This is the documentation for older versions of Odoo (formerly OpenERP).

See the new Odoo user documentation.

See the new Odoo technical documentation.

Installation and Initial Setup

Installing OpenERP under Windows or Linux to get familiar with the software should take you only half an hour or so and needs only a couple of operations.

The first operation is to install the application and database server on a server PC (that is a Windows or Linux or Macintosh computer).

You have a choice of approaches for the second operation: either install a web server (most probably on the original server PC) to use with standard web clients that can be found on anybody's PC, or install application clients on each intended user's PC.

When you first install OpenERP, you will set up a database containing a little functionality and some demonstration data to test the installation.


Renaming from Tiny ERP to OpenERP

Tiny ERP was renamed to OpenERP early in 2008, so anyone who has used Tiny ERP should be equally at home with OpenERP. The two names refer to the same software, so there is no functional difference between versions 4.2.X of OpenERP and 4.2.X of Tiny ERP. This book applies to versions of OpenERP from 7 onwards, with references to earlier versions from time to time.


The SaaS, or “on-demand”, offer

SaaS (Software as a Service) is delivered by a hosting supplier and paid in the form of a monthly subscription that includes hardware (servers), system maintenance, provision of hosting services, and support.

You can get a month's free trial on OpenERP's, which enables you to get started quickly without incurring costs for integration or for buying computer systems. Many of OpenERP's partner companies will access this, and some may offer their own similar service.

This service should be particularly useful to small companies that just want to get going quickly and at low cost. It gives you immediate access to an integrated management system that has been built on the type of enterprise architecture used in banks and other large organizations. OpenERP is that system, and is described in detail throughout this book.

Whether you want to test OpenERP or to put it into full production, you have at least three starting points:

There are some differences between installing OpenERP on Windows and on Linux systems, but once installed, both systems offer the same functionality so you will not generally be able to tell which type of server you are using.


Linux, Windows, Mac

Although this book deals only with installation on Windows and Linux systems, the same versions are also available for Macintosh on the official website of OpenERP.


Websites for OpenERP


Current documentation

The procedure for installing OpenERP and its web server are sure to change and improve with each new version, so you should always check each release's documentation – both packaged with the release and on the website – for exact installation procedures.

Once you have completed this installation, create and set up a database to confirm that your OpenERP installation is working. You can follow earlier chapters in this part of the book to achieve this.