Want to mine some bitcoins? Solar powered bitcoin mining to earn for free?
Have a pi not being used? Then lets mine some bitcoins! If you don’t know already, Bitcoin is a virtual currency set up in 2009. Bitcoin has grown in reputation over the past few years becoming a very popular as a method to pay for services over the internet. The value has rocketed recently thanks to the huge coverage in the media, for both positive and negative reasons. Buying them from an exchange, which is the process of converting local currency to Bitcoin. Mining is the process of verifying transactions in the blockchain.
As the whole of the Bitcoin system is decentralised, every transaction is publically viewable within what is called the blockchain. This is the job of the miners. A wallet is a program that sits on your computer and gives you a wallet address, this is a unique string of numbers and letters that you will use to receive bitcoins. After installation, you will have to save a file called wallet.
If you lose this file, you cannot recover any bitcoins it contained. Create a Pool Account Once you have a wallet address, create a pool account. A pool is a huge collection of other people working towards gaining bitcoins. Working as a group, or pool, lets everyone have a chance of earning some Bitcoin.
Once you have created a pool account, you’ll need to enter your unique wallet address into the Bitcoin payout address. Next step is to create a worker login account. Within your pool account you have the ability to create something called a worker for each of your bitcoin miners, so you’re able to monitor them all separately just in case one should fail. Each worker has its own login name and password. Now you’re ready to set your Raspberry Pi mining for Bitcoin. Start with a fresh Raspbian install, if you don’t know who to do this, read the tutorial How to Install NOOBS on a Raspberry Pi With a Mac. If you plan on running more than one Bitcoin miner at the same time, it is best to use a powered USB hub.
Take into account the power rating as mining will need a lot of power, as much as one mp per miner. With your USB miner attached to your Raspberry Pi, let’s get everything installed. The miner to be installed comes as source files, which means that the program must be compiled into a binary before it can be run. To make a program, in this case BFGMiner, many dependencies are required. Dependencies are additional software, or libraries the program needs in order to compile properly, as it has been developed using them to make the software more efficient. This process will take a few minutes to complete. Once all the dependencies have been installed, now it is time to download and install BFGMiner, so type the following into LXTerminal.
It’s normal for these to take a few minutes to complete so some patience is needed. Now you’re ready to start mining. The username section is composed of two parts, the username that you use to login to the pool, and worker which is the worker name you gave when you registered the worker. Finally, the password that was set when you created the worker. That’s a lot of numbers, so I’ll make some of them a bit clearer. The number of hashes a second that can be calculated the better.