Guide to mining MicroBitcoin on your desktop / laptop (CPU Mining)

Terry Li
Terry Li
May 16 · 4 min read

This is a simple guide on setting up a CPU miner on your desktop or laptop that runs on the Windows or Mac operating system.

[Windows OS] Step 1: Go to the link below and download the cpuminer_Windows.zip file

https://github.com/MicroBitcoinOrg/Cpuminer/releases *make sure that you are on the latest version of the miner*

(you may need to exclude the file from the virus scanner)

Step 2: Extract the file (Cpuminer_Windows)

Step 3: Create a wallet for obtaining MicroBitcoin

https://microbitcoinorg.github.io/wallet/#/ *make sure it is a mainnet wallet* *make sure to keep the private key SAFE*

Step 4: Create mbc.bat file

  • Open notepad program
  • Add the below text and replace “YOUR WALLET ADDRESS HERE” with the address from the created wallet
  • This part of the text “stratum+tcp://mbc-asia.skypool.co:8001”will depend on which pool and port is used. Check with the pool’s website for exact instructions.

Ex. cpuminer.exe -a rfv2 -o stratum+tcp://mbc-asia.skypool.co:8001 -u YOUR WALLET ADDRESS HERE -p c=MBC

*make sure there is a space after the wallet address*

  • In the menu, go to File > Save As
  • Select “All Files “ under Save as type:
  • Name the file as mbc.bat and then select Save

*Pools with higher hashrates can be harder to get rewards. Try switching to a pool with a lesser hashrate*

For more pools, check the following list: SkyPool (https://mbc.skypool.co/) stratum+tcp://mbc-asia.skypool.co:8002

ZergPool (http://zergpool.com/) stratum+tcp://rfv2.mine.zergpool.com:7444

Z Pool (https://zpool.ca/) stratum+tcp://rfv2.jp.mine.zpool.ca:7443

MoricPool (http://mbc.moricpool.com/home/) stratum+tcp://mbc.moricpool.com:4006

Sonox (https://pool.sonox.io/) stratum+tcp://mine.pool.sonox.io:7444

TheTechnicalsPool (https://thetechnicalspool.com/) stratum+tcp://mine.thetechnicalspool.com:7444

Step 5: Start Mining!

  • Open that bat file and mining should begin automatically *both the unzipped cpuminer.exe and mbc.bat files should be in the same folder* *closing the file will stop mining*

[Mac OS]

Step 1: Go to the link below and download the cpuminer_macOS.zip file

https://github.com/MicroBitcoinOrg/Cpuminer/releases *make sure that you are on the latest version of the miner*

(you may need to exclude the file from the virus scanner)

Step 2: Create a wallet for obtaining MicroBitcoin

https://microbitcoinorg.github.io/wallet/#/ *make sure it is a mainnet wallet* *make sure to keep the private key SAFE*

Step 3: Open up terminal and input the ex. text below

  • Open terminal program
  • Add the below text and replace “YOUR WALLET ADDRESS HERE” with the address from the created wallet. Replace “LOCATION OF CPUMINER FILE” with the location that the cpuminer_macOS.exe file was downloaded to
  • This part of the text “stratum+tcp://mbc-asia.skypool.co:8001”will depend on which pool and port is used. Check with the pool’s website for exact instructions.

Ex. LOCATION OF CPUMINER FILE -a rfv2 -o stratum+tcp://mbc-asia.skypool.co:8001 -u YOUR WALLET ADDRESS HERE -p c=MBC *make sure there is a space after the wallet address*

  • After all information is inputted, run to start mining!

*Pools with higher hashrates can be harder to get rewards. Try switching to a pool with a lesser hashrate*

For more pools, check the following list: SkyPool (https://mbc.skypool.co/) stratum+tcp://mbc-asia.skypool.co:8002

ZergPool (http://zergpool.com/) stratum+tcp://rfv2.mine.zergpool.com:7444

Z Pool (https://zpool.ca/) stratum+tcp://rfv2.jp.mine.zpool.ca:7443

MoricPool (http://mbc.moricpool.com/home/) stratum+tcp://mbc.moricpool.com:4006

Sonox (https://pool.sonox.io/) stratum+tcp://mine.pool.sonox.io:7444

TheTechnicalsPool (https://thetechnicalspool.com/) stratum+tcp://mine.thetechnicalspool.com:7444

FINISHED!

NOTES:

  • Coins obtained from mining can only be transferred after 100 blocks later.
  • Ex. if you mine 1 block. You can transfer those coins only after block 101. *if it takes longer than 100 blocks. Be patient. It will eventually show up once the pools release the coins*
  • Check your wallet amount on the MBC block explorer https://microbitcoinorg.github.io/explorer/#/

TIP!

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