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BOINC is a platform for high-throughput computing on a large scale (thousands or millions of computers). It can be used for volunteer computing (using consumer devices) or grid computing (using organizational resources). It supports virtualized, parallel, and GPU-based applications.

Supported Architectures

Our images support multiple architectures such as x86-64, arm64 and armhf. We utilise the docker manifest for multi-platform awareness. More information is available from docker here and our announcement here.

Simply pulling should retrieve the correct image for your arch, but you can also pull specific arch images via tags.

The architectures supported by this image are:









Application Setup

This image sets up the BOINC client and manager and makes its interface available via Guacamole server in the browser. The interface is available at http://your-ip:8080.

By default, there is no password set for the main gui. Optional environment variable PASSWORD will allow setting a password for the user abc.

You can access advanced features of the Guacamole remote desktop using ctrl+alt+shift enabling you to use remote copy/paste and different languages.

It is recommended to switch to Advanced View in the top menu, because the Computing Preferences don't seem to be displayed in Simple View.

Sometimes, the pop-up windows may open in a tiny box in the upper left corner of the screen. When that happens, you can find the corner and resize them.

GPU Hardware Acceleration


Hardware acceleration users for Intel Quicksync will need to mount their /dev/dri video device inside of the container by passing the following command when running or creating the container:

We will automatically ensure the abc user inside of the container has the proper permissions to access this device.
### Nvidia
Hardware acceleration users for Nvidia will need to install the container runtime provided by Nvidia on their host, instructions can be found here:
We automatically add the necessary environment variable that will utilise all the features available on a GPU on the host. Once nvidia-docker is installed on your host you will need to re/create the docker container with the nvidia container runtime `--runtime=nvidia` and add an environment variable `-e NVIDIA_VISIBLE_DEVICES=all` (can also be set to a specific gpu's UUID, this can be discovered by running `nvidia-smi --query-gpu=gpu_name,gpu_uuid --format=csv` ). NVIDIA automatically mounts the GPU and drivers from your host into the BOINC docker container.
## Usage
To help you get started creating a container from this image you can either use docker-compose or the docker cli.
### docker-compose (recommended, [click here for more info](
version: "2.1"
container_name: boinc
- PUID=1000
- PGID=1000
- TZ=Europe/London
- PASSWORD= #optional
- /path/to/data:/config
- 8080:8080
- /dev/dri:/dev/dri #optional
restart: unless-stopped

docker run -d \
--name=boinc \
-e PUID=1000 \
-e PGID=1000 \
-e TZ=Europe/London \
-e PASSWORD= `#optional` \
-p 8080:8080 \
-v /path/to/data:/config \
--device /dev/dri:/dev/dri `#optional` \
--restart unless-stopped \


Docker images are configured using parameters passed at runtime (such as those above). These parameters are separated by a colon and indicate <external>:<internal> respectively. For example, -p 8080:80 would expose port 80 from inside the container to be accessible from the host's IP on port 8080 outside the container.

Ports (-p)




Boinc desktop gui.

Environment Variables (-e)




for UserID - see below for explanation


for GroupID - see below for explanation


Specify a timezone to use EG Europe/London.


Optionally set a password for the gui.

Volume Mappings (-v)




Where BOINC should store its database and config.

Device Mappings (--device)




Only needed if you want to use your Intel GPU (vaapi).

Environment variables from files (Docker secrets)

You can set any environment variable from a file by using a special prepend FILE__.

As an example:

-e FILE__PASSWORD=/run/secrets/mysecretpassword

Will set the environment variable PASSWORD based on the contents of the /run/secrets/mysecretpassword file.

Umask for running applications

For all of our images we provide the ability to override the default umask settings for services started within the containers using the optional -e UMASK=022 setting. Keep in mind umask is not chmod it subtracts from permissions based on it's value it does not add. Please read up here before asking for support.

User / Group Identifiers

When using volumes (-v flags), permissions issues can arise between the host OS and the container, we avoid this issue by allowing you to specify the user PUID and group PGID.

Ensure any volume directories on the host are owned by the same user you specify and any permissions issues will vanish like magic.

In this instance PUID=1000 and PGID=1000, to find yours use id user as below:

$ id username
uid=1000(dockeruser) gid=1000(dockergroup) groups=1000(dockergroup)

Docker Mods

Docker Mods Docker Universal Mods

We publish various Docker Mods to enable additional functionality within the containers. The list of Mods available for this image (if any) as well as universal mods that can be applied to any one of our images can be accessed via the dynamic badges above.

Support Info

  • Shell access whilst the container is running:

    • docker exec -it boinc /bin/bash

  • To monitor the logs of the container in realtime:

    • docker logs -f boinc

  • Container version number

    • docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' boinc

  • Image version number

    • docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}'


  • 23.03.21: - Rebase to rdesktop-web baseimage. Deprecate GUAC_USER and GUAC_PASS env vars. Existing users can set the new var PASSWORD for the user abc.

  • 01.04.20: - Install boinc from ppa.

  • 17.03.20: - Add armhf and aarch64 builds and switch to multi-arch image.

  • 16.03.20: - Clean up old pid files.

  • 15.03.20: - Initial release.