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    How to create a module in Odoo

    Create a new module in Odoo

    Odoo is basically a web-based open source & modular-based framework/software which include multiple business solutions like “CRM”, “POS”, “E-Commerce”, “ERP”, “Manufacturing”, “Inventory Management”, “Billing & Accounting” and “Project Management”.

    Introduction to Odoo module

    Describe the importance of module in Odoo

    Odoo module is a set of business logic which helps to enhance the existing functionality or add some new functionality in Odoo.

    Where to create a new module in Odoo?

    Odoo is a modular-based framework and all the core modules are present inside the Odoo addons. You can find addons path inside the Odoo configuration file(If you are managing) and inside the configuration file you can find addons path next to “addons_path


    or you can use below command to find Odoo addons path,

    ps  aux | grep odoo

    You can place your custom module inside the core addons or you can create custom addons path and define inside the configuration file then place your module inside the custom addons path.

    Structure of Odoo Module

    • Business Objects (Contains the Python Classes in Python Files)
    • Object Views (Contains the business object for UI).
    • Data Files
      • Views
      • Report
      • Demonstration Files
      • Data Files
      • Security FIles (For Access Rights & Rules)
      • Email/Qweb Templates 
      • Many More.
    • Static Web (Contains the module documentation files, CSS, JQuery, etc.
    • Controllers (To manage backend/frontend actions).

    Now, for example, we are creating a module which technical name is “‘webkul_elearning_module

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    Required Files to Create a Basic Module


    What is a Manifest file?

    This file “” helps to specify the metadata of the module and also helps to show the module inside the Odoo app list. All the metadata is associated inside the dictionary. 

    • Name (Module Name)
    • Description (Contains the module long description)
    • Depends (Contains the list of dependent modules)
    • And there are many more.

    NOTE: only helps to show the module inside Odoo app list but when you will try to install module then you will get “ImportError: No module named ‘webkul_elearning_module’

    So in order to make your module installable, you also need to define the “” file.

    What is an file?

    ‘’ is a Python module descriptor file. It works like a python module that runs from the start of the program. Basically it helps to import Python packages/files which need to be loaded at Odoo.


    These two files are enough to make modules installable in Odoo.

    Steps to create/install the module at Odoo

    • Create a folder then set the technical name for the module.
      • Make sure the module technical name should not contain any spaces eg: “webkul_elearning_module”.
    • Then create an “” file inside the folder,
      • You can define python packages/files inside this file.
    • Then create a “” file,
      • You can define the module name(If not define the name will be ‘Unnamed’) and some other metadata.
    • Now login to your Odoo.
    • Then open developer mode at your Odoo from Odoo “settings”.
    • Then go to the “Apps” menu.
    • Inside the “Apps” menu you will see a button “Update App List”.
    • Click on that button.
    • Then check the module using the module name.
    • After that, you will find your module inside the app list.
    • Then click on the “install” button in order to install your module at Odoo end.

    So this is how you can create a new module in Odoo and install modules at Odoo end.

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  • Madhav Parikh
    Can I know where you mentioned the name webkul_test. I cant find the name in manifest or files
    • Ashish Singh (Moderator)
      Hi, Madhav
      It seems like the below screenshot confuses you with the name “webkul_test”. 
      Actually “webkul_test” is a technical name of the module and you don’t need to define it on “” or ““.
      A technical name is basically a folder name of the module.
      Feel free to ask in case you have any confusion related to the above points.
      Thanks & Regards,
      Ashish Singh
  • romenas dalila
    ./odoo-bin scaffold openacademy addons.
    when i am using above command i m getting below error
    odoo-bin is not recognizeing as an internal or external command. what shuould i do any help
    • Ashish Singh (Moderator)
      Hi, Romenas

      It seems you are running this command from the wrong path. odoo-bin is present just before the odoo addons path.

      Now, kindly run the command from the correct path and let me know in case you still have the same issue.

      Thanks & Regards,
      Ashish Singh

  • eliijan
    what is the purpose of controller….. file in structure of module………...
    • Ashish Singh (Moderator)
      Hi, Eliijan

      Controller plays very important role in Odoo. As you know Odoo modules follow the MVC design pattern.
      The controller helps to manage the backend/frontend actions of Odoo. It also helps to render data on the Web page.

      Feel free to ask in case you have any doubts related to the above points.

      Thanks & Regards,
      Ashish Singh

  • ahmad ajaz
    what software or tools are used to create any custom odoo app or module?
    • Ashish Singh (Moderator)
      Hello, Ahmad

      There is no specific software or tools are required to prepare any custom Odoo application.
      You can feel free to use any editor to prepare the custom module.

      You can also create Odoo custom module using “Scaffolding“. The following command will help you to create a custom module.

      /opt/odoo/odoo-bin scaffold {custom module name} {path where you want to create module}

      Thanks & Regards,
      Ashish Singh

  • Abdul Rafay
    XML files are also required to install this module.
    • Anisha Bahukhandi (Moderator)
      Hello Abdul Rafay,

      We have shared the blog for creating base module in Odoo; for that XML file is not required. However, if you are working in view level or with some demo data then you need to add XML file.

      Anisha Bahukhandi

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