Registries are (ordered) key/value maps. They are the main web client extension points: many features provided by the Odoo javascript framework simply look up into a registry whenever it needs a definition for some object (such as fields, views, client actions or services). Customizing the web client is then simply done by adding specific values in the correct registry.

import { Registry } from "@web/core/registry";

const myRegistry = new Registry();

myRegistry.add("hello", "odoo");


A useful feature of registries is that they maintain a set of sub registries, obtained by the category method. If the sub registry does not exist yet, it is created on the fly. All registries used by the web client are obtained in such a way from one root registry, exported in @web/core/registry.

import { registry } from "@web/core/registry";

const fieldRegistry = registry.category("fields");
const serviceRegistry = registry.category("services");
const viewRegistry = registry.category("views");

Registry API

class Registry()

Creates a new registry. Note that a registry is an event bus, so one can listen to the UPDATE event if necessary. Registries are ordered: the getAll method returns a list of values ordered according to their sequence number.

Registry.add(key, value[, options])
  • key (string()) – key for the new entry

  • value (any()) – value for the new entry

  • options (Object()) – options

  • [options.force] (boolean()) – do not throw if key already exists

  • [options.sequence] (number()) – sequence number (useful to order entries)



Inserts a value at a specific key. If the key is already used, this method throws an error (unless the option force is set to true). The option sequence is useful to insert the value at a specific position. This method also triggers an UPDATE event.

Returns the same registry, so add method calls can be chained.

Registry.get(key[, defaultValue])
  • key (string()) – key for the entry

  • any (defaultValue()) – return value if no entry for key exists

Returns the value corresponding to the key argument. If the registry does not contain that key, this method returns defaultValue if given, or throws an error otherwise.

  • key (string()) – key for the entry



Returns true if key is present in the registry



Returns the list of all elements in the registry. It is ordered according to the sequence numbers.

  • key (string()) – the key for the entry that should be removed

Removes a key/value pair from the registry. This operation triggers an UPDATE event.

  • subcategory (string()) – the name for the sub category



Returns the sub registry associated with the subcategory. If it does not exist yet, the sub registry is created on the fly.

Reference List




implementation for all available effects


utility functions to format values (mostly used for field values)


top level components


utility functions to parse values (mostly used for field values)


all services that should be activated


components displayed in the systray zone in the navbar


menu items displayed in the user menu (top right of navbar)

Effect registry

The effects registry contains the implementations of all available effects. See the section on the effect service for more details.

Formatter registry

The formatters registry contains functions to format values. Each formatter has the following API:

format(value[, options])
  • value (T | false()) – a value of a specific type, or false if no value is given

  • options (Object()) – various options



Formats a value and returns a string

Main components registry

The main component registry (main_components) is useful for adding top level components in the web client. The webclient has a MainComponentsContainer as direct child. This component is basically a live representation of the ordered list of components registered in the main components registry.

interface {
    Component: Owl Component class
    props?: any

For example, the LoadingIndicator component can be added in the registry like this:

registry.category("main_components").add("LoadingIndicator", {
  Component: LoadingIndicator,

Parser registry

The parsers registry contains functions to parse values. Each parser has the following API:

parse(value[, options])
  • value (string()) – a string representing a value

  • options (Object()) – various options (parser specific)


T a valid value

Parses a string and returns a value. If the string does not represent a valid value, parsers can fail and throw errors.

Service registry

The service registry (category: services) contains all services that should be activated by the Odoo framework.

import { registry } from "@web/core/registry";

const myService = {
    dependencies: [...],
    start(env, deps) {
        // some code here

registry.category("services").add("myService", myService);

Systray registry

The systray is the zone on the right of the navbar that contains various small components, that usually display some sort of information (like the number of unread messages), notifications and/or let the user interact with them.

The systray registry contains a description of these systray items, as objects with the following three keys:

  • Component: the component class that represents the item. Its root element should be a <li> tag, otherwise it might not be styled properly.

  • props (optional): props that should be given to the component

  • isDisplayed (optional): a function that takes the env and returns a boolean. If true, the systray item is displayed. Otherwise it is removed.

For example:

import { registry } from "@web/core/registry";

class MySystrayItem extends Component {
    // some component ...

registry.category("systray").add("myAddon.myItem", {
    Component: MySystrayItem,

The systray registry is an ordered registry (with the sequence number):

const item = {
    Component: MySystrayItem
registry.category("systray").add("myaddon.some_description", item, { sequence: 43 });

The sequence number defaults to 50. If given, this number will be used to order the items. The lowest sequence is on the right and the highest sequence is on the left in the systray menu.

Usermenu registry

The user menu registry (category: user_menuitems) contains all menu items that are shown when opening the user menu (the navbar element with the user name, on the top right).

User menu items are defined by a function taking the env and returning a plain object, containing the following information:

  • description : the menu item text,

  • href : (optional) if given (and truthy), the item text is put in a a tag with given attribute href,

  • callback : callback to call when the item is selected,

  • hide: (optional) indicates if the item should be hidden (default: false),

  • sequence: (optional) determines the rank of the item among the other dropwdown items (default: 100).

The user menu calls all the functions defining items every time it is opened.


import { registry } from "@web/core/registry";

registry.category("user_menuitems").add("my item", (env) => {
    return {
        description: env._t("Technical Settings"),
        callback: () => {; },
        hide: (Math.random() < 0.5),