It is possible to work on the local computer (workstation) with Ubuntu, local virtual machine or in a server over the network.

I prefer to do the development work in my personal workstation, using my favorite text editor or IDE.

So this is my development setup:

VirtualBox + Ubuntu + PyCharm

VirtualBox works on Linux, Windows and OS X so i can move VM’s from one platform to another.

The assumption is that you have installed Ubuntu desktop.

You can download and install Ubuntu from this location:

You can download and install VirtualBox from this location:

The Ubuntu  installation process has already guided you in the creation of a user.

You will use that user to setup you development environment.

First, make sure you are logged in as the user created during the installation process, and not as root.

Assuming your user is netjunky:), you can confirm your home directory and user with the following commands:

echo $HOME

Now we can install Odoo directly from the GitHub repository and install our favorite IDE.

1.) Install system updates

sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y

2.) Install Git

sudo apt-get install git -y

3.) Install PostgreSQL Server

sudo apt-get install postgresql -y

4.) Install Python dependencies

sudo apt-get install python-dateutil python-feedparser python-ldap python-libxslt1 python-lxml python-mako python-openid python-psycopg2 python-pybabel python-pychart python-pydot python-pyparsing python-reportlab python-simplejson python-tz python-vatnumber python-vobject python-webdav python-werkzeug python-xlwt python-yaml python-zsi python-docutils python-psutil python-mock python-unittest2 python-jinja2 python-pypdf python-decorator python-requests python-passlib python-pil python-pip -y

5.)  Create a directory to work in. This will create work directory  for your projects ~/projects/odoo-dev

mkdir ~/projects
mkdir ~/projects/odoo-dev

6.)  Go into our work directory

cd ~/projects/odoo-dev

7.)  Get Odoo source code from gitub (-b option asks to explicitly download the 8.0 branch of Odoo)

git clone -b 8.0

8.)  Install Odoo system dependencies. Just one more check with script. I did not bother to investigate but if you try to run this command before step 4. you will get errors about missing python dependencies.

./odoo/ setup_pg

9.)  Create PostgreSQL superuser

./odoo/ setup_pg

10.) Install wkhtml and place on correct place for Odoo

sudo wget
sudo dpkg -i wkhtmltox-0.12.1_linux-trusty-amd64.deb
sudo cp /usr/local/bin/wkhtmltopdf /usr/bin
sudo cp /usr/local/bin/wkhtmltoimage /usr/bin
sudo rm -rf wkhtmltox-0.12.1_linux-trusty-amd64.deb

To start an Odoo server instance, just run


Odoo server is ready and we can now install PyCharm or some other favorite text editor or IDE.

To install PyCharm community edition:

sudo wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc)-getdeb apps" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pycharm -y

Run PyCharm

cd /usr/share/pycharm/bin

Or you can skip all the steps and run this script:)

Make sure you are not using root (don’t use sudo to run the script).


Script will download and configure Odoo, remove Libre office and install Apache Open Office, install useful tools like meld, pgadmin3 and poedit, download and install Odoo templates for PyCharm, create directories for custom config and custom addons.

You can adjust script to fits your needs.

Happy coding:)


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