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Developer(s) Openbravo S.L.
Stable release 3.0MP27.1 / October 25, 2013 (2013-10-25)
Operating system Windows, Linux, Unix, Solaris, FreeBSD
Type Customer relationship management (CRM), Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
License Openbravo Public License (based on the MPL[1]) for Openbravo ERP. GNU GPL (version 2 or later) for Openbravo POS

Openbravo is a commercial open-source software company. The head office of Openbravo S.L. is located in Pamplona, Spain. A sales office is located in Barcelona. The company is responsible for the development of two products: Openbravo ERP and Openbravo POS. For the worldwide distribution and implementations of its software, Openbravo relies heavily on its partner network.[2] The company is a member of the Open Solutions Alliance, a non-profit organization working for open-source standardization.[3] Openbravo is a multiple time winner of Infoworld's Bossie award for best open source software application, last awarded in August 2014.[4]


Openbravo's roots are in the development of business administration software, first developed by two employees of Engineering School Tecnun of the University of the Visayas, Nicolas Serrano and Ismael Ciordia. They were both involved in the mid 1990s in developing the management of the university. They used emerging internet technologies while doing their work, and subsequently introduced a new approach for web applications. Their concept was realized in a new company called Tecnicia, founded in August 2001 by Serrano, Ciordia, and Aguinaga. In 2005, two management consultants, Manel Sarasa and Josep Mitjá, were asked by a venture capital company to evaluate Tecnicia and prepare a business plan for its evolution. In 2006, the two consultants joined Tecnicia as the CEO and COO respectively. Around the same time the Spanish investment company Sodena invested 6.4 million USD in the further development of the company.

In 2006 the company was renamed Openbravo. In 2007 the company announced the acquisition of LibrePOS, a web-based Point-of-Sale (POS) application for the retail and hospitality businesses. LibrePOS was rebranded as Openbravo POS. In May 2008 Openbravo attracted three more investors, Amadeus (UK), GIMV (Belgium) and Adara (Spain) for a second investment round totalling 12.5 million USD.[5] This investment launched Openbravo as one of the leading open source companies with substantial resources to further develop its products and services.[6]

Openbravo ERP[edit]

Openbravo ERP is a web-based ERP business solution for small and medium-sized companies that is released under the Openbravo Public License, based on the Mozilla Public License.[1] The model for the program was originally based on the Compiere ERP program that is also open source, released under the GNU General Public License version 2. The program is among the top ten most active projects of Sourceforge as of January 2008.[7]

Using Openbravo ERP, organizations can automate and register most common business processes. The following processes are supported: Sales, Procurement, Manufacturing, Projects, Finance, MRP and more.[8] Numerous commercial functional extensions are available on the Openbravo Exchange which can be procured by users of the Professional Subscription version of Openbravo ERP.[9] This paid-for version offers additional functionality compared to the free Community Edition (such as: integrated administration tools, non-technical tool for updates and upgrades, access to Openbravo Exchange and a Service Level Agreement). Characteristic of the Openbravo ERP application is the green web interface through which users maintain company data in a web-browser on their PC or PDA.[10] Openbravo can also create and export reports and data to several formats, such as PDF and Microsoft Excel.

Openbravo's Java-based architecture focuses on two development models:

  • model-driven development, in which developers describe the application in terms of models rather than code
  • model-view-controller, a well established design pattern in which the presentation logic and the business logic are kept isolated

These two models allow for integration with other programs and for a simple interface.[11]Because of the application of open standards Openbravo ERP can be integrated with other open source applications like Magento webshop, Pentaho Business Intelligence, ProcessMaker BPM, Liferay Portal and SugarCRM.[12]

Openbravo POS[edit]

Interface Openbravo POS

Openbravo POS is a web-based Point-of-Sale (POS) application for retail and hospitality businesses. The application came into existence called TinaPOS. For legal reasons the application was renamed to LibrePOS.[13] In 2007 LibrePOS was acquired by Openbravo and it is known by its current name.[14] The program is completely integrated into Openbravo's ERP application. Through this integration it is possible to update stock levels, financial journals and customer data directly in the central database when a POS sales is executed in the stores.[15] Openbravo POS can be applied using PDAs for order intake.

Openbravo Mobile[edit]

looking for the best[16] HTML5 framework for Openbravo Mobile, they decided to choose Enyo for both its Openbravo Web POS and its mobile solution[17]


Openbravo's user interface is available in English, Spanish, French, Indonesian, Italian, Arabic, Cuban, Serbian, German.

Missing features[edit]

  • Payroll System
  • Quality Management

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Find partners support". Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  2. ^ Kerner, Sean (2007-03-23). "Josep Mitjà, COO, Openbravo". Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  3. ^ "Bossie Award 2014". Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  4. ^ "About us". Openbravo. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  5. ^ Asay, Matt (2007-10-26). "Running the open-source bulls with Openbravo". CNet Blogs. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  6. ^ " Most Active Projects - Last Week". SourceForge. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  7. ^ "Openbravo : Product Features". Openbravo. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  8. ^ "Openbravo Launches Global Commercial Open Source Exchange for ERP Solutions and Extensions". Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  9. ^ "Design principles for Openbravo Green". Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  10. ^ McConnachie, Dahna (2007-10-25). "Openbravo executives open up on the ERP solution". Australian PC World. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  11. ^ Ben Haroosh, Yossi. "Openbravo ERP,Pentaho BI,SugarCRM Integration Steps". Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  12. ^ "Using LibrePOS". WikiBooks. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  13. ^ Romero, Adrián. "Openbravo has acquired Librepos". Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  14. ^ "Openbravo POS Direct Integration". Openbravo. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  15. ^ "Openbravo Mobile: Technical Overview and Roadmap". blog Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "Openbravo selects Enyo". enyo blog. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 

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