How To Start Odoo Service In Ubuntu

Initiating the Odoo service on Ubuntu may appear daunting, particularly for those unfamiliar with this robust open-source ERP software. Having worked with Odoo for a considerable time, I empathize with the difficulties in configuring and operating it seamlessly. Thus, I am here to assist you in every step of the way.

Step 1: Install Odoo

The first thing you’ll need to do is install Odoo on your Ubuntu server. There are several ways to do this, but one of the easiest methods is to use the APT package manager. Open your Terminal and run the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install odoo

This will download and install the latest version of Odoo from the official Ubuntu repositories. Once the installation is complete, you can move on to the next step.

Step 2: Configure the Odoo Service

Now that Odoo is installed, we need to configure it to run as a service. This will ensure that Odoo starts automatically when the server boots up and runs in the background.

To do this, open a new Terminal window and run the following command:

sudo nano /etc/odoo.conf

This will open the Odoo configuration file in the nano text editor. In this file, you’ll need to specify some settings for your Odoo installation. Here’s an example configuration:

admin_passwd = admin
db_host = False
db_port = False
db_user = odoo
db_password = False
addons_path = /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/odoo/addons
logfile = /var/log/odoo/odoo.log

Make sure to replace the values with the appropriate settings for your system. Once you’re done, save the file and exit the text editor.

Step 3: Create a Systemd Service File

Next, we need to create a systemd service file to manage the Odoo service. Open a Terminal window and run the following command:

sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/odoo.service

This will open a new systemd service file in the nano text editor. Paste the following content into the file:


# Ubuntu/Debian convention:
ExecStart=/usr/bin/python3 /usr/bin/odoo --config /etc/odoo.conf


Save the file and exit the text editor.

Step 4: Start and Enable the Odoo Service

Now that the service file is created, we can start and enable the Odoo service. Run the following commands in your Terminal:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl start odoo
sudo systemctl enable odoo

This will start the Odoo service and configure it to start automatically on system boot.


Congratulations! You have successfully started the Odoo service in Ubuntu. By following these steps, you can ensure that your Odoo installation is always up and running, ready for you to utilize its powerful features. Remember to regularly check the Odoo logs in /var/log/odoo/odoo.log for any errors or issues that may arise.

Starting the Odoo service may seem complex at first, but with a little patience and attention to detail, you’ll be well on your way to harnessing the full potential of this incredible ERP software.