How to Generate Bitcoins from Your Home Computer

Last updated on October 7th, 2015 at 03:11 pm

If you’ve heard about Bitcoin you probably also heard about Bitcoin mining. Bitcoin mining is the process of turning computing power into actual Bitcoins. It allows you to generate Bitcoins without the need to actually buy them.

Now a lot of people say that mining can’t be done on a home computer and that you need very expensive equipment in order to start mining, but that’s not entirely true.

Any computer can be used to mine Bitcoins, even the oldest and weakest laptop you have lying around at home. Actually not so long ago a successful experiment was made where a 55 year old IBM computer was used to mine Bitcoins.

But of course, whenever you start looking for guides on how to mine Bitcoins it’s always very technical with terms like “hash-rate” and “SHA-256” and all sorts of other weird terms. So you find yourself struggling with these terms until you finally just give up the notion of mining Bitcoins all together and just move on.

the good news is that you can mine bitcoins at home, using any computer you have laying around in a simple and easy process.

The only thing you’re going to need is a computer that is connected to the internet. Personally I suggest using a computer that isn’t being used for anything else since the mining process is very demanding and will slow your computer down substantially.

First, go to Bitminter.com. On the nav bar select “Join” and create an account. Make sure to remember your username as we will be using it in the following steps.

Then go to “tools”, “Bitminter client” and choose “latest update”. This will download a file to your computer that will allow it to start mining Bitcoins.

Once the file has finished downloading just run it and follow the simple installation instructions. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a Mac, Windows or Linux computer, the program will run smoothly on any operating system, you just need to make sure you have Java installed. If you don’t the program will ask you to install it once you run it.

Once the program is up click “Engine start”, enter your username and Voilà! you are now mining Bitcoins from your home computer.

A few important things before we conclude. Make sure to keep your computer cooled down using a fan or a dedicated cooling device. If you don’t your computer may overheat after a while and damage itself.

You’ll also notice that if you mine on your home computer you’re probably mining very slowly and won’t get enough Bitcoins to even cover the electricity cost of running the computer. For example  on my home computer I made 13 satoshis after one full day of mining.

If you want to calculate how many Bitcoins you can mine on your own computer just use a mining calculator and enter your processing speed. You can see your processing speed at the bottom right side of the Bitminter program.

If you want to increase your mining rate you can always attach dedicated bitcoin miners to your home computer. Today’s Bitcoin miners are known as ASIC miners , ASIC stands for Application Specific Integrated Circuit and it’s basically an ultra powerful computer designed just for mining Bitcoins. You can find many used miners on eBay or just buy a new one online.

To sum things up you can still mine bitcoins at home using any old computer. You probably won’t be very efficient but if you want to get a taste of what it means to be a Bitcoin miner, you can do so in just 2 minutes using the technique we just discussed.

Ofir Beigel

Owner at 99 Coins ltd.
Blogger and owner of 99Bitcoins. I've been dealing with Bitcoin since the beginning of 2013 and it taught me a lesson in finance that I couldn't get anywhere else on the planet. I'm not a techie, I don't understand "Hashes" and "Protocols", I designed this website with people like myself in mind. My expertise is online marketing and I've dedicated a large portion of 99Bitcoins to Bitcoin marketing.

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sachin
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sachin

can any one tell me how many software use for bitcoin mining and plizz give there name

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Hi Sachin,

Unless you have an ASIC hardware mining device, you unfortunately won’t be able to make any money with Bitcoin mining. Please see our Mining Guides section for more information.

Rajdeep jani
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Rajdeep jani

hay, this is rajdeep jani,
i m having trouble in join bitcoin mining can any one help to fix out my issue?

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1. M having trouble in log in procedure.
2. have followed this procedure to “tools”, “Bitminter client” and choose “latest update” but after it m not able to install it on my laptop.

Pls help me to fix this two issue.

Steven Hay
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Hey Rajdeep,

If you don’t have an ASIC miner, you won’t be able to use Bitminter unfortunately. See my answers to wal and guy below.

So if you don’t have an ASIC, there’s no point troubleshooting these errors.

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wal

I’ve got the same problem .can someone help”when i click start engine it says “No devices to start! Please connect mining hardware to USB port(s) and use devices menu to probe for them.” so this article needs to be updated…

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Hi Wal,

Yes, unfortunately Bitminter now only functions as a pool for ASIC mining hardware. If you’d like to try mining without any special devices or even GPUs required, you can try mining Monero through its official GUI wallet.

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when i click start engine it says “No devices to start! Please connect mining hardware to USB port(s) and use devices menu to probe for them.” so this article needs to be updated…

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Steven Hay

Hi guy,

Yes, I believe you’re right and that this application now requires an ASIC miner to function.

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ok So i know this sounds lame as all hell but i gotta try (not expecting positive results)
i have just recently started mining bit coins and it seems like long drawn out way to lose time and money im doing it from my laptop and its g/h isnt that great

im trying to buy an ant miner but i havent come anywhere near close enough doing it the way im doing it

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Zsofia Elek

Hi Joe, I have removed the donation request from your comment as that is not allowed here. Here’s a post about how to earn Bitcoins online:https://99bitcoins.com/how-to-earn-bitcoins-fast-and-free-in-2016, I hope it helps.

andre
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Hello,

I want to ask why I cannot run the program from bitminter JNLP file.
I’ve updated my JAVA version but still cannot run the program.
Is there any way to set the JAVA ?
please help me

Thank you

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Hey Andre, I think your best bet will be to ask DrHaribo, the developer of the software. He will have a much better idea of how to resolve the problem. You can either email him from the Contact link on the https://bitminter.com/ site or find him on the Bitcoin Talk thread for Bitminter: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=31163.0 If you don’t have a Bitcoin Talk account, you’ll have to register and perhaps make a few posts in the Newbie area before being allowed to post elsewhere. Then click to the last page of that thread and create a new reply for your question. When… Read more »
Anonymous
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Gpu gtx 1050 ti how much profit for month

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Hi, you need specialized mining equipment to be profitable with Bitcoin mining, I suggest you reading this article: https://99bitcoins.com/bitcoin-mining-profitable-beginners-explanation/

Thomas
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Thomas

Hello
The website bitminer.com updated and I am unable to find the login or the bitminer client in the tool tab. Help would be helpful.

Thank you.

Thomas
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Thomas

Update
The link in the video is not the right on and go to a different website.
Sorry for that.

Yugeshan
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Yugeshan

I have a dedicated pc that was built with a AMD 12 compute core processor and 16gb ram, can i use it for mining ethereum and how will i go about it setting it up?

Zsofia Elek
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Hi Yugeshan, please read this article about how to start Ethereum mining, it should be helpful for you: https://99bitcoins.com/guide-ethereum-mining-how-to-mine-ethereum/

Shriram M
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Shriram M

Hi Ofir Beigel,

Very interesting video you have there in your site. I was on a look out for answers how to earn Bitcoins using Home PC. I have followed your video instructions but Bitminter file is not running in my Windows 8.1 pc. Could you please post some Bitminers with direct download links which will be more helful
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