Manage a bank account in a foreign currency

In Odoo, every transaction is recorded in the default currency of the company, and reports are all based on that default currency. When you have a bank account in a foreign currency, for every transaction, Odoo stores two values:

  • The debit/credit in the currency of the company;

  • The debit/credit in the currency of the bank account.

Currency rates are updated automatically using the web services of a banking institution. By default, Odoo uses the European Central Bank’s web services but other options are available.


Activate multi-currencies

To work with multiple currencies, go to Accounting ‣ Configuration ‣ Settings ‣ Currencies and tick Multi-Currencies. Under Post Exchange difference entries in:, provide a Journal, a Gain Account, a Loss Account, and then click on Save.

Configure currencies

Once Odoo is configured to support multiple currencies, they are all created by default, but not necessarily active. To activate the new currencies, click on Activate Other Currencies under the Multi-Currencies setting or go to Accounting ‣ Configuration ‣ Accounting: Currencies.

When the currencies are activated, you can choose to automate the currency rate update, or leave it on manual. To configure the rate update, go back to Accounting ‣ Configuration ‣ Settings ‣ Currencies, check Automatic Currency Rates, set Interval to your desired frequency, and then click on Save. You also have the option to choose the Service you wish to obtain currency rates from.

Click on the Update now button (🗘) besides the Next Run field to update the currency rates manually.

Create a new bank account

In the accounting application, go to Accounting ‣ Configuration ‣ Journals and create a new one. Enter a Journal Name and set the Type to Bank. In the Journal Entries tab, enter a short code, a currency, and then finally click on the Bank Account field to create a new account. In the pop-up window of the account creation, enter a name, a code (ex.: 550007), set its type to Bank and Cash, set a currency type, and save. When you are back on the journal, click on the Account Number field, and in the pop-up window, fill out the Account Number, Bank of your account, and save.

Example of a created bank journal.

Upon creation of the journal, Odoo automatically links the bank account to the journal. It can be found under Accounting ‣ Configuration ‣ Accounting: Chart of Accounts.

Vendor bill in a foreign currency

To pay a bill in a foreign currency, simply select the currency next to the Journal field and register the payment. Odoo automatically creates and posts the foreign exchange gain or loss as a new journal entry.

How to set a bill currency.


Note that you can pay a foreign bill with another currency. In that case, Odoo automatically converts between the two currencies.

Unrealized Currency Gains/Losses Report

This report gives an overview of all unrealized amounts in a foreign currency on your balance sheet, and allows you to adjust an entry or manually set an exchange rate. To access this report, go to Reporting ‣ Management: Unrealized Currency Gains/Losses. From here, you have access to all open entries in your balance sheet.

View of the Unrealized Gains/Losses journal.

If you wish to use a different currency rate than the one set in Accounting ‣ Configuration ‣ Settings ‣ Currencies, click the Exchange Rates button and change the rate of the foreign currencies in the report.

Menu to manually change exchange rates.

When manually changing exchange rates, a yellow banner appears allowing you to reset back to Odoo’s rate. To do so, simply click on Reset to Odoo’s Rate.

Banner to reset back to Odoo's rates.

In order to update your balance sheet with the amount of the adjustment column, click on the Adjustment Entry button. In the pop-up window, select a Journal, Expense Account and Income Account to calculate and process the unrealized gains and losses.

You can set the date of the report in the Date field. Odoo automatically reverses the booking entry to the date set in Reversal Date.

Once posted, the adjustment column should indicate 0.00, meaning all unrealized gains/losses have been adjusted.

Unrealized Currency Gains/Losses report once adjusted.