Odoo: Remember the filename of binary files


I wanted to use a binary field to store image data to a custom model. Therefore I used a field of the type Binary in my model. Unfortunately only the base64 encoded file was stored in the database but not the filename. This resulted in an unknown binary file download with the name of the current model.


Luckily I found a solution for this problem. First, I added another field to my model to store the filename. The name of this field can be arbitrary. The next step was to tell the image widget to use this field to store the filename: <field widget="binary" height="64" name="image" filename="image_filename" />.

Below is the full code listing to make it work:

Python Code

class MyModel(models.Model):
    _name = 'my.model'

    image = fields.Binary('Image', required=True)
    image_filename = fields.Char("Image Filename")

XML View

<record id="view_form_my_model" model="ir.ui.view">
  <field name="name">My Model Form</field>
  <field name="model">my.model</field>
  <field name="arch" type="xml">
        <group name="group_top">
          <group name="group_left">
            <field name="image_filename" invisible="0"/>
            <field widget="binary" height="64" name="image" filename="image_filename" />
          <group name="group_right">


The download works now like a charm and it is even possible to modify the filename directly.