I have already written an article about BOINC without going through its installation. The classic installation of BOINC is done by downloading the BOINC client, but it is also possible to use BOINC in a Docker container.
This installation method is easier to script and automate, which makes it very interesting on a headless server for example.
First of all, let’s install Docker and Docker-compose. On a Linux distribution using the apt package manager (like Debian or Ubuntu), just install the packages
sudo apt install docker.io docker-compose
Make sure the Docker service is running with:
sudo systemctl enable --now docker
It is also recommended to add the current user to the docker group so you don’t have to use
sudo every time you run a docker command (replace $USER by your username).
usermod -a -G boinc $USER
Reconnect or restart for the new rights to be applied.
Starting the docker container
In the directory of your choice, create a file
docker-compose.yml with the following content:
version: '2' services: boinc: image: boinc/client:latest container_name: boinc restart: always network_mode: host pid: host volumes: - /opt/appdata/boinc:/var/lib/boinc environment: - BOINC_GUI_RPC_PASSWORD=$BOINC_PASSWORD - BOINC_CMD_LINE_OPTIONS=--allow_remote_gui_rpc
If you are using an ARM architecture, you will have to choose another image :
- for a 32-bit ARMv7 processor (Raspberry Pi 2), replace
- for a 64-bit ARMv8 processor (Raspberry Pi 3/4), replace
Then create in the same directory a file named
.env containing the BOINC password:
You can then start the container with:
docker-compose up -d
Another command to be aware of is the command to stop the container:
To manage the BOINC client running in docker, there are two options :
- go through the BOINC client installed on another computer
- use the
Via a BOINC client on another computer
From the BOINC client on another computer, use File > select computer.
You will then be able to enter the IP address of the target computer as well as the password you previously chose to log in.
Via the boinccmd command
It is also possible to control BOINC directly with the
To connect to an existing account for a specific project:
docker exec -it docker boinccmd --lookup_account $URL $EMAIL $PASSWORD # if an account exists, a key will be displayed docker exec -it docker boinccmd --project_attach $URL $KEY
To create an account for a project:
docker exec -it docker boinccmd --create_account $URL $EMAIL $PASSWORD $USERNAME
To connect to an account manager (https://bam.boincstats.com for example):
docker exec -it boinc boinccmd --join_acct_mgr $URL $USERNAME $PASSWORD
To get the status of BOINC:
docker exec -it boinc boinccmd --get_simple_gui_info
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