BOINC
BOINC
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BOINC7.16.12

19 November 2020

Donate your idle computer time to research.

Overview

BOINC is a program that lets you donate your idle computer time to science projects like SETI@home, Climateprediction.net, Rosetta@home, World Community Grid, and many others.

After installing BOINC on your computer, you can connect it to as many of these projects as you like. Use the idle time on your computer to cure diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research. It's safe, secure, and easy.

Although BOINC supports 64-bit Intel project applications on OS X 10.5.0 and above, the only part of the BOINC client package built as a 64-bit executable is the screensaver coordinator for OS X 10.6.x and later. The BOINC libraries also include a 64-bit build so that they can be linked with 64-bit project applications.

What's new in BOINC

Version 7.16.12:
  • Win installer: bump VBox version to 6.1.12.
  • Manager: change "Show graphics" button to "Stop graphics" when gfx running (Mac only)
  • Mac: Fix screensaver coordinator to run properly under Mac OS 11 Big Sur
  • Mac: Enable close button in project graphics run by BOINC Manager "Show Graphics"
  • Manager: remove cookie-based autoattach schemes
  • Client: if AM reply includes a project we're attached to under a different account, honor the params in the AM reply, e.g resource share.
  • Client: Pass user priority config items to wrappers
  • Mac: Improved screensaver logic for OS 10.15 Catalina
  • Client: allow specifying device name in cc_config.xml
  • Manager: don't let user attach to account manager as a project.
  • Client: initialize log flags to tasks, sched_ops, file_xfer
  • Added a warning when the manager detects a second copy of itself
  • Client: measure disk usage in terms of allocated disk space, not file size
  • Client: avoid CPU starvation when GPU computing is suspended
  • Client: don't allow empty GUI RPC password
  • Client: don't show "no work" messages as notices
  • Client: let a project master URL change from http: to https: without involving the user.
  • When parsing NVIDIA driver version, max minor version with 99.
  • Client: GUI RPC: bind to INADDR_ANY if a remote host is actually configured

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35 Reviews of BOINC

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kend-1
15 October 2019
Version: 7.16.3

