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AJ Schrafel Paper Corp United States

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AJ Schrafel Paper Corp United States
7/16/13, 6:16 PM

EDI in openERP means you can attach files to items in the database. Like attach an image of your suppliers acknowledgement to your PO in openERP.

It is not Electronic data interchange (EDI) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_data_interchange

There might be a custom module out there for real EDI, but i don't know where to look.

If you want to import/export data to/from openERP you would be best served putting the data into a CSV


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Ray Carnes United States
7/16/13, 9:45 PM

The module is called EDI. - "Provides a common EDI platform that other Applications can use. OpenERP specifies a generic EDI format for exchanging business documents between different systems, and provides generic mechanisms to import and export them."


It was working differently at 6.1 - some EDI features were replaced by the improved 7.0 portal.

For background, check out https://doc.openerp.com/6.1/it/book/3/3_6/invoice_payment/

I haven't checked out how it works at version 7.0, but from the release notes:

The EDI mechanism is mobilized when a user shares an OpenERP object (e.g. a sales quotation) with a customer. The mail message is the vehicle used to transmit the EDI file; a file that is signed with an auto generated key pair. The mail contains the link towards the object, allowing the customer to directly view that object in the originating OpenERP system.

Furthermore, the mail contains the JSON attachment, which permits the importation of the data into the target system. OpenERP 7.0 automatically adds the instructions explaining how to import the document.

Typically, the customer can click on the link to visualise the data in a form view. An accompanying EDI panel provides options to either import the EDI message using the URL or get the JSON data to perform a manual import.

Alternatively, the customer can proceed by forwarding the message to the generic email address of his OpenERP instance. When the latter receives the EDI message and accepts the authentication information of the originating instance, the file will be imported. When authentication fails, the EDI message is held in a queue, ready for the authorized administrator to either reject the message, accept it once or to approve it. In the last scenario, the key and the originating OpenERP instance identity will be stored in the receiving database, thus enabling automatic acceptance of future EDI message from that source.

According to OpenERP, "It is planned in 7.1 to provide a new EDI export system via email notification and attaching JSON EDI blobs to outgoing emails."

Zahin Afghanistan
7/17/13, 5:53 AM

Not sufficient, OpenERP 6.0 EDI just a big jock, where as for OpenERP 7.0 EDI just small fun. Nothing work well, Does not seem good feature to auto/manual import EDI from other ERP. Does not manage different kind of EDI Versions. Famous version of EDI till does not support.

EDI with OpenERP Just Good Jock. Rather they doing fake advertisement of their feature, build right document for community and other people.

Official OpenERP does not maintain quality.

Nehal India
4/24/14, 10:14 AM

how to do it with version 7? I want to import invoice as supplier invoice.

Zahin Afghanistan
4/24/14, 11:11 AM

@Nehal, OpenERP only support json edi documents so if you have different version of EDI then it seems not work.

Nehal India
4/24/14, 11:18 AM

have you find any work around to do the same? as I am using version 7 of EDI.

Jesper Carstensen Denmark
9/19/14, 6:22 AM

Hi. If you need real EDI (EDIFACT, X12, TRADACOM and others) to and from Odoo you can contact easyEDI. They have an App for Odoo that works with a SaaS. No knowledge about EDI required. Works with any business partner. Have a look here: http://easyedi.dk/solutions/easyedi-for-odoo/ 

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