While cryptocurrency presents some new challenges for consumer protection, the technology also makes available security and safety features

Similar projects worth following
BitMania is the leading cryptocurrency technologies that host interactive games for Bitcoin cloud mining. Our mission is to build a better understanding of these technologies and to promote a regulatory climate that preserves the freedom to innovate using blockchain technologies. We do this by producing and publishing policy research from respected academics and experts, educating policymakers and the media about blockchain technology, and by engaging in advocacy for sound public policy

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.

There are two ways to get Bitcoin:

-Buying them from an exchange, which is the process of converting local currency to Bitcoin.

-Mining them. 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 blockchain contains every bitcoin exchanged between users so, as there is no central server, it has to be self governed. This is the job of the miners.

x-javascript - 8.43 kB - 04/14/2016 at 20:39


x-javascript - 2.35 kB - 04/14/2016 at 20:39


  • 1 × BFGMiner 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. 1 2 3 4 5 git clone cd bfgminer ./ ./configure make You will be greeted with a screen that looks similar to the following:
  • 1 × Raspberry Pi 2 Start with a fresh Raspbian install, if you don’t know who to do this, visit 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.

  • Start Mining with BitMania Cloud

    Calvin S.04/15/2016 at 20:32 0 comments

    Now you’re ready to start mining. To do this, providing you're using Slush’s pool, you’ll use the following command:

    ./bfgminer -o -O username.worker:password -S all

    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.Current mining speed, typically calculated in megahashes or gigahashes. The number of hashes a second that can be calculated the better. A hash is an algorithm of converting numbers and letters into an undecryptable set of characters. So a miner is used to process millions of numbers in an effort to match the hash to guess the original number. The more hashes that can be processed the faster it is able to solve the problem.

    Number of accepted shares. A share on a pool is to show the miner has successfully worked out a given problem, so the more shares you can process the better your reward from the pool.

    Detailed information on accepted shares and pool updates. This is a running log of what is currently happening with the miners and basic pool information, such as messages of updates and when new blocks are found.

    More information can be found at the BFGminer github site.

View project log

  • 1
    Step 1


    In order to mine Bitcoin, you will

    • A pool account
    • Bitcoin Wallet
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Raspbian image SD card
    • USB Bitcoin miner
  • 2
    Step 2

    Creating an Account

    There are two things you need to do:

    1. Download a bitcoin wallet
    2. Create a pool account
    3. Set up payment
    4. Set up workers
    Download a Bitcoin Wallet

    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. Download the client for your computer from

    After installation, you will have to save a file called wallet.dat, keep this file safe, as this contains your unique wallet address within it, including all bitcoins that you will gain. 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. Due to the complexity of mining a bitcoin, it has become unrealistic to solo mine–the act of processing millions of numbers to solve the block problem. Working as a group, or pool, lets everyone have a chance of earning some Bitcoin. There are many pools around, in this tutorial I’ll be using one called Slush’s pool:

    Set Up Payment

    Once you have created a pool account, you'll need to enter your unique wallet address into the Bitcoin payout address.

    Create Worker Account

    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. Whilst you are on My Account click Register New Worker and give it a name, for example; worker,and a password.

    Now you're ready to set your Raspberry Pi mining for Bitcoin.

  • 3
    Step 3

    Installing Required libraries

    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.

    Hopefully you will be seeing the Raspbian desktop, so double click on LXTerminal and type in the following:



    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get install autoconf autogen libtool uthash-dev libjansson-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libusb-dev libncurses-dev git-core –y

    This process will take a few minutes to complete

View all 3 instructions

Enjoy this project?



Similar Projects

Does this project spark your interest?

Become a member to follow this project and never miss any updates