Odoo Help

Yenthe Van Ginneken
On 5/31/15, 6:38 AM

Hi guys,

It has been a while since I last posted and I've written quite a few tutorials since the last time. You can find all my tutorials at the following links:

Last update: 20/01/2018


On 11/24/14, 12:04 PM

I would say there is a need. Especially for basic users.


Also setting up the inventory, doing purchase orders, using the "warehouse" would be helpful. It's honestly all a bit intimidating for a new user. 

I do understand odoo can scale and be used for large organizations but I think it could just as easily be used in a very small business.

I agree! I know i could've used more guides with detailed information when I started Odoo.. What is something where you think of it would be usefull?

Yenthe Van Ginneken
on 11/24/14, 12:16 PM

No doubt all users need a complete documentation; With almost 2 years of periodic screening of questions and answers on the Odoo forum, it is clear (to me) that different needs have to be covered; some are already documented but the numerous questions on the forum seems to demonstrate that it is not sufficient. 1 . for users who need to modify the standard current release to fit their specific needs (modifications on workflows, on forms, on reports, translations etc...; including the creation of a new module); 2 . for users who only need to understand how the standard functions work for daily operations (for each single processus). This includes how to set up the numerous parameters which are spread over multiple menus and screens. This should also cover how to use the several external functions like Google API, Thunderbird etc.... 3. for users who need to install an Odoo database on their own servers. A clear and detailed documentation on the email function is mandatory, specifically when Odoo is claiming for a disruptive vision on these functions. I would also recommend that the Odoo "system" uses terms and wordings that are internationaly accepted; for instance the so called "Deferral method" referred to in the accounting module should be changed to "Carry forward"; . As far as the documentation tool is concerned, I would recommend the one used for Ubuntu system which I found to be very efficient. http://community.ubuntu.com/help-information/

AD LIBITOM, michel Guénard
on 12/1/14, 6:18 PM

@Ad thanks for the detailed information. You're right that there is a big need for documentation on all topics really. I'm amazed that there is so little documentation for Odoo seeing as it is already around for years. I guess its no point of interest for Odoo itself and that most other people don't bother..

Yenthe Van Ginneken
on 12/2/14, 2:04 AM

One cannot guess that Odoo team has no interest in properly documenting their system; because without an adequate doc they will not be able to massively convince the market nor to effectively compete with the ERP leaders. We must convince them to allocate more resources to "massively" enhance the current documentation; I feel that they should move from a computer oriented team to a more business focused one! The open source caracteristic and the low pricing strategy should not results in considering that the users have all the technical tools to run with only a basic set of explanations. Odoo developped a network of partners; some of them are sharing their work including documentation on their own web site. This should be encouraged and be given more visibility. Odoo makes reference to a list of their large customers; they also publish some testimonials of happy ones; these customers should be encouraged to explain what they did to make the Odoo system being effectively deployed within their organisations; they most probably setup their own documentation which could be of great interest for the whole Odoo community.

AD LIBITOM, michel Guénard
on 12/2/14, 5:26 AM
Zac Tomas
On 11/25/14, 3:58 PM

It would be great to see more documentation for DIY business owners and users who are not developers. I am finding it difficult to make decisions around hosting in house vs odoo.com or other paid hosting providers with only freely available resources. Security concerns as mentioned above are important, and a general outline of how difficult it would be for a business with minimal technical experience to install, customize, use, and manage Odoo. I understand the paid consulting services are what make Odoo possible, and I hope developers continue to earn money for their services, but I think the manuals/documentation/tutorials you suggest could provide non-biased answers to many potential users. While the sofware is free and open source, information and knowledge about how to use and customize the software seems to be less open and still a bit expensive for consulting services. 

This may be beyond just documentation, but I think there is a demand for customized forms; something like google forms integrated with odoo, or replacing the current contact form with custom forms that do not require any xml or coding experience. Something that is very easy for any user to build.

@Zac, thank you for the detailed answer. Perhaps this is something that deserves attention too. There are very little details about the resources and VM parts. Honestly you do not need to many technical knowledge to install and maintain Odoo in house. There is an automated Odoo V8 script which will automaticly boot up Odoo whenever the VM goes on and you can buy a VPS from Digitalocean for as little as 10$ which will do the job. So perhaps this is something I should write a topic about too, I'll keep this in mind! Be sure to post more suggestions or ideas if you have them. :)

Yenthe Van Ginneken
on 11/26/14, 3:09 AM
On 11/24/14, 11:55 AM

Well, Yenthe, in irc.freenode.net #openobjects, the joke was made, that odoo runs on port 8069, because that's the year documentation, guides and tutorials will be published :D

I would like to know how to go from development/testing to production of odoo.

Haha awesome :D There is so little documentation, help and tutorials though.. So what are things that you think that are missing and what kind of guides would you like to see?

Yenthe Van Ginneken
on 11/24/14, 12:18 PM
Pascal Tremblay
On 11/25/14, 6:31 AM

Documentation for Odoo is poor an incomplete.

I completely agree, especially for Odoo V8. So the question is.. what do you think is missing or where would you like tutorials about?

