo to work with the
linked PostgreSQL container in /etc/odoo/00-base.conf.tpl.

You may add further files to /etc/odoo/*.tpl that will get env variables
expanded and will be concatenated into /etc/odoo/openerp-server.conf before
launching Odoo.

Mounting extra addons for Odoo

Extra addons must be located in /opt/odoo/extra-addons/<repo>/<addon>/.

How you put them there does not matter. I will give you some ideas:

Mounting an addons folder from the host

Recommended for developing.

Add --volume /path/to/addons/folder/in/host:/opt/odoo/extra-addons:ro when
executing step 2 of above instructions. The mounted folder must have read
permissions for the docker process, or it will fail without notice.

The :ro part means read-only. You will probably want that.

Subclassing this repository

Recommended for production.

A simple Dockerfile like this can help:

FROM yajo/odoo:8.0
ADD extra-addons /opt/odoo/

You should obviously have an extra-addons folder in the directory tree.
Then, run:

cd /path/to/my/subrepository
docker build --tag my-odoo .

Mounting Odoo itself

Maybe you are a core Odoo developer, or want to make your own fork to fix
something, or want to use a variant such as OCB. How to do it?

Well, the most important thing you need to know is that Odoo is installed in

You should have a folder tree similar to this one:


Then you need to link the extra core addons inside the extra-addons folder,
as if it were an external repository:

$ ln -sT ../my-odoo-fork/addons app/extra-addons/core-addons

And now, docker-compose.yml should have:

[... etc.]

Now we have the custom addons and the extra core addons in
/opt/odoo/extra-addons, and your Odoo fork in

Since everything is mounted from your computer, you can develop quickly, debug,


If you plan to use this image in production, I recommend ussing a custom
Dockerfile to build everything instead of mounting volumes, at least to have an
easier to reproduce environment.

This is a sample production Dockerfile:

FROM yajo/odoo:8.0

# Install dependencies for your custom addons
RUN yum -y install some-centos-epel-package &&\
    pip install some-pypi-package &&\
    yum clean all

# This time, we link it to avoid wasting disk space
RUN rm -Rf /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/openerp &&\
    ln -s /opt/odoo/my-odoo-fork/openerp /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/

# Add your custom code
ADD app /opt/odoo

# Now compile all Python files to have better performance
RUN python -m compileall /opt/odoo

# This will fix possible permission issues
RUN chown --recursive odoo:odoo /opt/odoo &&\
    chmod --recursive u=rwX,go=rX /opt/odoo

There you have a production-ready image!


This image comes with wdb client preinstalled.

To use the debugger, you need to link it to a yajo/wdb-server container:

docker run -p 1984:1984 --name odoo_wdb yajo/wdb-server
docker run -p 80:8069 --link odoo_dbsrv:db --link odoo_wdb:wdb yajo/odoo

Adding this line anywhere in your modules will pause it for debugging:

import wdb; wdb.set_trace()

You will see a message like this one when Odoo executes that line:

You can now launch your browser at http://$WDB_WEB_SERVER:$WDB_WEB_PORT/debug/session/some-long-random-stuff

Open the browser there and debug.

To debug Odoo from the start, run the debug script:

docker run -P --link odoo_dbsrv:db --link odoo_wdb:wdb yajo/odoo debug

To debug Odoo from the start in unittest mode, use:

docker run -P --link odoo_dbsrv:db --link odoo_wdb:wdb yajo/odoo debug unittest one_module,other

Image tags available

The repository yajo/odoo has several versions of Odoo.

Not all tags are tested by me, so if you find bugs in any of them, please
create a BitBucket issue.

You can use the automatic latest and master tags, but I strongly recommend
using the number-versioned ones.


The data tag is a shortcut used to create a volumes in /home/odoo and
/var/{lib,log}/odoo to store variable data.

Instead, you can use any other tag running command /usr/bin/true, and save a
little disk space. It's almost the same.


Core tags are installed from upstream Odoo code, using nightly
(RPM version, of course).

  • latest: Latest stable version. Right now it points to 9.0.
  • master: Latest development version. Right now it points to 10.0.
  • 8.0: Stable.
  • 9.0: Stable.
  • 10.0: Unstable. Not tested by me.


These are installed from OCB. Can be useful if there are fixes that you

  • ocb-latest: Latest stable version. Right now it points to ocb-9.0.
  • ocb-8.0: Stable. Not tested by me.
  • ocb-9.0: Stable. Not tested by me.

Deprecated tags

These tags were used some time ago, but right now are not updated anymore:

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Comments (5)
2 years ago

Anyone using this out there, please update. A critical security issue has been fixed today.

2 years ago

I updated the readme with the recommendations :)

2 years ago

Sorry I don't get notifications of these comments and did not realize.

I recommend mounting an addons folder for development, and subclassing the repository for production.

2 years ago

@yajo, what's your recomended procedure to add Odoo modules to a working container?

BTW, your configuration seems to work fine to me :-)

2 years ago

Amazing job! Thanks!