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Flectra is a open source ERP and CRM software. In this article, you will learn how to install Flectra on CentOS 8. #centlinux #linux #flectra

What is Flectra? :

Flectra is the Open Source ERP and CRM system for your Business. It is the next generation business information system helps you grow your business, with powerful modular design covering all essential aspects of a business.

Flectra is a suite of web based open source business apps forked from Odoo. The main Flectra Apps include an Open Source CRM, Website Builder, eCommerce, Warehouse Management, Project Management, Billing & Accounting, Point of Sale, Human Resources, Marketing, Manufacturing, Purchase Management and many more.

Flectra is built using Python programming language and PostgreSQL database.

Environment Specification:

We are using a minimally installed CentOS 8 virtual machine with following specifications.

  • CPU – 3.4 Ghz (2 cores)
  • Memory – 2 GB
  • Storage – 20 GB
  • Operating System – CentOS Linux 8.2
  • Hostname –
  • IP Address – /24

Update CentOS 8 Software Packages:

By using a SSH client, log on to virtual machine as root user.

It is a best practice to update existing software packages on your Linux operating system, especially before installing a new software.

Execute the dnf command to update existing software packages.

# dnf update -y
Last metadata expiration check: 0:22:15 ago on Mon 12 Oct 2020 09:30:17 PM PKT.
Dependencies resolved.
Nothing to do.

Since, we frequently update our Linux server, therefore, there isn’t any update available right now. The output may vary on your operating system.

Verify the Linux Kernel version that is being used in this installation guide.

# uname -r

Verify the Linux operating system version that is being used in this installation guide.

# cat /etc/redhat-release
CentOS Linux release 8.2.2004 (Core)

Install PostgreSQL on CentOS 8:

Flectra requires a PostgreSQL database as its data repository. Therefore, We are installing PostgreSQL and relevant software packages by using dnf command.

# dnf install -y postgresql-server libpq-devel

Start and Initialize PostgreSQL server instance by using following Linux command.

# postgresql-setup --initdb --unit postgresql
 * Initializing database in '/var/lib/pgsql/data'
 * Initialized, logs are in /var/lib/pgsql/initdb_postgresql.log

Enable and start PostgreSQL service as follows.

# systemctl enable --now postgresql.service
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/ â /usr/lib/systemd/system/postgresql.service.

Our PostgreSQL Server is ready to use now. Create a database user for Flectra ERP.

# su - postgres -c "createuser -s flectra"

By keeping the scope of this document limited, we are installing the available version of PostgreSQL from default yum repository. You can refer to our previous post to install PostgreSQL on CentOS 8.

Install WKHTMLTOPDF on CentOS 8:

Flectra ERP requires WKHTMLTOPDF software to generate reports in PDF format.

WKHTMLTOPDF software is not available in default yum repositories, But we can download WKHTMLTOPDF from their official website.

You can obtain the URL of WKHTMLTOPDF package from above link and then use wget command to download it directly in your Linux server.

# cd /tmp
# wget
--2020-10-12 22:17:09--  
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 16237416 (15M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: âwkhtmltox-0.12.6-1.centos8.x86_64.rpmâ

wkhtmltox-0.12.6-1. 100%[===================>]  15.48M  66.0KB/s    in 6m 20s

2020-10-12 22:23:34 (41.7 KB/s) - âwkhtmltox-0.12.6-1.centos8.x86_64.rpmâ saved [16237416/16237416]

Install WKHTMLTOPDF package by using below mentioned Linux command.

# dnf localinstall -y wkhtmltox-0.12.6-1.centos8.x86_64.rpm

WKHTMLTOPDF and dependent packages has been installed on your Linux operating system.

Install Python on CentOS 8:

Flectra ERP is built using Python programming language, therefore, you need Python runtimes to deploy CRM application.

Python 3 is available in default yum repository, therefore we are installing it by using dnf command.

