Bitcoin Mining Software

Now that you already know about the best Bitcoin mining hardware, we’re going to talk about Bitcoin mining software.

What is Bitcoin Mining Software?

Bitcoin mining hardware handles the actual Bitcoin mining process, but:

Bitcoin mining software is equally as important.

  • If you are a solo miner: the mining software connects your Bitcoin miner to the blockchain.
  • If you mine with a pool: the software will connect you to your mining pool.
  • If you are cloud mining: you do not need mining software.

Importance of Bitcoin Mining Software

The main job of the software is to deliver the mining hardware’s work to the rest of the Bitcoin network and to receive the completed work from other miners on the network.

Bitcoin mining software monitors this input and output of your miner while also displaying statistics such as the speed of your miner, hashrate, fan speed and the temperature.

Bitcoin Wallets

One of the most important things you will need before using any kind of Bitcoin mining software is a wallet.

Why?

This is because all Bitcoin mining software will ask you for a Bitcoin address that will be used to send your mining rewards and payouts. Once you create or download a wallet you will be able to get a Bitcoin address from your wallet.

There are many Bitcoin wallets, but these are the ones we recommend if you are just starting out:

  • Electrum – Simple Bitcoin wallet that works on Mac, Windows, and Linux.
  • Mycelium – The most popular Bitcoin wallet on Android.
  • breadwallet – The most popular Bitcoin wallet for iOS.

If you expect to earn a lot of money through mining then it would be smart to purchase a more secure wallet: a hardware wallet.

If you are just getting into it the Ledger Nano S costs about $65 and will keep your coins super secure.

Now that we understand mining software and how it helps in the mining process, and you got your Bitcoin wallet and address, let’s look at different software on different operating systems.

Bitcoin Mining Software for Windows

Bitcoin Miner

You can use Bitcoin Miner on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.

It has an easy to use interface, power saving mode, mining pool support and fast share submission.

One useful feature is the profit reports feature because this feature will help you know if your mining is profitable or not. The latest version of this software is Bitcoin Miner 1.27.0.

BTCMiner

BTCMiner is an Open Source Bitcoin Miner for ZTEX USB-FPGA modules 1.5.

BTCMiner comes with the following features:

  • Dynamic frequency scaling in that BTCMiner automatically chooses the frequency with the highest rate of valid hashes
  • Ready-to-use Bitstream i.e. no Xilinx software or license required.

It also comes with supported FPGA boards which contain a USB interface used for communication and programming.

CGMiner

CGMiner is arguably the most famous and commonly used among Bitcoin miners at the moment.

CGMiner is based on the original code of CPU Miner.

This software has many features but the main ones include:

  • fan speed control
  • remote interface capabilities
  • self-detection of new blocks with a mini database
  • multi GPU support
  • CPU mining support

BFGMiner

BFGMiner is more or less the same as CGMiner.

The only major difference is that it doesn’t focus on GPUs like CGMiner but instead it is designed specifically for ASICs.

Some unique features of BFGMiner include: mining with free mesa/LLVM OpenCL, ADL device reordering by PCI bus ID, integrated overclocking and fan control.

EasyMiner

EasyMiner is GUI based and it acts as a convenient wrapper for CGMiner and BFGMiner software.

This software supports the getwork mining protocol as well as stratum mining protocol. It can also be used for both solo and pooled mining.

Among its main features is that it configures your miner and provides performance graphs for easy visualization of your mining activity.

Bitcoin Mining Software for Linux

CGMiner

CGMiner is arguably the most famous and commonly used among Bitcoin miners at the moment.

CGMiner is based on the original code of CPU Miner.

This software has many features but the main ones include: fan speed control, remote interface capabilities, self-detection of new blocks with a mini database, multi GPU support and CPU mining support.

BFGMiner

BFGMiner is more or less the same as CGMiner.

The only major difference is that it doesn’t focus on GPUs like CGMiner but instead it is designed specifically for ASICs.

Some unique features of BFGMiner include: mining with free mesa/LLVM OpenCL, ADL device reordering by PCI bus ID, integrated overclocking and fan control.

EasyMiner

EasyMiner is a GUI based software and it acts as a convenient wrapper for CGMiner and BFGMiner software.

This software supports the getwork mining protocol as well as stratum mining protocol. It can also be used for both solo and pooled mining.

Among its main features is that it configures your miner and provides performance graphs for easy visualization of your mining activity.

Bitcoin Mining Software for Mac OS X

RPC Miner

RPC Miner can be used on Mac OS 10.6 or higher and features integration with Mac OS APIs and systems.

More

All of the mining software above listed for Linux and Windows also works for Mac OS X. Scroll up to learn more!

Cash Out your Coins

Once you have this setup and are mining, you may need to cash out some of your coins in order to pay off your expenses such as electricity.

For this you can use Buy Bitcoin Worldwide to find a Bitcoin exchange in your country.




23 Comments


  1. Hi …Which is the best mining software for HP Probook 8520s ?


  2. Cool this list has helped me!!


  3. Is mining really work as one person saying me to invest 0.2btc in their pool and saying that I will get around 0.4btc daily. Please help me is it true or he wants to scam. I wants to earn bitcoin @ very fast.


  4. I’ve been trying to download NiceHash mining software, but it has a virus, everytime I download my antivirus deletes it because it is infected, is there another site to download the software?


  5. under miners for linux, the easyminer link is an .exe for windows…. is easyminer actually for linux or windows… perhaps an update to your blog would be helpful thanks!


  6. Hi,

    i would like to start mining bitcoins.
    do you think a mining software will work fine with i5 processor+gtx 750ti?

    thanks


  7. It looks like RPC miner is only for CPU & GPU mining and the link you provide doesn’t seem to provide any usable links to the software. Have you looked at MacMiner for mining on the mac platform? It supports CPU, GPU, and ASIC mining. http://macminer.fabulouspanda.com/macminer/


  8. hello

    I am in Lao PDR, I would like to know as following question:
    – How to buy BTC Miner Machine?
    – Can I order from which website?
    (Sorry my Bad English)

    thank you, sir


  9. Hi, I want to know which software best for i3 3220 and gtx 1050ti exoc graphics card


  10. Hi,
    I have good hardware with over 40ghz cpu.. i want to mine bitcoins.. can i mine them with cgminer/easyminer etc even now?is it absolutely necessary to have port 8333 open for mining? For some firewall restrictions opening the port is just not possible and using other port insteas of 8333, i dont wish to do. It would be great if you can share some link to tutorials or videos which are still relevant( new version)


  11. Nice information but it failed to warn about the fact that most websites offering these mining services are just plain scams. They just grab your coins and it’s over with the support. If you go on your search engine and do a search you’ll find that every idiot can buy these scripts online.

    These scripts are made to scam people, so everybody be careful when it comes to your coins because it’s a jungle out there.


  12. Good day sir, am new on mining, am about downloading a software but I don’t know the best one to download, I use window8, I would be glad if you can help me out on how to go about it all. Thanks


  13. Hello
    I am using Deep freeze software on my win 7 system.
    and I want to know if dose it affect my work if I reinstall the miner software every time I restart the PC?
    do I will lose any information?

    Thank you


  14. Hi,what’s your advice, joining a pool individually or with a group so as we reap massively?and what are the charges Sir?

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