Interfaces in Odoo Standard
Integration possibilities
5 May, 2021 by
Interfaces in Odoo Standard
OBS Solutions GmbH, Hanna Szeredi

To enable agile work processes, business software must be flexible and adaptable. Even if you haven't purchased the entire product range from one vendor, your system should work. It is often at this point that frustration, errors and problems in the workflow arise. This is due to the available interfaces of the software.

At OBS, we put a lot of emphasis on using interfaces wisely to make software integration as smooth as possible. Learn more about interfaces in Odoo and how to use them effectively to make your business software even better.

Fundamental possibilities in Odoo: Odoo offers several options for integration with other systems. This makes the software particularly flexible and efficient when exchanging data with legacy systems (meaning established, historically grown solutions in the field of business software). Due to the language openness, it does not matter which software you switch from when you choose Odoo.

Odoo understands any programming language and manages to interact effortlessly with the systems.
As you already know, besides the proprietary software version (Odoo Enterprise), there is also an open-source version (Odoo Community) of Odoo available. For more information about the two software variants, you can read more on our blog:

Odoo Community vs. Odoo Enterprise

Odoo came to the market as open-source software for the ERP sector. As one of the fastest-growing companies, Odoo has expanded its offering to include Odoo Enterprise in addition to the open-source variant.
Learn what Odoo can offer you and your company and the difference between the available software variants.

The main Odoo components are the Open Object Framework, which consists of about 30 core modules (also called official modules). In addition, there are already more than 16,000 community modules for the different Odoo versions. Most Odoo modules are available in the Odoo S.A. marketplace.

About APIs and how to use them in Odoo

API (application programming interface): An API is a software intermediary. It ensures that two or more applications can communicate with each other. Every time you use an app, send an instant message, or check the weather on your phone, you are using an API.

Odoo is usually extended internally via modules, but many of its features and all of its data are also available externally for external analysis or integration with various tools. So, your options for customization are numerous.

Safety first: API keys have been used as a security method since Odoo 14. Odoo requires users to be authenticated before they can query most data. This way, your data is protected and only visible to those who need to work with it.

What you use APIs for: The most important word in this context is communication!
APIs allow for easy and fast data transfer. When you import data into your system or extract it from your software, it happens through interfaces. You need this, for example, in the context of data analysis.
In Odoo, interfaces allow you to work with your database, including reading, adding and deleting records. You can also correct large amounts of data in an uncomplicated way.

The interaction between different applications and devices allows you to work on projects and tasks in real-time, regardless of where you are and what step you are working on. This means you can easily use mobile devices in addition to the desktop version.
But device-independent work is not the only thing enabled by appropriate interface styles. You can also grant access to your data for third parties, such as a sister company, by programming your interfaces. Intensive collaboration is, therefore, easy to achieve through proper programming.
Of course, in this point it cannot be assumed that other companies you work with also use the same software. Odoo has thought of that too! By creating software connectors, you have paved the way for the exchange between different systems. This also makes data migration from Odoo to another system (and vice versa) a breeze.
Well-maintained interfaces also give you many options for automating tasks. This reduces your daily workload and means significant time savings.

Advantages of interfaces in Odoo

Increase your efficiency: Access your Odoo database quickly and easily - no matter where you are and what device you are using.

Protect your data: Assign different access rights to your software users. This way, only those who really need it have full access.

Work in a highly flexible way: No matter what programming language you confront Odoo with, the system can easily interact with the other software. This significantly reduces your programming effort.
Data formats can also be freely designed without restrictions. Decide for yourself whether you want to export your data in CSV or Excel formats. Odoo allows you to output files according to your wishes.
The software always works reliably, whether you use Odoo through your own servers or ours. The well thought-out interface structure guarantees you full access to all Odoo functions from your system. So, you always have everything in view and can get started right away.


At OBS, we use the full power of Odoo Standard and build on this powerful developer framework to create the optimal solution for you and your business. This way, you not only get the software that suits your daily business, but you also bypass avoidable costs and save yourself a lot of time. Why? Because many useful solutions are already there or easy to establish with an experienced integration partner. Learn more about Odoo Business Solutions and our philosophy.

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