Yenthe Van Ginneken
on 11/25/14, 7:09 AM

We also need user tutorials or list of useful modules free and commercial ones. For example I just installed odoo accounting but I do not see where to print statements or debtors aged analysis report

Billiard R Made
on 11/26/14, 7:26 AM

Hello @Yenthe, thank you for your interest.. My personal opinion is that the big leak is on POS development documentation/tutorials

Alejandro Perez Cosio
on 1/9/15, 4:19 PM
On 2/13/18, 4:44 AM

I have create some tutorials related to business development in  Odoo, have a look please: http://learnopenerp.blogspot.com/

John Bergmann
On 2/2/18, 2:08 PM

I would love some mechanism to have a integrations tutorial based on the modules I have.  The training and videos are all excellent, but when the entire suite is used I have little understanding of what I may not have.  

This is mostly useful for me as we have not finished our install yet and I need to prepare to setup the inventory and manufacturing systems after IT finishes the install.  The answers to the questions I have are not found in the existing material due to the excess modules typical to training systems.

Dr Obx
On 1/20/16, 9:38 AM

Agree, would be nice have it in english, so Yanthe ...... here the perfect opportunity for you to pass all your knowledge as a video tutorials.

Already like it :)

Thanks for the positive feedback! I'm not sure about video tutorials though, I'm not native English so my pronouncing isn't the best really. :) It is on the list of to consider hehe.

Yenthe Van Ginneken
on 1/20/16, 11:51 AM
Do not worry about the english ;)
Many people are not native english as well so  will be ok ;)

On 20 January 2016 at 16:51, Yenthe <yenthespam@gmail.com> wrote:

Thanks for the positive feedback! I'm not sure about video tutorials though, I'm not native English so my pronouncing isn't the best really. :) It is on the list of to consider hehe.


Dr Obx
on 1/22/16, 7:52 AM
Ermin Trevisan
On 12/19/14, 2:50 AM

After weeks of customizing odoo 8 and dozens of restarts from the beginning, what about a beginner's document of major pitfalls, such as:

  • never create a new company, do overwrite "Your Company" first
  • never delete a default pricelist
  • never try to set up a chart of accounts from scratch using templates, it doesn't work and messes up your system seriously.
  • before you touch anything on your system, even before you install any other modules, set up your accounts properly.
  • deleting the preinstalled chart of accounts using the module "Template of Charts of Accounts" seems to do nothing, it doesn't help.
  • Use the HTML editor with care, your changes will be saved to the database.
  • When you already have data in the system, make a backup everytime before you do any kind of customizing, because the slightest change of settings can screw up your whole system for non-obvious reasons.
  • ....


thanks. :-) ~ I've been there.

Rizky Prihanto
on 11/13/15, 12:11 PM
On 12/31/14, 8:22 AM

hai yenthe..

you have done a great help.. thank you..

please create some tutorials about mailing template and mailing window creation in openerp using python code or in xml.. becoz that is a demand in all customized modules...

Also webservice connections... that is also a demanding.. one.. sometime i feel very bad about odoo becoz of no documentation on webservices...

@Anand thanks! What kind of tutorials would you like to see about mailing templates and mailing windows then? Could you be a bit more specific? As for the webservice.. There are A LOT of webservices to be used. Are you talking about Android, PHP, Python, ??. The options are very wide but sadly the documentation is very small. It sometimes makes me feel bad too hehe ;)

Yenthe Van Ginneken
on 12/31/14, 8:29 AM

1st is to create a mailing template using xml file and send them using a pop up box like "send by mail" option in sale module. 2nd is webservice connection with amazon, magento like websites,,...(i prefer python connection)

on 12/31/14, 8:32 AM

Hmm I see. For now I'll have to leave those two open sadly as I haven't worked with either of them yet.. So I'll have to leave those two open for somebody else or for later on I'm afraid. Sorry!

Yenthe Van Ginneken
on 12/31/14, 8:35 AM

k... no prob... but i think i will do the 1st ASAP.. so if i have dont it i will ping you....

on 12/31/14, 8:38 AM

@Anand a little update. I will soon create a blogpost about mailing templates and attachments in them. I'll let you know when its finished. :)

Yenthe Van Ginneken
on 7/28/15, 10:16 AM
Fransis L. Yoas
On 6/1/15, 6:34 AM

Hi Yenthe, can you also make a tutorial about how attendance work and how to make it automatically generate payslip?

Juan José Scarafía
On 12/4/14, 8:32 AM

Hi everybody,

In our channel we have many video tutorials in spanish, may be you can take advantage of this material.



Juan José - Ing ADHOC

Woha, quite a lot of video's there! Too bad they're in Spanish ;)

Yenthe Van Ginneken
on 12/4/14, 8:34 AM
Tim Norton
On 11/27/14, 3:26 AM

I would love more user tutorials - Video format is my favourite

Hmm, I haven't even thought about video format yet. This might be quite handy too.. What kind of tutorials would you like to see then Tim?

Yenthe Van Ginneken
on 11/27/14, 3:49 AM
Hamid Darabi
On 11/25/14, 1:26 PM

My suggestions are: 1- Samples for existing tutorial specially for reference section. 2- Tutorials about business logic in modules. for example to add a new variant to a product what should you do? how to load the list of different prices of a product? product's relation with accounting, warehouse, etc. 3- website-builder tutorials. for example modifying and creating blocks, new apps for website builder

Thanks for your reaction Hamid, I'll keep this in mind too! Post away if you have any more suggestions are ideas.

Yenthe Van Ginneken
on 11/25/14, 1:49 PM

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