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17.11.14, 17:45

It should be possible to uninstall modules programmatically, because then you can script it for automation.

Having to manually log in to a system to perform administrative functions is error prone and tedious for repetitive tasks. In 2014, every GUI operation should have an API command that does the same thing.

I'm scripting an upgrade path for my 6.1 version database and this is making my testing more difficult than it needs to be.

18.11.14, 02:09

I found a way to do it. Set the state column in ir_module_module for the module to 'to remove' similar to this: psql -c "UPDATE ir_module_module SET state = 'to remove' WHERE name = '';" and then perform a commandline update: openerp-server -u The update will trigger the module removal.

Royal Administrator
16.02.16, 00:20

Gratitude. Solved it for me with Odoo 9, given I inserted this patch as step 2A in openerp/modules/loading.py, and then commented the corresponding two lines of code at the top of STEP 5. Of course, be careful everybody.... # jrook STEP 2A: Before step 3, setup list of modules to remove later during step 5. # since 'to remove' modules will be loaded during step 3 and will exit step 3 in 'installed' state. cr.execute("SELECT name, id FROM ir_module_module WHERE state=%s", ('to remove',)) modules_to_remove = dict(cr.fetchall())

Royal Administrator
16.02.16, 00:23

Try for better indent this time... # jrook STEP 2A: Before step 3, setup list of modules to remove later during step 5. # since 'to remove' modules will be loaded during step 3 and will exit step 3 in 'installed' state. cr.execute("SELECT name, id FROM ir_module_module WHERE state=%s", ('to remove',)) modules_to_remove = dict(cr.fetchall())

Ermin Trevisan
22.03.16, 11:09

Whoever did it, I do not see a reason to flag this post, so please explain or leave it as is.

Carlos A García
21.05.19, 20:19

Really great your solution Justin, thanks!

12.03.15, 14:57

You can uninstall a module using the XML-RPC API.

Here is the script I use for v7 (it probably works in later version too).

#!/usr/bin/env python
# -*- encoding: utf-8 -*-
"""Uninstall a module"""

import xmlrpclib
import argparse
import getpass

parser = argparse.ArgumentParser()
# Connection args
parser.add_argument('-d', '--database', help="Use DB as the database name",
                    action='store', metavar='DB', default=getpass.getuser())
parser.add_argument('-u', '--user', help="Use USER as the database user name",
                    action='store', metavar='USER', default='admin')
parser.add_argument('-w', '--password',
                    help="Use PASSWORD as the database password.",
                    action='store', metavar='PASSWORD', default='admin')
parser.add_argument('-s', '--url',
                    help="Point to the web services hosted at URL",
                    action='store', metavar='URL',
# Feature args
parser.add_argument('module', help="Uninstall the module MODULE",
                    action='store', metavar='MODULE')

args = vars(parser.parse_args())

# Log in
ws_common = xmlrpclib.ServerProxy(args['url'] + '/xmlrpc/common')
uid = ws_common.login(args['database'], args['user'], args['password'])
print "Logged in to the common web service."
# Get the object proxy
ws_object = xmlrpclib.ServerProxy(args['url'] + '/xmlrpc/object')
print "Connected to the object web service."

# Find the parent location by name
res_ids = ws_object.execute(
    args['database'], uid, args['password'],
    'ir.module.module', 'search', [('name', '=', args['module'])])
if len(res_ids) != 1:
    raise Exception("Search failed")

# Uninstall the module
print "Uninstalling '%s'" % args['module']
    args['database'], uid, args['password'],
    'ir.module.module', "button_immediate_uninstall", res_ids)

print "All done."

Devendra Kavthekar
01.02.17, 02:06

My stackoverflow answer:


There are two ways
    1.Apply the Patch of my pull request:
            https://github.com/odoo/odoo/pull/12373.patch (git apply /home/user/patch_file.patch)

  • Go to Terminal > psql db and Execute the query like: update ir_module_module set state='to remove' where name='module_name' and state='installed';

  • Add update_module=True in loading.py before this line > https://github.com/odoo/odoo/blob/10.0/odoo/modules/loading.py#L378

And run the odoo.py or odoo-bin.
This will uninstall the module properly and safely.

Let me know if face any problem.

Devendra Kavthekar
18.04.18, 01:17

You can use the patch of the Pull request for your own odoo:


Odoo sees this as opening a loophole/vulnerability, so they don't want this feature to be available.

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08.02.19, 09:01

DevendraK i download https://github.com/odoo/odoo/blob/10.0/odoo/modules/loading.py and apply patch directions from https://github.com/odoo/odoo/pull/12373 (april2018) . I am using " --uninstall

module_name" but it does not uninstall the module. do I still have to use

Add update_module=True in loading.py (feb 2017 comment)???

thaks a lot


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Gopakumar N G
11.11.13, 07:39

There is no way to uninstall a module from terminal. You can check the possible options by running
./openerp-server --help in terminal.

Gavin Yap
22.03.16, 00:24

You can now do it using odoorpc library.

I've did an example of installation here


You probably can modify it to uninstall. 

Pavel Pavlov
22.03.16, 05:59


I don't think there is a command line to do that. The only option that is supported as far as i know is the Settings -> Apps -> <the module=""> -> Uninstall. In general uninstall is not smart idea... you need to be extra careful.

Regards, Pavel Pavlov

Roberto Barreiro
01.04.16, 15:44

My bad...


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Navrang Oza
11.11.13, 02:09


I think there is no way to uninstall module from command line but temporarily you may cut module(the module you want to uninstall) from your addons path. It is not the best way but atleast it will let you know the issue.

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