odoo manifest file

Hello Odooers, Odoogig and Odoo Lovers,

In this Odoo Technical Tutorial, I would like to explain about Odoo __manifest__ file  in detail.

  • The manifest file serves to declare a python package as an odoo module and to specify module metadata.
  • A manifest file  contains a single Python dictionary, where each key specifies module metadatum.A key such as  module name, version, category, description, summary, associate views, demo, data files and also the author details

Filename

  • __openerp__.py  filename in odoo 9.0, 8.0 and earair version
  • __manifest__.py filename in odoo 10.0, 11.0, 12.0 and latest version

  • Lets see brief details of odoo manifest file each keys

 

1.name

  • Name of your module which may different or same from technical name

 

2.version

  • A version of your module, when you create first time your module it will be  1.0 but after make some changes  it will be 1.2 or 1.3.
  • You can also write module version based on odoo version like below
  • odoo 8.0 =  Module version 8.0.1.0 , 8.0.1.1
  • odoo 12.0 =  Module version 12.0.1.0 , 12.0.1.1

 

3.sequence

  • It will represented your module position into module list.  based on sequence module will show top , bottle or in middle

 

4.category

  •  you need to mentioned in which category or  exiting application your module belongs. if you do not wan’t to specify the category then you can use “hidden
  • Here below exiting application and it’s category in odoo
    • CRM :  Sales Management
    • Sales :  Sales Management
    • Purchase :  Purchase Management
    • Stock :  Warehouse
    • Accounting : Accounting
    • HR : Human Resources
    • Project :  Project Management
    • MRP : Manufacturing
    • Point of Sale : Point of Sale
    • Marketing : Tools

 

5.summary

  • Short introduction about your odoo module functionality

 

6.description

  • Long introduction description about your odoo module functionality.

 

7.depends

  • Mentioned all dependent module require to develop your module. If you developing any module which is inheriting exiting module then you can specify the module name in depends.

 

8.data

  • you can specify all  your odoo views file,like below
    • views file
    • data file
    • security file
    • access rights csv file

 

9.demo

  • All demo data xml file will be listed here, while  creating database  if you mark “Load demo data” true then this demo xml file will be loaded into system

 

10.test

  • All test yml file will listed here. it wiill run based on server parameter when you start the odoo server

 

11.application

  • It will be True/False, if it’s false then application will be not show into module list.

 

12.auto_install

It will be True/False,  it it’s true then  your module will install automatic when  you install depends  module.

 

13.author

  • Here you can specify company name or individual person name who writing the odoo module

 

14.website

  • You can specify company name or individual person website name who writing the odoo module

 

15.support

  • A company or individual person who will support for the odoo module

 

16.live_test_url

  • You can specify test url of your server, or  youtube video link

 


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1 thought on “Odoo __manifest__.py or __openerp__.py File

  1. Paulo Matos Reply

    Great post.
    Can you please tell if there is any order for the files references we add on the “data” section?
    I am asking you that because I had some problems with the order of the files on this section.
    Perhaps it was something I did wrong but, recently I had a problem on a custom module which uses several .xml files.
    After some problems with “External id’s not found…”, I have discovered that changing the order of the xml files on the “data” section solved my problem…
    Any comments on this?
    Keep the great job.
    Regards
    Paulo

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