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OpenERP 6.1 development environment in Ubuntu using Eclipse.

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OpenERP 6.1 development environment in Ubuntu using Eclipse.

          In this blog we will go through some steps required in setting up OpenERP for customization under eclipse in Ubuntu.In my previous blog i have gone through setting up OpenERP for windows.

Version Used:

  OpenERP    :     6.1
  Postgresql   :     9.1
  Eclispe        :     latest in ubuntu repository

Run the following commands from the terminal.

  1) Installs eclipse and its dependencies.
                  sudo apt-get update
                  sudo apt-get install  eclipse 
  2)Installs python and its libraries packages required for openerp-server
                sudo apt-get install python python-psycopg2 python-reportlab python-pychart python-pydot 
                 python-egenix-mxdatetime python-lxml python-libxslt1 python-tz python-dateutil python-vobject
                 python-mako python-yaml python-dev python-setuptools python-pybabel

  3)OpenerpERP server uses postgresql database server for its working so,
                 sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
                 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pitti/postgresql
                 sudo apt-get update
                 sudo apt-get install postgresql-9.1 postgresql-client-9.1 postgresql-contrib-9.1

  4)Create a database user for OpenERP in postgresql server, who can create  databases and manipulate them.
                 sudo su postgres
                 createuser <system-user-name> (enter "y" when prompted for super user role)

  5)Openerp-server 6.1 requires Werkzeug and Python-openid packages to be installed.
                        Werkzeug-0.8.3.tar.gz#md5=12aa03e302ce49da98703938f257347a  (copy the full link)

                   tar -zxvf  Werkzeug-0.8.3.tar.gz
                   cd Werkzeug-0.8.3
                   python install
                   cd ..

                        python-openid-2.2.5.tar.gz#md5=393f48b162ec29c3de9e2973548ea50d  (copy the full link)

                   tar -zxvf python-openid/python-openid-2.2.5.tar.gz
                   cd python-openid-2.2.5
                   python install
                   cd ..

  6) Install PyDev plugin in eclipse
            a)help -> Install New Software.
            b)In Install dialog box, Click Add.
            c)Give name ‘pydev’ and type the path. i.e. 
            d)click ok.
            e)select pydev checkbox and follow the steps by clicking finish

   7)Adding python in eclipse can be done by
           a)window -> Preferences
           b)In Preferences dialog box expand pydev from left side tree
           c)click on Interpreter-Python
           d)click new (python interpreter) 
           e)browse and select  "File System-->usr-->bin-->python" and  also give name "python2.6"
           f) click ok then again ok

   8)Download Openerp 6.1 source tarball from,

   9)Extract the tarball downloaded and create a folder Openerp and move the tarball and extract it there, rename it to Openerp-6.1

   10)Switch the workspace folder to created Openerp folder and create a new Pydev project in eclipse named Openerp-6.1.
          New-> project --> Pydev --> Pydev project 
          project name - Openerp-6.1
          check Use default
          Press F5 after creating the project to refresh the workspace.

    11)In Eclipse package explorer, Rename openerp-server in Openerp-6.1 folder to
          Right Click on, --> Run as --> Python run.

            Openerp web can be accessed from the browser through browser http://localhost:8069.

      Hope this blog might be helpful.

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Dale E. Moore's picture

This is a lovely post and

This is a lovely post and very helpful; thanks!

But, I'm a little confused. Why would the Eclipse run catch a breakpoint from my LIVE code?

I have the OpenERP source setup under workspace as Eclipse likes for DEVelopment and I have another instance of OpenERP installed in the normal /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.7/openerp LIVE location. I turn off my LIVE instance with "service openerp stop" then run the DEV instance via Eclipse. Everything seems to be working fine until I encounter some code that does not exist in the Eclipse instance and catch a pdb.set_trace() breakpoint I'd set in my LIVE code.

> /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.7/openerp/addons/insurance_report/report/
-> res['quantity'] = self.formatLang(entry.quantity, digits=self.get_digits(dp='Account'))
(Pdb) l

How did the LIVE code get executed by the Eclipse DEV instance?

Donatas's picture

Works nicely on CentOS 6

Works nicely on CentOS 6 x86_64 with XFCE desktop. Here is the link to Fedora 16/17 installation guide. With little adjustments (mainly for PostgreSQL 9.1 installation) it can be used for CentOS 6 too. CentOS 5 is not worth trying. Hope this will help to someone.

Mario's picture

Great, it works. Write

Great, it works. Write something about debuging with Eclipse.
How to use Debug as and Python unit-test.

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Thanks for sharing your

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on zesty beanz. Regards

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Vincent's picture

XML syntax highlight Hi

XML syntax highlight

Hi Fahad,

I did not find how to add the syntax higlight for XML files.

Can you help me on this?

Thank you again for your great help!


fahad's picture

Hi vincent, XML syntax could

Hi vincent,

XML syntax could be highllighted by installing xml editor plugins, which could be installed as follows

Help --> Install new software --> select (eclipse version name)  Update Site  from the dropdown --> Web, XML, and JAVA EE develpoment -- >  Eclipse XML editors and Tools

check the box and give for install.