A useful and efficient software utility functioning in command line interface, that allows users to mine for various cryptocurrencies
Following the download process, users can unzip the archive and run the executable in a command line window, using the ‘-help’ argument if they need to view more usage information. Nonetheless, it could use a more extensive documentation material to enable users, particularly beginners, to better get a handle on working with it.
cpuminer is able to run both under the ‘Stratum’ and the ‘Getwork’ mining protocols, letting users connect to their favorite server by inputting the corresponding URL address, along with the proper authentication credentials, specifically the username and password for their account.
Moreover, the program supports both individual and collective mining, also allowing for an increased speed (khash/s) thanks to its innate optimization for various types of CPU architectures. Similarly, because it only depends on Jansson and Libcurl, it is somewhat lighter on the system resources.
cpuminer is able to automatically detect the CPU type, the most common being Intel and AMD, selecting the best algorithm for the system it is run, on its own, thus enabling users to benefit to the fullest of their computer’s potential, significantly increasing their mining speed.
At the same time, it spares users from having to adjust the ‘cflags’ in order to obtain the best possible performance, thus no longer requiring different binaries for the exact type of CPU that users are working with.