Welcome to “The Fold.”

We are scientists. Citizens. Gamers. Thinkers. Parents. Friends. Family. We've joined forces to donate our unused computer power to help uncover the mysteries of protein folding and fight diseases. We are Folders, and this is our home.

Get support, join a team, and learn how your computer and (as of today) 137,642 others outputting 27,422 teraflops of computing power, contribute to finding cures for some of life’s most threatening illnesses.


If you aren’t folding yet, don’t wait! Watch the video, download the software, and ...

Folding@home News

First full version of our Folding@Home client for Android Mobile phones
We’re proud to announce the first full version of our Folding@Home client for Android Mobile phones.  This version is available […]

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Learn about the Science

Proteins help fight disease by first assembling themselves or "folding." When proteins misfold, there can be serious health consequences.

If we better understand protein misfolding we can design drugs and therapies to combat these illnesses. ... Learn more.

Learn about the Software

Folding@home software aids research by simulating protein folding. The calculations are immense so we break them into small "work units" and pass them to individual computers like yours to solve.

Stanford computers assemble data from thousands of work units into meaningful answers to important scientific questions. ... Learn more.

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Add your computer's power to over 327,000 others that are helping us find cures to Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Parkinson's and many cancers ...

... in just 5 minutes.

Step 1.

Download protein folding simulation software called

Folding@home

.

Step 2.

Run the installation. The software will automatically start up and open a web browser with your control panel.

Step 3.

Follow the instructions to Start Folding.

Stanford University

will send your computer a folding problem to solve. When your first job is completed, your computer will swap the results for a new job.

Download the protein folding simulation software that fits your machine.

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Installation guide
Or download Folding@home for your Android (4.4+) phone.