Mining Bitcoin… on a Raspberry Pi

If you are wondering how to mine Bitcoin on your Raspberry Pi (is it at all possible?), watch this video. Below we summarise the command needed to do so. Before mining Bitcoin, you must join a mining pool and install the CPUMiner-multi software on your Raspberry Pi.

I show how to do this in the upcoming course “Learn to mine Cryptocurrencies”, of which this video is a lecture.

To mine Bitcoin you will use the Sha256 algorithm, which is pretty CPU-intensive and works better on ASIC hardware.

You will begin mining Bitcoin by using the CPUMiner-multi and the multipool.us mining pool. Before proceeding, please make sure that you have already created a wallet address for Bitcoin (as instructed elsewhere in the course), an account at the Multipool.us (as instructed elsewhere in the course) and you have already set up the CPUMiner-multi (as instructed elsewhere in the course).

Type the following command:

[email protected]:~ $ cd cpuminer-multi
[email protected]:~/cpuminer-multi $ ./minerd -a sha256d -o stratum+tcp://eu.multipool.us:3332 -u <username> -p <worker>

Do not forget to replace the <username> and <worker> with the one you used to register an account at the Multipool mining pool.

In my case, the command I used was:

[email protected]:~/crypto/cpuminer-multi $ ./minerd -a sha256d -o stratum+tcp://eu.multipool.us:3332 -u futureshocked.1 -p rpi

 

… where “futureshocked.1” is the name of my worker in the multipool.us mining pool, and “rpi” some text I used in place of the password (which is not important since my miner is not password-protected on multipool.us).

As you can see in the video, creating accepted hashes is impossible for the Raspberry Pi, as the pool rapidly cancels the current job and begins searching for a new block.

Do not give up just yet! There are still other cryptocurrencies that you can mine with your Raspberry Pi, if not for profit, surely for the love of learning 🙂

  • youngyen says:

    hi
    me and friend want to mine bitcoin by orange pi one
    but have error for device and another
    please help me to config
    thanks

    • Hi, if your question is outside the content of our course, we may try to help but we can’t promise. This has to do with our time availability (our priority is to students who ask questions specific to our courses), but more important with the fact that we don’t have access to your hardware (in this case, an Orange Pi) or your specific setup and therefore we can’t recreate your specific error.

      I hope you will understand 🙂

      Kind regards,

      Peter