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Software installation

Install Java

Openbravo POS is an application developed in Java and to execute it you will need the Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.6 or greater.

On Windows

You can install Java from Sun's website.

On Ubuntu

To install java in Ubuntu make sure to have the multiverse and restricted repositories activated. To do this you can add the following lines to the /etc/apt/sources.list file:

deb intrepid main restricted
deb intrepid multiverse

Where intrepid is the Ubuntu version you have installed. And after modified you have to update your repository executing:

sudo apt-get update 

And to install java execute

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-fonts

You can also add the multiverse repository using the system tool Software sources, and install the java packages using the Synaptic package manager.

To verify that the correct version of java is installed the following command can be used:

java -version

If you have more than one java environment installed in your machine you need to select the Sun java runtime environment (JRE) 1.6 or greater. The following command can be used to list the available java versions:

update-java-alternatives -l

And to change from one version to another, the following command can be used:

sudo update-java-alternatives -s <JRE Version>

Download and install Openbravo POS

Download the latest version of the Openbravo POS from Sourceforge. There are available installers for several operating systems and architectures or as a binary package. There is a description of all the files available for download in the Openbravo POS 2.30 Release notes#How to get Openbravo POS.

The installers are very simple to follow and the binary package just needs to be opened with your favourite uncompressor and extract all files to an empty folder.

Run it!

The first time Openbravo POS starts and there isn't a database, it display a warning alerting that it has found an empty database. If you click OK, Openbravo POS will create for you the database structure necessary to run.

On Windows


Go to Start -> Applications -> Openbravo POS -> Openbravo POS

Binary package

Execute the file start.bat just double clicking on it or launch from the command line. You can also create a shortcut to this file and place it in your preferred location: the desktop, the launch bar...

On Linux


In Gnome go to Applications -> Office -> Openbravo POS or just execute openbravopos command in a command line.

Binary Package

Execute sh

In linux you first need to add execution permissions to the files and to do this execute the following commands:

chmod +x 
chmod +x 


Open the Apple Terminal (located at: /Applications/Utilities) and go with the command line to the location the file is located. Then execute sh

Localization packages installation

If you want to have Openbravo POS in your language you need first to download the localization package suitable for your language. The list of available localization packages and where to download is maintained in the Openbravo POS localization guide.

Localization packages are very simple to install, just uncompress the localization package in the same folder Openbravo POS is installed and restart the application.

Database installation

Once Openbravo POS is installed you should decide whether you want to run Openbravo POS on the built-in engine or on any of the other database engines supported. Openbravo POS supports five database engines: Apache Derby, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle and HSQLDB.

Openbravo POS since version 2.30 uses by default Apache Derby for data storage. Apache Derby is bundled with the binary package of Openbravo POS and offers the advantage that it doesn't have to be configured, and it is reliable and robust enough for most requirements.

Apache Derby

Openbravo POS is distributed with the embedded library of Apache Derby so if you plan to use Apache Derby in embedded mode you do not need to download or install anything. Using Embedded mode makes the database single concurrent user. Only one OpenbravoPOS can access it at a time. You need to stop OpenbravoPOS to access the database with IJ, SquirrelSQL, OpenOffice or other tools. If you want to use Apache Derby in client/server mode you need to download and install the full distribution of Apache Derby available from the Apache Derby web site, or install from repository. In client server mode you can access the database concurrently from several applications or workstations.

Derby is called javadb by Sun, and is included in Ubuntu from 7.04 onwards.

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-javadb

To test access with the Derby command line client, called ij

cd /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/db/bin
export DERBY_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/db/bin
connect 'jdbc:derby:/home/myuser/openbravopos-database;create=true';
show tables;
select * from resources;

An example of a database configuration using Apache Derby as database engine in embedded mode is:

Driver library: derby.jar
Driver class: org.apache.derby.jdbc.EmbeddedDriver
URL: jdbc:derby:/home/myuser/openbravopos-database;create=true
User: yourname
Password: yourpass

And in client / server mode:

Driver library: derbyclient.jar
Driver class: org.apache.derby.jdbc.ClientDriver
URL: jdbc:derby://localhost:1527/openbravopos-database;create=true
User: yourname
Password: yourpass

Note if you take a working Embedded database directory, such as the default openbravopos-database, and change to accessing it in client / server mode, the user must be APP and password does not matter, unless you set Java security.

User: APP
Password: whatever-but-not-blank

An example snip from

# your install directory below may vary

You need to start the Derby server

# Start Derby in server mode
export DERBY_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/db
# setup the classpath so Derby knows where to find itself
# -h = host  interface to listen on, for all interfaces
# this means you can access the database from other machines on the network
# & at the end means spawn this process and return to the prompt
java -jar /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/db/lib/derbynet.jar start -h &
# in the derby:// connect string you need to give the full path to the openbravo-database directory

You also need to ensure derbyclient.jar is available.

On Ubuntu

In Lucid it can be found in /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/db/lib/derbyclient.jar.


Using OpenOffice base enables you to visualize your data, write reports and queries. Be careful if you choose to alter data, you can easily break internal links or sequences between records or tables.

To access your OpenbravoPOS data from OpenOffice, in client server mode

First tell OO where the Derby jar can be found

Tools..Options..Java..Class Path...
Add Archive

Then connect to the database

New database
Connect to an existing database JDBC
Datasource URL:  derby://localhost:1527//home/openbravopos/openbravopos-database
JDBC driver class:  org.apache.derby.jdbc.ClientDriver

File save database file, give it a local name, like openbravopos.odb

Make sure you've started the Derby server, as described above.

