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Original author(s) Fabien Pinckaers
Developer(s) Odoo S.A.
Initial release Undetermined
Stable release

17.0.20240608  (June 8, 2024; 35 days ago (2024-06-08))

Preview release [±]
Written in Python, XML, JavaScript
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Business software
License(s) GNU Affero General Public License v3.0
Website Odoo.com

Odoo is a web-based open-source business software suite. According to its author Fabien Pinckaers, "Odoo is a suite of business apps, not only an ERP."[1] The software is offered in a commercial Enterprise edition and a free Community edition.

Product history

Odoo began life as OpenERP, which evolved from TinyERP, a small project of then student Fabien Pinckaers in May 2002. The project grew to a large enough degree that by the time he completed his studies in 2005, Pinckaers introduced a partner network and evangelized the open source nature of TinyERP.[2] By July 2008, however, planning began to change the name and the focus of the project. A LaunchPad project was started by Pinckaers on July 24, 2008[3], and by October 2008 the transition to OpenERP was complete.[4][2]

In February 2010, OpenERP acquired three million euros of venture capital from Sofinnova Partners to "be used to accelerate the company's development strategy, which includes strengthening the managerial team, increasing distribution of the new SaaS OpenERP offering (www.odoo.com) and enhancing its internationalization."[5][6]

On May 15, 2014, Fabien Pinckaers announced OpenERP would be renamed to Odoo. Pinckaers cited the ever increasing number of application modules and the "level of integration out-of-the-box" of the product, which had drifted considerably from an enterprise resource planning platform.[1][7] Pinckaers said:

We needed a brand which is free of constraints. We wanted a brand that allows us to release ERP applications like sales, accounting, inventory, procurements. But the brand should also fit with our latest apps like website builders, e-commerce, point of sales or business intelligence.[1]

The development team has stated the name "Odoo" has no significance. The name was chosen as Pinckaers already had control of the corresponding domain name, and the team found "direct correlation between the company valuation and the number of 'O' in its name."[1][8] However, the domain name had been used previously from 2009 to 2010 to share knowledge of OpenERP's then new software as a service (SaaS) offering.[9][5]


The main features of Odoo Community Edition includ[10]:

  • invoice and payment management
  • task management
  • customer relationship management
  • marketing tools
  • human resources management
  • basic inventory management
  • purchase management
  • manufacturing resource planning tools
  • website builder
  • e-commerce and point of sale management
  • marketing tools
  • chat tools
  • Google Spreadsheet integration

Hardware/software requirements

The installation requirements for Odoo are not clear. For more about installing Odoo, consult the help documentation.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

  • User documentation for Odoo can be found on the site.
  • Developer documentation can also be found on the site.
  • Videos demoing Odoo can be found on YouTube.
  • A demo of of Odoo can be found here.

Entities using Odoo

Further reading

External links

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Pinckaers, Fabien (15 May 2014). "Odoo: The New OpenERP". OpenERP S.A. https://www.odoo.com/blog/odoo-news-5/post/odoo-the-new-openerp-156. Retrieved 03 September 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bauduin, Raphael (17 November 2008). "Fabien Pinckaers interview". Raphael Bauduin. http://www.profoss.eu/index.php/main/Events/November-2008-ERP/Speakers/Fabien-Pinckaers/Fabien-Pinckaers-interview. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  3. "OpenERP Project Group". LaunchPad. https://launchpad.net/openobject. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  4. "TinyERP (Old Project, see OpenERP.COM)". SourceForge. http://sourceforge.net/projects/tinyerp/. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Sofinnova Partners Invests in OpenERP". Technology Marketing Corporation. 17 February 2010. http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2010/02/17/4627103.htm. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  6. Gros, Maryse (22 February 2010). "OpenERP lève 3 millions d'euros pour poursuivre son expansion". LeMondeInformatique.fr. https://www.lemondeinformatique.fr/actualites/lire-openerp-leve-3-millions-d-euros-pour-poursuivre-son-expansion-29989.html. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  7. "OpenERP Becomes Odoo!". Open Source Guide. Smile. 15 May 2014. http://www.open-source-guide.com/en/News/Openerp-becomes-odoo. Retrieved 03 September 2014. 
  8. "From OpenERP to Odoo: FAQ". OpenERP S.A. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20140727085015/https://www.odoo.com/page/FAQ. Retrieved 08 March 2018. 
  9. "Odoo.com Beta Website". Archived from the original on 10 May 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20090510053814/http://odoo.com/. Retrieved 03 September 2014. 
  10. "Adoo Apps". OpenERP S.A. https://www.odoo.com/apps. Retrieved 03 September 2014.