I'm new to the Monero community, but I've successfully mined many other cryptocurrencies. After a couple hours of digging, I could not find a pre-built CPU miner for OSX. Could someone point me in the right direction?

I found a few that require source code downloads and builds, but I'm looking for something precompiled that I can put my config settings into and be on my way.


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Because I couldn't find anything and didn't receive any help here, I wanted to share what I ended up doing to help others in the future. This is what I did to mine on NiceHash on OSX Sierra:

  1. Install Docker

  2. Open Terminal

  3. Run docker run hmage/cpuminer-opt -a cryptonight -o stratum+tcp://cryptonight.usa.nicehash.com:3355 -O [YOURMONEROADDRESS].[YOURWORKERNAME]:x

  • Don't you mean Run "docker run hmage/cpuminer-opt -a cryptonight -o stratum+tcp://cryptonight.usa.nicehash.com:3355 -O [YOURMoneroADDRESS].[YOURWORKERNAME]:x" ? Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 9:11
  • x is the password in this case at the end..? Commented Aug 15, 2017 at 22:13
  • where did you get cpuminer-opt? the one from pooler i think only supported sha256d and scrypt.
    – Sun
    Commented Sep 18, 2017 at 4:04
  • Remember, if you want to have the maximum hashrate, increase the number of CPUs Docker uses in its preferences. Commented Sep 24, 2017 at 22:03
  • I got some error: '$ docker run hmage/cpuminer-opt -a cryptonight -o stratum+tcp://cryptonight.usa.nicehash.com:3355 -O whatever.mysetis:x Unable to find image 'hmage/cpuminer-opt:latest' locally' reinstall or what? Commented Jan 5, 2018 at 11:52

Unless you just want to pool mine, the monero daemon can CPU solo mine, and precompiled macOS executables are avaiable at https://getmonero.org/downloads/. Just tell monerod how many cores to use and your address, and you are on your way...

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    wouldn't solo mine be very risky as you throw away most of your hashing for a block that you may or may not ever get?
    – Sun
    Commented Sep 18, 2017 at 4:03

I downloaded xmr-stack-cpu from here: http://macminer.fabulouspanda.com/commandline/xmrstakamd/

You can also build it yourself. I know you asked for something precompiled, but just in case: https://github.com/fireice-uk/xmr-stak/blob/master/doc/compile_MacOS.md


I tried to build from https://github.com/fireice-uk/xmr-stak/blob/master/doc/compile_MacOS.md

with this cmake command

cmake . -DOPENSSL_ROOT_DIR=/usr/local/opt/openssl -DCUDA_ENABLE=OFF -DOpenCL_ENABLE=ON

It works. From the logs, my GPU is working.

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I have been using YAM CPU miner for some time. You can download it from mega.nz. Note that that website doesn't support Safari properly. Either use Chrome or Firefox (or Tor Browser) instead.

Binaries are OS and CPU architecture specific. Examples:

  • Mac mini (late 2009) is Core2 architecture, so select yam-yvg1900-M8a-macos64-core2.tgz.
  • MacBook Pro (late 2013) is Haswell architecture, so select yam-yvg1900-M8a-macos64-haswell.tgz.

If you don't know what CPU architecture your specific Apple computer has, check out the EveryMac.com website. Lookup your Apple computer, the architecture should be noted in the Processor Details section.

Mark the appropriate .tgz files in the browser with a ★ and click Download as ZIP. The resuling file is jhProtominer.zip. Unzip the file. Then unzip the appropriate archive concerning your platform, e.g.: yam-yvg1900-M8a-macos64-haswell.tgz. Then, the yam utility is in a subdirectory macos64-haswell. Transfer this directory to /opt or another location of your choice.

You can then either start the yam utility directly from a Terminal, or make a wrapper script. That could look like this (using pool minexmr.com for example):

# ARCH="core2"
PORT=4444 # mineXMR.com "Low end hardware"
# PORT=5555 # mineXMR.com "Mid range hardware"
# PORT=7777 # mineXMR.com "High end hardware"
nice -n ${NICE} /opt/${OS}-${ARCH}/yam -c x -M stratum+tcp://$ {WALLET_ADDRESS}:[email protected]:${PORT}/xmr

Note that you can simply stop YAM or your wrapper script with Control+C. There's no session state to take care of.

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