We recommend that all BOINC users upgrade to 5.10.
BOINC can be installed in any of several modes:
- Single-user installation This is the recommended mode. BOINC will run while you (the installing user) are logged in. BOINC is listed in the Start menu of you,but not other users. The 'Show graphics' command in the BOINC manager works only for you. The BOINC screensaver shows application graphics only for you (other users can run the screensaver but will see textual information only).
- Shared installation BOINC runs whenever any user is logged in. BOINC is listed in the Start menu of all users. While BOINC is running, it runs as a particular user (either the first user to log in, or the first to run BOINC). The 'Show graphics' command in the BOINC manager works only for this user. The BOINC screensaver shows application graphics only for this user (other users can run the screensaver but will see textual information only).
- Service installation BOINC runs all the time (even when no one is logged in). BOINC is listed in the Start menu of the installing user, but not other users. The 'Show graphics' command in the BOINC manager will not work for any user. The BOINC screensaver will only show textual information.
To run BOINC invisibly, choose the Service installation, then delete the BOINC shortcut from the Start/Programs?/BOINC and Start/Programs/Startup? menus (locate BOINC in each menu, right-click, select Delete). You can still run the BOINC Manager by going to C:\Program Files\BOINC and double-clicking on boincmgr.exe
Mac OS X
- If your browser has not already done so, expand the zip archive by double-clicking on it in the Finder.
- Double-click on the BOINC Installer application to run the installer, then follow the prompts.
- Close the installer when it is finished. This will automatically launch the BOINC Manager.
- If you want BOINC to be your screen saver, open System Preferences from the Apple menu. Select Desktop & Screen Saver and select BOINCSaver.
Several tools? for Macintosh system administrators are available to:
- Automatically run BOINC as a daemon or system service at boot time.
- Improve security for stand-alone clients.
- Prevent BOINC Manager from launching automatically when selected users log in.
BOINC for Linux is distributed as a self-extracting archive. This type of installation requires that you be familiar with the UNIX command-line interface. The download files have names like boinc_5.10.8_i686-pc-linux-gnu.sh. After downloading the file, type
This will create a directory BOINC/ with the following files:
- The BOINC core client.
- The BOINC manager?.
- A command-line tool? for controlling a running core client.
- A script that cd's into the BOINC directory and runs the core client.
- A script that cd's into the BOINC directory and runs the manager.
You may want to automatically start the core client? at boot time.
Select Start/Control? Panel/Add? or Remove Programs. Select BOINC, then click Remove. This removes the BOINC software only, your workunits in progress aren't deleted. To completely remove BOINC, delete the BOINC data directory (usually C:\Program Files\BOINC).
Mac OS X
To completely remove (uninstall) BOINC from your Macintosh:
- Move the following files to the trash:
- Open the Accounts pane in the System Preferences (accessible from the Apple menu), and remove BOINCManager from your list of Login Items (or Startup Items under OS 10.3.)
- Open System Preferences from the Apple menu. Select Desktop & Screen Saver and select a different screen saver.