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Original author(s)Fabien Pinckaers
Developer(s)Odoo S.A., Community
Initial releaseFebruary 2005; 17 years ago (2005-02)
Written inPython, JavaScript, XML
Operating systemLinux, Unix-like, OS X, Windows, iOS, Android
TypeERP, CRM, Accounting, CMS, E-commerce
License"Community" version: GNU Lesser General Public License v3
"Enterprise" version: Proprietary license

Odoo is a suite of business management software tools including CRM, e-commerce, billing, accounting, manufacturing, warehouse, project management, and inventory management to name a few. The Community version is a libre software, licensed under the GNU LGPLv3. The Enterprise version has proprietary extra features and services. The source code for the framework and core ERP modules is curated by the Belgium-based Odoo S.A. Odoo is available for both on-premise and ready to use SaaS environment.


From inception, Odoo S.A (formerly OpenERP S.A) has released the core software as open source.[1] Since the V9.0 release, the company has transitioned to an open core model, which provides subscription-based proprietary enterprise software and cloud-hosted software as a service, in addition to the open source version. In 2013, the not-for-profit Odoo Community Association was formed to promote the widespread use of Odoo and to support the collaborative development of Odoo features.

Odoo's extensible architecture allows a large number of freelancers and organizations to develop Odoo Apps or Modules and place them in the marketplace for sale or to be downloaded for free. The main Odoo components are the framework, about 30 core applications (also called official modules), and thousands of community modules.

Odoo has been used as a component of university courses.[2] A study on experimental learning suggested that Odoo (then known as OpenERP[3]) provides a suitable alternative to proprietary systems to supplement teaching.

Several books have been written about Odoo, some covering specific areas such as accounting or development.[4][5][6]


In 2005, Fabien Pinckaers, the founder and current CEO of Odoo, started to develop his first software product, TinyERP. Three years later, the name was changed to OpenERP. The company started to evolve quickly and in 2010, OpenERP had become a 100+ employee company.[7][8]

In 2013, the company won a Deloitte award for being the fastest-growing company in Belgium, with 1549% growth over a five-year period.[9]

In 2014, the company was renamed Odoo, to diversify itself from the term "ERP".[10] In 2015, Inc. Magazine placed Odoo in the top 5000 fastest-growing private companies in Europe.[11]


Odoo has received several recognitions; before its name change, it received awards as OpenERP including Trends Gazelle, Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award[12] and the InfoWorld's BOSSIE Award 2013.[13] After changing its name to Odoo, it won consecutive BOSSIE Awards in 2014,[14] 2015,[15] and 2016.[16]


  1. Ganesh, Amal; Shanil, K.N.; Sunitha, C.; Midhundas, A.M. (2016). OpenERP/Odoo - An Open Source Concept to ERP Solution. 2016 IEEE 6th International Conference on Advanced Computing (IACC). pp. 112–116. doi:10.1109/IACC.2016.30. ISBN 978-1-4673-8286-1. S2CID 17852685.CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. "Syllabus, Winter 2009" (PDF). www.fsa.ulaval.ca. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  3. "Experiential Learning with an Open-Source Enterprise System". aisel.aisnet.org. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  4. Moss, Gregory (2015). Working with Odoo. Packt. ISBN 978-1784394554.
  5. Mader, Greg (2015). Financial Accounting with Odoo: Versions 6, 7, and 8. ISBN 978-1508737568.
  6. Reis, Daniel (2015). Odoo Development Essentials. Packt. ISBN 978-1784392796.
  7. Jaikumar Vijayan (October 21, 2010). "OpenERP aims to impress U.S. market". Computerworld. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  8. roxannevarza. "OpenERP gets €3 million for US expansion". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  9. "How I Grew from 1 to 250 Employees in a Few Years". Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  10. "The Odoo Story". Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  11. "Inc 5000 rating for Odoo". Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  12. "Ranking Technology Fast50 2012". Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  13. InfoWorld staff (September 17, 2013). "Bossie Awards 2013: The best open source applications". InfoWorld. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  14. "Bossie Awards 2014: The best open source applications". www.infoworld.com. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  15. "Bossie Award 2015 slide3". www.infoworld.com. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  16. "Bossie Award 2016 slide6". www.infoworld.com. Retrieved 17 December 2017.