Create Odoo 8.0 Ubuntu Docker Image


Odoo 8 was released on 09/18/2014. We created a self-contained [Odoo 8.0 Docker image] ( that was installed from [the latest Odoo 8.0 nightly build] ( The Docker image building source code is in [a GitHub repository] (

  • It uses the recently available Odoo 8.0 nightly build
  • It is self-contained. We use a local postgresql database that comes with the Odoo 8.0 installation.
  • It does not use extra configuration files. All configuration files are created using Docker commands.
  • It creates an user account ##odoo## with initial password ##odoo##, you can use ssh to login to the container. The ssh port number is mapped to 2222 in the docker host.

To Use It

Run the following command in a machine that has Docker installed.

sudo docker run --name odoo8 -p 2222:22 -p 5432:5432 -p 8069:8069 -d yingliu4203/odoo8nightly

The above command creates a Docker instance named “odoo8” from the Docker image. If not for a Docker bug, the above command is all you need. However, there is a “Permission denied” Postgresql error when you run an image that was built in Docker Hub. To fix it, you need to login to the container using a tool called nsenter and change the owner of a Postgresql directory.

# use ssh to login to the docker container to fix file permission bug 
sudo chown postgres:postgres -R /var/lib/postgresql/9.3/main/

After the above fix, all services are in good standing. Just type “http://your-host-ip:8069” in your browser and enjoy.

To stop it:

sudo docker stop odoo8

To restart it:

sudo docker start odoo8

The created Docker container exposes SSH (from 22 to 2222), Postgresql (5432) and Odoo (8069) ports in the host. You can connect to these services remotely.To use SSH, you need to config user and password in the container.

In the container, you can stop Postgresql or Odoo service by finding their process id and kill them. Then you can start the services using the init.d service command

/etc/init.d/postgresql start
/etc/init.d/openerp start

Technical issues

The [Docker build file] ( looks simple. However, there were some technical issues in creating this file. We document them here thinking that somebody may want to fork and customize it.

  • Set locale. Otherwise, Postgresql and Odoo may use different locale.
  • Make /var/run/sshd directory. Otherwise, SSH may not run.
  • Set “ssl=false” in Postgresql configuration to fix another Docker bug.
  • Run all services in interactive mode using Supervisor. A service starts/stops when a container starts/stops. If you want, you can kill any service and re-start it inside a container.
  • Create home directory for openerp user. Odoo creates this account but doesn’t create the home directory.
  • Set “HOME” environment variable for odoo user. Odoo may complain if it is not there.
  • Use CMD, not ENTTRYPOINT, to run supervisord
  • Even I put chown postgres:postgres -R /var/lib/postgresql/9.3/main/ into the Dockerfile, the downloaded image still has wrong owner for base/ directory.

The tricky thing is that some issues, such as the Postgresql directory ownership bug, only occur when you image is built by Docker Hub.

Written on October 9, 2014