How to Enable Logging in Odoo

There are two ways to see the Odoo Logs. One is rough and can be used to see the latest Odoo logs, it’s the Journal tools. You may do this using the following if your Odoo service is installed as odoo13 for example

journalctl -u odoo13

Note: If you are having trouble primarily in installing Odoo properly, you may check the following:

The other way, is the enable logging to a file. This has to be enabled from the odoo.conf file which is located under /etc/ folder. First we open the /etc/odoo.conf file:

nano /etc/odoo.conf

Now, search to see if you have a directive called ‘logfile’. If you don’t, you may add the following to /etc/odoo.conf:

logfile = /var/log/odoo13/odoo.log

If you already have the directive, but commented out, like this:

; logfile = /var/log/odoo13/odoo.log

You may remove the ‘;’ in front of the logfile directive and save the file. Now you may restart your Odoo instance to allow odoo log the information to the file /var/log/odoo13/odoo.log

systemctl restart odoo13

If the restart showing some errors, probably because it is failing to put permission to odoo13 folder. You may try the following:

mkdir /var/log/odoo13
chown -Rf odoo:odoo /var/log/odoo13
systemctl restart odoo13

Odoo Controller JSON Route Returns 404 – werkzeug.exceptions.NotFound

Even though, if you have defined your routes properly, you are seeing an error of the following:

    "id": null,
    "jsonrpc": "2.0",
    "error": {
        "http_status": 404,
        "code": 404,
        "data": {
            "name": "werkzeug.exceptions.NotFound",
            "debug": "Traceback (most recent call last):\n  File \"/opt/odoo/odoo12/odoo/\", line 656, in _handle_exception\n    return super(JsonRequest, self)._handle_exception(exception)\n  File \"/opt/odoo/odoo12/odoo/\", line 314, in _handle_exception\n    raise pycompat.reraise(type(exception), exception, sys.exc_info()[2])\n  File \"/opt/odoo/odoo12/odoo/tools/\", line 87, in reraise\n    raise value\n  File \"/opt/odoo/odoo12/odoo/\", line 1460, in _dispatch_nodb\n    func, arguments = self.nodb_routing_map.bind_to_environ(request.httprequest.environ).match()\n  File \"/opt/odoo/odoo12-venv/lib64/python3.5/site-packages/werkzeug/\", line 1563, in match\n    raise NotFound()\nwerkzeug.exceptions.NotFound: 404: Not Found\n",
            "message": "404: Not Found",
            "exception_type": "internal_error",
            "arguments": []
        "message": "404: Not Found"

This error doesn’t return when you use the http.route as type ‘http’ or default, which is still http, but returns when you use the type ‘json’. One of the cause why the error return is that, you have multiple Odoo databases and Odoo is failing to detect the usable database for the type json. For the type, http, Odoo usually can predict what to use, while for the type json, it can not. For such cases, you would need to use the ‘db-filter’ to add the default database to load for Odoo on the odoo-bin command. If you are using the systemd service file, append the line with the following:


where ‘my_prod’ is your database name.

So the service ExecStart would look like the following:

ExecStart=/usr/bin/scl enable rh-python35 -- /opt/odoo/odoo12-venv/bin/python3 /opt/odoo/odoo12/odoo-bin -c /etc/odoo.conf --limit-time-real 1009999999 --limit-time-cpu 1009999999 --limit-memory-hard 89179869184000000 --limit-memory-soft 57179869184000000 --db-filter=^my_prod$

After making the change, reload your systemctl and restart your odoo-bin:

systemctl daemon-reload
service odoo12 restart

This should do the job.

Dirty Odoo Hacks: How to Know If a Scheduled Action is Running

This blog post goes to my ‘Dirty Hack’ series, where I try to open the gross hacking attempts I practically use in several of my projects.

Odoo is my favorite piece of framework. Even though it has evolved as OpenERP, but the extend ability that Odoo gives, probably can take it anywhere, any other framework unable to, without massive change to their base architecture. This goes to the pros of Odoo, while the biggest cons of Odoo, is that it is not owned/developed by a major ‘English’ speaking company/people. If you go through the Odoo documentation, you can clearly understand the difference I am talking about. One key reason, Odoo is not often seen everywhere, probably because of poor documentation. Most of the things are not explained in details, as Odoo is a large piece of software, makes it difficult for developers to dig it down and extend.

Odoo has it’s own scheduling system, which they call ‘Scheduled Actions’. Odoo manages a model ‘ir.cron’ to manage the Scheduled Actions. If you look at the model details from (on debug mode)
Odoo >> Settings >> Technical >> Database Structure >> Model
you will see, there is no field it uses to detect if the scheduled action is running or stopped. It has a ‘state’ property though, which does not mean the status like many other odoo models. Here is a output of state property from Odoo shell:

>>> cron_id = self.env['ir.cron'].browse(18)
>>> cron_id.state


That says, it is telling you what kind of operation it is going to execute, here it is saying, this scheduled action is executing a ‘Python Code’ here.

There are times, when you might require to determine whether the scheduled action is running or not. In my case, it was to track down the some syncing issues, like to find out whether the syncing is doing it’s job properly through some custom methods. As Odoo doesn’t provide a way to do this, I had to find a dirty way to do it. Here is how I did it.

Odoo runs in Postgres SQL, which is basically an open source version of Oracle like Object Oriented Database system. Like many other OODS, Postgres also provide an operation called the following:


From the oracle documentation, it means:

Oracle provides the FOR UPDATE NOWAIT clause in SQL syntax to allow the developer to lock a set of Oracle rows for the duration of a transaction.

