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The Good Karma Kit

A Docker Compose project to run on servers with spare CPU, disk, and bandwidth.
Help the world by contributing your unused computing power to good causes.


  1. Download docker-compose.yml into an empty directory (or clone this repo)
  2. Edit the docker-compose.yml file to fill in config vars, tune resource limits, or comment out containers you don't want to run
  3. Start the containers with docker-compose up
  4. Finish setting up some projects through their respective web dashboards exposed on localhost (see below)
curl -O
# edit docker-compose.yml to fill in config, tune limits, or disable containers

mkdir -p data
docker-compose up

Next steps: Check the status of everything using htop

docker-compose ps

Or use the web dashboards / leaderboards for each service listed below.


Have some space computing power and want to donate it to a good cause? How about 10+ good causes all at once?

♻️ put an under-utilized system to good use
🚲 use as much or as little CPU/RAM/DISK as you want
✨ 100% more soul warming than mining
📈 geek out over your CPU/disk/bandwidth stats on the leaderboards

This is a collection of containers that all contribute to public-good projects:

  • networks: Tor, i2p
  • computing: boinc, foldingathome
  • archiving: archivewarrior, zimfarm, kiwix, archivebox, pywb
  • storage: ipfs, storj, sia, transmission

This v1 list was started by the ArchiveBox project, but it's open to contributions.

We've added the 501(c)/non-profit status of each cause below, so you can filter out for-profit ones if you don't want to participate in those (e.g. Storj/IPFS/etc.).


The nature of most of these containers is that you're contributing resources to the public or to specific causes running on the public internet. Unless otherwise specified or restricted to in the compose file, all ports should be made available to the public internet. Make sure you understand the risks involved with exposing your machine to WAN. It may be worth running this in an isolated VM on an isolated subnet if it's on your home or corporate network.

Two optional containers need access to /var/run/docker.sock: watchtower (uses it to update the other containers), and zimfarm (uses it to fork worker containers for its sub-tasks). Make sure to update the containers yourself semi-regularly if you disable the watchtower.

Not all the containers are not-for-profit, some either reward you with cryptocurrency, or are affiliated with for-profit entities. Each container is marked below with its non-profit/for-profit status.

If there are too many containers for your liking, the top-3 high-impact and easy-to-run ones are:

  • ⭐️ archivewarrior
  • ⭐️ boinc
  • ⭐️ tor




image: containrrr/watchtower

Automatically update & restart docker containers when they have new versions available. (open source helper container)

(commented out by default, but highly recommended to enable it by uncommenting)

Notes: needs access docker.sock to work, but can be disabled if you regularly udpate the containers yourself by hand

Distributed networking projects

tor ⭐️

image: thetorproject/obfs4-bridge:latest

Run a relay node for the Tor onion routing network that helps people use the internet with as much privacy as possible. (501(c)(3) US nonprofit)

Notes: Does not run a guard/exit node, only a middle relay node


image: divax/i2p:i2p-tor

Run a relay node for the i2p routing network (similar to Tor). (501(c)(3) US nonprofit)

Distributed computing projects

boinc ⭐️


Help contribute CPU and GPU power to a wide variety of scientific research projects, including protein folding, alien signal detection, and more! (operated not-for-profit by UC Berkeley and funded by the NSF)

Notes: if you have a GPU, it will help computations greatly, please uncomment the /dev/dri line.



Help contribute CPU power to solve protein folding problems in bioscience, crucial to the development of vacienes and our understanding of molecular biology and mechanics. (operated by a research group at Washington University in Saint Louis, a 501(c)(3) non-profit)

Internet Archiving projects

archivewarrior ⭐️


Help contribute CPU and bandwidth to archive parts of the internet automatically before they go down. Has helped save large swaths of the internet from going dark forever by adding them to (operated by an open-source collective, not-for-profit)


image: openzim/zimfarm-worker-manager

Help contribute CPU and bandwidth to archive large content collections for offline use in areas with limited internet. Helps many communities access things like Wikipedia, Project Gutenberg, and more. (operated by the Swiss non-profit Kiwix/OpenZIM)

Notes: this one requires a static IP and >1TB of monthly network transfer available! You must contact Kiwix to get your worker set up, and get your static IP whitelisted.


image: kiwix/kiwix-serve:latest

Help contribute bandwidth and disk to serve large content collections to users in areas with limited or censored internet. This is the server for the content that zimfarm archives. (operated by the Swiss non-profit Kiwix/OpenZIM)

Notes: this one requires you download some ZIM archives to serve into ./data/kiwix, get those from here:


image: archivebox/archivebox:latest

Use ArchiveBox as a tool to archive sites you care about for offline visiting or rehosting after they go down. (open source project, not-for-profit)

Notes: this one is empty by default, add some sites to archive or crawl regulary using the web UI or CLI.


image: webrecorder/pywb:latest

Use PYWB as a tool to archive sites you care about for offline visiting or rehosting after they go down. (open source project, not-for-profit, affiliated with Rhizome/Webrecorder)

Notes: this one is empty by default, add some sites to archive or crawl regulary using the web UI or CLI.

Distribued storage projects

(these serve assets to the public,


image: ipfs/go-ipfs:latest

Run a storage node (free/not-for-profit) on the IPFS distributed storage network and pin files you care about to help serve them to others. (operated by Protocol Labs Inc., a for-profit 💰 US company)


image: storjlabs/storagenode:latest

Run a storage node (for profit) on the Storj distributed storage network, automatically contribute your storage space and bandwidth and earn cryptocurrency in return. (operated by Storj Labs Inc., a for-profit 💰 US company)

Notes: 💰 This one (optionally) earns you money for your storage. Set the WALLET to your address if you want payouts.


(OPTIONAL, commented out by default)

image: nebulouslabs/sia

Run a storage node (free/not-for-profit) on the Sia distributed storage network. (technically operated by Sia Foundation, a 501(c)(3) US nonprofit, but helps serve Skynet, their for-profit 💰 entity)


image: linuxserver/transmission

Seed files to the public via BitTorrent (e.g. linux ISOs, collections, etc.). This starts empty by default, you have to add content yourself.

image: linuxserver/transmission
    - USER=squash
    - PASS=NfC6r47FA8J2K
    - ./data/transmission/files:/data
    - ./data/transmission:/config

Notes: some networks don't like BitTorrent traffic, make sure your provider allows it.


Contributions, corrections, and documentation improvements are welcome! Please open an issue or PR to suggest a fix or a new container addition.