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Quick Guide

General Information
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Welcome to the Openbravo 3 Quick Guide

This guide consists of two main parts:

both of them in Openbravo

The aim of this guide is to give examples and explanations of common business configurations and also explain how to manage basic business flows, intentionally keeping the explanations and setup as simple as possible.

By following this simple guide you should be able to have your own version of Openbravo up and running within a couple of hours. We encourage you to personalize the examples so that they are meaningful to you.

Remember: Help is always at hand through public forums and through the #openbravo IRC channel.


System Requirements, Download and Install

After reviewing the system requirements, please read the Installation Manual properly and then choose the installation method best suited for you and your business to set up your personal Openbravo 3 environment, closely following the instructions, with the final step being: Activating your "Professional Subscription" instance.


After Openbravo is installed, point your browser to http://<IP_ADDRESS>/openbravo, replacing "<IP_ADDRESS>" with the IP Address (or Host Name) of the host machine running the Openbravo server.

If you have installed Openbravo onto your local machine then you may simply enter http://localhost/openbravo in a browser session on the local machine.

For most tasks in this Quick Guide you must be logged into Openbravo as an Administrator of the entity you need to administrate.

In order to be the System Administrator, first log into Openbravo.

  • Enter the User Name and Password in the login screen.
Bulbgraph.png   Note: The default user name is "Openbravo" and the password is "openbravo" .....and these are case sensitive!
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  • Click on the Openbravo button in the toolbar:
    • Select "System Administrator" as Role. The System Administrator, has the necessary rights to administrate your Openbravo system.
    • Organization will be set to "*" (asterisk) by default, meaning your Openbravo client (the highest level in Openbravo).
    • Click on the Apply button.

You are now logged in as System Administrator.

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Bulbgraph.png   The field "Days To Password expiration" configurable in Client, and the related behaviour is available from 16Q2 version.

It could happen that, while you are trying to login, you are asked to enter a new password. This behaviour is caused by a configuration in Client.

During login, the process will check if the user has reached the limit date for the password, in this case, the interface will force the user to renew the password, and the new limit date will be updated once the new password is saved.

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The new password must be different from the previous password, otherwise a message is shown.

Bulbgraph.png   Note: Starting from PR18Q3, renewed passwords must meet a minimum strength criteria: it must be at least 8 characters long and contains at least 3 of the following: uppercases, lowercases, digits and special characters.

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Also password could be renewed from the backend before expiration date has been reached, in User windows, using Password field to change the password.


This guide requires that you follow a path to access certain configuration options or enter master data.

For example, you may be asked to Go to General Setup || Application || Heartbeat Configuration

There are two ways to navigate there:

1. Enter the name of the page you want to get to into the QuickLaunch OB3 QuickLaunch.png toolbar's text field.

For this example we would start typing "Heartbeat Configuration" and notice that the system automatically prompts us to select from the matches that it finds dynamically.

Being an advanced OB3 user, this might be the faster way of navigating through Openbravo.

Bulbgraph.png   Note: Of course using the QuickLaunch OB3 QuickLaunch.png only lets you direcly navigate to where your current Role has the necessary rights for.

For instance: If you are not logged in as System Administrator, trying to navigate to "Heartbeat Configuration" like in the above example will not be possible.

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2. Follow the path in the menu tree.

In order to browse the menu tree:

  • Click on the Application button in the toolbar and browse the tree structure, following the path given in the instructions (in this example it is General Setup || Application || Heartbeat Configuration).

This way is slower than using the QuickLaunch OB3 QuickLaunch.png toolbar, but may be helpful when navigating in Openbravo for the first time (as you can get used to the menu's structure).

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Enabling Heartbeat

In order to install modules (or fully use an Openbravo Professional Edition free trial) you must first enable the Heartbeat.

Heartbeat is a process which gathers and sends data about the Openbravo 3 system to a service on the Openbravo's infrastructure. The collection of the info is just for statistics purposes in an anonymous way.

Bulbgraph.png   Note: You must be logged in as System Administrator.

The first time you log in as System Administrator you will be prompted to enable the Heartbeat. If, for some reason, you declined, you can always enable it later:

Go to General Setup || Application || Heartbeat Configuration

  • Click on "Enable Heartbeat".

If you now view the Heartbeat Log in the lower part of the screen you will see all the information that is sent by the Heartbeat.

  • Once the Heartbeat is configured you can close this tab.
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Personalizing Openbravo

Openbravo can be easily personalized.

If you want to customize the look and feel of Openbravo to suit your personal needs read this article How to Personalize Openbravo.

Business setup

Business setup diagram

The diagram below shows the business setup flow which is going to be explained in this section.
This business setup flow goes from the "Generic setup" and "Master Data" areas to the "Accounting" and "Warehouse" setup areas.

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If you want to know more about the basic setup of the business configurations in Openbravo, please review this article: Business Setup.

By following this setup flow you should be able to have your own version of Openbravo ready to execute the basic Business Flows.

Business Flows

The basic business flows explained in this section are related to below listed business areas:

If you want to know more about the management of the basic business flows in Openbravo, please review this article: Business Flows.

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