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Alas, functioned perfectly in macOS prior to Catalina (v 10.15) but now: No functione. Alas, my favorite screen saver is unusable until suitable software correction[s] [is,are] accomplished.
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kend-1
15 October 2019
Version: 7.16.3
Alas, functioned perfectly in macOS prior to Catalina (v 10.15) but now: No functione. Alas, my favorite screen saver is unusable until suitable software correction[s] [is,are] accomplished.
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kend-1
20 July 2019
Version: 7.14.2
Seems rather unstable running under macOS Mojave v. 10.14.5. Worked fine for a while, then refused to run with an error indication at every attempt. The attendant suggestion to re-install did not help. I'll keep trying, with variations of associated file deletion...
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Tony-Aguila
22 November 2017
Version: 7.8.4
V 7.8.4 works with macOS 10.13.2 beta (17C79a). However, diagnostic report logs report tons of crashes, averaging about 100 daily. I want to report this to the Berkeley website but can’t find a support page to file the report. I may have to disable the screensaver for now until they come up with an updated version.
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Tony-Aguila
15 September 2017
Version: 7.8.2
Version 7.8.2 doesn’t work with High Sierra beta (17A362a) either. BOINC stopped working on my Mac Pro ever since the upgrade to macOS 10.13 beta. I was hoping that the latest beta of High Sierra, being the (final?) GM candidate, would now work.
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tjekov37
01 March 2014
Version: 7.2.42
Mi iMac is with Mavericks 10.9.2 , with CPU i5 -4cores x 2,7 GHz, 8Gb RAM x1600. When i used BOINC my CPU up to 60 grad .C. I'm afraid, that when it's constantly it will damage my CPU !!!!!
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Dana-Sutton
27 November 2013
Version: 7.2.33
I'm happy to donate unused processor cycles to a worthwhile cause (well, let's pretend SETI is worthwhile). But I am not at all happy to donate space on my Dock to Boinc! Every time I upgrade I have to us a utility such as Dockless to get rid of its Dock icon, and I shouldn't have to do this. The Boinc people ought to know that's it's just plain rude to do this, when a menu icon would do just as well.
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bbw7
10 April 2012
Version: 7.0.25
I have a couple of possibly stupid questions regarding both this software and the concept in general: 1) Is this mainly meant for computers left on continuously? I have a laptop which I turn off when I am done with it and not going to use it for an extended time. Will this software and or some similar program work in this case? I.e does the scientific number crunching code know when to stop if the computer is shut down? 2) Just how much CPU and RAM is generally used by this or other such programs? Will my fan be spinning up and/or will I notice some sluggishness in my computer when I start using it again? Couldn't find anything on these topics at the SETI site (or wherever I looked, I forget).
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SpringheelMac
02 April 2012
Version: 6.12.35
Found a handy alternative menubar for Boinc and thought I'd pass along the link: 'brotherbard.com/boinc'
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Winet
23 September 2011
Version: 6.12.35
Boinc projects is since days not reachable. Is it dead?
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Penguirl
03 September 2011
Version: 6.12.35
I'm sticking with 6.10.58 for the time being because all of the 6.12.* versions I tried were not able to keep crunching all the time.
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alas!
14 June 2011
Version: 6.12.33
So,If I turn over my computer's idle time for "scientific research" how can I be assured that my computer won't be used for nefarious purposes or messed with in some way? Anyone at the other end could compromise my security, no? or do a number on my machines OS. Well, if they were willing to pay me $25 an hour(and not a penny less) to use my computer's idle time I just might go for this program.
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Penguirl
26 May 2011
Version: 6.12.27
Ran into a glitch with 6.12.26 that caused running BOINC as a service to be flaky. Don't know if 6.12.27 fixes this issue or not, I reverted back to 6.10.58. If you aren't running BOINC as a service (if you don't know that means you are not) this won't be an issue for you.
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Penguirl
19 May 2011
Version: 6.12.26
Gotta say, I like the appearance of the new version. It looks like they've changed fonts, rearranged the columns, and added a Notices tab. There isn't a lot that the user can do to customize the UI but then there isn't much need to. It would be nice if we could access the location settings (home, school, work, and default) from BOINCManager though.
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anonymous-elephant-2404
01 May 2011
Version: 6.10.58
No prevent from sleeping feature? Really?
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Laurent54
06 March 2010
Version: 6.10.36
Network communication don't work for me come back to .21 Network work. Thank(s
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Dana-Sutton
24 December 2009
Version: 6.10.21
On my new four-core iMac BOINC sees eight processors, wow, I'm impressed. But in its Messages it reports "no usable GPU's found." Why? The GPU in my computer is certified as Open CL-eligible by Apple, so shouldn't it be available to BOINC? If anybody can explain this, please let me know what's going on.
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Penguirl
07 December 2009
Version: 6.10.21
6.10.21 is running fine on my 2.0 GHz DP G5, 10.4.11 sounds as if you have some other issue at work. The previous version, 6.10.17, would occasionally throw an error message saying I, the admin and only user, didn't have permission to run BOINC Manager but so far I have not encountered this in the current version.
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Tupring
05 December 2009
Version: 6.10.21
BOINC will no longer launch for me. Just hangs "Application Not Responding" on my G4 and my G5. Both have Tiger and Leopard installed and won't work anymore on either Mac or OS. No version has worked now for several months. I have tried reinstalling several times and also tried removing the settings folder to no avail. I am clueless at to why this no longer works on either Mac.
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SpringheelMac
01 November 2009
Version: 6.10.17
Screensaver aspect is now much improved. If a particular project does not have a screensaver attached to it, instead of the usual, "Screensaver not supported with this project" you will get a breakdown of all the projects you are involved with and your stats. It fades in and out with each currently running project.
