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Foldit is an online citizen science game in which humans try to solve one of the hardest computational problems in biology: protein folding. You don't need to know anything about biology to play the game, although a little background will help. Most Foldit players are not biologists. Read about The Science Behind Foldit.

New Players

Visit the fold.it, the official Foldit site to download the game and get started. Foldit runs on Windows, Mac (64-bit), and 64-bit Linux (64-bit). See Download-Install-Troubleshoot for install instructions. Use the feedback page if you're having trouble getting the game installed. If you're seeing "error contacting server" messages, update this feedback with details. i The Campaign shows you the tools, try them before trying a science puzzle. (deutsch) | (svenska)

The video QUICK Foldit Tutorial Walkthrough from S0ckrates shows the fast path through the intro puzzles.

See Get Started Playing Foldit for more background.

Foldit's education mode features a series of puzzles that go into much more technical depth than the regular intro puzzles.

Please read the Foldit Community Guidelines and Terms of Service. Please also see the Rules of the Foldit wiki.

What's folding

Note: this list gets updated weekly after the last puzzle expires. See the official list of puzzles for the most current puzzle info.

Updates

Videos

David Baker (U. Washington HHMI) Crowd Sourcing Protein Folding Rosetta@Home and FoldIt
David Baker (U. Washington HHMI) Crowd Sourcing Protein Folding Rosetta@Home and FoldIt


Tools, tips, techniques

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Players can submit screenshots of their best or most interesting results using the camera button in chat. The Foldit wiki has thousands of these images. See recent puzzle results and older results for a complete list. See posting results for tips on how to post.

Discord

Join The Foldit Discord Server

Get the Invite

Try Discord as an alternative to Foldit's IRC chat. Key Foldit channels like #veteran and #global are mirrored between Discord and IRC by helpful bots.

The Science

These pages describe the science of protein folding.


Helping out

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For minor changes (typos, spelling, grammar, etc.) please go ahead and make the change.

For more substantial changes, please join the Foldit Discord server, and introduce yourself on the #wiki channel. The #wiki channel is the best place to discuss new articles or changes to existing articles.

Please try to keep your user name/screen name the same or at least recognizable between Foldit, Discord, and Fandom. That will help prevent confusion and misunderstandings.

The Foldit wiki has a Wanted Articles page, but it's mostly broken links and other things that need to be cleaned up. The Stubs page on the Foldit wiki is normally empty, but might contain a list of articles that need content added. Foldit has been busy adding new features lately, and the wiki is still trying to catch up. At some point, the stubs/wanted articles lists might become more relevant, but right now they're not really in use.

There's also a community portal page here on the wiki, but it's never been used.

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