What’s the best Bitcoin mining software?

Since we’ve already talked about how to buy and sell cryptocurrencies, and listed top blockchain development companies, the next logical step is to look into mining software. Bitcoin mining, mostly, is performed by networks of special computers to secure and confirm Bitcoin transactions. However, many people see themselves as hobby miners, wanting a piece of pie in form of reward bitcoins for service.

In short, mining infrastructure would be a combination of hardware and software. Though one also has to make sure whether the activity is legal where he’s operating from. On part of hardware, one would certainly need an ASIC miner, or utilize CPU/GPU/FPGA mining, plus power supply and lots of coolers. In regards to software, there’s a variety of utilities for various purposes. We’ve chosen 15 to compare.   

What does Bitcoin mining software do?

Mining software, in fact, acts to connect a user to the blockchain – if working solo, or to the mining pool when working in a pool. It also monitors inputs and outputs, speed, hash rate, and the temperature of one’s miner hardware. Though it a user would specify the address for receiving bitcoin payouts. There are mining programs for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS.

What’s the best mining software?

Well, its subjective and depends on type of mining, setup and personal goals. We’ve set apart top 15 bitcoin miners based on features, performance, OS compatibility, pros and cons.   

Miners License Platforms Disk size Written on License for sharing Link Forum thread
1 BFGMiner Free Linux, Windows 6.56 MB C GPL-3 Github Link
2 Ccminer Free Linux, Windows 13.7 MB C++ GPL-3 Github Link
3 CGMiner Free Mac, Linux, Windows 7.26 MB C GPL-3 Github Link
4 Claymore’s Dual Ethereum Free Linux, Windows (x64) 25.2 MB n/a Copyright Github Link
5 cpuminer Free Linux, Windows (x64) 4.78 MB C GPL-2 Github Link
6 EasyMiner Free Windows 28.31 MB n/a Copyright Website Link
7 Excavator Free Windows (x64) 26.5 MB C++ Copyright Github Link
8 MultiMiner Free Mac, Linux, Windows 10.6 MB C# GPL-3 Website Link
9 Nevermore Free Linux, Windows 42.2 MB C GPL-3 Github n/a
10 OptiminerZero 2.5% fee Linux, Windows 5.03 MB n/a GPL-3 Github Link
11 Phoenix Free Mac, Linux, Windows 5.83 MB Twisted MIT Github Link
12 Poclbm Free Mac, Linux, Windows 7.25 MB Python PD Github Link
13 Ravencoin Miner Free Linux, Windows 40.8 MB C++ GNU Github Link
14 Sgminer Free Windows 6.45 MB C GPL-3 Github Link
15 Suprminer Free Linux, Windows 42.5 MB C++ GPL-3 Github n/a

All these apps work on Windows OS, while some of them also work on Linux and Mac OS. Each is an open-source project published on Github and free to use by anyone. Each can be used both for solo and pool mining. Most of those mining tools have many common features, e.g. networking scheduler, support of various protocols, new blocks detection, hashratio support, etc.

As for differentiating features, we can say the following: 

  • CGMiner, BFGMiner and EasyMiner gained the most popularity among users mining in Windows and Linux.
  • Cpuminer and Excavator are only compatible with 64-bit systems.
  • MultiMiner is famous for supporting almost any kind of mining algorithms.
  • Mac OS users will benefit from Phoenix and POLCBM.
  • Only EasyMiner and MultiMiner have a graphic interface, other apps, unfortunately, are displayed in console-based menu.

Now, let’s focus on distinctive features of those bitcoin mining tools.

Mining software comparison

First, crypto mining algorithms. Cryptocurrencies use various set of calculations, aka hashing algorithms, aka crypto mining algorithms, i.e. unique numbers for text strings, serving to secure the transactions. SHA-256, Ethash, Scypt, CryptoNight are among the most popular algorithms. Let’s take 9 main crypto algorithms and compare our tools.     

Blacke2b Crypto
Ethash Groestl Lyra2RE NeoScrypt Quark Scrypt SHA256
1 BFGMiner ✔️
2 Ccminer ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
3 CGMiner ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
4 Claymore’s Dual Ethereum ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
5 Cpuminer ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
6 EasyMiner ✔️ ✔️
7 Excavator ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
8 MultiMiner ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
9 Nevermore ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
10 OptiminerZero
11 Phoenix ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
12 Poclbm
13 Ravencoin Miner ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
14 Sgminer ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
15 Suprminer ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️

Mining software: hardware support

Next, let’s see which types of mining hardware our 15 tools are compatible with. As we see, only CGMiner, BFGMiner and MultiMiner support ASICs, so there’s one mark in a checklist right away. Several of them support CPU and FPGA mining, as they all mostly are compatible with GPU, primarily. Find all the info in the table.  

1 BFGMiner ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
2 Ccminer ✔️
3 CGMiner ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
4 Claymore’s Dual Ethereum ✔️ ✔️
5 Cpuminer ✔️ ✔️
6 EasyMiner ✔️
7 Excavator ✔️ ✔️
8 MultiMiner ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
9 Nevermore ✔️
10 OptiminerZero ✔️ ✔️
11 Phoenix ✔️ ✔️
12 Poclbm ✔️
13 Ravencoin miner ✔️ ✔️
14 Sgminer ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
15 Suprminer ✔️

Pros & cons / Summary

Based on all parameters, general good and bad sides, performance, we’ve given our subjective rating to each mining software in the list, as a summary.

Cons Pros Editor rating
1 BFGMiner Hardware overclocking, documentation, options for manual data entering. Console menu, some settings must be set manually. 6
2 Ccminer Instructions about hardware, open source, support for many algorithms. Console menu, compatible with Nvidia GPU only. 8
3 CGMiner GPU overclocking, cross-platform, different hardware support. Console-basemenu, difficult for novices. 7
4 Claymore’s Dual Ethereum “Dual mining” mode, subprograms for hardware, GPU overclocking. Console menu, complicated in “dual mining” settings. 6
5 Cpuminer Low size, many algorithms – 56 in total. Console menu, support for  x64 systems only 9
6 EasyMiner Friendly to beginners, GUI interface, built-in chat. Support for CPU mining only, and only 3 algorithms. 5
7 Excavator Rare algorithms, Android client for monitoring, automatic search for performance/energy consumption balance. Console menu, support for x64 systems only. 7
8 MultiMiner GUI menu, easy in use, many algorithms. Requires additional software to function properly. 10
9 Nevermore Optimized for Ravencoin mining, 15 algorithms, control commands based on currency names. Console menu, supporting  only nVidia GPU. 6
10 OptiminerZero Low size, different versions for different hardware. Console menu, 2.5% fee to developer, only 1 algorithm. 4
11 Phoenix iOS support, optimized for Ethash, GPU overclocking Console menu, source code not available. 6
12 Poclbm Fine kernel tuning tools, different OS support. Console menu, support for AMD GPU only. 4
13 Ravencoin Good performance, 31 algorithms, detailed  guides. Console menu, takes a lot disk space. 8
14 Sgminer Support for GPU & CPU, optimized for Monero mining. Console menu, only for Windows. 6
15 Suprminer Support for Resolver, DarkCoin, Signatum – total 32 algorithms, detailed manual. Console menu, support for  nVidia GPU only. 7

Notice a mistake, wrong data or have a different opinion? Let us know in comments.  

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