This is a much-needed update to the blog entry that I wrote in May 2015.  Thanks to subsequent comments by Daniel Carrion (off, busy on other things now), Jose Berrios, kiltedken , suprimex , dirkbroer , and mchuntley.


In September 2016, the current Raspbian boinc-* packages will, indeed, get you a working boinc project on the Raspberry Pi 2 - just avoid installing the boinc-app-seti package from Jessie.  Yes, this blog entry is smaller because one year's progress has shortened the lengthy previous procedure required for the Raspberry Pi 2.


Recipe follows:


1. sudo apt install synaptic

     (great package manager if you have not already installed it)


2. Launch synaptic (enter the sudo password).


3. Synaptic: Search for "boinc"


4. Synaptic: Select boinc-manager

     (implies boinc-client and other dependencies)


     Note that boinc-app-seti (SETI@Home v7) in the Jessie repo is out of date and needs an update

     to v8.  This has already been reported.  I suggest adding SETI@Home when you first

     launch boinc-manager; this will automatically get you SETI@Home v8.


     Note that you can get many available boinc apps through the use of

     the boinc-manager (GUI) or boinc command line (`boinccmd`).


     I did not install the graphics because (1) more resources would be eaten up on RPi

     and (2) I'd rather do my own mathematical plotting.


5. Synaptic: Apply


6. Exit synaptic


7. On the menu bar, Applications > System Tools > BOINC Manager


     The initial red flashing notices is *NOT* an alarm but worth reading.

     In the future, this might indicate something worrying about.


8. Add project (SETI@Home) or any other project that appeals to you.  Sign-up or Login.


9. My personal preference: change View from Simple to Advanced.


Pictures at the beginning of this article:


  • Boinc Manager task tab showing 2 assigned Seti@Home assignments running at 100% of a CPU core each.
  • Boinc compute preferences.  If you notice pi-sluggishness in the future, you might want to un-check the "While computer is in use" box.  I do not believe that there exists yet any Raspberry Pi GPU support.  Maybe in the future.
  • Watching the boinc-client processes with `top`.


Any other Boinc users here at Element 14?