Tryton can generate dynamic reports in many formats from templates. The reports are generated in one step as follows: a report template in a special file format, explained later, is interpolated with dynamic data and placed into a document of the same file format. Tryton’s ability to generate documents in this way allows documents to be generated for any editor that supports the Open Document Format which can be converted to third party formats, such as PDF. LibreOffice must be installed on the server host for format conversion.

Report Templates

Report templates are files with a format supported by relatorio, that contain snippets of the Genshi templating language.

Here is an example of the text that would be placed in an open document text document, *.odt, that displays the full name and the address lines of the first address of each party. The Genshi code is placed in the template using “Placeholder Text Fields”. These are specific to ODT files.

When defining an the following attributes are available:


The name of the report.


The __name__ of the report model.


The __name__ of the Model the report is based. Report that is not for a specific model, needs to leave this empty.


The path to the template file starting with the module directory.


The template format.


True if the template works only for one record. If such report is called with more than one record, a zip file containing all the reports will be generated.


A Genshi Expression to compute the filename for each record.

Report Usage

Using Genshi and Open Office

Setting up an ODT file

If you are creating a report from scratch you should perform the following steps:

  • Remove user data

    • Open File ‣ Properties…

    • Uncheck “Apply user data”

    • Uncheck “Save preview image with this document”

    • Click on “Reset Properties”

  • Set some parameters

    • Set the zoom to 100% (View>Zoom)

    • Set the document to read-only mode (File ‣ Properties.. ‣ Security) (Decreases the time it takes to open the document.)

  • Usage

    • Use Liberation fonts (Only necessary if being officially included in Tryton)

    • Try to use styles in report templates so that they can be extended.

Using Genshi in an ODT file

The Genshi code is placed in the template using “Placeholder Text Fields”. These are specific to *.odt files and can be found in the open office Insert ‣ Fields ‣ More Fields… menu and then by selecting Functions tab, Placeholder Type and Text Format. The Genshi code is placed into the Placeholder value. There are alternatives for embedding Genshi that are supported by relatorio but their use is not encouraged within Tryton.

See Genshi’s documentation for more information: Genshi XML Template Language.

Accessing models from within the report

By default instances of the models, the report is for, are passed in to the report via a list of records (or record if single is True). These records behave just as they would within trytond itself. You can access any of the models relations as well. For example within the invoice report each record is an invoice and you can access the name of the party of the invoice via Additional objects can be passed to a report. This is discussed below in Passing custom values to a report

Within Tryton the model, the report is based on, can be found by opening the menu item:

|Administration --> Models --> Models|__

.. |Administration --> Models --> Models| replace:: :menuselection:`Administration --> Models --> Models`

Furthermore in Tryton the fields for that model can be found by opening the menu item:

|Administration --> Models --> Models --> Fields|__

.. |Administration --> Models --> Models --> Fields| replace:: :menuselection:`Administration --> Models --> Models --> Fields`

Creating a simple report template for a model from the client

Once you have created a report template it has to be uploaded to the server. This can be done by creating a new record by opening the menu item:

|Administration --> User Interface --> Actions --> Reports|__

.. |Administration --> User Interface --> Actions --> Reports| replace:: :menuselection:`Administration --> User Interface --> Actions --> Reports`

Just make sure to include the template file in the content field.

In order to make the report printable from a record create a Print form keyword related to the model where the report should be available.

Customizing an existing report from the client

The content of existing reports can be updated from the menu item:

Administration ‣ User Interface ‣ Actions ‣ Reports

The easiest way is to download the existing content, edit it and upload it back to the server.


It is possible to restore the original content by clearing the content and saving the record.

Creating a simple report template for a model within a module

Once you have created a report template stored in your module, you must create an XML record of and another XML record of ir.action.keyword like:

      <record model="" id="my_report">
         <field name="name">My Report</field>
         <field name="report_name">my_module.my_report</field>
         <field name="model"></field>
         <field name="report">my_module/report.fodt</field>
         <field name="template_extension">odt</field>
      <record model="ir.action.keyword" id="my_report_keyword">
         <field name="keyword">form_print</field>
         <field name="model">,-1</field>
         <field name="action" ref="my_report"/>

Replacing existing Tryton reports withing a module

To replace an existing report you must deactivate the old report and activate the new report.

For example to deactivate the sale report:

<record model="" id="sale.report_sale">
   <field name="active" eval="False"/>

Then you must create your new sale report:

   <record model="" id="report_sale">
      <field name="name">Sale</field>
      <field name="report_name"></field>
      <field name="model"></field>
      <field name="report">my_module/sale.odt</field>
      <field name="template_extension">odt</field>
   <record model="ir.action.keyword" id="report_sale_keyword">
      <field name="keyword">form_print</field>
      <field name="model">,-1</field>
      <field name="action" ref="report_sale"/>

Passing custom values to a report

In this example Report.get_context is overridden and an employee record is set into context. Now the invoice report will be able to access the employee record.

from tryton.pool import Pool
from import Report
from trytond.transaction import Transaction

class InvoiceReport(Report):
    __name__ = 'account.invoice'

    def get_context(cls, records, header, data):
        pool = Pool()
        Employee = pool.get('company.employee')

        context = super().get_context(records, header, data)
        employee_id = Transaction().context.get('employee')
        employee = Employee(employee_id) if employee_id else None
        context['employee'] = employee

        return context