Oct 7, 2021 14 min read

Install and Deploy Odoo 15 from source on DigitalOcean

Deploy Odoo 15 on an Ubuntu 20.04 DigitalOcean Droplet
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Odoo 15 is finally released and one of the best ways to try it is to quickly spin up a server on DigitalOcean with the 100€ free credits and destroy the droplet when you finished. But, following this tutorial you could also keep your server up and running and use it for production! In this tutorial, we will deploy a production-ready Odoo 15 instance on a Ubuntu 20.04 (LTS) x64 Droplet. I will not go over the DigitalOcean registration process as it was already covered in this tutorial about installing Odoo 14.

DigitalOcean offers you 100€ credit to use in 6 months since you can create machines and destroy them quickly it's a great place to experiment with Odoo installs or to choose it as your production server!

Create an Ubuntu Droplet and connect to it via SSH
Create your Ubuntu Droplet and connect to it via SSH

Ubuntu 20.4 Prerequisites

Now that we are connected to our new machine we will do the usual maintenance of updating and upgrading packages.

apt update
apt upgrade -y

If you created a DigitalOcean Droplet and run into a message saying that the sshd_config has been modified:

Choose to keep the local version currently installed of sshd_config file
Choose to keep the local version currently installed of sshd_config file

Select "keep the local version currently installed".

Common packages, dependencies, git, node, wget.

Let's run a big install of the commonly used tools on Linux and some dependencies needed later for our python installation.

apt install -y build-essential libssl-dev zlib1g-dev libbz2-dev \
libreadline-dev libsqlite3-dev wget curl llvm libncurses5-dev libncursesw5-dev \
xz-utils tk-dev libffi-dev liblzma-dev python-openssl git libpq-dev libsasl2-dev libldap2-dev ccze node-less bash-completion

Inside that list, you will notice commons Unix tools like bash-completion, ccze, curl, wget, git and, SSL requirements needed later.

Installing PostgreSQL 13

Version 13 of PostgreSQL is not directly available from Ubunto 20 so we have to add the package manually.

wget --quiet -O - https://www.postgresql.org/media/keys/ACCC4CF8.asc | apt-key add -

Now that we have the key we add the repository

echo "deb http://apt.postgresql.org/pub/repos/apt/ `lsb_release -cs`-pgdg main" | tee  /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgdg.list

Now we update packages and run the install of PostgreSQL 13

apt update
apt install -y postgresql-13 postgresql-client-13

Let's create a database user named odoo, this user will be the owner of the differents odoo databases we will create. To do that, we must connect as Postgres and run the interactive user creation prompt.

su - postgres
createuser --interactive -P odoo

With the --interactive flag, PostgreSQL will ask us for a password and the privileges that will be given to our odoo PostgreSQL user.

Enter password for new role:
Enter it again:
Shall the new role be a superuser? (y/n) n
Shall the new role be allowed to create databases? (y/n) y
Shall the new role be allowed to create more new roles? (y/n) n

Now we will create a new empty database that we will init later by launching odoo. This database will be named coding_dodo.

createdb -O odoo codingdodo_demo

The -O flag represents the owner of the database, we choose odoo because it's the name of the PostgreSQL user we created just before.


wkhtmltopdf is used by Odoo to generate documents and is a necessary evil. We will pull the deb of version 0.12.6-2 from Github and install it

wget https://github.com/wkhtmltopdf/packaging/releases/download/0.12.6-1/wkhtmltox_0.12.6-1.bionic_amd64.deb
apt install ./wkhtmltox_0.12.6-1.bionic_amd64.deb -y

Creating the Unix odoo user

Let's create our odoo user that will have its own home folder, where we will store the odoo source.

useradd -m -U -r -s /bin/bash odoo

-r indicate that it's a system account so useradd will not create a home directory for such a user. We want a folder so we use -m
-U create a group and -s specify the shell that will be used.

Preparing the Python environment with Pyenv

We will use pyenv to manage multiple Python versions on our system. This is not necessary but if for some reason you would like to host a different Odoo version that requires a different Python version, by following these steps, it will not be a problem later.

