How to Generate Bitcoins from Your Home Computer

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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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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

Steven Hay
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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

Zsofia Elek
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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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Zsofia Elek

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/

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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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gautam utekar
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gautam utekar

i have p 4 computer . can i meck btc

Aj
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Aj

No

edyl
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edyl

for example, when u done already 1BTC how to cash it out??

Zsofia Elek
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Zsofia Elek

Hi Edyl, if you want to sell Bitcoin, you just go to a Bitcoin exchange and place an order. You can find here a tutorial: https://99bitcoins.com/how-to-sell-bitcoins-online/. And here is a complete list of Bitcoin exchanges with link to reviews: https://99bitcoins.com/how-to-buy-bitcoin-with-a-credit-card/.

Detective
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Detective

Hi if I started to mine with my PC is it going to be a problem knowing that PC stay on 24/7

Zsofia Elek
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Generally speaking if the cooling is correctly setup your PC should be able to run without issue 24/7.

Tola
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Tola

Can I mine Bitcoin with my smart phone

raja
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raja

otheritcoin ways exist to earn bitcoin , but hardwork and patience with persistent is better way

Buntu
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Buntu

I have downloaded the software, i clicked on the engine start…

what do i do now to start getting bitcoins?

and how do i withdraw them into a wallet?

Goke
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Goke

I am new to mining bitcoin. However, I have watch the video and followed all steps but my system refused to launch the file from the tools/latest update. I reside in Nigeria (Africa). How can I mine from Africa.

Paul smit
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Paul smit

I want to mine the bitcoins please tell me all requirements for mining either I can start with my home PC in starting please tell me……

Farooq
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Farooq

scala.runtime.NonLocalReturnControl$mcV$sp. that is the error the client is throwing when i clck engine start. just so you know i have litterally no experience in this stuff and i need someone to dummify EVERYTHING for me. ive watched tutorials but nothing comes up abou this. i followed the tutorials step for step. someone please help

Philani
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Philani

I get an error,”null……scala.runtime.NonLocalReturnControl$mcV$sp”. How can I solve it in order to start minning with the software?

David Sadaad
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David Sadaad

I want to know too

Kevin Barner
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Kevin Barner

Well almost any computer but not this one. is there a alternative to Bitminter.com I can use? None of there files are working.

lavanya
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lavanya

bitminter.com site is not working

Ofir one
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Ofir one

None that I can think of at the moment.

Kevin Barner
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Kevin Barner

I am new to this and very excited. I am still learning about how all this works and I am glad to read all of your post. thank you Ofir Beigel and your team for allowing me to be here.

Ofir one
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Ofir one

Thanks for the awesome feedback Kevin!

John
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John

When I use the BitMinter Client download it gives me an error that says: NO DEVICES TO START! PLEASE CONNECT MINING HARDWARE TO USB PORT AND USE DEVICES MENU TO PROBE FOR THEM. Please help

Ofir one
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Ofir one

Hey John, I think you should take a look at the preference screen -> devices and then make sure it’s set to “probe all ports”. If it still doesn’t work I suggest post up a question on the support forum.

mostafa hassan
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mostafa hassan

thanks Nice article but i want to say If you have a machine with high specifications What is the result

Ofir one
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Ofir one

Well it depends on the specifications. You can use the mining calculator mentioned in the post to figure it out according to your specific case.

N. T.
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Ι think that people starting to learn about BTC are doing so in order to find an alternative way to earn money, not for academic education, nor for the experience. Instead of overheating his home pc (and not being efficient) and being unable to start doing what above comments describe to mine with equipment, there are lots and lots of sites that give away free btc in the net and others too that give away free mining ghs. One can earn as much as 100.000 satoshis daily from first and invest them in seconds. For a start. Then one must… Read more »
Ofir one
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Ofir one

Hey N.T. thanks so much for your detailed insights.
Indeed in order to make substantial amounts of money you have to move into more serious investments, or you can do what I do which is to find a different way than mining or trading.
Soon enough I’ll post another video with some new cool tricks to get free Bitcoins.

Mark
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Nice article. I am pretty new to mining but as a QA engineer and a hardware junkie I went at it with an open mind. Bitminter is absolutely the easiest way to mine and learn. But you really need to be careful. Hash rate and power go hand in hand. Your computer may run Battlefield or COD just fine but mining with that video card could peg it at max watts and your 500 watt PS starts melting wires. There is an abundance of little USB Asic block erupters on ebay and amazon for $10 that will churn out 330… Read more »
Ofir one
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Ofir one

Hey Mark thank for this detailed explanation. It seems that you are not that new to mining after all ;)

allegro101
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This is a good way to ruin a laptop. Even BitMinter notes on their website: “Making bitcoins with a normal computer is too slow and also not profitable due to electricity costs.” Trying this on a laptop will cause overheating and fry the box. If you want to mine bitcoin at home and actually make a return on your investment you could spend about $340 for an Antminer S5 bitcoin ASIC miner from Bitmain. Don’t forget to add in the cost of a power supply if you do not have a spare. Due to noise and heat many folks just… Read more »
Ofir one
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Ofir one

I guess that if you don’t follow the advice in the video and cool down your laptop it indeed may get ruined. But I think that people who just want to see what mining is all about don’t need to spend large amounts of money to participate in it. We tend to think that everyone is in it for positive ROI but some people are just interested in the process.

Thanks for the excellent feedback and suggestion for the ASIC miner.

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