The inverse exponential distribution is widely used in the field of reliability. In this article, we present a generalization of the inverse exponential distribution in formation of Topp-Leone odd log-logistic inverse exponential distribution. We provide a comprehensive account of some mathematical properties of the Topp-Leone odd log-logistic inverse exponential distribution. The possible shapes of the corresponding probability density function and hazard function are obtained and graphical demonstration are presented. The distribution is found to be unimodal. The results for moment, moment-generating function, and probability-generating function are computed. The residual and reversed residual functions are also obtained. The proposed method of maximum likelihood is used for the estimation of model parameters. The performance of the parameters is investigated through simulation. The usefulness of the proposed model is illustrated by means of a real data set. (c) 2020 The Authors. Published by Atlantis Press B.V.