Friday, September 29 2017

How to mine Monero/XMR on macOS

A quick and easy guide to mining XMR/monero for Mac users

I have compiled command line miners for XMR available here:

With instructions included. But if you'd rather compile the code yourself, here are some simple instructions:

For AMD GPU mining, you can find the code for a miner at

You'll need to install the dependencies libhttpd and openssl - I used homebrew which you can get from run brew install git brew install libhttpd brew install openssl

then run git clone cd xmr-stak-amd git checkout dev cmake -DOPENSSL_ROOT_DIR=/usr/local/opt/openssl . make

a folder called bin will now contain a binary called xmr-stak-amd which is what you can use to GPU mine XMR/Monero move the config.txt file from the parent directory in to the bin folder and edit it so the lines below look like this:

"gpu_thread_num" : 1,

"gpu_threads_conf" : [ { "index" : 0, "intensity" : 256, "worksize" : 8, "affine_to_cpu" : false }, ],

for most Macs, if you have a 'trashcan' Mac Pro or any other macOS setups with two GPUs like this:

"gpu_thread_num" : 2,

"gpu_threads_conf" : [ { "index" : 0, "intensity" : 256, "worksize" : 8, "affine_to_cpu" : false }, { "index" : 1, "intensity" : 256, "worksize" : 8, "affine_to_cpu" : false }, ],

Make sure to change the pool details in the config.txt file to your pool details too and you'll be good to go!

Now you can run the xmr-stak-amd binary in Terminal and it'll connect to your pool and start mining straight away.

If you need any more help please check out

For XMR CPU mining grab the code from

You can just download the zip as you don't need to get a particular branch for the CPU miner to work Use homebrew as outlined above to install libhttpd and openssl but also run brew install hwloc

then cd to the xmr-stak-cpu folder and run cmake -DOPENSSL_ROOT_DIR=/usr/local/opt/openssl . make

edit the config.txt file with your pool details and as with the GPU miner, you're ready to go!

Happy mining, I'd love to see your results so if you're willing to share please do head over to the forum

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