A small Mac OS X command line utility that offers you the possibility to mine Bitcoin pool servers for currency without using a graphical user interface.
To get started, all you need is a computer and a software utility that can mine bitcoins. In addition, you might want to set up a digital wallet and join a mining pool to expedite the process. To learn more about the entire procedure, you can access the Bitcoin support page.
cgminer is one of the applications that provides access to mining tools and can be used as a backend for the MacMiner application. However, you can also use it individually, via the Terminal.
The advantages of using the cgminer command line utility consist in the fast deployment (simply unzip the archive and open the Terminal to launch the app) and in the fact that it does not require as many resources as an app that comes with a GUI. Of course, the drawback is that you must be able to control it via the Terminal.
The cgminer folder can be moved in any location on your drive: once you decided, open the Terminal app from the Utilities folder, navigate to the cgminer bin folder using the “cd” command (“cd ~/cgminer-3.12-mac/cgminer/bin”) and then launch the app using the “./ cgminer” command.
What’s more, you can type the “ ./cgminer --help” command to learn more about the application and everything that it has to offer.
To sum up, cgminer is a very useful command line utility that enables you to mine for bitcoins without wasting resources to maintain a graphical user interface, as long as you are able to properly control it via the Terminal.
Reviewed by Iulia Ivan, last updated on May 7th, 2014
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What's New in This Release:
- Fix for a huge long-standing memory leak with the BXF driver which affected bi*fury, hex*fury and OneString miners.
- Formatting fixes for miner.php
- Fix typo
- Work should be freed when aged, fixing a massive memory leak for bxf devices
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