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Pro forma invoice

In plentymarkets, you can generate pro forma invoices as PDF files, for example if you want to print them or send them to your customers as an email attachment. Pro forma invoices are usually used as a preliminary invoice or as the basis for tax purposes, for example for customs when you import or export goods.

1. Setting up a document template for pro forma invoices

Before generating pro forma invoices, you have to set up a document template. Go to Setup » Client » Select client » Locations » Select location » Documents » Pro forma invoice to set up the template.
Further information and instructions on setting up the document template are available on the Order documents page of the manual.

2. Generating a single pro forma invoice

You can create pro forma invoices manually for different order types. The pro forma invoice is available for orders, offers, advance orders, repairs, warranties and for delivery orders. To do so, proceed as follows.

Creating a pro forma invoices manually:

  1. Go to Orders » Edit orders.
    → The Order overview opens.

  2. Use the filters to search () for the order for which you want to create a pro forma invoice.

  3. Open the required order.

  4. Go to the Receipts tab.

  5. Select the option Pro forma invoice from the Create receipt drop-down list.

  6. Carry out the settings according to Table 1.

  7. Save () the settings to generate the pro forma invoice.
    → A PDF file of the just generated pro forma invoice opens.

Table 1. Settings for pro forma invoices in Create receipt menu.
Setting Explanation


Enter a date to be displayed on the pro forma invoice. The present date is set by default.


The document number is assigned automatically. No entry is required in this field.

Value date/payment due/early payment discount

Select by choosing YES or NO whether value date, payment due or early payment discount are displayed on the pro forma invoice.
Note: In order for these information to be displayed correctly on the pro forma invoice, they have to be deposited for the corresponding customer in the Account area in the CRM » Contacts menu.

Payment due date

If this information is not already deposited in the customer data, enter a number of days in this field to define the payment due date which is displayed on the pro forma invoice.

Early payment discount from X % if paid within X days

If this information is not already deposited in the customer data, enter a percentage and a number of days in these fields to define the early payment discount conditions.

Book outgoing items

Select by choosing YES or NO whether outgoing items should be booked when the pro forma invoice is generated.

Change order status to status

Choose an order status to which the order is to be changed after the pro forma invoice is generated. If you don’t want the order status to change, select No change .


The text entered here is displayed below the order items. The entry of a text is optional.

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