Odoo is greatly data-driven, and a big part of modules definition is thus the definition of the various records it manages: UI (menus and views), security (access rights and record rules), reports and plain data are all defined via records.
The main way to define data in Odoo is via XML data files: The broad structure of an XML data file is the following:
Any number of operation elements within the root element
Data files are executed sequentially, operations can only refer to the result of operations defined previously
record appropriately defines or updates a database record, it has the following attributes:
name of the model to create (or update)
the external identifier for this record. It is strongly recommended to provide one
for record creation, allows subsequent definitions to either modify or refer to this record
for record modification, the record to modify
context to use when creating the record
in update mode whether the record should be created if it doesn’t exist
Requires an external id, defaults to
Each record can be composed of
field tags, defining values to set when creating the record. A
record with no
field will use all default values (creation) or do nothing (update).
field has a mandatory
name attribute, the name of the field to set, and various methods to define the value itself:
if no value is provided for the field, an implicit
Falsewill be set on the field. Can be used to clear a field, or avoid using a default value for the field.
Will evaluate the domain, search the field’s model using it and set the search’s result as the field’s value. Will only use the first result if the field is a Many2one
refattribute is provided, its value must be a valid external id, which will be looked up and set as the field’s value.
typeattribute is provided, it is used to interpret and convert the field’s content. The field’s content can be provided through an external file using the
fileattribute, or through the node’s body.
Available types are:
field’s children as a single document, evaluates any external id specified with the form
%%can be used to output actual % signs.
ensures that the field content is a valid file path in the current model, saves the pair
module,pathas the field value
sets the field content directly as the field’s value without alterations
base64-encodes the field’s content, useful combined with the
fileattribute to load e.g. image data into attachments
converts the field’s content to an integer and sets it as the field’s value
converts the field’s content to a float and sets it as the field’s value
should contain any number of
valueelements with the same properties as
field, each element resolves to an item of a generated tuple or list, and the generated collection is set as the field’s value
for cases where the previous methods are unsuitable, the
evalattributes simply evaluates whatever Python expression it is provided and sets the result as the field’s value.
The evaluation context contains various modules (
relativedelta), a function to resolve external identifiers (
ref) and the model object for the current field if applicable (
delete tag can remove any number of records previously defined. It has the following attributes:
the model in which a specified record should be deleted
the external id of a record to remove
a domain to find records of the model to remove
search are exclusive
function tag calls a method on a model, with provided parameters. It has two mandatory parameters
name specifying respectively the model and the name of the method to call.
Parameters can be provided using
eval (should evaluate to a sequence of parameters to call the method with) or
value elements (see
Because some important structural models of Odoo are complex and involved, data files provide shorter alternatives to defining them using record tags:
Creates a QWeb view requiring only the
arch section of the view, and allowing a few optional attributes:
the view’s external identifier
same as the corresponding field on
inherit_idshould be an external identifier)
if set to
Trueand combined with a
inherit_id, defines the view as a primary
comma-separated list of group external identifiers
if set to
"True", the template is a website page (linkable to, deletable)
disabled, whether the view can be disabled (in the website interface) and its default status. If unset, the view is always enabled.
CSV data files
XML data files are flexible and self-descriptive, but very verbose when creating a number of simple records of the same model in bulk.
the file name is
the first row lists the fields to write, with the special field
idfor external identifiers (used for creation or update)
each row thereafter creates a new record
Here’s the first lines of the data file defining country states
rendered in a more readable format:
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
For each row (record):
the first column is the external id of the record to create or update
the second column is the external id of the country object to link to (country objects must have been defined beforehand)
the third column is the
the fourth column is the