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boinccmd - Man Page

The command line interface to the BOINC client.


boinccmd [--host hostname[:port]] [--passwd passwd] {command} boinccmd [-hV]

Notice that the order of the options is important. The --host and --passwd options must precede any command.


The BOINC command tool (boinccmd) provides a command line interface to control a running BOINC client (boinc(1)). It communicates with a running client using port 31416 over TCP/IP. It can only connect to one client at a time.


--host hostname[:port]

Connect to the host hostname. The default host is localhost.

--passwd passwd

Use passwd as password for RPC authentication. If the current working directory contains a file gui_rpc_auth.cfg, boinccmd will read the password from this file.

-h,  --help

Show a help message and all commands.

-V,  --version

Show the version of the program.


Account Query and Attach

--lookup_account URL email passwd

Look up account and print account key.

--create_account URL email passwd name

Create account with the given email address, password, and user name.

--project_attach URL account_key

Attach to an account using the project URL and authenticator (sent via email after --create_account was successful).

--join_acct_mgr URL name passwd

Attach to an account manager (or do RPC if already attached). The account has to be created via the account manager website.


Detach from the current account manager.

State Queries


Show complete client state.


Show only current CPU, GPU and network modes.


Show all tasks of the client (in progress, waiting and completed only). Tasks that where reported to the project server are not shown here.


Show status of projects and active tasks.


Show all current file transfers.


Show status of all projects.


Show disk usage of all projects.


Get proxy settings.

--get_messages seqno

Show messages with sequence numbers beyond seqno.


Show largest message sequence number.

--get_notices seqno

Show project notices with sequence numbers beyond seqno.


Show system information about the host where the BOINC client is running.


Show network traffic history of the BOINC client.

Control Operations

--task URL task_name {suspend | resume | abort}

Do operation on a task.


Temporarily stop work on task.


Allow work on task.


Permanently stop work on task.

--project URL {reset | detach | update | suspend | resume | nomorework | allowmorework | detach_when_done | dont_detach_when_done}

Do operation on a project, identified by its master URL.


Delete current tasks, applications and other files from this project, request new tasks.


Delete current tasks applications and other files from this project, don't request any new tasks.


Contact project scheduling server.


Stop all tasks for project.


Resume tasks for project.


Finish all downloaded tasks but don't get more.


Undo nomorework.


Detach project after all tasks are finished.


Undo detach_when_done.

--file_transfer URL filename {retry | abort}

Do operation on a file transfer.


Retry file transfer.


Permanently abort file transfer.

--set_run_mode {always | auto | never} [duration]

Set run mode (applies to CPU and GPU).


Do work always.


Do work only when allowed by preferences.


Don't do work.

If duration is zero or absent, this mode is permanent. Otherwise, after duration seconds elapse, revert to last permanent mode.

--set_network_mode {always | auto | never} [duration]

Set network mode. Like --set_run_mode but applies to network transfers only.

--set_gpu_mode {always | auto | never} [duration]

Set GPU mode. Like --set_run_mode but applies to GPU processing only.

--set_proxy_settings http_server_name http_server_port http_user_name http_user_passwd socks_server_name socks_server_port socks5_user_name socks5_user_passwd noproxy_hosts

Set proxy settings. All fields are mandatory.


Run CPU benchmarks.


Tell the client to read the global_prefs_override.xml file and incorporate any global preferences indicated there.


Tell the client to quit.


Tell the client to reread the configuration file (cc_config.xml).

--get_project_config URL

Fetch configuration of project located at URL.


Tell the client to retry deferred network communication.

See Also

boinc(1), boincmgr(1)


Referenced By

boinc(1), boincmgr(1).

03 February 2020