Five Devices for Mining Bitcoins on Your Mac

5 Tools for Mining Bitcoins on Your Mac

by Alex on November 30, 2014

Learning to mine Bitcoin is lighter than it might be originally portrayed, I’d waterput a fatter concern on the fact that you might be thinking of Bitcoin spil a very effortless way to generate some money. Ter a sense, it is true, but I’ve to waterput it out there – Mac computers aren’t indeed built for mining Bitcoins.

However, there are several contraptions out there that have bot built specifically for this purpose alone – to help you get began with mining Bitcoin on a Mac pc. I’m going to attempt and be spil brief and sweet spil possible, unluckily – all thesis implements have documentations the length of the good wall of china. I doubt you’d want to go overheen the same thing spil many spil five times.

Bitcoin is a digital currency, a protocol, and open-source software and enables instant worldwide peer to peer transactions for little or no processing fees and no risk of chargebacks or fraud while being immune to seizure or confiscation.

It is the currency of the future, the only thing left to do is to learn more about, learn to make it work for ourselves, and perhaps even integrate it within our own businesses. It seems to be working for so many people, and large companies keep taking the initiative to attempt the digital currency out. Peer pressure is what’s it all about!

1. cgminer

cgminer is a combined FPGA and ASIC bitcoin miner written ter C, cross verhoging for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, with stratum support, remote interface capabilities, support for numerous simultaneous mining devices, and advanced caching and detection algorithms that maximize cryptocoin mining efficiency.

It’s not a GUI application, which might turn away some potential fresh miners, but fortunately for that special bunch – the same author of cgminer has built another mining contraption for Mac users, and it provides a flawlessly usable graphical interface. Here it is.

Two. Asteroid

It is one of the easiest to use contraptions when it comes to mining Bitcoin, and also Litecoin on your Mac. The instrument is built on top of Mac OS X technology, alongisde the cgminer backend which provides for a powerful and nimble mining practice. A fresh Mac will provide the optimal mining speeds for both currencies.

Te case you’re paranoid about someone taking all the credit for the mining you’ve done, the project is fully open-source and can be previewed and studied at any given time.

Three. Basically a Freaking Good Miner

This is a multi-threaded multi-pool ASIC, FPGA, GPU and CPU miner with dynamic clocking, monitoring, and fanspeed support for bitcoin. Do not use on numerous block chains at the same time! Once again, this is not an application that has a slick and effortless to use GUI, but I find that the instruction line options for this device are very effortless to use.

You just have to come in the pool address and port, username and password and you’re pretty much ready to go. I’d actually recommend this for beginners, just so they can see their utter mining potential of their Mac computers.

Four. MacMiner

MacMiner is built on top of Mac OS X, and provides a seamless mining practice that utilizes every opzicht of what the Mac has to suggest. It works beautifully with Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin and many, many more online cryptocurrencies. It does have a friendly GUI to play with, and while the community forums isn’t very active – it does provide some support.

Speaking of communities, I recently published a postbode about the most popular Bitcoin forums and communities, and I cannot recommend enough to take a look at them, and perhaps even become a member on some of them. You’ll find someone on those forums to help you with all of the instruments te the list, and for example, the official Bitcoin Talk forum has a separate section dedicated to this precies subject – digital currency miners!

Five. Bitminter

The last implement on our list comes integrated with its own mining pool. I’d recommend this for anyone who’s looking to see their potential for earning some buck using their Mac pc. It is spil effortless spil signing up, and utilizing the custom-built built Java client for commencing to mine Bitcoins.

You can also download their suggested client options, like cgminer which wij already discussed, among a duo of others that can be found on Bitcoin Talk. They don’t provide a Bitcoin wallet, so you’ll have to find that elsewhere.

Mining Bitcoins on Your Mac

There wij have it, a solid list of devices that will keep you busy for at least a duo of days. You should be able to figure out which one works the best for you after a duo of attempts to mine. Like I said, a Mac pc isn’t indeed the ideal technology for mining.

You’ll find slew of articles online that discuss the sheer power of mining Bitcoins te a united pool, some companies are making millions just by being hosts of thesis pools, and the people who join to mine are certainly using more power than a single Mac can produce.

I did some research and studying on this, and found that some people are able to sell their Bitcoin mining equipments for spil much spil $15,000, but then again – such a equipment can produce power of up to 3TH/s.

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Development Technobabble

Te my previous postbode on bitcoin mining using Mac OS X, I discussed what is ter my opinion the easiest way to get your toes moist with mining: BitMinter. BitMinter is a excellent bitcoin mining pool and its Java based miner makes it very plain to attempt out bitcoin mining on Mac OS X using your graphics card to calculate hashes.

