The 4 best Bitcoin mining software

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:

  1. Get the right Bitcoin mining hardware. Today only ASIC miners are a viable option for mining Bitcoin.
  2. Get the best software that matches your needs
  3. Arrange a way to receive the profits of mining
  4. 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.

IMPORTANT – Software that doesn’t support ASIC mining should be ignored for mininig Bitcoin as you can only profit today if you use an ASIC miner.

1. CGminer

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

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

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

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.

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!

61 Replies to “The 4 best Bitcoin mining software”

  • is any of this mining software free to download and free to run or how does i work do u need to deposit any fund to get started

  • A reason i m not using any of those 4 is because they are comand line software and are easy to use to infect computer with nonlegit mining software
    i use easyminer from easyminer net wich is gui and has an option to kill non legit miners or orphans.

  • I have a few computers that I use on a regular basis but I Leave them running 24/7.
    So rather than sit there idle there doing nothing, might as well be mining when I’m not using them.

  • Hi, so I already have some bitcoins I bought earlier this year and they are held in Coinbase. I have just got a brand new computer with a high end graphics cards and am wanting to try mining. If I download some mining software, is it intuitive how and where to store the mined coins or do I have to subscribe to a different wallet facility?

    • Hi Barny,

      OK so the bad news is that it’s no longer possible to mine Bitcoin with a graphics card – even a really good one. Special technology, known as ASIC miners, have been developed for Bitcoin mining and GPUs just can’t compete.

      However, it’s quite possible for you to mine other currencies. I suggest you check out our guides to Monero, Ethereum or Zcash mining under the Mining Guides tab up top, they should tell you all you need to get started!

      • Your answer is incorrect. You most certainly can mine using your PC. Why do you say that it is no longer possible? Why don’t you tell the truth and say that, with a typical PC, mining for Bitcoin is doable but would probably take you 10 years running 24/7 before you mined your first block for verification? Or, you could get lucky and verify a blockchain on the second day of mining. Giving a complete and factual answer makes you look good. Giving the answer that you gave makes you look like an idiot. Which you are, for giving that answer to Barny.

        • Sure, and technically you can mine gold with a teaspoon. Except it’s so difficult *in practice* that you really can’t. I gave Barny the simplified version so as not to waste his time or mine.

          • then hey… PRO TIP: UPDATE THE ARTICLE TO SAY THAT… instead of continuing to clickbait people to this website… jerk.

          • Hi Trippy,

            They’re buying GPUs to mine altcoins for which no ASICs have been developed (yet), such as Ethereum, Monero, Vertcoin, etc.

            Not all coins use the same Proof of Work algorithm. Bitcoin, Bcash and others use SHA-256, for which many ASICs have been developed – it’s impossible to compete with such specialised hardware using a general purpose processing unit such as a GPU.

          • then why is your title “The 6 best Bitcoin mining software”
            You are posting click bait and shitty options to mine altcoins.

          • Hey Guest,

            Well, keep in mind this article was posted many years ago when Bitcoin mining on a home PC was still viable. Still, it’s a fair point that the article should feature a notice upfront saying that Bitcoin mining is only possible on ASICs nowadays. I will make a note to that effect for the site owner to review.

    • Hey there,

      While there are various programs you can download to mine Bitcoin, without the corresponding hardware (ie. modern ASIC miners) you will just waste time and electricity. Please see the article I linked for Juliet just below, it will provide further detail.

  • please i need money to solve some problem,please how can i start mining.
    can someone direct me?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Juliet,

      It probably won’t be worth your time to mine unless you have free / very cheap electricity. See this article for Bitcoin mining:

      Other cryptocurrencies might be marginally profitable, depending on what kind of hardware you have. If you have a fast GPU, then you can try mining coins like Vertcoin.

    • juliet
      Best way is to buy computer hashing (time) from a website like You don;t need to know much, But you get coin and hopefully the coin is on the up swing. i do very well this way…

      Wish could help more

    • Totally agree minergate is really nice software especcially if you just starting mining. You dont need to know a lot of things everything is ready to go. Software do all things automatically, I like that you can do auto mining and it choose which coin is most profitable and mines it. You dont need to register for special pools, it is done with one registration. Really happy about this software

  • 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?

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

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

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

  • 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?

  • 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!

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

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

  • Hello, I installed game miner but could not withdraw from my account. Keep telling me error, account not recognised

      • Nothing is impossible…. You wont make much to any just using a single cpu gpu computer. A Computer rig built for mining will mine very little profit to any after cooling and heating costs. ASIC is the best for investing in cryptocurrency, which basically what youll be doing investing with a ASIC, as your beggining profits will be paying off your investment and electrical costs…