The 6 best Bitcoin mining software

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Are you thinking of joining the Bitcoin mining universe? In case you don’t know, you can either mine on your own or as part of a pool. In terms of profit, there aren’t really many differences: solo mining will give you large and irregular payouts, as pooled mining will result in small and frequent payouts. In the end, they both add up to the same amount.

Whatever your choice might be, remember you need to follow certain steps to successfully mine Bitcoins: get the right hardware, get the best software that matches your needs, arrange a way to receive the profits of mining and start solving algorithms.

This is where you stop and think: but what is the best software for me if I don’t even know them all? Well, let’s make a small list of the most used software and help you choose.

1. CGminer

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This software is, currently, the most popular GPU/FPGA/ASIC miner. CGminer is an open source GPU miner written in C available for several platforms like Windows, Linux and OS X. One of the things that make it extremely popular is the fact that it’s based on the original code Cpu Miner, which you can discover in Bitcoin Wiki.

This software includes overclocking, monitoring, fans peed control and remote interface capabilities. His other features include self detection of new blocks with a mini-database, binary loading of kernels, multi GPU support and CPU mining support. There are a lot of other characteristics you can discover here, at CGminer official forum.

Download CGminer here.

2. BFGminer

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This software is a derivative of the previous CGminer, designed specifically for FPGA and ASICs, but without the central focus on GPUs like CGminer. The latest update on BFGminer, the 3.1.1 version launched in April 2012, features dynamic clocking, monitoring and remote interface capabilities.

Besides being a super versatile program, BFGminer has really interesting features: vector support, integrated overclocking and fan control, ADL device reordering by PCI bus ID, support for mining with free Mesa/LLVM OpenCL and for getblocktemplate decentralized mining protocol and also crypt mining support for both CPU and OpenCL (GPU).

A little reminder: if you’re mining with a ModMiner, X6500 or ZTEX devices, you need to download bitstreams to make sure BFGMiner 3+ works with your device. You can find them in the official BFGminer forum and check BFGminer’s official website here.

Download BFGminer here.

3. BitMinter

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We can say that, although BitMinter might not be the most popular mining software, it’s certainly one of the best when it comes to connect with users and potential “clients”. The software’s official website is quite complete and straightforward: for the creators of the program, it’s all about making Bitcoin mining “easy” and winning “high payouts”.

BitMinter is different because it’s a software that belongs to a mining pool, so your initial step is to register and fill in the pool sign-up form. So, it’s a great option if you’re looking for a simple installation.

Besides being available for operative systems like Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, BitMinter assures a good mining speed and long polling in order to reduce stale work. It also allows you to mine on OpenCL-compatible GPUs or ASICs/FPGAs (BFL, Block Erupter and other Icarus-compatible). The official BitMinter forum can be found here.

4. BTCMiner

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This open source Bitcoin mining software for ZTEX USB-FPGA Modules 1.15 runs on the operative systems Linux and Windows. Yet, Windows users need to install the libusb driver first, which you can find here. The FPGA boards supported by BTCMiner (USB-FPGA Modules 1.15b and 1.15d, USB-FPGA Modules 1.15x and USB-FPGA Modules 1.15y.) have a USB interface, which can be used for communication and programming, allowing the user to build low cost FPGA clusters with standard components (like USB hubs, for instance). In practical terms, this means no JTAG programmer is required and the program allows to run large mining rigs from just one software instance.

The software features a ready-to-use Bitstream, which doesn’t require any Xilinx Software or a license, so this is an advantage. However, its dynamic frequency scaling is based on error measurement: so, BTCMiner automatically chooses the frequency with the highest rate of valid hashes. You can find BTCMiner official website here and discover more about this mining software.

Download BTCminer here.

5. Poclbm

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Poclbm is a python GPU Bitcoin mining software, which uses the OpenCL framework to perform the hashing computations in a quick way. This framework, which allows programmers to write code that will work across a big variety of hardware, reveals all its potential when used with a modern GPU, producing hash rates of higher magnitude than what can be achieved with a normal CPU.

The program works perfectly with AMD – 4xxx and up, as well as with Nvidia – 8xxx and up (also video cards). According to some users talking in the official Poclbm forum, the software is great for experimentation and also multiple machine mining (not so good for the masses).

Download Poclbm here.

6. DiabloMiner

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This program is a Java GPU Bitcoin miner that uses the OpenCL framework, like Poclbm. This way, DiabloMiner also allows its users to quickly perform the hashing computations. The software, which is a command line kind of program, works on current Nvidia drivers and ATI Stream SDK 2.1. This characteristic means that the users need to open a terminal (cmd.exe, Terminal.app/iTerm2 or xterm, among others) and run the program from there.

If you’re mining in multiple pools, it’s important to know that DiabloMiner supports unlimited pools and is able to switch to the next pool on connection failure, returning to the first one every 60 minutes, according to information available on the software’s website. To read some opinions of users go to the DiabloMiner official forum.

Download DiabloMiner here.


After presenting you these different software miners and its characteristics, it’s safe to say one thing: more important than rating them and placing them on a podium, you need to know them to correctly choose the one that’s better for your needs and already available hardware. If you’re looking for a technical comparison, check out our best Bitcoin mining hardware page. Good mining!

Maria Santos

Maria is an experienced journalist currently living in the UK. She has been writing about Bitcoin and the altcoin universe since 2013. She is also a member of the Lifeboat Foundation's New Money Systems Board and a big cryptocurrency supporter.

