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Status: 21 November 2016 Edit

The servers are up at Amazon, although there may still be interruptions in service. There are no science puzzles currently open. Beginner puzzles, expired puzzles, and devprev puzzles are available to play. In-game chat is working (though it may be interrupted). Please report anything that is not working properly in Feedback. If you are using an IRC client to connect to chat, be sure to use the address rather than a numeric IP address. Do not specify a port number.

If you specified a fixed IP for in your 'hosts' file in the past (found at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts), be sure to comment that entry out as it will prevent you from connecting to the new servers at Amazon.

# (old IP)

Server Downtime - The Move to Amazon! Edit

Hey everyone, we have some exciting news - we are moving our servers to Amazon!

We took steps earlier this year to try and minimize the downtime from this move, but it looks like we are going to need more.

We've scheduled the move for next Wednesday, November 16th at 3 PM PST (11 PM GMT). All puzzles will end at this time, and we'll be down possibly until Monday, November 21st.

As a result of this move, our servers will now be located on the East Coast of the USA, which should improve connectivity and latency for most of our players. We should also be less affected by outages with the better reliability of Amazon Web Services.

A big thanks to Amazon for helping to make this happen!

Game server down Edit

When the game server goes down, that means that you can't open another client. Be sure to open an extra for yourself beforehand if you can. Open a puzzle in that client - once the server is down, usually you can't switch without crashing the client.

You will not be able to share a solution - or download a shared solution (for team or yourself). If there is something you want to work on, load it in advance.

You will not be able to access scripts on the website - if there is a script you've been thinking of downloading, do that in advance.

If you try to share a solution or upload one for yourself, often the client will crash. And of course, once you close a client or it crashes when the server is down, it's gone.

If you try to switch from one puzzle to another, you are trying to access the server and will likely crash that client.

Trying to switch from one track to another may crash the client.

Manually saving a solution may be possible - but may also cause a crash.

***In other words - the only safe way to maintain a client during game server downtime is to just let that script run, or do that handwork. Anything else will likely cause the client to crash!

The safest way to protect your scores is to manually save ahead of the downtime when there is warning, and don't try to share, download, or switch within the client - until the server is back up.

Once the servers are back up, saving your solution is a good thing to do! Remember that your client has been out of touch with the server, and needs to regain communication. So any gains you have had with the server down need to be recognized by the server.

For that to happen quickly, when the server is live again, open an extra client - go to that puzzle - restore best. Check the website to see if the score has been recorded.

Chat server down Edit

The foldit IRC chat server may or may not be down during an outage. If the chat server is down there is usually a mibbit room open for any players who wish to chat (and to quickly pass the word when the servers are back up): - please use your normal foldit nick and the room will be: #foldit. If you usually use an external client other than mibbit, you can use that client to access the mibbit #foldit room by making a new connection to

To determine if there are server outages at UW:

To report an outage:

  • Call UW Information Technology at 206-221-6000

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