How to Mine Beam

A guide to mining the privacy-centric digital currency.

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Beam is a Mimblewimble based blockchain project that supports securities tokens. Securing its network of transactions requires miners to perform work and in exchange, miners are rewarded with new Beams. This is a guide and interactive tool to help you get started as a miner.

Table of Contents

Wallet

You will need to have a wallet address so that you can receive your earnings from the pool.

You can generate an address in your Beam wallet. If you don't have a wallet yet, you can download one from the official Beam website.

Be sure to set the wallet address so that it never expires or is permanent.

Only a normal address is accepted. Do not use an Offline address.

The wallet must be online in order to receive payments but does not need to be on the same computer as your mining software.

Hardware

Mining is performed using dedicated graphics cards installed on PC computers. Beam uses the BeamHashIII mining algorithm which works primarily on AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

The minimum required graphics card memory is 3GB. A graphics card with 4GB or more is recommended.

Software

You will need to download Beam compatible mining software.

Choose the software you'd like to download after first selecting your hardware and operating system. Go to the publisher's page to download or use one of the direct downloads if available.

Sometimes there may be more than one download for additional compatibility parameters such as the video driver version.

Place the downloaded executables into a new folder in a convenient location. Software that downloads in "zip" files will need to be extracted.

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Direct Downloads

Antivirus

Since mining software is often included in malware, it is likely that some mining software you download will be flagged and/or removed by your antivirus. You may need to create exceptions.

Additional Information

Be sure to read any text/readme files included with your download for additional information not included in this guide. There could also be additional notices and information on the publisher's website.

Start Script

A start script will help you run the miner with the correct arguments without having to type them in each time.

The tool below will help you create a start script that will connect you to the Beam pool using the software you selected above.

  • Wallet - Be sure to replace the example wallet address with your own.
  • Worker - Optional. Name your rig so it can be identified in the dashboard separate from your other named rigs.
  • Password - Set the password used to change your minimum payout and schedule from the dashboard.
  • Stratum - The geographical stratum to connect to. "Auto" is fine in most cases.
  • Port - Choose a port based on the speed of your mining rig. A 4+ card worker will generally be considered fast.
Stratum {{stratumName}}
  • {{s.name}}
Port {{portNum}}
  • {{p.descr}}
Algorithm {{minerAlgoName}}
  • {{a.descr}}
Auto Restart on Crash
REM {{$$coin.displayName}}
REM {{softwareName}}
REM {{hardware}}
REM Dashboard at https://mintpond.com/#!/{{poolName}}:{{wallet}}
:start
    {{cli}}
    TIMEOUT 10
GOTO startREM {{$$coin.displayName}}
REM {{softwareName}}
REM {{hardware}}
REM Dashboard at https://mintpond.com/#!/{{poolName}}:{{wallet}}
{{cli}}
PAUSE#{{$$coin.displayName}}
#{{softwareName}}
#{{hardware}}
#Dashboard at https://mintpond.com/#!/{{poolName}}:{{wallet}}
while :
do
    {{cli}}
    sleep 10s
done#{{$$coin.displayName}}
#{{softwareName}}
#{{hardware}}
#Dashboard at https://mintpond.com/#!/{{poolName}}:{{wallet}}
{{cli}}
Copy Download

After you've filled out the form above you can then copy and paste the script into a new text file named "{{scriptName}}" or download it as a file. Make sure to place the script in the same folder as the mining program you downloaded and ensure the file extension for Windows scripts is ".bat" (".txt" will not work)

Once you have the script setup you can run it like a program to start the miner.

A Note About the Password

The Beam stratum protocol does not support a password parameter so it usually is silently discarded by the mining software.

Because of this, MintPond accepts the password in the username argument by appending it at the end, separated with a semi-colon.

myWalletAddress.workerName;myPassword

This is already handled by the interactive script building tool above but may be useful to know.

Additional Resources

Software

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