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XML Data Serialization

Since version 4.2, OpenERP provides an XML-based data serialization format.

The basic format of an OpenERP XML file is as follows:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <record model="model.name_1" id="id_name_1">
        <field name="field1">
            field1 content
        <field name="field2">
            field2 content
    <record model="model.name_2" id="id_name_2">

Fields contents are strings that must be encoded as UTF-8 in XML files.

Let's review an example taken from the OpenERP source (base_demo.xml in the base module):

<record model="" id="main_company">
    <field name="name">OpenERP SA</field>
    <field name="partner_id" ref="main_partner"/>
    <field name="currency_id" ref="EUR"/>

<record model="res.users" id="user_admin">
    <field name="login">admin</field>
    <field name="password">admin</field>
    <field name="name">Administrator</field>
    <field name="signature">Administrator</field>
    <field name="action_id" ref="action_menu_admin"/>
    <field name="menu_id" ref="action_menu_admin"/>
    <field name="address_id" ref="main_address"/>
    <field name="groups_id" eval="[(6,0,[group_admin])]"/>
    <field name="company_id" ref="main_company"/>

This last record defines the admin user :

  • The fields login, password, etc are straightforward.

  • The ref attribute allows to fill relations between the records :

<field name="company_id" ref="main_company"/>

The``company_id`` field is a many-to-one relation from the user object to the company object, and main_company is the id of to associate.

  • The eval attribute allows to put some python code in the xml: here the groups_id field is a many2many. For such a field, "[(6,0,[group_admin])]" means : Remove all the groups associated with the current user and use the list [group_admin] as the new associated groups (and group_admin is the id of another record).

  • The search attribute allows to find the record to associate when you do not know its xml id. You can thus specify a search criteria to find the wanted record. The criteria is a list of tuples of the same form than for the predefined search method. If there are several results, an arbitrary one will be chosen (the first one):

<field name="partner_id" search="[]" model="res.partner"/>

This is a classical example of the use of search in demo data: here we do not really care about which partner we want to use for the test, so we give an empty list. Notice the model attribute is currently mandatory.

Some typical XML elements are described below.

Record Tag

The addition of new data is made with the record tag. This one takes a mandatory attribute : model. Model is the object name where the insertion has to be done. The tag record can also take an optional attribute: id. If this attribute is given, a variable of this name can be used later on, in the same file, to make reference to the newly created resource ID.

A record tag may contain field tags. They indicate the record's fields value. If a field is not specified the default value will be used.


<record model="" id="l0">
     <field name="model">account.invoice</field>
     <field name="name">Invoices List</field>
     <field name="report_name">account.invoice.list</field>
     <field name="report_xsl">account/report/invoice.xsl</field>
     <field name="report_xml">account/report/invoice.xml</field>

field tag

The attributes for the field tag are the following:

  • name

    o mandatory attribute indicating the field name

  • eval

    o python expression that indicating the value to add

  • ref

    o reference to an id defined in this file

function tag

  • model:

  • name:

  • eval

    o should evaluate to the list of parameters of the method to be called, excluding cr and uid



getitem tag

Takes a subset of the evaluation of the last child node of the tag.

  • type
    • int or list

  • index

  • int or string (a key of a dictionary)


Evaluates to the first element of the list of ids returned by the function node:

<getitem index="0" type="list">