And while I’m a fan of the BitMinter pool, the mining software – tho’ effortless to attempt – has two notable downsides:

  • The mining software only supports using BitMinter’s mining pool
  • The show of the mining software falls behind alternatives such spil GUIMiner, cgminer and bfgminer


Te terms of ease-of-use, the next bitcoin miner for OS X I’ll discuss is GUIMiner. GUIMiner is also available for Windows and, unluckily, it’s much lighter to find latest binaries for Windows than for OS X.

You can download the official OS X release of GUIMiner here. However, this release is a year or so old at the time of this postbode. You may be able to find more latest releases here, but you’d be trusting unofficial code on your system.

After you download the disk photo (dmg) verkeersopstopping, make sure you budge the verkeersopstopping to a writable location. Attempting to launch it from the dmg opstopping directly will result ter GUIMiner crashing.

Once you launch GUIMiner, setup is straight-forward. You can click Verkeersopstopping>,Fresh to create a fresh tabulator for a miner. Only the OpenCL miner is supported out-of-the-box. After creating a fresh OpenCL miner tabulator, you can select a server (mining pool) from the druppel down or select Other and inject the host, port, username and password by hand. Select your device (graphics card) and ultimately click the Embark mining! button.

If you have numerous graphics cards, you can add extra miners from the Verkeersopstopping>,Fresh spijskaart or, if you project on using the same mining pool, right-click your existing miner tabulator and click Duplicate.

Click View>,Summary to get an overview and controls for each graphics card.

Spil you can see there is a noticeable spectacle improvement using GUIMiner and the poclbm kernel instead of BitMinter. With my own hardware I get a boost of about 30 Mh/s using GUIMiner instead of the BitMinter client.

So GUIMiner works well on OS X, with voorstelling benefits and the capability to taget any bitcoin mining pool. However, it does have a duo of drawbacks:

  • The app doesn’t close decently – you voorwaarde force abandon the application
  • The vertoning still isn’t comparable to native C miners such spil cgminer and bfgminer

Te the final postbode ter this series I’ll discuss thesis last two miners: cgminer and bfgminer. Thesis miners give the best voorstelling that I’ve found. However, you’ll need to compile them yourself te order to use them, which isn’t a plain feat. There’s also some manual patching of C code required if you are running numerous graphics cards on OS X. Stay tuned!

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Hi, question: I’m mining on Slush’s Pool and due to admin rights I am presently stuck with mining on the older Getwork protocol, this gets turned off when Stratum users are at 99% (its at 98% now!). Do you have any suggestions to getting a non-admin app with Stratum support for Mac? I can’t be the only one ter this situation!

I’m not sure about non-admin applications. Did you attempt the Stratum mining proxy here:

Hi, thanks for the article. Which mining pools do you suggest us to use?

I’m on 50BTC pool personnaly (PPS paid) I don’t run my miner 24/24 so is the best for mij

Other excellent pool is pool aka slush’s pool (PPNS paid) but PPNS te my opinion is better for dedicated miner running 24/24

I’ve downloaded the GUIminer dmg opstopping, but can’t seem to find out where to relocate it. Where would a writable location be?

Create a folder on your desktop. Waterput the GUIminer verkeersopstopping ter it. Voila!

Mine can only give Trio.8 for speed! what setup do you have? minteken is a elementary macbook voor 13in with 16gb ram and a HD 4000 Graphics card

Nice гespond ter terugwedstrijd of this question with гeal arguments and telling all

Hi, how can I use a crimson fury with GUIminer on Mac? Thanks!

Do you know of any mining proxys for Mavericks? The newest i can find are for Mountain Lion.

I would use BFGMiner. It works fine on OS X and includes both a Getwork and Stratum proxy.

I followed the tutorial and installed GUIminer on my fresh MacPro (Running Mavericks). Connected to Slush’s pool and embarked mining, however whereas (using the same credentials) on my PC the shares are being accepted, on the Mac nothing happens. Looking at the console all the shares are being rejected.

I would greatly appreciate anyone’s help, spil I’ve bot googling this for hours with no luck.

“Bitcoin mining” o “bitcoin miner” tradotto te italiano significa “minare i bitcoin”. Il termine “minare” deriva dal verbo inglese “to mine” che significa “estrarre”, possiamo paragonare (metaforicamente) questa professione hoewel classico minatore che lavora te miniera.

Tecnicamente, il “bitcoin miner” cos’ГЁ ?

Vanaf comprendere meglio, a livello tecnico, il ruolo del minatore ГЁ possibile scrivere che:

I trasferimenti di moneta vengono memorizzati ter “blocchi” di dati. Ad ogni blocco corrisponde un codice che viene elaborato da un pc di proprietà di un volontario che prende il nome di “minatore”. Ofschoon minatore vengono regalati 50 BTC (bitcoin) vanaf ogni blocco di dati elaborato.

Come minare i bitcoin ?

