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How to Configure Odoo with Apache as Reverse Proxy on Debian 12

Configure Odoo with Apache as Reverse Proxy

Odoo is an open-source suite of integrated business applications that includes various modules for different business needs. Odoo is developed using the Python programming language and follows a modular architecture, allowing users to select and deploy the specific modules that suit their business requirements.

The system is highly customizable, and it covers a wide range of business functions. It provides a comprehensive set of tools to manage various aspects of a business, from sales and finance to human resources and inventory management.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to configure Odoo with Apache 2 as Reverse Proxy on Debian 12 OS.

If you do not have Odoo installed on your server you can follow our tutorial how to install Odoo 17 on Debian 12.

Step 1: Update Operating System

Update your Debian 12 operating system to the latest version with the following command:

# apt update && apt upgrade

Step 2: Install Apache webserver

You can install it via apt package manager by executing the following command.

# apt install apache2

You can verify the status of the Apache service using the systemctl status command:

# systemctl status apache2


● apache2.service - The Apache HTTP Server
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/apache2.service; enabled; preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running)
    Process: 1127 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/apachectl start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
   Main PID: 1131 (apache2)
      Tasks: 6 (limit: 2273)
     Memory: 18.4M
        CPU: 86ms
     CGroup: /system.slice/apache2.service
             ├─1131 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
             ├─1132 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
             ├─1133 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start

Step 3: Enable Apache Modules

Next run the following commands to enable all necessary modules:

# /usr/sbin/a2enmod rewrite
# /usr/sbin/a2enmod proxy
# /usr/sbin/a2enmod proxy_http
# /usr/sbin/a2enmod proxy_html
# /usr/sbin/a2enmod headers

Then restart the Apache web server:

# systemctl restart apache2

Step 4: Configure Apache for Odoo

Run the commands below to create a new VirtualHost file called odoo in the /etc/apache2/sites-available/ directory.

# nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/odoo.conf

Paste the content as shown below:

 <VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html/

    ProxyPass /
    ProxyPassReverse /> 

    ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
    CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common


Remember to replace with the domain name of your server.

Then save and exit the configuration file.

To enable this site run the following command:

# ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/odoo.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/odoo.conf

To implement the changes, you need to restart the Apache webserver:

# systemctl restart apache2

Step 5: Install free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate (Optional)

First you need to install the Certbot client which is used to create Let’s Encrypt certificates:

# apt install certbot python3-certbot-apache

Then to get the SSL certificate using the Certbot, type the following command:

# certbot --apache -d -d

If the SSL certificate is successfully obtained, certbot displays a message to show the configuration was successful:

 - Congratulations! Your certificate and chain have been saved at:
   Your key file has been saved at:
   Your cert will expire on 2024-03-02. To obtain a new or tweaked
   version of this certificate in the future, simply run certbot
   again. To non-interactively renew *all* of your certificates, run
   "certbot renew"
 - Your account credentials have been saved in your Certbot
   configuration directory at /etc/letsencrypt. You should make a
   secure backup of this folder now. This configuration directory will
   also contain certificates and private keys obtained by Certbot so
   making regular backups of this folder is ideal.
 - If you like Certbot, please consider supporting our work by:

   Donating to ISRG / Let's Encrypt:
   Donating to EFF:          

Now, you have successfully installed SSL on your website.

Step 6:  Odoo Proxy Configuration

Make sure that Odoo is configured to work behind a proxy. In the Odoo configuration file (/etc/odoo.conf), you need to set the proxy_mode parameter to True:

proxy_mode = True

After making the changes, it’s important to restart the Odoo service to ensure the changes take effect:

# systemctl restart odoo

Step 7: Access Odoo server

Open your web browser and type the URL You should see the following page:

Comments and Conclusion

Congratulations! You have successfully configured Odoo with Apache 2 as Reverse Proxy on your Debian 12 OS.

For additional information, you can check the official Odoo documentation.

If you have any questions please leave a comment below.

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