Generally speaking, compost shouldn’t be overly-smelly. The scraps are decaying, so some odor is to be expected, but it should by no means be overwhelming. If you’re looking for answers as to how to keep the odor of your compost bin down (and undetectable when not standing in the direct vicinity, try this great video (starting at 2:15):
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