Se vuoi aumentare le probabilità di ricevere BTC devi “minare i bitcoin”. Chi mina i bitcoin viene chiamato con il nome di “minatore” (miner).

Gli strumenti che devi avere vanaf minare BTC sono: PC, connessione internet, wallet specifico vanaf bitcoin, e Java quest’ultimo giГ installato sul tuo hard disk. Vanaf quanto concerne il sistema operativo puoi avere sia Windows, Linux o Mac ter quanto vanaf ogni OS ГЁ stato creato almeno un apposito software vanaf minare, attualmente i software piГ№ popolari sono quelli vanaf OS Windows.

Puoi fare attività di “mining” da solista o unendoti ad una “pool”. Maggiori dettagli sul bitcoin mining pool

Sia che tu ti muova da solo o te una “pool” puoi scegliere se minare BTC con il classico hardware del tuo PC o con uno specifico hardware appartenente alla famiglia “ASIC mining rig”.

Se opti vanaf il classico hardware devi avere ter dotazione almeno una scheda grafica con memoria dedicata ed un processore (CPU) di media-alta prestazione e delle buone ventole di raffreddamento. Comunque ГЁ sconsigliato utilizzare l’hardware classico del proprio PC ter quanto minare bitcoin comporta una cospicua usura dei tuoi componenti hardware e un surriscaldamento non indifferente senza tenere conto dell’elevata energia che consumi e che si ripercuoterГ sulla tua bolletta della luce. Vanaf farla semplice (anche se non lo ГЁ) all’aumentare delle prestazioni delle vagina grafiche e CPU crescono le probabilitГ che tu riesca a minare un maggior numero di bitcoin.

Concluso il capitolo hardware dovrai scegliere e scaricare un software vanaf minare BTC oppure userai quello della pool a cui fai parte. Maggiori dettagli sui software vanaf minare.

Detto ciГІ e opportuno precisare che se mini BTC:

  • da solo con PC classico – non pensare che basti solo il PC del tuo ufficio\casa ed una connessione internet vanaf guadagnare BTC. Occorrono diversi rekentuig con una enorme potenza di calcolo che va a incidere notevolmente sul consumo di energia elettrica che dovrai pagare, a conti fatti non sembra valerne schuiflade pena. C’ГЁ giГ chi hectare provato prima di te a minare BTC senza un hardware specifico e i guadagni si aggirano intorno a meno di un centesimo nu mese senza contare rallentamenti ed eventuali danni che l’attivitГ di “bitcoin mining” puГІ arrecare alhoewel tuo classico PC.
  • con USB Miners – le penne USB hanno avuto un discreto successo te ontwikkelingsfase di lancio mamma ben presto abbandonate perchГ© non generavano alcun tipo di profitto.
  • con hardware ASIC mining equipment – schuiflade soluzione piГ№ professionale sia che tu lavori da solista o te una pool.

Software vanaf minare BTC

Dopo aver preso schuiflade decisione di svolgere l’attivitГ di “mining” da solista o ter una “pool” e capito quale hardware adoperare non ti resta che scegliere il software vanaf minare colui che gestirГ il vero processo di “mining”.

Se lavori da solista collegherai il tuo software ad una “blockchain” , se ti aggreghi da una “pool” il software si collegherГ direttamente alla “pool” se fai il “cloud mining” (sconsigliato vanaf troppe truffe) non occorrerГ il software.

Il software hectare il compito di consegnare il lavoro svolto dal tuo hardware alla rete Bitcoin e reeds tempo stesso ricevere il lavoro svolto dagli altri “minatori”. Inoltre potrai controllare altri dati come l’hashrate, velocitГ e temperatura delle valvole.

Ricordati che il software va scelto anche ter base reeds sistema operativo. Ecco di seguito una lista dei software piГ№ popolari vanaf minare BTC, vanaf ognuno c’ГЁ scritto il sistema operativo con lade quale puГІ funzionare.

Ogni volta che userai questa tipologia di software dovrai avere sempre un occhio di riguardo vanaf questi dati:

  • StaleShares – solitamente questo valore oscilla tra l’1% e il 5% e lo ricavi sul tuo profilo inerente alla pagina del pool scelto.
  • InvalidBlock – nelle pool con una configurazione ottimale questo valore si aggira intorno all’ 1% ed ГЁ relativo alle probabilitГ che un blocco trovato venga considerato invalido.
  • HWError – ГЁ lade percentuale di hash generati dal tuo hardware che risultano sistematicamente errati e solitamente ГЁ del 2%. Questo parametro ГЁ da considerarsi solo te caso di hardware Asic.
  • PoolUpTime – indica quando lade pool ГЁ attiva, solitamente non scende mai sotto il 99% a differenza di quelle appena nate che difficilmente superano il 95%.
  • PCUptime – indica vanaf quanto tempo il tuo PC collegato ad internet ГЁ rimasto con il miner attivo. All’inizio non supererai l’80% moeder con lade dovuta esperienza e quindi un sempre migliore settaggio delle impostazioni puoi arrivare nu 99%. Discorso non valido se abiti te un appartamento\casa dove salta facilmente schuiflade luce o schuiflade connessione internet.

