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Welcome to the Guides section! This section provides a centralized location to find information and help installing or troubleshooting the installation of the various Folding@home (FAH) clients.

While we try to make the install guides clear and concise, it is possible one or more steps may not be understood. Additional Help is available.

Which setup is right for me?

This is the hardest question to answer because everyone’s situation is different, and everyone’s computing hardware is different. You will have to answer this question for yourself, but the information and guidance found here will help make this decision much easier.

Operating System?

This first part of the client selection process is the easiest to answer. The guide documents listed below are first grouped by operating system:

* Windows: -> Windows client installation guides
* Linux: -> Linux client installation guides
* Macintosh: -> Mac OSX client installation guides

If the computer you want to use for FAH has Windows, then you follow the Windows client Install Guide; likewise for Linux or Macintosh.

Client Slot Type?

After operating system, the installation guides also explain the different client or slot types:

* CPU slot (one to multiple CPUs/cores, UNI and SMP are now combined)
* GPU slot (AMD and nVidia GPUs)

These slot types are now unified under the new V7 FAHClient software, while the clients were separated in the previous v6 client software. In V7, one or more slots can be set up and run from a single FAHClient, and managed from a single FAHControl window.

The V7 client installer for Windows will automatically add a CPU slot and a GPU slot, if supported hardware is detected. Customized installation options are also available. If you need more assistance than what is provided in an install guide, the Folding Support Forum can help in that regard.

Of the two slot types, a single core (CPU) slot uses the least amount of computing resources. It is the best choice for newer computers that only fold part time, and for older computers that fold full time. This is the Set And Forget client for those reasons and more.

The multi-core (CPU) slot combines the power of multiple CPU cores to complete Work Units (WUs) for the project much faster. This speed is important to accelerate research. This slot is typically run 24 hours a day, and uses more computing resources than a slot on a single CPU core. The points awarded are considerably higher, particularly if you use a passkey.

The GPU slot uses the same graphics processing that powers 3D applications like video games. Like the multi-core CPU slot, the GPU slot can greatly accelerate protein folding simulations, and similarly uses more computing resources. A supported GPU is needed with proper GPU drivers to run FAH.  The Guides pages contain links to both.

Not all operating systems have each or all of these client slot types. See the guides listed below for the available options in each operating system type.

Installation Guides List

The V7 client is the newest software, while the previous v6 clients will continue to be supported for a little longer. Please note the guides are written to follow an easy “step by step” setup process that someone new to the project could follow, but some basic technical knowledge is assumed, especially if attempting to move from the express setup options to the more advanced configuration options. Additional Help is available.

Each of these guides include basic setup and more advanced installation options.




  • FAH V7: Includes instructions for single and multi-core CPU client slot types.  GPU slots are not yet supported by OSX drivers.
  • v6.xx clients are no longer supported for OSX

Additional Clients

  • Web Client: Information and link to the Folding@home App available from the Chrome Web Store.
  • Android Client: Information and link to the Folding@home Android App available from Google Play.

Additional Help For Installation Problems

How can I get installation help if I have a problem?

When one or more steps are difficult to comprehend, you can ask for help on the Folding Support Forum. Someone will provide the answer or help you to complete the installation. In some cases, you may have additional questions after the installation. Feel free to Search the Guides and FAQ pages for answers. You can also Search the Forum for answers or Tools, post a new question, or read through the FAH FAQs and the FAH WIKI.

When asking for help in the forum, please let us know which install guide you are using so we can follow along. And if you know your computer specifications and the client info you are trying to install (i.e. operating system, client version, client type, driver version, etc.) please list these with your question. This information is not required, but will help us answer your questions more quickly.

Do I need administrator privileges to install the FAH client?

In most cases, yes. If you do not have administrator privileges or cannot access an administrator account, this indicates that you do not own or manage the computer. Most clients need to have some administrative access to complete the installation. If you do not have the rights, you are advised to ask for permission before going any further.

It is against the FAH End User License Agreement (EULA) to circumvent these restrictions without the expressed permission of the computer’s owner. If you are the owner and do not know how to use administrator privileges, please ask someone with more experience to help you.

I found a better way to install a client, where can I make a suggestion?

The install guides are written and updated by the folding community, and managed by the Pande Group. Please post any suggestions, corrections, or update recommendations to the corresponding Guides topic in the Folding Forum. And thank you for helping to improve the install guides.


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