cgminer 4.9.1

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.

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What's new in cgminer 4.9.1:

  • If a pool supports full stratum resume (currently only ckpool pools do), which means an interrupted stratum connection can resume and submit any shares worked on in the interim without losing work, a message will now be displayed when the reconnect negotiated a resume.
  • If a dead pool was removed previously there was still a thread in the background trying to connect to it. This has been fixed.
  • Avalon 4 updates to use less power.
  • Fix an intermittent crash with the BFL SC 28nm devices.
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cgminer - In the Terminal window you can view the cgminer capabilities.
Since the bitcoins have become very popular among people that make online payments, more and more services integrate support for this type of currency. The best part is that Bitcoin enthusiasts are able to use the “mining” technology to be able to gather currency without exchanging “real” money.

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.

cgminer was reviewed by , last updated on March 24th, 2015

Runs on: Mac OS X 10.6 or later (Intel only)


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