Developer Zone


Welcome! The Developer Zone is the place to learn about extending xTuple with scripted packages, modifying core source code, and interfacing with third party applications.

Note: We're revising our developer documentation for haxTuple2014. There will be some odd abbreviated pages and broken links throughout the Developer Zone during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience and will clean up the mess as quickly as possible. The newer versions of our work-in-process can be found on the qt-client wiki on GitHub and the web client wiki on GitHub.

xTuple has two client application interfaces: a C++ based "rich" client built that is installed locally on the operating system, and a JavaScript based client that runs in a web browser. The code for both clients and associated servers is hosted on GitHub. The C++ client is the result of over 10 years of community driven development and as such it is complete and feature rich. The web based client is newer and includes some, but not all, functionality offered in the C++ client. xTuple has a goal for the web client to reach parity with the C++ client over time, but it is important to note that the clients are inter operable and can run on the same database at the same time.

If you are interested in development on the web client please visit the wiki on GitHub. If you are more interested in the C++ client, visit the qt-client wiki on GitHub.

JoeChee's picture
Joined: 04/23/2010
Changing existing core screens

Currently I am interested in modifying the core screen of xTuple to streamline it as an import/export startup.

I've looked over the files and I believe the core screens are hardcoded into the client, so I believe that there might be a error when it is claimed that the extensions are able to

1. Change existing core screens

ned's picture
Joined: 10/20/2008
Keep reading. You can write

Keep reading. You can write Javascript to modify core screens.

Regarding import/export, you might want to look at what we're doing with embedding the CSV import tool into the client, and expanding XML import/export capabilities, before taking on anything big in that area. Can you describe what you're looking to do? (Ideally in the New Development forum?)

sevendogzero's picture
Joined: 10/21/2009

I want to insert new records or modify existing data directly using sql. Does the API provide this
type of interface for postbooks?
I have been programming in c/c++/vb for 25 years, and am very comfortable at the api level.

eg; As a consultant, I often work onsite. I would like to create a web interface for my
company, which allows me to create invoices in postbooks hosted on my office servers while i'm at
the customer site.


jrogelstad's picture
Joined: 12/10/2008
Look in the "Library" on this

Look in the "Library" on this page for the subject "API Views"

kutto's picture
Joined: 09/20/2008
Comment on layout of this page

Minor point - but I feel this web page could be improved for people looking for information by moving the four points (> Core Overview ...... thru > Specifications) to the top of the page or highlighting them in some other way - I had been to this page several times and never realised they were sections in their own right - I glanced at them but never realised where they lead - Now I see them it seems obvious but they are just very easy to miss at first glance.