Currently Zcoin can be mined by CPU and also Nvidia and AMD GPUs.
We use the Lyra2z algorithm which is a chained algorithm using Blake256 first round and Lyra2 (timecost = 8, r=c=8) for the final round. This will be changed once we implement MTP which is scheduled to be released on testnet in the first week of April.
Before you begin, make sure you have an Zcoin (XZC) address where you want your mining payouts to go to. You do that by downloading a Zcoin wallet and syncing it.
The guide is meant for Windows users though Linux users can easily adapt it.
Step 1: Getting your Miners
Extract the exe binary into a folder of your choice.
Step 2: Registering yourself on a Pool
There are several pools running Zcoin on Lyra2z (arranged in alphabetical order). The ones we recommend are as follows:
- MiningPoolHub Has multiple node locations and accurate earnings reporting
- Pool.MN A good option for those who want to spread out hash among the pools.
- Suprnova Very popular, stable and high proportion of hash
- Zpool (gives you BTC not XZC) For those of you who want to obtain BTC instead.
Get yourself and account there and make sure you obtain a username and worker details and the pool’s address and port.. Some pools such as Zpool, don’t use a username and only require you to specify a Bitcoin address as a username which you will be your payout address.
Step 3: Configuring your Miner
Open up Notepad and cut and paste the following line corresponding to your selected pool and miner and edit it accordingly.
cpuminer.exe -a lyra2z -o stratum+tcp://POOLADDRESS:PORT -u username.worker -p password
For sgminer (AMD):
sgminer.exe -a lyra2z -o stratum+tcp://POOLADDRESS:PORT -u username.worker -p password
For ccminer (Nvidia):
ccminer.exe -a lyra2z -o stratum+tcp://POOLADDRESS:PORT -u username.worker -p password
After pasting it in, save the file as a .bat file (for e.g. miner.bat) in the same folder where you had extracted the miner binary to earlier.
Step 4: Running the Miner
Once you are done, run the bat file you created. You should see a window similar to this (will differ from miner to miner).
If you’re seeing your shares as accepted, you should be good to go! Note that it make take a few minutes for the correct speed to be reflected on your pool’s website and your mining command line. Happy mining!