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Foldit is an online 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 player 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, and 64-bit Linux. 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.

The Intro Puzzles show you the tools, try them before trying a science puzzle. (deutsch) | (svenska)

See Get Started Playing Foldit for more.

Please read the Foldit Community Guidelines and Terms of Service.

See Foldit Status for any issues affecting the game.

Updates

  • It's the pits: the initial results of the Protein Design Partition Tournament are in. Designs by johnmitch, matosfran, Galaxie, actiasluna, and phi16 are surviving well, but players have found holes in the landscape of other designs. Three designs have been eliminated from the tournament.
  • Rugged landscape: the protein energy landscape is described in The Problem of Protein Design and Partition Functions on the Foldit blog. A new Protein Design Partition Tournament is underway, challenging players to create novel designs with a smooth energy landscape.
  • Mojo filter: the Foldit Lua Functions have been updated to include the new "filter" functions and others now available in both Main and Devprev.
  • Naming names: a number of Foldit players are listed as authors (using their real names) on an article just published in Nature Scientific Reports. See Interesting Articles (under "contribution of Foldit players to scientific results") for a complete list and a link to the paper.

Videos

David Baker (U

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


Tools, tips, techniques

Several translations of the Foldit Wiki are available:
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