System requirements

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Your computer must satisfy the following requirements to run BOINC. BOINC-based projects may have additional requirements.


  • Operating system
    • Windows 2000 SP5 or XP SP2 or later
  • Hardware
    • Pentium 233 MHz (Recommended: Pentium 500 MHz or greater)
    • 64 MB RAM (Recommended: 128 MB RAM or greater)
    • 20 MB disk space
  • Permissions
    • You must have administrator privileges to install BOINC.
  • Nvidia Support
    • You must have driver version 185.85 or better installed in order to use your GPU.
  • ATI Support
    • You must have driver version 8.12 or better installed in order to use your GPU.


  • Operating system
    • Mac OS X 10.4.0 and later
  • Hardware
    • Macintosh computer with an Intel x86 or PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor
    • 128 MB RAM (Recommended: 256 MB RAM or greater)
    • 200 MB disk space


  • Operating system
    • Linux kernel 2.2.14 or higher
    • glibc 2.3.2 or higher
    • BOINC uses file locking. If you run BOINC in an NFS-mounted directory, make sure the NFS lock daemon is working.
  • For BOINC Manager:
    • XFree86-3.3.6 or higher
    • gtk+2.0 or higher
  • For application graphics:
    • Accelerated OpenGL support in your X server (version of OpenGL and graphics hardware required depends on the project).
  • Hardware
    • Pentium 500 MHz or greater
    • 64 MB RAM
    • 50 MB disk space

Bi-arch (32+64) distro notes

If you attach to a project with only 32-bit Linux applications, BOINC will try to run them.

For application graphics to work, you may need to install the 32-bit libglut library (or copy from elsewhere) into the 32-bit library directory, usually /usr/lib, but depending on distribution may also be /usr/lib32.

If the applications still get errors, find the executable in the projects directory and run ldd on it to see which libraries are missing.


BOINC applications will fail if you do not have the “ia32” package and dependent packages installed. These packages are included with some Linux64 distributions but not others; for example, they are not installed by default with Ubuntu 6.10 and 7.04 (but can be installed manually).


Each 32-bit library is in its own package. Installing glibc-32bit will probably suffice for (non-graphical) programs. For programs with graphical output with or without GLUT, install freeglut-32bit; necessary GL and dependencies will be pulled in by the package manager, altogether satisfying the program's dependencies. Run ldd on the program for details about missing libraries and post-install them.

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