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The render farm relies on you to live; the more computers are connected to the system, the better the service will be.
You don't need to have Blender installed, it will be downloaded for you.
Your own project will be rendered first, then your computer will help other users.
If you don't want to share your computer, but still help SheepIt, you should consider donating.
To add a project, go to the projects page.

Windows client (64-bit)

Download (29 MB)

or

macOS and Linux client

Download (1 MB)

Tiny FAQ

When you launch the client, it will download Blender and an archive of the project to render. Everything is standalone, meaning that you do not need to have Blender installed on your computer.
You can set the number of cores used for Blender.
When you run the client, if you get this message: $ java -jar sheepit-client-5.497.2853.jar
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: com/sheepit/client/standalone/Worker : Unsupported major.minor version 51.0
It means you are running java 6 but you need java 7 or up to run the client.
Yes, it is! If you see this error java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: javax/xml/bind/DatatypeConverter add the option -addmods java.xml.bind to the command java launch (java -addmods java.xml.bind -jar sheepit-client-5.497.2853.jar ...)
There are a few user interfaces available on the macOS/Linux client, by using "-ui" you can choose one. "text" and "oneLine" are in text-mode with no graphical interface. More information on the help of the client with "--help".
Yes, the macOS/Linux is a plain Java client which will work on 32-bit Windows.

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This is a small FAQ about launching the client, the FAQ page contains more general information about the service.