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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

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:

Architecture Available Tag
x86-64 amd64-<version tag>
arm64 arm64v8-<version tag>

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 or https://your-ip:8181.

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

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: --device=/dev/dri:/dev/dri We will automatically ensure the abc user inside of the container has the proper permissions to access this device.


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.

Options in all KasmVNC based GUI containers

This container is based on Docker Baseimage KasmVNC which means there are additional environment variables and run configurations to enable or disable specific functionality.

Optional environment variables

Variable Description
CUSTOM_PORT Internal port the container listens on for http if it needs to be swapped from the default 8080.
CUSTOM_HTTPS_PORT Internal port the container listens on for https if it needs to be swapped from the default 8181.
CUSTOM_USER HTTP Basic auth username, abc is default.
PASSWORD HTTP Basic auth password, abc is default. If unset there will be no auth
SUBFOLDER Subfolder for the application if running a subfolder reverse proxy, need both slashes IE /subfolder/
TITLE The page title displayed on the web browser, default "KasmVNC Client".
FM_HOME This is the home directory (landing) for the file manager, default "/config".
START_DOCKER If set to false a container with privilege will not automatically start the DinD Docker setup.
DRINODE If mounting in /dev/dri for DRI3 GPU Acceleration allows you to specify the device to use IE /dev/dri/renderD128
LC_ALL Set the Language for the container to run as IE fr_FR.UTF-8 ar_AE.UTF-8
NO_DECOR If set the application will run without window borders for use as a PWA.
NO_FULL Do not autmatically fullscreen applications when using openbox.

Optional run configurations

Variable Description
--privileged Will start a Docker in Docker (DinD) setup inside the container to use docker in an isolated environment. For increased performance mount the Docker directory inside the container to the host IE -v /home/user/docker-data:/var/lib/docker.
-v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock Mount in the host level Docker socket to either interact with it via CLI or use Docker enabled applications.
--device /dev/dri:/dev/dri Mount a GPU into the container, this can be used in conjunction with the DRINODE environment variable to leverage a host video card for GPU accelerated appplications. Only Open Source drivers are supported IE (Intel,AMDGPU,Radeon,ATI,Nouveau)

Language Support - Internationalization

The environment variable LC_ALL can be used to start this image in a different language than English simply pass for example to launch the Desktop session in French LC_ALL=fr_FR.UTF-8. Some languages like Chinese, Japanese, or Korean will be missing fonts needed to render properly known as cjk fonts, but others may exist and not be installed. We only ensure fonts for Latin characters are present. Fonts can be installed with a mod on startup.

To install cjk fonts on startup as an example pass the environment variables:

-e DOCKER_MODS=linuxserver/mods:universal-package-install
-e INSTALL_PACKAGES=fonts-noto-cjk
-e LC_ALL=zh_CN.UTF-8

The web interface has the option for "IME Input Mode" in Settings which will allow non english characters to be used from a non en_US keyboard on the client. Once enabled it will perform the same as a local Linux installation set to your locale.

Lossless mode

This container is capable of delivering a true lossless image at a high framerate to your web browser by changing the Stream Quality preset to "Lossless", more information here. In order to use this mode from a non localhost endpoint the HTTPS port on 8181 needs to be used. If using a reverse proxy to port 8080 specific headers will need to be set as outlined here.


To help you get started creating a container from this image you can either use docker-compose or the docker cli.

    container_name: boinc
      - seccomp:unconfined #optional
      - PUID=1000
      - PGID=1000
      - TZ=Etc/UTC
      - PASSWORD= #optional
      - /path/to/data:/config
      - 8080:8080
      - 8181:8181
      - /dev/dri:/dev/dri #optional
    restart: unless-stopped

docker cli (click here for more info)

docker run -d \
  --name=boinc \
  --security-opt seccomp=unconfined `#optional` \
  -e PUID=1000 \
  -e PGID=1000 \
  -e TZ=Etc/UTC \
  -e PASSWORD= `#optional` \
  -p 8080:8080 \
  -p 8181:8181 \
  -v /path/to/data:/config \
  --device /dev/dri:/dev/dri `#optional` \
  --restart unless-stopped \


Containers 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)

Parameter Function
8080 Boinc desktop gui.
8181 Boinc desktop gui HTTPS.

Environment Variables (-e)

Env Function
PUID=1000 for UserID - see below for explanation
PGID=1000 for GroupID - see below for explanation
TZ=Etc/UTC specify a timezone to use, see this list.
PASSWORD= Optionally set a password for the gui.

Volume Mappings (-v)

Volume Function
/config Where BOINC should store its database and config.

Device Mappings (--device)

Parameter Function
/dev/dri Only needed if you want to use your Intel GPU (vaapi).

Miscellaneous Options

Parameter Function
--security-opt seccomp=unconfined For Docker Engine only, many modern gui apps need this to function as syscalls are unkown to Docker.

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__MYVAR=/run/secrets/mysecretvariable

Will set the environment variable MYVAR based on the contents of the /run/secrets/mysecretvariable 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 your_user as below:

id your_user

Example output:

uid=1000(your_user) gid=1000(your_user) groups=1000(your_user)

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" }}'

Updating Info

Most of our images are static, versioned, and require an image update and container recreation to update the app inside. With some exceptions (noted in the relevant, we do not recommend or support updating apps inside the container. Please consult the Application Setup section above to see if it is recommended for the image.

Below are the instructions for updating containers:

Via Docker Compose

  • Update images:

    • All images:

      docker-compose pull
    • Single image:

      docker-compose pull boinc
  • Update containers:

    • All containers:

      docker-compose up -d
    • Single container:

      docker-compose up -d boinc
  • You can also remove the old dangling images:

    docker image prune

Via Docker Run

  • Update the image:

    docker pull
  • Stop the running container:

    docker stop boinc
  • Delete the container:

    docker rm boinc
  • Recreate a new container with the same docker run parameters as instructed above (if mapped correctly to a host folder, your /config folder and settings will be preserved)

  • You can also remove the old dangling images:

    docker image prune

Image Update Notifications - Diun (Docker Image Update Notifier)


We recommend Diun for update notifications. Other tools that automatically update containers unattended are not recommended or supported.

Building locally

If you want to make local modifications to these images for development purposes or just to customize the logic:

git clone
cd docker-boinc
docker build \
  --no-cache \
  --pull \
  -t .

The ARM variants can be built on x86_64 hardware using multiarch/qemu-user-static

docker run --rm --privileged multiarch/qemu-user-static:register --reset

Once registered you can define the dockerfile to use with -f Dockerfile.aarch64.


  • 10.02.24: - Update Readme with new env vars and ingest proper PWA icon.
  • 03.04.23: - Rebase to KasmVNC base image. Deprecate armhf build as the new base does not support it. Add bzip2 and xz-utils.
  • 14.11.22: - Fix opencl driver.
  • 18.09.22: - Rebase to jammy.
  • 24.02.22: - Rebase to focal.
  • 31.01.22: - Improve device permissions setting verbosity.
  • 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.