Gridcoin Introduction

To earn Gridcoin in solo staking mode you need to run the Gridcoin client and continuously stake.

If you have not yet installed the BOINC client, you should read the BOINC installation guide to setup BOINC. The BOINC client has to be installed alongside the Gridcoin client in order to verify BOINC account ownership and to access local BOINC statistics.

Gridcoin install video tutorials: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Install the Gridcoin client

Microsoft Windows
Debian Packages (Ubuntu)
Launchpad built ubuntu releases
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gridcoin/gridcoin-stable
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install gridcoinresearchd
  • gridcoinresearchd
RPM Packages (Opensuse/Fedora)
OpenSuse/Fedora RPMs
AUR (Archlinux)
Archlinux AUR package
Manually compile the Gridcoin client
Linux compiling guide Gridcoin GitHub Repo

Initial client setup

Once the client launches, enter your email address when prompted to do so. Your email is not public on the blockchain, don't share your BOINC email (malicious users could attack your BOINC presence).

If you accidentally clicked 'Cancel' or you're switching from investor mode, you can simple enter your email address into the "gridcoinresearch.conf" config file manually. Use the following format within the conf file:

email=youremail@yourprovider.com

Optional post-install Gridcoin configuration

If you installed the BOINC client anywhere other than the default installation location, you'll need to specify where you installed BOINC in the gridcoinresearch.conf file.

  • Windows: (Note the double backslashes are neccessary. Change location according to your non-default install location)
    • boincdatadir=D:\\ProgramData\\BOINC\\
    • boincappdir=C:\\Program Files\\BOINC\\
  • Linux:
    • boincdatadir=/var/lib/boinc-client/
  • You need to use the one email for all BOINC projects. Add this to your gridcoinresearch.conf file (unless the Gridcoin wizard has already done this for you):
    • email=your@email.com