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Physical database tables are the basis Application Dictionary Data Model is built on. This document discusses the particularities all tables in Openbravo ERP must have.

Common Columns

All tables in Openbravo ERP must have some common columns. All these columns must be defined as not nullable.

Primary Key

All tables in Openbravo ERP have a single column primary key. This column will be automatically populated with a generated UUID therefore the type for this column must be VARCHAR2(32).

Primary Key column must be named like its table with an _ID suffix. Thus the primary key column for HT_Salary table would be HT_Salary_ID.

This column must be also set as primary key in database, it is not enough with defining it as ID in Application Dictionary.


As Openbravo ERP is a multi client and multi organization application, all data belongs to a client and an organization, so all tables must have these two columns:

These columns are a foreign key to AD_Client and AD_Org tables. So their types must also be VARCHAR2(32), and there must be a foreign key to these tables.

Audit Information

Finally there are some columns that store information about whether a record is active and when and who created and last modified it. This information is maintained in the following columns:

Naming conventions

When creating new tables it is necessary to pay special attention to the names given to tables and columns, particularly regarding modularity.


The only element to take into consideration is the module's DB Prefix. The table's name must start with this DB prefix followed by underscore character (_).

The following table prefixes are used by Openbravo and are not allowed to be used by any modules:

Table prefix Description
A asset management
AD application dictionary
C core functionality
I import temporary tables and processes
M material management
FACT accounting
GL general ledger
MA manufacturing
MRP material resource
S service management
AT,AU,EM,FIN,I,MA,R,RV,T other Core prefixes
CUS, PD, US, ZZ personal developments
APRM Advanced Payables and Receivables Mngmt
OBUIAPP, NAVBA User Interface Application
OBCLFRE, OBCLKER User Interface Client Kernel
OBKMO Workspace & Widgets
OBCQL Query/List Widget
OBUISEL User Interface Selector
OBUISC Smartclient
FINPR Orders Awaiting Delivery



In case the column belongs to the same module than its table no special rule must be followed for its name. But if the column is going to be added to a table belonging to a different module, the column name must start with EM_ plus the DB Prefix of the module the column belongs to. For instance, EM_MYMODULEDBPREFIX_COLUMNNAME.

Bulbgraph.png   NOTE: The column name must not exceed the 30 characters long, that includes the "EM_" plus the DB Prefix of the module.

In PostgreSQL, all column names must be defined in lower case

This restriction also applies for naming constraints, triggers and functions.

Primary Key Column

Naming for primary key column is explained in Primary Key section of this document.

Foreign Key Columns

It is a best practice to name, if possible, foreign key columns in the same manner than the primary key column of the table they link to. The reason for this is that in Oracle, foreign key (and the rest of the db contraints) names must be unique at a database-level. So, for example if we have in our table a column that contains a business partner it should be named C_BPartner_ID because it is a foreign key to C_BPartner.C_BPartner_ID column. This is not possible when there is the same table more than one column linking to the same table or when adding columns in a different module than the table's one.

Following this naming rule allows to define standard references as TableDir when the column is defined in Application Dictionary.

Naming of Columns and the Data Access Layer

In Openbravo, Java classes are generated from the tables definition. A DAL entity is generated from every table defined in the Application Dictionary. You can find more information about this here.

It is important you take this into account when thinking about the names for your columns. The columns you define in a table will correspond to Java properties in a generated Java class. Therefore, you must not choose names which collide with Java keywords, such as class, if, int, ...

You can find a list of the Java keywords here.

Supported Column Data types

DBSourceManager, the utility that Openbravo uses to manage database related operations, supports a subset of the datatypes that Oracle and PostgreSQL databases support. Below we include the currently supported data types:

Oracle PostgreSQL
(n)char char
(n)varchar(2) varchar
blob bytea
date timestamp
number numeric
clob text

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