When the scheduled action runs, it locks the specific row of the ir_cron table, of course it would because it has to update that specific row with nextcall and other field data. So if a cron is running, and you try to put a lock with another process, will basically fail, which means the cron is running, otherwise the opposite is true. Viola, that should work for us, isn’t it? Simple! Then again, you have to remember, the lock will put in place for the amount of time you specify, or you have to throw an early rollback (why not a commit? to be in safety to avoid any unwanted data being committed to the database during that session). Here is the simple method to do the whole process:

def _check_if_cron_running(self):
cron_id = self.env['ir.cron'].browse(18)
""" assuming the cron id is 18, you can do any kind of search, like searching by name of the scheduled action etc """
if cron_id:
self._cr.execute("""SELECT id FROM "%s" WHERE id IN %%s FOR UPDATE NOWAIT""" % cron_id._table, [tuple(cron_id.ids)], log_exceptions=False)
""" self._cr.execute is used to execute a direct sql command, each ir.cron model data will have 'ids' to tell you which ids are selected, and _table to tell you what is the table name for the model, here it should return ir_cron """
self._cr.rollback() # we need to rollback and give the database cursor back to the other process ASAP"log and operate whatever here, this section is reached when the scheduled action is stopped or not running")
except psycopg2.OperationalError:
self._cr.rollback() # we need to rollback the errors and give control to the other process"log and operate whatever here, this section is reached when the scheduled action is running")

Remember, this is dirty, you are hitting direct SQL, on a near around 500 model based framework. So, please take care of your things before placing this in production. Rest assured, keep using Odoo for future! A brilliant piece of art is Odoo!

How to Empty a Model In Odoo / Mass Delete in Odoo / Mass Unlink

In Odoo, we use unlink() ORM method to delete a record. But if you are trying to empty a model or wants to delete multiple records, the best way to do it, is to use two steps.

First, search the records:

record_set = self.env['your.model'].search([])

Second, unlink them all at once instead of looping through them:


If you have a list of ids, search them using the list:

ids = [1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12]
record_set = self.env['your.model'].search([('id', 'in', ids)])

and unlink:


Remember, there is no need to loop through this iterable object, odoo unlink does it for you.

TIPS: If you want to get all the ids in a model directly in a list, you can use the following:

record_list = self.env['your.model'].search([]).ids

How to Hide a Column Dynamically in a Parent Model in Tree View on Odoo

We all know how to hide a column in a model based on parent value matching in Odoo installation. I have already written a post on this here:

How to hide a column ‘dynamically’ in Tree View on Odoo

Above case works when you are trying a hide a column in a sale order line, or move line or invoice line. But what if, you want to hide a column in stock picking delivery tree view or the receipt view? The above method, will not work, because column_invisible only works when the parent is referenced. But in a tree view list like ‘Deliver Orders’ under Inventory Overview, if you want to hide a column based on condition, how do we do that?

The answer is, we use data from context and set the attribute ‘invisible’ to True based on the context value. We can either do that by using any existing context value or we can add a context value using a computed field property and match it in the xml.

I will discuss on how can we use the existing context key:value pair in hiding a column on stock.picking model.

First, let’s imagine, we have a character field on stock.picking called ‘woocommerce_id’.

class stock_picking(models.Model):
_inhert = 'stock.picking'

woocommerce_id = fields.Char(string="Woocommerce ID")

Now the xml for Inventory overview stock.picking trees would be inheriting stock.vpicktree

<record id="inherit_delivery_picking" model="ir.ui.view">
<field name="name"></field>
<field name="model">stock.picking</field>
<field name="inherit_id" ref="stock.vpicktree"/>
<field name="arch" type="xml">
<xpath expr="//field[@name='location_dest_id']" position="after">
<field name="woocommerce_id"/>

Now, the above will show woocommerce_id in all vpicktree view, like ‘Delivery Orders’, ‘Receipts’, ‘Internal Transfers’. But What if, you want to show this field to only Delivery Orders?

To do that, we need to know the value for ‘default_picking_type_id’. This value is automatically set on stock.picking model view in the context by Odoo (Hints: You may view all the keys available to context in a model, by creating a computed field, that writes self.env.context.keys() to a file or show it in the tree view to find the keys, and self.env.context.get(‘key_name’) to find the value for it).

If you check the different values set by that key for different pages, you can see, it is set to 1 for delivery orders, 3 for receipts and 5 for internal transfers. Now if you want to show the woocommerce_id field to only delivery receipts, we set the attribute invisible for that field when the context key value is not 1 like following:

<field name="woocommerce_id" invisible="context.get('default_picking_type_id') != 1"/>

Save it, upgrade the module, and see the magic! cheers!

How to Update Context in Odoo

You may want to pass some data to a specific page in Odoo, and change the fields based on those data. In those cases, you want to use Context. Context is a data structure passed to the request object that contains hidden values, and can be used to change results of the page.

Context is a frozendict data type in Odoo. That’s why you can change it like you do in a dict data type, for example:

'test': 'test_value',

As the Context is frozendict, it won’t take such changes. Odoo provides a way to change values, it’s called ‘with_context’. The syntax is as following:

self = self.with_context({
'test': 'test_value',

This one should rewrite the context available in the self object by adding the new key:value pair you have mentioned. There are times, this might not work as expected, and you want a patch technique to update the context. This can be done by changing the data type to dict.

self.env.context = dict(self.env.context)
'test': 'test_value',

This would also add the new key:value pair to your context and work as expected. There is almost no security concern here for converting the frozendict as the context will destroy once the page is left soon enough.