New to mining, need help


I’ve been in crypto a few months and I’ve not mined because I of the high price of gpus. I’m excited that burst allows PoC mining. I watched a couple of youtube videos on setting up the mining software. However, I have 3 questions that I hope someone can help me answer:

  1. Is there a plotter software for osx? (if there is, I would appreciate it if someone can show me how to get it).
  2. I “only” have a 2011 macbook air but I have several terabytes of harddrive space available. Can this be done?
  3. As always, is it worth it to mine?



@ryanw maybe ryan has some info on Mac stuff? i am a windows guy sorry!, Whether or not its worth mining is a hard thing to say, When i started -2 months ago or so, the ROI was 6 months, but now it is much longer. The way i look at it is, - i enjoy it, most likely it will eventually at least pay for the harddrives and maybe also turn a nice profit. This is the wild west of cryto (my opinion) so who knows, but it is a great community and a fun use of your time!


@jaxblack Thanks, that’s what I was thinking. I’ve been wanting to try mining but haven’t been able to, I’m wondering if I can do it with just what I have as opposed to dropping 1000’s of $$ on equipment, even if it ends up being slower.
Looking forward to @ryanw’s reply


i started with just extra HDD space and quickly became addicted. Adding Terabytes and spending time on the forums, it is pretty fun. You certainly do not have to spend much to get started as it is not very demanding on your system, but like any hobby you will probably want it to go faster , bigger, better, eventually. The cool thing though unlike a RC racecar hobby or fishing, this will make you at least some money.


Awesome! that’s exactly what I’m hoping for! keeping my fingers crossed that someone knows how I can get it to work on my mac!


@wookie I unfortunately do not have any experience with Macs…so I’m not able to help you there myself…HOWEVER

Robert has written a very nice tutorial already

But the forum is down, so I will copy over the information below:


Use mjminer.
Go to:
and download the zip file and unzip it.
In terminal open that path(cd into mjminer-master directory)
write make and press enter, if you see bellow error:

--- Compiling for 64-bit arch ---
as   -o shabal64-darwin.o shabal64-darwin.s
shabal64-darwin.s:30:14: error: single quote way too long
#    64      'ptr' field (8 bytes)
make: *** [shabal64-darwin.o] Error 1```

open file shabal64-darwin.s in any text editor and replace the single quote with double quote on line 30 as bellow

 64      'ptr' field (8 bytes)


64      "ptr" field (8 bytes)

Now in terminal command/write make and press enter. Hope this time it’ll compile successfully.

for first time plotting use command like bellow

./plot -k 6891xxx9176xxx3xxx -d /Volumes/ArchiveRB/plots -s 0 -n 409600 -m 8192 -t 3 

-k : the number after it is your Numerical ID
-d: The path where you want to create the plot file
-s: Plot starting point, for first plot start with 0
-n: How much space(in nounce) you want to plot(see more bellow)
-m: How much memory you want to consume during plot your file
-t: Number of thread of you CPU want to engage to do this, check your CPU config in google to find out how many Thread you CPU have

Use plot command generator:
Download the zip and open the index.html to your browser.
Here is what @haitch thought me about it:
“For first plot
s 0 # Start at nonce 0 # next plot start at (-s value) + (-n value)
-n 380928 # Each nonce = 256KB. Divide (disk size) by (262144), then divide by (stagger size -m) : round down, multiply by (stagger size.)
-m 4096 # a nonce is 256KB, so 4096 nonces = 1GB. With more memory, multiply by amount to use
-t ? # will depend on your CPU, it’s the number of threads to use - set it to number of CPU threads, or threads - 1 to make it more usable”

To Plot 100GB in Macmini core i5 took 5 hours, to plot 1TB taking 36 hours.


Use burstcoin-jminer-0.4.4-SNAPSHOT

Download and modify file named ```````. I did as below, you do with your data where needed.


Leave other conf as it is they’ll take the default value. This file has very good explanation hope you’ll find that very helpful. Thanks @r-majere for doing this nicely.

now go to into that directory using terminal and press command like bellow:


*** So happy mining! ***


@wookie I was reading this post and was about to say…

Macs work fine for mining… but it is a little more technical to get started and setup than a windoz machine…

I started mining on what windoz machines i have… 2 laptops one with 250 GB and one with 1.9 TB then my main desktop machine is an OMEN X by hp and it has 15.9TB of space. Its a badboy… I love it…

Since I started I have found one block all by my lonesome self on the big miner but I pool mine so it was shared with the others then the pool went down due to ddos attacks, so im waiting to see how that all pans out.

As @jaxblack said we are in the wild west of crypto… :sunglasses:

We have warring factions a foot…:smiling_imp: but sooner or later that will die down and go away… (hopefully)

I tend to not take sides… I just wanna mine and jack with folks on the forums… and just have a good time… :grin:

But with all this I want to say… just mine for the future… that is what i do… over time a little coins may turn into a huge amount… i mean look at btc or eth or ltc… all were very cheap and now not so much… so mine with what you have and increase space as you can… and if you dont do anything else…
:ok_hand: hang loose and have fun with it… I personally :heart_eyes: love it… So this post isn’t much help on the mac thingy but just to give you my :thumbsup: and a quick welcome to the community.

KC :spy:


just get parallels Desktop get win10 and mine on