Log in as the odoo user

pyenv will be installed as the odoo system user.

su - odoo

Installing pyenv

curl https://pyenv.run | bash

Adding pyenv python versions to the path is a necessary step for the whole system to work correctly:

echo -e 'if shopt -q login_shell; then' \
      '\n  export PYENV_ROOT="$HOME/.pyenv"' \
      '\n  export PATH="$PYENV_ROOT/bin:$PATH"' \
      '\n eval "$(pyenv init --path)"' \
      '\nfi' >> ~/.bashrc
echo -e 'if [ -z "$BASH_VERSION" ]; then'\
      '\n  export PYENV_ROOT="$HOME/.pyenv"'\
      '\n  export PATH="$PYENV_ROOT/bin:$PATH"'\
      '\n  eval "$(pyenv init --path)"'\
      '\nfi' >>~/.profile

Now log off and log in again as odoo user

su - odoo

Installing python 3.9.2

pyenv install 3.9.2
You can go grab a coffee, this will take some time.

Depending on the CPU power you choose, it may take some time, but in the end, you should see:

Installed Python-3.9.2 to /home/odoo/.pyenv/versions/3.9.2

Now type python --version as a sanity check for the python version, you should see this.

[email protected]:~$ python --version
pyenv: python: command not found

The `python' command exists in these Python versions:

Note: See 'pyenv help global' for tips on allowing both
      python2 and python3 to be found.

Python command is not available but the 3.9.2 version we just installed is present. If you can't see the newly installed python you should check the pyenv documentation here to make it available in your path via a different method than what we did earlier.

Creating the virtualenv

We can now create a virtualenv via the pyenv virtualenv command. We have to give the name of the python version 3.9.2 and the name we want to give to this new virtual environment

pyenv virtualenv 3.9.2 odoo-15-env

Virtualenvs are a good way to keep your dependencies clean in their own space. It is generally good practice to not mess too much with the system python.

Installing Odoo from GitHub source

Creating a folder for our custom addons (Optional)

mkdir /home/odoo/odoo-15-custom-addons

This is the folder you will use to store your custom addons. Be careful if you add the custom addon patch to the --addons-path command-line argument and there are no valid add-ons inside, it will not work.

To make it work we will clone our own module inside that folder

cd /home/odoo/odoo-15-custom-addons
git clone https://github.com/Coding-Dodo/web_widget_markdown.git
cd ~/

Pulling Odoo 15 and activating the virtualenv

We will pull Odoo version 15 with the -b flag for the branch and put it in a folder named odoo-15

git clone -b 15.0 --single-branch --depth 1 https://github.com/odoo/odoo.git odoo-15

Since we created our virtualenv called odoo-15-env, we will "park" it in the odoo-15 folder we just created. With that done, every time we cd into this folder it will activate our virtualenv automatically.

cd odoo-15
pyenv local odoo-15-env

Do another sanity check by typing python --version you should now have that output:

[email protected]:~/odoo-15$ python --version
Python 3.9.2

Installing python dependencies

pip install --upgrade pip
pip install setuptools wheel
pip install -r requirements.txt -e .

If you see any error please refer to the part "Common packages, dependencies..." and make sure you installed everything.

Launching Odoo for the first time to test and generate a config file

We will test launch Odoo with some command-line arguments that will be saved in our Odoo configuration file

./odoo-bin --database=codingdodo_demo --db_user=odoo --db_password=codingdodo -i base --without-demo=all --save -c /home/odoo/.odoorc_codingdodo_demo --stop-after-init
If you chose to create a custom addons folder and it's not empty. The command will be
./odoo-bin --database=codingdodo_demo --db_user=odoo --db_password=codingdodo -i base --addons-path="/home/odoo/odoo-15/addons,/home/odoo/odoo-15-custom-addons" --without-demo=all --save -c /home/odoo/.odoorc_codingdodo_demo --stop-after-init

We directly typed the DB name, user, and password and initialized it with the i flag.
--without-demo=all is used because we are installing a production-ready environment. If you want demo data, omit that flag.
With the -c flag we told Odoo where the config file will be  /home/odoo/.odoorc_codingdodo_demo
The --save flag is used to save everything we just typed into the newly created config file.