To make the tables available to OO Calc Base..Databases
New...Database file..Browse..OpenbravoPOS.odb  (if thats what you saved it as above)
Registered name.. openbravopos (any logical name will do)

In Calc

Data..Data Pilot..Start
Data source registered in
Database..OpenbravoPOS (from above)
Data source (choose a table eg) APP.PRODUCTS
Type Sheet

Data retrieval may take a few moments.


On Windows

Download MySQL server (essentials package recommended) and install it.

Download MySQL Connector/J, unzip the contents and place it in the same folder where Openbravo POS resides.

Alternatively you can install MySQL Administrator and MySQL Query Browser MySQL GUI Tools Downloads.

On Ubuntu

Activate the universe repository and run following commands in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install mysql-server libmysql-java

You can also install MySQL Administrator and MySQL Query Browser:

sudo apt-get install mysql-admin mysql-query-browser

Connector/J is on /usr/share/java/mysql.jar. You can copy or link it to Openbravo POS' folder.


Create an user and a database (schema).

You can check MySQL documentation.

An example of a database configuration using MySQL as database engine is:

Driver library: mysql-connector-java-3.1.6-bin.jar
Driver class: com.mysql.jdbc.Driver
URL: jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/openbravopos
User: yourname
Password: yourpass

Note: if you copy/paste these values, make sure you do not have a blank space at the end of each string, i.e. "com.mysql.jdbc.Driver ", this will cause an error when executing Openbravo.

For used non-Latin symbols, you need add support UTF-8 for MySQL database connect. Example:

URL: jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/openbravopos?useUnicode=true&characterEncoding=UTF-8&characterSetResults=UTF-8


To use Openbravo POS with PostgreSQL you must have a PostgreSQL server running and the JDBC driver for PostgreSQL.

On Windows

Download the server PostgreSQL download and install it.

Download the JDBC driver PostgreSQL JDBC Driver according to your version and install it.

You can also install the PosgreSQL administration tool pgAdminIII.

On Ubuntu

Ensure you have the universe repository activated and run following commands in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install postgresql-8.2 libpg-java

You can also install the administrator tool pgAdmin3:

sudo apt-get install pgadmin3

The JDBC lib is on /usr/share/java/postgresql.jar. You can copy or link it to Openbravo POS' folder.


After the database server is installed and running you have to create an empty database for Openbravo POS and a database user with privileges to connect to this database. You can check PostgreSQL documentation.

An example of a database configuration using PostgreSQL as database engine is:

Driver library: /usr/share/java/postgresql-8.0.309.jdbc3.jar    
Driver class: org.postgresql.Driver  
URL: jdbc:postgresql://localhost:5432/openbravopos
User youruser  
Password: youpass


To use Openbravo POS with Oracle you must have an Oracle server running and the JDBC driver for Oracle.

On Windows

Download and install Oracle XE and the JDBC Driver.

You can also install to administer and query the database Oracle JDeveloper.

On Ubuntu

Download and install Oracle XE and the JDBC Driver.

You can also install to administer and query the database Oracle JDeveloper.


After the database server is installed and running you have to create an empty database for Openbravo POS and a database user with privileges to connect to this database.

An example of database configuration is:

Driver library: ojdbc14.jar
Driver class: oracle.jdbc.driver.OracleDriver
URL: jdbc:oracle:thin:@localhost:1521:xe
User youruser  
Password: youpass


To configure Openbravo POS go to the configuration panel or run the file configuration.bat in windows or in linux. Please be aware that once you restart Openbravo POS, it will tell you that your database is empty and will offer you to create tables for your new database. Click the yes button to allow Openbravo POS to create the tables for you

Database configuration

Openbravo POS configuration.

The properties related to the database configuration are:

Driver library
Is the file provided by the database engine vendor that contains the JDBC driver that allows Java programs to communicate with the database. It's usually a file with extension .jar.
Driver class
Is the java class name that implements the JDBC driver. This name is also defined by the database engine vendor.
Is the connection string that uses JDBC to localize the JDBC the driver and the database.
The name of the authorized database user.
The password of the database user.

Cash register

Openbravo POS configuration

The properties related to the register cash panel are:

is the name of the cashier.
provides a few themes which change the look of Openbravo POS.
sets if the application should be in a fullscreen or just in window mode.
sets in which mode Openbravo POS works. At the present day the following : are available:
simple, standard or restaurant.
Customer Display
sets the way how a customer should see the last ordered item.
is the main printer.
is an additional printer that could print something additional i.e. an
order in a kitchen or in a bar.
is an additional printer that could print something additional i.e. an
order in a kitchen or in a bar.
sets scales to weigh products.
sets a barcode scanner to read barcodes.
Reports Printer
is a printer that prints reports.

This feature is available with version 2.30 and later

Receipt printer
this box must be checked if the Reports Printers is a receipt printer


Here the language of the application is defined. You can define a format of the values displayed like dates, currencies, numbers...

Openbravo POS configuration

You select the language and the country of the application. This selection determines also the default format for currency values and the currency symbol, the default format for dates, times and numeric values.
Integer, Double, Currency, Percent, Date, Time and Date time
Here you can overwrite the default type format for each value type defined by the selected Locale. This pattern format follows the specification of the Java platform.


You can set a payment gateway to provide a possibility for customers to pay by credit/debit card. At the present day Openbravo POS supports Authorize.Net and SecPay.

Openbravo POS configuration

The properties related to the payment configuration are:

Commerce ID
Your ID that you get when you register in a payment gateway provider.
Commerce password
Your password to your Commerce ID.
Payment gateway
sets the provider that you register in.
Mag card reader
sets a device that reads cards

Additional help

If you need additional help during installation please use the Openbravo POS community support forums.

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