If you’re mining Monero, you might have heard of the currency getting some bad press because several botnets pushed miners out to their clients. This is one of the reasons why the core team decided to upgrade the protocol. You can find their official statement on getmonero.org.
It’s been a couple of weeks since I tried out different Monero mining strategies. Both with a consentual mining popup on this very blog and having an 8 core server mining Monero 24/7 (and having my desktop machine at home help out a bit when online).
So far I’ve mined 463,692,596 H (Hashes) which translates to 0.0403166853 XMR (Monero) with the mining pool approach, which you can read more about here:
I recently tried out of it was possible to use browser visitors with the coinhive webassembly miner with any mining pool and it works with projects like coin-hive-stratum.
Disclaimer: I don’t know if that’s intended by the coinhive developers, since they’re basically being profitable with people using their miner with their pool, but I was curious if it worked 😉
XMR-Stak is somewhat of a go-to miner if you mine Monero or Aeon on the command line. The miner supports CPU, Nvidia and AMD GPUs. Let’s go over how to use it on Linux. Another user on reddit pointed out that I should probably give xmr-stak a try since it supposedly is faster than the cpuminer-multi that I’ve been using in the previous post.
If you want some more info on mining in general or how to set up your wallet, have a look at How To Mine Monero (XMR) with your CPU on Linux.
Monero is a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin and in this blogpost we’re going to have a look at how to mine some Monero through a command line based miner on Linux.
In contrast to Bitcoin and Ethereum a strong mining GPU is not impacting the payoffs as much since the cryptonight algorithm is CPU friendlier.
Technically you can run the miner anywhere it compiles, but Linux is probably the most likely candidate for your private mining operation since Linux servers are widely available in the shape of virtual private servers for you to quickly try it out.
Disclaimer: unless you have a lot of CPUs at your disposal it might take a while until you reach a payout.
Monero currently trades at around 88$ per XMR (the Monero currency code) and Coin Hive takes a 30% cut for everything mined through their infrastructure.