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Dokter-mac
21 October 2009
Version: 6.10.14
@WHITEROCK: (Error code -1037)? - I believe this error means that you (Boinc) can't login. But I can be wrong! - If you have such issues with the recent version of Boinc I would go back to version 6.6.36! A very good, stable and fast release for the Mac! -Here is a link: http://boincdl3.ssl.berkeley.edu/mirror/boinc_6.6.36_macOSX_universal.zip Greets.
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Whiterock
20 September 2009
Version: 6.10.6
Beta seems to install but BOINC Manager gives error message: BOINC ownership or permissions are not set properly; please reinstall BOINC. (Error code -1037) uninstalling and reinstalling doesn't fix it.
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WiZZardP1
10 September 2009
Version: 6.10.4
This beta version has issues in the installer. It is supposed to add a hidden group called "boinc_master" to any userid that is part of the admin group. It does not add it but it does add the other hidden "boinc_project". You can not access the software unless it adds you. I have to back to 6.6 of the software. Been using this software for years but I guess the beta still has many bugs in it. Otherwise use the stable version until all the bugs are worked out.
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Dana-Sutton
11 June 2009
Version: 6.6.36
One minor annoyance: BOINC has both a menu icon and a Dock icon, which is a redundant space-waster (I use Dock Dodger to conceal the Dock icon, but I shouldn't have to take the time to do this). Can't the developers fix this?
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Jim57
10 June 2009
Version: 6.6.36
BOINC is one of the only things which causes a Kernel Panic on my MacBook. Bad. I uninstalled it. A shame, because I like the idea of doing something good with my idle cycles.
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Dana-Sutton
25 May 2009
Version: 6.6.29
I have only one possible doubt about running this. I launch Activities Monitor, set it to Processor History, let BOINC run a couple of minutes, stop it, and I can see that it has had all four of my processing cores continually running balls-out I can't help wondering what kind of heat that creates. Is there any risk of shortening the life of my processors? One of my cores gets up to 175 degrees, which doesn't seem like a good idea. Anybody have any thoughts about this issue?
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Leppe
21 May 2009
Version: 6.6.29
Why is it so hard to build a PPC 64 bit Client for Mac OS X Leopard? Can anyone give me a reasonable answer to that question?
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Surfspirit
08 April 2009
Version: 6.2.18
OK, let's face it, the idea of using our cpu cycles to help find cures to diseases or get better understanding of science and nature, searching for better world etc etc, is very altruistic and kind. But yes, the interface is as bad as it can be, but what worries me most in these recent Boinc days is security, I mean, why the hell can't I have control of the program, now it has special permissions that I can´t move it to another partition or make a ram disk of it, Boinc is having too much control of the app in our own computer! There excuse is to protect us from bad project to not run malware programs and so on, but I would like to decide what to do with apps in my own machine! Keep that in mind! And about bad projects and so on, it's always a case of trust, who guarantees that Seti is really seti...?
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New-User
05 December 2008
Version: 6.2.18
Crap UI. Buggy. Did I mention a crap UI? No nifty screensaver like SETI@home had. Joined a project. Next step insisted I set up an account and provide my email address. I did. It couldn't find work for my computer to do. Absolute rubbish. Uninstalled. Too bad. I was hoping to put my idle CPU time to good use too... Don't any scientists use Macs? Oh well...
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SpringheelMac
19 August 2008
Version: 6.2.15
CANNOT be beat. If you're not using this or something similar to donate your otherwise wasted cycles, you SUCK. I run it continuously in the background (rather than as a screensaver) on a 1.42GHz eMac with my CPU maxed out at 100% and never notice a loss of performance in my primary tasks. It's very easy to stop and restart later if you find it does impact a specific app or you can just leave it in screensaver mode. I recommend using it with MenuMeters or something similar if you want to keep an eye on CPU workload while its running. Very worthwhile program.
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anonymous-elephant-2404
31 March 2008
Version: 5.10.45
Terrible Mac interface, it feels like I'm using a PC app when it's on. I contacted support about it, and they actually said (in their own words, which surprised me): "I don't care whether it looks 'Mac-like'." I used to run this daily, but I'm still not used to the interface, and until the people that make it start caring about the app, and especially the Mac users, I won't be using it.
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anonymous-thrush-1121
04 September 2007
Version: 5.10.20
Menubar item do not need. because icon in Dock. Do anyone know about to delete menubar item>
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Ray16
18 June 2007
Version: 5.10.7
Finding a support page on the site is hard thing. I first uninstalled BOINC, installed the new one, and still the same result, BOINC quits. Many users sadly lament about the new software, but greatly praised the old Seti@Home. If only the Developer were more helpful.
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Pjn
26 February 2007
Version: 5.8.15
I used to run the classic seti at home, really loved the screensaver idea, but after dropping that and creating boinc I dumped the project. In first, Boinc was focused on Windows and Mac came in last place for development. I really hated Boinc at that time, all those command lines needed to type before starting :( (don't know how it is these days). Now I run the Folding at Home project: http://folding.stanford.edu/ Anyone who is using Boinc, good luck. I hope it workes like they say.
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Mondele
26 February 2007
Version: 5.8.15
And remember that the scientific results announced by these projects will be just as sound as the programming that went in to the client!
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Ray16
12 February 2007
Version: 5.8.11
I've tried all the versions of BOINC, all crashed on launch. had jag, now panther, and still no go. You guys should had never shut down the classic. I run the last build of 10.3.9 been a member since 2001
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