Create the logs directory

We want our log files to be inside /var/log/odoo/ so we create that folder and give odoo user access to it.

mkdir /var/log/odoo
touch /var/log/odoo/odoo-15.log
chown odoo: /var/log/odoo
chown -R odoo: /var/log/odoo/*

log back as odoo and edit the config file

su - odoo
vim /home/odoo/.odoorc_codingdodo_demo

Modify the config file to reflect that change

logfile = /var/log/odoo/odoo-15.log

Running Odoo as service

We would like to have Odoo available as a service so, log out of odoo user, and create a service file:

vim /etc/systemd/system/odoo-15.service

You don't have to use vim to edit your file, but if you follow exactly the commands, to go into Insert mode press I, then copy that content via Ctrl + V (or Cmd + V)

After=network.target postgresql.service

ExecStart=/home/odoo/.pyenv/versions/odoo-15-env/bin/python /home/odoo/odoo-15/odoo-bin -c /home/odoo/.odoorc_codingdodo_demo


If you are using vim press :wq to save and exit the file.

Now we Reload the service.

systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl enable --now odoo-15

Check status via systemctl status odoo-15 and you should see

systemctl status odoo-15
● odoo-15.service - Odoo15
     Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/odoo-15.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Sat 2021-10-02 14:48:59 UTC; 9s ago
   Main PID: 58656 (python)
      Tasks: 4 (limit: 9513)
     Memory: 63.3M
     CGroup: /system.slice/odoo-15.service
             └─58656 /home/odoo/.pyenv/versions/odoo-15-env/bin/python /home/odoo/odoo-15/odoo-bin -c /home/odoo/.odoorc_codingdodo_demo

Oct 02 14:48:59 ubuntu-s-4vcpu-8gb-amd-blr1-01 systemd[1]: Started Odoo15.

Install Nginx and add SSL with Let's Encrypt

Installing Nginx

apt install nginx -y

Let's Encrypt with Certbot

Certbot will be used to install our first certificate and to renew it every month

apt install certbot -y

Generate a new set of 2048 bit DH parameters by typing the following command:

sudo openssl dhparam -out /etc/ssl/certs/dhparam.pem 2048
This can take a long time.

Let's Encrypt Nginx Snippet

Let's Encrypt needs to do its acme-challenge to validate our domain name and creating the certificate with Certbot. If we plan to install multiple instances / different domain names pointing to this server, it is a good habit to isolate the let's encrypt acme-challenge location to its custom snippet.

mkdir -p /var/lib/letsencrypt/.well-known
chgrp www-data /var/lib/letsencrypt
chmod g+s /var/lib/letsencrypt

We create a Let's Encrypt snippet

vim /etc/nginx/snippets/letsencrypt.conf

With this content

location ^~ /.well-known/acme-challenge/ {
  allow all;
  root /var/lib/letsencrypt/;
  default_type "text/plain";
  try_files $uri =404;

SSL Conf Nginx Snippet

vim /etc/nginx/snippets/ssl.conf

Copy-paste that content

ssl_dhparam /etc/ssl/certs/dhparam.pem;

ssl_session_timeout 1d;
ssl_session_cache shared:SSL:10m;
ssl_session_tickets off;

ssl_protocols TLSv1.2 TLSv1.3;
ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;

ssl_stapling on;
ssl_stapling_verify on;
resolver valid=300s;
resolver_timeout 30s;

add_header Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=31536000; includeSubDomains" always;
add_header X-Frame-Options SAMEORIGIN;
add_header X-Content-Type-Options nosniff;

Create A Record with your DNS Provider pointing to the Droplet IP

For the following parts, you must have a domain name that will point to your DigitalOcean droplet, or else the acme-challenge of Let's Encrypt will fail.

Adding a domain name
Adding a domain name

Here we created a subdomain of codingdodo.com with an A record pointing to our Droplet IP Value.

Our final address will be odoo-15.codingdodo.com

Installing the Let's Encrypt certificate

In case the Odoo service is still running.

service odoo-15 stop

Basic Nginx Conf file to pass the Certbot acme-challenge

cd /etc/nginx/sites-available
vim odoo-15.codingdodo.com

We will first create a basic Nginx conf file to pass Certbot acme-challenge:

upstream odoo_15 {

upstream odoochat_15 {

server {
    listen      80;
    listen [::]:80;
    server_name odoo-15.codingdodo.com;
    include snippets/letsencrypt.conf;

Symlink your site declaration from site-available to site-enabled.

ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/odoo-15.codingdodo.com /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/odoo-15.codingdodo.com

Always test the config with nginx -t and if everything is okay we reload Nginx

service nginx reload

Certbot acme-challenge

It is now time to create our SSL certificate.

certbot certonly --agree-tos --email [email protected] --webroot -w /var/lib/letsencrypt/ -d odoo-15.codingdodo.com

You should see

 - Congratulations! Your certificate and chain have been saved at:

Managing Auto renew

Let's Encrypt already created a cron in the crontab but Nginx needs to reload to take into consideration the new certificate so we will edit this file

vim /etc/letsencrypt/cli.ini

And add the line at the end.

deploy-hook = systemctl reload nginx

To test if our renew will work we can use the --dry-run flag to test it

certbot renew --dry-run

Final Nginx site conf for proxy mode multi workers

Now edit the odoo-15.codingdodo.com file again:

vim /etc/nginx/sites-available/odoo-15.codingdodo.com
upstream odoo_15 {

upstream odoochat_15 {

server {
    listen      80;
    listen [::]:80;
    server_name odoo-15.codingdodo.com;
	include snippets/letsencrypt.conf;
    location / {
        return 301 https://odoo-15.codingdodo.com$request_uri;

server {
    listen      443 ssl http2 default_server;
    listen [::]:443;
    server_name odoo-15.codingdodo.com ;

    ssl_certificate     /etc/letsencrypt/live/odoo-15.codingdodo.com/fullchain.pem;
    ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/odoo-15.codingdodo.com/privkey.pem;
    ssl_trusted_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/odoo-15.codingdodo.com/chain.pem;
	include snippets/ssl.conf;
	include snippets/letsencrypt.conf;

    proxy_buffers 16 64k;
    proxy_buffer_size 128k;

    proxy_set_header    X-Forwarded-Host  $host;
    proxy_set_header    X-Forwarded-For   $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
    proxy_set_header    X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
    proxy_set_header    X-Real-IP         $remote_addr;
    proxy_set_header    X-Odoo-dbfilter   "codingdodo_demo";
    proxy_next_upstream error timeout invalid_header http_500 http_502 http_503 http_504;

    location / {
        proxy_pass  http://odoo_15;

    location /longpolling {
        proxy_pass http://odoochat_15;

    location ~* /web/static/ {
        proxy_cache_valid 200 60m;
        proxy_buffering on;
        expires 864000;
        proxy_pass http://odoo_15;

    location ~* /website/image/ir.attachment/ {
        proxy_cache_valid 200 60m;
        proxy_buffering on;
        expires 864000;
        proxy_pass http://odoo_15;

    gzip_types text/css text/less text/plain text/xml application/xml application/json application/javascript;
    gzip on;

Use nginx -t to test the new config, you should see:

[email protected]:/etc/nginx/sites-available# nginx -t
nginx: the configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf syntax is ok
nginx: configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf test is successful

Now you can reload Nginx.

service nginx reload

Updating the Odoo config file

vim /home/odoo/.odoorc_codingdodo_demo

Now that we have our reverse proxy we need to modify/add these lines

proxy_mode = True
workers = 4
max_cron_threads = 1
limit_memory_hard = 2684354560
limit_memory_soft = 2147483648
limit_request = 8192
limit_time_cpu = 600
limit_time_real = 1200

The number of workers depends on the RAM and CPU you choose during the creation of your droplet. Refer to this official documentation to calculate the appropriate number of workers.

