Zcash Mining Guide¶
Welcome! This guide is intended to get you mining Zcash, a.k.a. “ZEC”, on the Zcash mainnet. The unit for mining is Sol/s (Solutions per second).
If you run into snags, please let us know. There’s plenty of work needed to make this usable and your input will help us prioritize the worst sharpest edges earlier. For user help, we recommend using our forum:
Now, start Mining!
To run it in the background (without the node metrics screen that is normally displayed):
You should see the following output in the debug log (~/.zcash/debug.log):
Zcash Miner started
Congratulations! You are now mining on the mainnet.
To stop the Zcash daemon, enter the command:
Spending Mining Rewards¶
Coins are mined into a t-addr (transparent address), but can only be spent to a z-addr (shielded address),
and must be swept out of the t-addr in one transaction with no change.
Refer to our Zcash Payment API for instructions
on how to use the
z_sendmany command to send coins from a t-addr to a z-addr.
You will need at least 4GB of RAM for this operation.
If you’re mining by yourself or at home, you’re most likely to succeed if you join an existing mining pool. See this community-maintained list of mining pools for further instructions.