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BOINC collector

Monitors task counts for the Berkeley Open Infrastructure Networking Computing (BOINC) distributed computing client using the same RPC interface that the BOINC monitoring GUI does.

It provides charts tracking the total number of tasks and active tasks, as well as ones tracking each of the possible states for tasks.


Edit the python.d/boinc.conf configuration file using edit-config from the Netdata config directory, which is typically at /etc/netdata.

cd /etc/netdata   # Replace this path with your Netdata config directory, if different
sudo ./edit-config python.d/boinc.conf

BOINC requires use of a password to access it's RPC interface. You can find this password in the gui_rpc_auth.cfg file in your BOINC directory.

By default, the module will try to auto-detect the password by looking in /var/lib/boinc for this file (this is the location most Linux distributions use for a system-wide BOINC installation), so things may just work without needing configuration for the local system.

You can monitor remote systems as well:

hostname: some-host
password: some-password


To troubleshoot issues with the boinc module, run the python.d.plugin with the debug option enabled. The output will give you the output of the data collection job or error messages on why the collector isn't working.

First, navigate to your plugins directory, usually they are located under /usr/libexec/netdata/plugins.d/. If that's not the case on your system, open netdata.conf and look for the setting plugins directory. Once you're in the plugin's directory, switch to the netdata user.

cd /usr/libexec/netdata/plugins.d/
sudo su -s /bin/bash netdata

Now you can manually run the boinc module in debug mode:

./python.d.plugin boinc debug trace

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