Install Odoo nightly build from a Docker image


While the previous blog shows an ugly way to create Odoo Docker image from GitHub source code, actually install and run Odoo from a Docker image is very easy.

This [Docker hub repository] ( has an Odoo V8 image created on 08/17/2014. The image doesn’t use the local Postgresql installed with Odoo. The same user created a separate [Postgresql 9.3] ( that works with the Odoo image.

Performance Concern

To use the above Odoo Docker image we need to run two Docker containers: one for Posgtresql database and one for Odoo. How about the performance? A quick Google search led me to the post of [Postgresql Performance on Docker] ( as well as [its discussion in Hacker News] ( To my surprise, my finding is that a Docker container puts negligible performance penalty on the contained application – especially when one doesn’t use virtual network and virtual I/O. Actually in the author’s tests, dockerized applications had better performance than the native ones. It is safe to say that it is a good practice to run the database server and application server even in production. All required is a RIGHT network and I/O configuration of all containers and their links. Let’s do it.

Installation Steps

The following steps are executed in a Digital Ocean Docker 1.12 Ubuntu 14.04 virtual machine.

1. A quick installation

I followed the following instructions in the Odoo Docker repository

docker run --name postgres -d shaker/postgresql
docker run --name odoo --link postgres:db -p 8069:8069 -p 2222:22 -d shaker/odoo:8

It took less than 5 minutes and I was ready to test. Excited, I opened a browser and went to http://<my server ip>:8069, however, I got Internal Server Error message.

2. Troubleshooting

I couldn’t ssh to the odoo container. Luckily, there is a nsenter GitHub project.

# install nsenter into /usr/local/bin
docker run --rm -v /usr/local/bin:/target jpetazzo/nsenter

# login odoo container
docker-enter odoo

The Odoo log showed that it couldn’t connect to Postgresql server. Login to the postgres container.

# login postgres container
docker-enter postgres

I found that Postgresql didn’t start. I tried to run it

/etc/init.d/postgresql start

I got the following error message

The PostgreSQL server failed to start. Please check the log output: 
... UTC FATAL:  could not access private key file "/etc/ssl/private/ssl-cert-snakeoil.key": Permission denied

It turned out the postgres account couldn’t access the file. edit /etc/postgresql/9.3/main/postgresql.conf to set ssl=false

Ran it again and everything worked

docker stop odoo
docker stop postgres

docker start postgres
docker start odoo
Written on August 20, 2014