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Mario
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Im still kinda curious and confuzed. How does mining work? is it like faucet? you earn every second or minute or hour? or only by chances like how gold mining works?

Zsofia Elek
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Hi Mario, during mining your specialised hardware computes maths problems to verify transactions on the blockchain, in exchange, the miners receive rewards after every mined block – this does not happen every time at the same time, but this is not by chance. Here you can read more about how Bitcoin mining works: https://99bitcoins.com/bitcoin-mining-profitable-beginners-explanation/

Anonymous
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It’s all a scam just like the world it’s self one BIG SCAM! oh did I say SCAM!

BEETLE
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BEETLE

Thanks for clearing that up….

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ok

Suresh Rathod
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Suresh Rathod

how to mine bitcoin using pc or laptop i wnat to mine bitcoin any suggestions…

Robert Reuhl
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Robert Reuhl

You can start with MinerGate .COM SMART MINING WITH YOUR LAPTOP OR WITH YOUR MOBILE TO..FIND A LOTT OFF OLDER MODELS MOB.PHONE WITH WORKING INTERNET ON IT AND WITH ANY OPEN INTERNET YOU CAN PUT THEM TA WORK YOUR MIN ING WITH MINIRGATE MOB APP

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Zsofia Elek

Hi Suresh, you would need dedicated mining equipment to make Bitcoin mining profitable, you can read more about this here: https://99bitcoins.com/bitcoin-mining-profitable-beginners-explanation/

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can anyone give me a step by step instructions on joining antpool im not that computer savvy all help would be appreciated

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Zsofia Elek

Hi Russ, I suggest you post your questions on this thread on Bitcoin Talk forum: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?board=14.0 where there are much more experienced miners should be able to help you out.

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I’ve been using Nicehash for about a month and have made about $250AUD from it. I’m also running Minergate but haven’t been successful with a withdraw of the mined XMR, FCN, or AEON yet… Looking for more options or free programs. No idea how to do code so looking for a “click and forget” style program. Are you able to provide any guidance?

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Hi Maddog, I suggest you to read a bit more about cloud mining in this article: https://99bitcoins.com/cloud-mining-profitable-just-evolution-scam/ At the moment there is no such business on the market we can recommend.

Karen
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Currently I’m mining all the available coins at Genesis Mining, which is: Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ether, Dash, Monero, and Zcash with which I started about 6 months ago.

Genesis Mining is a great company, the layout dashboard is very user friendly, and they respond very quickly to questions or tickets! Thus far they have responded within a few hours!
Also imortant is their daily payout!
They also expand their service with more and more cryptocoins which I find pretty important!

MOHAMMAD ASLAM
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MOHAMMAD ASLAM

Genesis Mining is Scam now

Zsofia Elek
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Zsofia Elek

Hi Karen, thanks for sharing your thoughts about Genesis, although that is a bit different type of mining. Genesis provides cloud mining services, while the mining programs in this article are for those who would like to mine Bitcoin at home with their own hardware.
Regarding Genesis mining, I think you may want to share you experience on our review of them here.

John
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John

I’m looking at Genesis to mine, but not sure which level tip chose price wise?

Which plan would you choose to mine the cutthroat currencies?

Thank you,
J.Sailing

Robert Reuhl
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Robert Reuhl

Try Hasflair…..eth or dash…..stap in right now 180917 all did have dip and will go up in the next weeks

Zsofia Elek
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Zsofia Elek

Hi John, we have composed an article about Genesis mining, I suggest reading that first before deciding on the level. Here you can find it: https://99bitcoins.com/genesis-cloud-mining-review-scam-legit-investment/

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rashith

whitch is the best bit coin mining site

Zsofia Elek
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Zsofia Elek

Hi Rashith, if you are looking for cloud mining sites, at the moment we cannot recommend any such platforms. You can read more about why we think so in this article: https://99bitcoins.com/cloud-mining-profitable-just-evolution-scam/

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Hi Zsofia

Just wondering if there is an updated information about what software to use for Bitcoin Mining from home. I know NiceHash already, but is there anything as good or even better then NiceHash? I like there that the payouts are in BTC , as i am looking for mining BTC. Any advise on that ? Thanks , Stefan

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Hi Stefan, NiceHash provide cloud mining services at the moment we cannot recommend any could mining companies. Before jumping into anything, I suggest you to read this article about profitablity: https://99bitcoins.com/cloud-mining-profitable-just-evolution-scam/. We have recently also composed a review about Genesis Mining, it might worth to read as well: https://99bitcoins.com/genesis-cloud-mining-review-scam-legit-investment/.

Jolyo
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Jolyo

Really needs keens people to get into mining

Seun Bewaji
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Seun Bewaji

Thanks for the piece, I don’t know anything about programing, can I still be bitcoin miner

Jacek
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Jacek

Thank you for sharing and can you update the lists often. Pease.

Eddy
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Eddy

Hi, what do i need to know about mining. Or is there no site that one can invest and get returns?

Ofir Beigel
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If you’re talking about cloud mining, I don’t think it’s worth your money, here’s why:
https://99bitcoins.com/cloud-mining-profitable-just-evolution-scam/
For general mining please read this:
https://99bitcoins.com/bitcoin-mining-profitable-beginners-explanation/

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