Esempio di come installare un software vanaf minare

L’installazione di questi software ГЁ davvero molto semplice ed immediata, schuiflade configurazione vanaf avviare il software ГЁ zogenaamde identica vanaf tutti quanti. Ipotizzando che scegli Bitminter che ГЁ tra i software piГ№ popolari devi:

  • aprire lade pagina ufficiale di Bitminter e cliccare su ",Join", ed eseguire lade registrazione che avviene attraverso un account ID che usi te una delle seguenti piattaforme: OpenID, Google, Yahoo, AOL, STEAM, Flickr, WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal. Questa tecnica ГЁ stata adottata vanaf evitare problematiche con utenti che smarriscono lade pasword di accesso.
  • quando accedi tramite ID alreeds tuo account Bitminter clicca sul tasto “My Account” e poi “Workers” e aggiungi un “nuovo lavoratore”
  • vai nel menГ№ ",Implement", >",Bitminter Client", >",Latest", e aggiorna il software con l’ultima versione.
  • dopo averlo aggiornato, avvialo e vai su ",Settings", >",Account", e loggati con le tue credenziali
  • infine clicca su ",Embark",

Il payout avviene minimo ogni 0.01000000 BTC minati.

Conviene minare bitcoin ?

Non esiste una risposta assoluta moeder una buona parte dell’esito dipende da quanto sei disposto ad investire ? Ci sono troppe variabili che condizionano schuiflade redditivitГ del “bitcoin mining”. Puoi fare dei test grazie alle “mining profitability calculators” (calcolatrici di redditivitГ ), offerte da diversi siti web. Ter questa pagina trovi un esempio di guadagno usando un miners avanzato.

Breve spiegazione sulla Blockchain

Come giГ spiegato il progetto Bitcoin si basa sulla convergenza di una serie di tecnologie informatiche come:

  • protocolli di verkeersopstopping sharing peer-to-peer
  • crittografia a chiave pubblica e privata
  • cifratura hash

mamma l’ingrediente qualificante ГЁ l’architettura “block chain” che tradotto significa “catena di blocchi”. Infatti tutte le operazioni effettuate sono confermate dai singoli nodi attraverso il software di crittografia che verifica un pacchetto di dati utilizzato vanaf firmare le transazioni e poterle controllare ter qualsiasi momento. Questo sistema garantisce l’identitГ digitale di chi hectare autorizzato gli scambi e alreeds tempo stesso il funzionamento non ГЁ garantito da un ente hoofdbureau te quanto schuiflade singola transazione e validata dall’interazione di tutti i nodi.

Ter conclusione ГЁ possibile definire il blockchain come un database che funge da libro contabile che si aggiorna automaticamente su ciascuno dei nodi che partecipano alla rete.

Feathercoin Pool


– Electroneum pool is now open. Electroneum pool toverfee is 0% for a week.

Spil this currency is not tradeable on Bittrex, Poloniex, Yobit, wagen exchange is not supported.

– Enable OTP at Edit Account pagina. Backup secret key! If you didn’t backup secret key, disable OTP and enable OTP again to write down secret key.

Feathercoin pool open again, compensation news., posted Mar Ten, 2016 at Ten:35 (UTC)

6th March, became all futile.

Feathercoin blockchain punt., posted Mar Five, 2016 at 08:43 (UTC)

Feathercoin pool, posted Jan 15, 2015 at 07:42 (UTC)

Server time : December 17, 2017, 01:37:35 UTC

MPOS by TheSerapher, available on GitHub

Ethereum Pool


– Electroneum pool is now open. Electroneum pool toverfee is 0% for a week.

Spil this currency is not tradeable on Bittrex, Poloniex, Yobit, wagen exchange is not supported.

– Enable OTP at Edit Account pagina. Backup secret key! If you didn’t backup secret key, disable OTP and enable OTP again to write down secret key.

Ethereum (ETH) pool, posted Mar Eighteen, 2016 at 04:01 (UTC)

(Two) Ethminer fork

(Three) Qtminer (by etherchain)

Developer toverfee is 1% for Ethereum-only mining mode and 2% for dual mining mode. Every hour the miner mines for 36 or 72 seconds for developer.

You can use ethman software to manage several equipments.

Server time : December 17, 2017, 01:38:55 UTC

MPOS by TheSerapher, available on GitHub

Related movie: Bitcoin: The Future of Digital Currency Financial Systems (2014)

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