# dnf install -y python3 python3-devel

Install Flectra Prerequisites:

Flectra ERP has a handful of dependent software packages. You can easily install Flectra prerequisites by using a single Linux command.

# dnf install -y git gcc wget nodejs libxslt-devel bzip2-devel openldap-devel libjpeg-devel freetype-devel -y

Flectra ERP web requires ‘less’ JavaScript to properly render the style of the web pages. Therefore, we are installing it by using npm (Node Package Manager) command.

# npm install -g less
/usr/local/bin/lessc -> /usr/local/lib/node_modules/less/bin/lessc
+ less@3.12.2
added 12 packages from 45 contributors in 23.106s

Install Flectra on CentOS 8:

Create a Linux user to own Flectra software and processes.

# useradd -r -m -U -d /opt/flectra -s /bin/bash flectra

Switch to flectra user.

# su - flectra
Last login: Wed Oct 14 23:35:55 PKT 2020 on pts/0

By using git command, create a clone of Flectra source code.

$ git clone --depth=1 --branch=1.0 flectra
Cloning into 'flectra'...
remote: Enumerating objects: 26592, done.
remote: Counting objects: 100% (26592/26592), done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (18881/18881), done.
remote: Total 26592 (delta 8354), reused 23223 (delta 6860), pack-reused 0
Receiving objects: 100% (26592/26592), 146.00 MiB | 75.00 KiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (8354/8354), done.
Checking out files: 100% (24066/24066), done.

Create a Python virtual environment for deploying Flectra ERP.

$ python3 -m venv flectra01

Activate the Python virtual environment.

$ source flectra01/bin/activate
(flectra01) $

Upgrade the version of pip package by using following Linux command.

(flectra01) $ pip install --upgrade pip
    100% |ââââââââââââââââââââââââââââââââ| 1.5MB 326kB/s
Installing collected packages: pipâââââââ
  Found existing installation: pip 9.0.3
    Uninstalling pip-9.0.3:ââââââââââ
      Successfully uninstalled pip-9.0.3
Successfully installed pip-20.2.4â

Flectra ERP requires various Python modules to function properly. The source contains a complete list of required modules, therefore, we can use this file to install all the required modules in one go.

(flectra01) $ pip3 install -r flectra/requirements.txt
Successfully installed Babel-2.3.4 Jinja2-2.10.1 Mako-1.0.4 MarkupSafe-0.23 Pillow-4.0.0 PyYAML-3.12 Werkzeug-0.11.15 XlsxWriter-0.9.3 argparse-1.4.0 beautifulsoup4-4.9.3 certifi-2020.6.20 chardet-3.0.4 decorator-4.0.10 docutils-0.12 ebaysdk-2.1.5 feedparser-5.2.1 gevent-1.1.2 greenlet-0.4.10 html2text-2016.9.19 idna-2.7 linecache2-1.0.0 lxml-3.7.1 mock-2.0.0 num2words-0.5.6 numpy-1.14.3 oauthlib-2.0.7 ofxparse-0.16 olefile-0.46 passlib-1.6.5 pbr-5.5.0 psutil-4.3.1 psycopg2-2.8.5 pycrypto-2.6.1 pydot-1.2.3 pyldap-2.4.28 pyparsing-2.1.10 pyserial-3.1.1 python-dateutil-2.5.3 python-stdnum-1.14 pytz-2016.7 pyusb-1.0.0 qrcode-5.3 reportlab-3.3.0 requests-2.20.0 six-1.15.0 soupsieve-2.0.1 suds-jurko-0.6 traceback2-1.4.0 unittest2-1.1.0 urllib3-1.24.3 validate-email-1.3 vatnumber-1.2 vobject-0.9.3 xlrd-1.0.0 xlwt-1.3.0

Deactivate the Python virtual environment.

(flectra01) $ deactivate

Exit from flectra user shell.

$ exit

Create directories for Flectra configuration, executables and log files.

