Category: Main Networking & Communication BOINC 5.x (32-bit)


Version 5, 32-bit

Works with Windows 98 and NT 4.0. The BOINC website claims it should work with Windows 95 but the installer refuses to continue.

Application Details:

Version: 5.x (32-bit)
License: Open Source
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.33

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Free Download Version 5.8.16 (32-bit)

Test Results

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works

  • Single user install.
  • Shared install.
  • Service install. See below.
  • boincmgr (local and remote).
  • boinccmd (local and remote).
  • SETI@Home Beta WU completed (failing validation on all platforms).
  • SETI@Home WU completed.
  • Uninstall. See below.

What does not

  • BOINC detects incorrect CPU details (running a Xeon but detects a P4).
  • Priority (niceness) not set.
  • Uninstall claims it is upgrading the application, but it removes all the files as expected except project directories (this may be intentional).
  • Printing the licence agreement fails and wordpad remains in memory.


What was not tested

  • SETI@Home graphics (running over SSH so couldn't test properly).
  • SIMAP (project temporarily unavailable).
  • Anything multi-core or multi-threaded (don't know if possible in this version - seems to be ignored).
  • Attaching to project manager.
  • Screensaver.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

When installed as a service, BOINC closes when boincmgr closes. I don't think this is the intended behaviour. Needs testing on a Windows machine. Tested using X over SSH. No overrides. BOINC 5.8.16 SETI@home v7 7.00 windows_intelx86

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 02 20151.7.33Yes Yes NoSilverKen Sharp 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 27 20131.7.9Yes Yes NoSilverKen Sharp 
ShowopenSUSE 10.2Feb 10 20070.9.28.Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowSUSE 10.1Sep 19 20060.9.21.Yes Yes NoGarbageTony Lambregts 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
26549 Add support for setting processor priority (niceness) NEW View
31848 Printing from command line not implemented in Wordpad NEW View
32334 Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express 2005: Connection window is too narrow NEW View
37833 BOINC uninstaller claims to be upgrading NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

BOINC is available for your platform

BOINC is available for a wide array of platforms, and a lot of platforms are supported by the projects. You are probably better off asking a project to support your platform than using Wine to translate Windows calls.

It should be possible to use a native BOINC and run a Windows executable with Wine if absolutely necessary.

Test results for BOINC are still welcome as they help developers with Wine.