May 24, 2021 6 min read

Set up your dev environment on MacOs and install Odoo 14 from source.

Setup your dev environment on MacOs and Odoo 14 from source.
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In this tutorial, we will see how to set up your macOS for Odoo 14 development.


Homebrew is a package manager for macOS, the most popular one. We will use it to install most of the other required tools. But first, an important dependency for Homebrew is the Command Line Developer Tools for Xcode (It includes compilers that will allow our machine to build the library from sources). From your terminal run this command

xcode-select --install

Depending on your OS version you may need to open Xcode itself one time first and accept some User Licences Agreements.

Then for Homebrew itself, referring to what's written on the homepage :

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

You will be asked for your password, to make sure everything works, run brew doctor, it will inform you, and fix problems with packages that lost their links and conflicts between shared dependencies.


macOS already comes with Git but as is with python and other libraries it's better to leave the system ones alone and have our own versions that we can upgrade. Se we are using homebrew to install it:

brew install git


We are going to install the latest PostgreSQL via Homebrew

brew install postgresql

If you want to install specific versions you can, for example:

brew install [email protected]

For Odoo 14.0 postgresql version must be > 10.0

After install, PostgreSQL will be available as a homebrew service, you can start the service with the command:

brew services start postgresql

PostgreSQL is automatically configured to be restarted when you log on to your computer next time

If you had older PostgreSQL versions installed with brew and upgraded, you need to also upgrade the databases with:

brew postgresql-upgrade-database


For Odoo we will also need multiple versions of NodeJS, the main library used by Odoo is Less with the old versions. And the command line arguments changed, for example, Odoo 10 trying to launch the command less with its arguments may result in an error because the package installed with npm (Node Package Manager) is too recent.

To avoid future problems we are using nvm, allowing us to have multiple node NodeJs versions on our machine

Install nvm by copy-pasting the install script command into your terminal.

To list the stable versions of NodeJs :

nvm ls-remote --lts

For this tutorial we are choosing this version:

nvm install v10.24.0

To switch between versions shown in nvm list:

nvm use default
nvm use v10.24.0

You can change the default version with :

nvm alias default 10.24.0


As Python developers, working with Odoo may lead us to work with python 2.7 (Odoo 8, 9, 10) or python 3.x for the more recent versions of Odoo (11, 12, 13, 14). To make our life easier and not mess with the python shipped with the macOS system we will install pyenv


brew install pyenv

Pyenv will tell us to add something to our profile, depending on your terminal preference this could be placed in your ~/.bash_profile or in your ~/.zshrc :

if command -v pyenv 1>/dev/null 2>&1; then eval "$(pyenv init -)"; fi

Save the file and reload it with source ~/.bash_profile or source ~/.zshrc.
Pyenv advises us to install more dependencies before installing python:

brew install openssl readline sqlite3 xz zlib

Finally, we can install python.

First, we are going to check what versions are available, we are interested in the latest 3.9:to run pyenv install If we want to install python 3.9 for example we can type pyenv install 3.9 and the shell will correct us by showing us the full version name available

▶ pyenv install --list | grep 3.9

If the version you need is missing, try upgrading pyenv:

brew update && brew upgrade pyenv

With this example, we are installing 3.9.2:

pyenv install 3.9.2

You may run into errors at this point, for multiples reasons but an example may be that you already installed Xcode command line tools in the past but upgraded your macOS version. You may encounter a message like that:

configure: error: C compiler cannot create executables
See `config.log' for more details
xcrun: error: invalid active developer path (/Library/Developer/CommandLineTools), missing xcrun at: /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/usr/bin/xcrun

Run again xcode-select --install

If everything went okay you should see:

Installed Python-3.9.2 to /Users/odootuts/.pyenv/versions/3.9.2

Repeat the process for every other python you want to install. (If you are working with Odoo < v.11 run pyenv install 2.7.18

To see the list of pythons installed in your environment :

pyenv versions


virtualenvs allow you to create isolated environments for each project you are working on. Packages installed via pip will be unique to these environments and this is especially important if you are going to work on multiple versions of Odoo!

You can use and install virtualenv directly but since we installed pyenv, we are going to use the virtualenv plugin of pyenv to make the whole process less painful to manage.

brew install pyenv-virtualenv

After the installation we have to add another line to our .bash_profile or .zshrc file:

if which pyenv-virtualenv-init > /dev/null; then eval "$(pyenv virtualenv-init -)"; fi

Don't forget to source your file to reload your config with source ~/.zshrc or source ~/.bash_profile

Now we will create our virtual env for Odoo 14 using Python 3.9.2 that we installed before:

pyenv virtualenv 3.9.2 odoo-14-env

To activate the environment:

pyenv activate odoo-14-env

To ease of use we are going to create the folder that will host Odoo 14 and auto-activate the environment with these commands:

mkdir Odoo-14-codingdodo & cd Odoo-14-codingdodo
pyenv local odoo-14-env

Now, every time we cd into that project folder we will be in the correct environment.


We begin by cloning the correct branch into our project folder

cd Odoo-14-tuts
git clone -b 14.0 --single-branch --depth 1

Next, we install the requirements in the newly created folder

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

If you run into problems installing psycopg, consider the following :

brew install openssl

If it's not enough use pip install with exporting LDFLAGS :

env LDFLAGS='-L/usr/local/lib -L/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib
-L/usr/local/opt/readline/lib' pip install -r requirements.txt -e .

Now it's time to launch odoo, from your project directory :

./odoo/odoo-bin --addons-path=odoo/addons -d odoo_codingdodo --save --config=.odoorc_codingdodo

This will create and initialize a database called "odoo_tuts_install". (If the database is already created, add -i base to install base modules and initialize it) we are not using a configuration file, for now, we are just testing basic install and http://localhost:8069/ should show you:

Odoo 14.0 Login Screen

admin/admin are the credentials and logging in should take you to Odoo 14 web client.

We used the  --save or -s flag we added when firing up, meaning the configuration file will be created and saved. The --config or -c flag are used to specify a configuration file, in our case, it will create a file named .odoorc_codingdodo in the Project Directory. If you omit the config flag, the default file will be named .odoorc and will be placed in your user home.

▶ cat .odoorc_codingdodo
addons_path = /Users/codingdodo/Code/Odoo-14-codingdodo/odoo/addons
admin_passwd = admin
csv_internal_sep = ,
data_dir = /Users/codingdodo/Library/Application Support/Odoo
db_host = False
db_maxconn = 64
db_name = odoo_codingdodo

Feel free to modify the config file to suit your needs, but for dev purpose it is sufficient.

Initialize a custom Addons folder.

We will now quickly set up a custom addons folder and create our first module, from the Project Directory with the scaffold command:

./odoo/odoo-bin scaffold codingdodo_addons/module_name

This will create the directory codingdodo_addons and create a module module_name inside it with the correct folder structure and minimal info.

To take our custom addons path into consideration, either edit directly the config file or use the save command to save the new modifications:

./odoo/odoo-bin --addons-path=odoo/addons,codingdodo_addons -d odoo_codingdodo --save --config=.odoorc_codingdodo

This will add our custom addons path to the config file.

What's next

Thank you for following this guide, now that your dev machine is set up you may be interested in these code tutorials:

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