Excel Import/Export

Base module for developing Excel import/export/report

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Excel Import/Export/Report

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The module provide pre-built functions and wizards for developer to build excel import / export / report with ease.

Without having to code to create excel file, developer do,

  • Create menu, action, wizard, model, view a normal Odoo development.
  • Design excel template using standard Excel application, e.g., colors, fonts, formulas, etc.
  • Instruct how the data will be located in Excel with simple dictionary instruction or from Odoo UI.
  • Odoo will combine instruction with excel template, and result in final excel file.

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To install this module, you need to install following python library, xlrd, xlwt, openpyxl.

Then, simply install excel_import_export.

For demo, install excel_import_export_demo.


This module contain pre-defined function and wizards to make exporting, importing and reporting easy.

At the heart of this module, there are 2 main methods

  • self.env['xlsx.export'].export_xlsx(...)
  • self.env['xlsx.import'].import_xlsx(...)

For reporting, also call export_xlsx(...) but through following method

  • self.env['xslx.report'].report_xlsx(...)

After install this module, go to Settings > Excel Import/Export > XLSX Templates, this is where the key component located.

As this module provide tools, it is best to explain as use cases. For example use cases, please install excel_import_export_demo

Use Case 1: Export/Import Excel on existing document

This add export/import action menus in existing document (example - excel_import_export_demo/import_export_sale_order)

  1. Create export action menu on document, <act_window> with res_model="export.xlsx.wizard" and src_model="<document_model>", and context['template_domain'] to locate the right template -- actions.xml
  2. Create import action menu on document, <act_window> with res_model="import.xlsx.wizard" and src_model="<document_model>", and context['template_domain'] to locate the right template -- action.xml
  3. Create/Design Excel Template File (.xlsx), in the template, name the underlining tab used for export/import -- <file>.xlsx
  4. Create instruction dictionary for export/import in xlsx.template model -- templates.xml

Use Case 2: Import Excel Files

With menu wizard to create new documents (example - excel_import_export_demo/import_sale_orders)

  1. Create report menu with search wizard, res_model="import.xlsx.wizard" and context['template_domain'] to locate the right template -- menu_action.xml
  2. Create Excel Template File (.xlsx), in the template, name the underlining tab used for import -- <import file>.xlsx
  3. Create instruction dictionary for import in xlsx.template model -- templates.xml

Use Case 3: Create Excel Report

This create report menu with criteria wizard. (example - excel_import_export_demo/report_sale_order)

  1. Create report's menu, action, and add context['template_domain'] to locate the right template for this report -- <report>.xml
  2. Create report's wizard for search criteria. The view inherits excel_import_export.xlsx_report_view and mode="primary". In this view, you only need to add criteria fields, the rest will reuse from interited view -- <report.xml>
  3. Create report model as models.Transient, then define search criteria fields, and get reporing data into results field -- <report>.py
  4. Create/Design Excel Template File (.xlsx), in the template, name the underlining tab used for report results -- <report_file>.xlsx
  5. Create instruction dictionary for report in xlsx.template model -- templates.xml


Another option for reporting is to use report action (report_type='excel'), I.e.,

<report id='action_report_saleorder_excel'
        string='Quotation / Order (.xlsx)'

By using report action, Odoo will find template using combination of model and name, then do the export for the underlining record. Please see example in excel_import_export_demo/report_action, which shows,

  1. Print excel from an active sale.order
  2. Run partner list report based on search criteria.

Known issues / Roadmap

  • Module extension e.g., excel_import_export_async, that add ability to execute as async process.
  • Ability to add contextual action in XLSX Tempalte, e.g., Add import action, Add export action. In similar manner as in Server Action.

Changelog (2019-12-19)

  • Speed up export when dealing with many rows (2019-08-28)

  • Fix style sum in footer (2019-08-09)

  • Add report action for report_type = 'excel' (2019-08-07)

  • Small fix, to ensure that system parameter 'path_temp_file' (ir.config_parameter) is readable (2019-06-24) (2019-02-24)

  • Start of the history

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This module is maintained by the OCA.

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This module is part of the OCA/server-tools project on GitHub.

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