Odoo Multi-currency system
9 November, 2022 by
Deviati Nur Istiqomah

Multi-currency system

Odoo allows you to issue invoices, receive bills, and record transactions in currencies other than the main currency configured for your company. You can also set up bank accounts in other currencies and run reports on your foreign currency activities.


Main currency

The main currency is defined by default according to the company’s country. You can change it by going to Accounting ‣ Configuration ‣ Settings ‣ Currencies and changing the currency in the Main Currency setting.

Enable foreign currencies

Go to Accounting ‣ Configuration ‣ Currencies, and enable the currencies you wish to use by toggling the Active button.

Enable the currencies you wish to use.

Currency rates

Manual update

To manually create and set a currency rate, go to Accounting ‣ Configuration ‣ Currencies, click on the currency you wish to change the rate of, and under the Rates tab, click Add a line to create a new rate.

Create or modify the currency rate.

Automatic update

When you activate a second currency for the first time, Automatic Currency Rates appears under Accounting Dashboard ‣ Configuration ‣ Settings ‣ Currencies. By default, you have to click on the Update now button (🗘) to update the rates.

Odoo can update the rates at regular intervals. To do so, change the Interval from Manually to DailyWeekly, or Monthly. You can also select the web service from which you want to retrieve the latest currency rates by clicking on the Service field.

Exchange difference entries

Odoo automatically records exchange differences entries on dedicated accounts, in a dedicated journal.

You can define which journal and accounts to use to post exchange difference entries by going to Accounting ‣ Configuration ‣ Settings ‣ Default Accounts and editing the JournalGain Account, and Loss Account.


If you receive a payment for a customer invoice one month after it was issued, the exchange rate has likely changed since. Therefore, this fluctuation implies some profit or loss due to the exchange difference, which Odoo automatically records in the default Exchange Difference journal.

Chart of accounts

Each account can have a set currency. By doing so, all moves relevant to the account are forced to have that account’s currency.

To do so, go to Accounting ‣ Configuration ‣ Charts of Accounts and select a currency in the field Account Currency. If left empty, all active currencies are handled instead of just one.


If a currency is set on a journal, that journal only handles transactions in that currency.

To do so, go to Accounting ‣ Configuration ‣ Journals, open the journal you want to edit, and select a currency in the field Currency. If left empty, all active currencies are handled instead of just one.

Select the currency for the journal to handle.

Multi-currency accounting

Invoices, bills, and other documents

For all documents, you can select the currency and journal to use for the transaction.

Select the currency and journal to use.

Payment registration

To register a payment in a currency other than your company’s main currency, click on the Register Payment payment button of your document and, in the pop-up window, select a currency in the Amount field.

Select the currency and journal to use before registering the payment.

Bank statements

When creating or importing bank statements, the amount is in the company’s main currency. To see additional fields related to foreign currencies, click on the columns dropdown button () next to Amount, and check Amount Currency and Foreign Currency.

The extra fields related to foreign currencies.

When reconciling, Odoo displays both the foreign currency amount and the equivalent amount in your company’s main currency.

Exchange rate journal entries

To see exchange difference journal entries, go to Accounting Dashboard ‣ Accounting ‣ Journals: Miscellaneous.

Exchange rate journal entry.
Deviati Nur Istiqomah
9 November, 2022
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