Debug Odoo using PyCharm in Windows

Odoo in Windows doesn’t support multiple processes and gevent. It only supports traditional multi-thread server mode.

This blog describes how to setup PyCharm to run/debug Odoo in Windows environment. I use PyCharm Professional 3.4 in 64-bit Windows 8 to run/debug Odoo 8.0 branch. This blog has three parts. The first part describes how to install required packages. The second part shows how to configure PostgreSQL and Odoo. The third part gives problems and their solutions during my installation process.

I. Install packages and source code

1. Get Odoo source code and change branch to 8.0

git clone -b 8.0

2. Install Visual Studio if you don’t have one.

The free Visual Studio Express is enough to compile and install Python packages in later steps. To avoid “error: Unable to find vcvarsall.bat”, I need to set the following environment variable in “cmd” command line:

If you have Visual Studio 2013 installed (Visual Studio Version 12), execute SET VS90COMNTOOLS=%VS120COMNTOOLS%.

For Visual Studio 2012 (Visual Studio Version 11), execute SET VS90COMNTOOLS=%VS110COMNTOOLS%.

For Visual Studio 2010, execute SET VS90COMNTOOLS=%VS100COMNTOOLS%.

3. Install required packages from a binary source

With 64-bit Python 2.7.8 installed, I had some compiling errors in installing some required packages for Odoo. Tired of fixing them, I just installed the following pre-compiled Windows 64-bit binary packages from

  • Pillow
  • lxml
  • psycopg2
  • python-ldap
  • pywin32

There are installable windows files for them. Carefully select each file that matches your 32-bit/64-bit and Python version, download and execute the file to install it.

4. Create a virtual environment

This is optional but it’s a good idea to use a virtual environment.

In PyCharm, open the odoo folder to create a new project.
Then in File –> Setting –> Project Setting (top left panel) –> Project Interpreter, click the tool icon on the top right, then select “Create Virtual Environment”. In the dialog, give the new environment a name such as “odoo8”, remember the location, choose base interpreter, click both check-boxes (Inherit global site-packages, Make available to all projects). Finally click OK to create it.

You should see some packages such as pip, psycopg2, python-ldap, pywin32 and setuptools. It is a good idea to upgrade pip and setuptools.
Select pip, then the up-arrow icon on the right side to upgrade it. Do the same to upgrade setuptools.

5. Copy and edit requirments.txt

Copy requirements.txt from the root of Odoo source repository to the location of your virtual environment. With the above configuration, it is `C:\Users\your-username\odoo8”. Edit the file to remove the following lines





6. Batch install packages from requirments.txt

In the “cmd” window that has the correct setting of VS90COMNTOOLS, go to the location of your virtual environment. By default, it is `C:\Users\username\odoo8”. execute

pip install -r requirements.txt

The above commands activate the virtual environment and install all required packages for Odoo. Please pay attention to the output of any error message. The output is also stored in a pip log file C:\Users\your-username\pip\pip.log. You can ignore warning messages. pip stops when there is an error.

Restart your PyCharm and you should see all packages in the newly created environment. Make this environment the interpreter of your Odoo project. You are able to run file.

However, you still need to install Postgresql and configure the Odoo to work with it.

II. Install PostgreSQL and configure Odoo

1. Download and install PostgreSQL for Windows.

2. Create a new role with superuser privilege for Odoo application.

In my case, I create a superuser “odoo” and set its password as “odoo”.

3. Check PostgreSQL configuration

You do not need to change anything because default configuration works correctly as a local database. However, if there is any errors, you can check the the two configuration files of PostgreSQL . Both can be edited using Tools –> Server Configuration menu in pgAdmin.

In postgresql.conf, make sure that listen_addresses are enabled. It is checked by default.

In pg_hba.conf, enable the “host all all md5”. It means localhost can be connected with a role name and password. It is checked by default.

4. Config Odoo

In Odoo project root, copy debian/openerp-server.conf to another folder. In my case, it is D:\Dev\odooTest\openerp-server.conf , edit the file to have the following configurations:

; This is the password that allows database operations:
; admin_passwd = admin
db_host = localhost
db_port = 5432
db_user = odoo
db_password = odoo
addons_path = D:\Dev\PyCharmProjects\odoo\addons

In the addons_path option, set it to the addons directory in your Odoo project root.

Then in PyCharm menu Run –> Edit Configurations, click “+” on the top left to create a new configuration with the following settings:

Name: Odoo8 Single instance checkbox: checked Script: D:\Dev\PyCharmProjects\odoo\ Script parameters: –config=D:\Dev\odooTest\openerp-server.conf

Congratulations, you should be able to run and debug Odoo !!!

III. Issues and solutions

  • When install packages from requirements.txt, there is an message “error: Unable to find vcvarsall.bat”. Setting VS90COMNTOOLS to correct Visual Studio path fixed it.

  • Packages such as lxml, psycopg2, python-ldap had many compile errors. The solution is downloading and installing binary packages from

  • The Pillow package did work correctly because of an error of ‘decoder zip not available’. Again, installing binary package fixed it.

  • You may need to drop the newly created database if something is wrong when you run Odoo to create the initial database. There might be some garbage left in the database and you see an error message like “QWebTemplateNotFound: External ID not found in the system: web.login”

Written on September 8, 2014