# mkdir /opt/flectra/addons
# mkdir /var/log/flectra
# mkdir /etc/flectra
# touch /var/log/flectra/flectra.log

Change the owner of the newly created directories to flectra user.

# chown -R flectra:flectra /opt/flectra/addons
# chown -R flectra:flectra /var/log/flectra
# chown -R flectra:flectra /etc/flectra

Edit Flectra configuration file.

# vi /etc/flectra/flectra.conf

Add following configurations in this file.

admin_passwd = Ahmer@1234
db_host = False
db_port = False
db_user = flectra
db_password = False
logfile = /var/log/flectra/flectra.log
logrotate = True
proxy_mode = True
addons_path = /opt/flectra/flectra/addons, /opt/flectra/addons

Create a Systemd Service for Flectra ERP:

To enable autostart of ERP at Linux startup, we need to create a Systemd service for Flectra ERP.

Use vim editor to create a service unit file.

# vi /etc/systemd/system/flectra.service

Add following directives in this file.


ExecStart=/opt/flectra/flectra01/bin/python3 /opt/flectra/flectra/flectra-bin -c /etc/flectra/flectra.conf


Notify the Systemd about the changes in service file by using following systemctl command.

# systemctl daemon-reload

Enable and start Flectra service.

# systemctl enable --now flectra
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/ â /etc/systemd/system/flectra.service.

Configure Linux Firewall:

To verify, is Flectra service running on default port 7073? execute the following Linux command.

# ss -tulpn | grep 7073
tcp     LISTEN   0        128    *       users:(("python3",pid=19844,fd=5))

Allow Flectra service port in Linux firewall, to make the ERP accessible across the network.

# firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=7073/tcp
# firewall-cmd --reload

Access Flectra Web UI:

Open URL in a web browser.

Flectra Web Configuration

Fill out the form and click on “Create Database”. The master password is one that we have set in the /etc/flectra/flectra.conf file.

Flectra Dashboard

You have reached at the Dashboard of the Flectra ERP. You can now customize the business suite according to your business requirement and start using it to manage different aspects of your business.


In this article, you have learned, how to install Flectra on CentOS 8. Read The Linux Command Line, 2nd Edition: A Complete Introduction (PAID LINK) by William Shotts, if you have difficulty in understanding this installation guide.

2 thoughts on “How to install Flectra on CentOS 8”
  1. i found error like this

    Style error
    The style compilation failed, see the error below. Your recent actions may be the cause, please try reverting the changes you made.

    (b'', b'The "–no-js" argument is deprecated, as inline JavaScript is disabled by default. Use "–js" to enable inline JavaScript (not recommended).
    ArgumentError: Error evaluating function `floor`: argument must be a number in – on line 3159, column 17:
    3158 height: @planner-height;
    3159 margin: floor((@flectra-navbar-height – @planner-height)/2) 10px 0;
    3160 cursor: pointer;

    ')This error occured while compiling the bundle 'web.assets_common' containing:
    – /web/static/lib/bootstrap/less/variables.less
    – /web/static/lib/bootstrap/less/mixins/vendor-prefixes.less
    – /web/static/lib/bootstrap/less/mixins/buttons.less
    – /web/static/lib/bootstrap/less/mixins/clearfix.less
    – /web/static/lib/bootstrap/less/mixins/size.less
    – /web/static/src/less/variables.less
    – /web/static/src/less/utils.less
    – /web_editor/static/src/less/web_editor.variables.less
    – /web/static/lib/bootstrap-datetimepicker/src/less/_bootstrap-datetimepicker.less
    – /web/static/src/less/fonts.less
    – /web/static/src/less/navbar.less
    – /web/static/src/less/mimetypes.less
    – /web/static/src/less/modal.less
    – /web/static/src/less/animation.less
    – /web/static/src/less/rainbow.less
    – /web/static/src/less/datepicker.less
    – /web_planner/static/src/less/web_planner_common.less
    – /web_tour/static/src/less/tip.less
    – /web_tour/static/src/less/keyframes.less

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