  • Server with 2 CPU, 4 Thread
  • 30 concurrent users
  • 30 users / 6 = 5 <- theorical number of worker needed
  • (2 * 2) + 1 = 5 <- theorical maximal number of worker
  • We’ll use 4 workers + 1 for cron.
  • RAM = 9 * ((0.8*150) + (0.2*1024)) ~= 3Go RAM for Odoo

Restart Odoo and see logs

service odoo-15 restart

Go to https://odoo-15.codingdodo.com and in the meantime on the server check the logs

tail -f /var/log/odoo/odoo-15.log | ccze

In your browser access your domain name, you should see the login screen :

We now have a working Odoo 15 on DigitalOcean!
Hurray! New Odoo 15 Login screen

Setting the Firewall

Let's add some security!

ufw app list

If you followed this guide it should show you :

Available applications:
  Nginx Full
  Nginx HTTP
  Nginx HTTPS

First, we secure ssh connection

ufw allow OpenSSH

Now if you have installed Nginx with an SSL certificate

ufw allow 'Nginx Full'
ufw enable

The last line will ask you to confirm, enter y

Command may disrupt existing ssh connections. Proceed with operation (y|n)? y
Firewall is active and enabled on system startup

Create a sudo user for day to day actions

adduser codingdodo

Answer the prompt questions:

Changing the user information for codingdodo
Enter the new value, or press ENTER for the default
	Full Name []: CodingDodo
	Room Number []:
	Work Phone []:
	Home Phone []:
	Other []:
Is the information correct? [Y/n] Y

Now we update the rights for that user.

usermod -aG sudo codingdodo
rsync --archive --chown=codingdodo:codingdodo ~/.ssh /home/codingdodo

With DigitalOcean we already uploaded our ssh-key to the authorized_keys of the root so we are using Rsync to copy the folder with a new owner.

Updating Odoo 15 sources from git

In this configuration you have full control over the source code used on your Odoo production environment, it's then your duty to also update it. To do so, you will have to stop Odoo service, for maximum stability during updates. So warn your customer that the maintenance will be ongoing and access to the application will be interrupted. After stopping we will pull the GitHub repo, update all modules and restart the instance.

After SSH-ing into your machine, stop odoo service

service odoo-15 stop

Then we su into the odoo user to pull the sources and do the update.

su - odoo
cd /home/odoo/odoo-15
git pull

When the pull is done let's update all modules

./odoo-bin --database=codingdodo_demo -c /home/odoo/.odoorc_codingdodo_demo --update=all --stop-after-init

This will take some time depending on the number of modules you installed. When it is done, exit and restart odoo:

service odoo-15 restart

Wrapping up

This is the final Odoo config file

addons_path = /home/odoo/odoo-15/addons,/home/odoo/odoo-15-custom-addons
admin_passwd = $pbkdf2-sha512$25000$TwkBoDRGqBUi5LyXMiaE8A$SUyyCVfU1jk0YqiuTbHqVNmT31jw33fyh6tLMkA6t6lLSKpbnutYuQ.dVwQ2wIgWs2hf1OQmhNcHR9ofqGtSFg
csv_internal_sep = ,
data_dir = /home/odoo/.local/share/Odoo
db_host = False
db_maxconn = 64
db_name = codingdodo_demo
db_password = codingdodo
db_port = False
db_sslmode = prefer
db_template = template0
db_user = odoo
dbfilter =
demo = {}
email_from = False
geoip_database = /usr/share/GeoIP/GeoLite2-City.mmdb
http_enable = True
http_interface =
http_port = 8069
import_partial =
limit_memory_hard = 2684354560
limit_memory_soft = 2147483648
limit_request = 8192
limit_time_cpu = 60
limit_time_real = 120
limit_time_real_cron = -1
list_db = False
log_db = False
log_db_level = warning
log_handler = :INFO
log_level = info
logfile = /var/log/odoo/odoo-15.log
longpolling_port = 8072
max_cron_threads = 2
osv_memory_age_limit = False
osv_memory_count_limit = False
pg_path =
pidfile =
proxy_mode = True
reportgz = False
screencasts =
screenshots = /tmp/odoo_tests
server_wide_modules = base,web
smtp_password = False
smtp_port = 25
smtp_server = localhost
smtp_ssl = False
smtp_user = False
syslog = False
test_enable = False
test_file =
test_tags = None
transient_age_limit = 1.0
translate_modules = ['all']
unaccent = False
upgrade_path =
without_demo = all
workers = 2

Wrapping up.

That's it for our Odoo 15 install on DigitalOcean. The cool thing with this platform is that you are only billed for as long as the droplet is up. So if you just want to create a quick proof of concept and spin up a good server this is a good way to do it. If this article was helpful to you please consider becoming a member for future updates 😊 and keep in touch by following me on Twitter.

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