Gridcoin Introduction

  • The following guides explain how to set up the Gridcoin Research wallet client on the platform of your choice.
  • If you have not yet installed the BOINC client, you should read the BOINC installation guide to setup BOINC on the platform of your choice. The BOINC client has to be installed alongside the Gridcoin client in order to verify BOINC account ownership and to access local BOINC statistics.
  • If you want to run Gridcoin in investor-mode only, you do not need to install/run BOINC. In this case, you will only earn POS interest (you do not recieve DPOR payments due to a lack of BOINC crunching).
  • Since you're using the pool, you do not need to add your email address to the gridcoinresearch.conf file. The setup process should be quicker than if you were participating in DPOR via solo-crunching, as you do not need to advertise a beacon to join the Neural Network.

Install the Gridcoin Research client on the platform of your choice

Installation (Microsoft Windows)
  • Download the Gridcoin Research client.
  • Open the file in the download folder or directly from the Browser. If you are asked to run the file, click yes.
Next installation
  • Once the setup has begun, proceed by clicking the 'Next' button.
Installation Location
  • At this stage, you can select where to install the Gridcoin Research client.
  • It is advised for simplicity that you use the default suggested location. If you select a different install location, you'll need to specify this location in the gridcoin.conf file.
Confirm Installation Installing
  • Click on the “Next” button to install the program.
  • Once the install has completed, press the 'Close' button to exit the setup program.
  • After installing, navigate to the chosen Gridcoin installation folder & execute these steps:
    • Create a shortcut of the gridcoinresearch.exe to place it on your desktop.
    • Right-click on the shortcut on your desktop and go to the preferences.
    • Within the preferences window, navigate to the 'Compatability tab and check 'Run this program as an administrator'. Click 'Apply' and close the Gridcoin properties window.
  • Launch the Gridcoin wallet by double-clicking on the shortcut created on the desktop.
  • If any firewall shows up, you have to allow Gridcoin past the firewall.
BOINC Email Query window
  • Since you're using the pool, you should not enter your email when prompted to do so. Click the cancel button to skip the prompt & continue the conf generation step.
Config Success
  • A window should open stating that a new configuration file has been successfully created; click “OK” to proceed..
  • Since you clicked “Cancel” at the email prompt, you'll be presented with a confirmation message.
  • Proceed past this prompt to the Gridcoin client.
  • These Gridcoin Research clients are made by the community; User discresion is advised & the Gridcoin Team does not accept responsibility for any harm caused by user generated content (However unlikely it is to occur).
Debian Packages (Ubuntu)
RPM Packages (Opensuse/Fedora)
AUR (Archlinux)
Linux compiling guide located at the Gridcoin Wiki!

This page used to display old mirrored content from the Gridcoin Wiki Linux compiling guide, however this page fell behind updates that were being made on the wiki article. If you want to compile the Gridcoin client on Linux, please do navigate to the Gridcoin Wiki.

Once the Gridcoin client has been installed, sync the blockchain!

    • Prior to being able to stake or transfer Gridcoin to/from the Gridcoin client you need to fully sync the gridcoin client to the latest block on the blockchain (green tick under connections indicates a fully synced wallet)
      • You can download a snapshot of the blockchain from within the client by clicking 'Rebuild block chain | Download Blocks'.
      • Note: The 'Download Blocks' feature require the gridcoin client to be running as administrator in windows; without admin permissions these features will throw an error.
      • If you're having issues with 'Download Blocks', you can manually download the latest snapshot here.
      • Note: The snapshot will not fully sync your client, but will rather bring you up to 80-90% sync. Allow your client to manually sync after the snapshot has been implemented.
    • If you are unable to acquire connections to the Gridcoin network, attempt the following:
      • Verify that your computer time is synced to your configured time server.
      • Investigate whether or not your ISP is blocking the P2P traffic.
    • Regularly verify you're running the latest version of the gridcoin client, as there are frequent updates. Notices of updates are posted regularly on Reddit/Twitter/IRC.
      • Both the 'Download Blocks' and 'Upgrade Client' features require the gridcoin client to be running as administrator in windows; without admin permissions these features will throw an error.

Optional post-install configuration

    • Addnode entries (Add these to gridcoinresearch.conf)