Getting Started Guide - Ravencoin RVN

This is a guide to give helpful information to connect your mining software to the Ravencoin pool.

Quick Info

Algorithm: kawpow

Stratum addresses:

Ports:

Wallet

The first thing you will need before you get started with mining is a wallet to receive funds. The wallet will be used to generate a unique XZC wallet address which will also be used as your stratum username.

Download the wallet at https://github.com/RavenProject/Ravencoin/releases

Mining

Nvidia Graphics

AMD Graphics

Example Command Line Arguments

NBMiner

nbminer -a kawpow -o stratum+tcp://ravencoin.mintpond.com:3010 -u walletAddress.workerName:xfk2QeYd

TT-Miner

TT-Miner.exe -A kawpow -P walletAddress.workerName:[email protected]:3010

T-Rex

t-rex -a kawpow -o stratum+tcp://ravencoin.mintpond.com:3010 -u walletAddress.workerName -p xfk2QeYd 

GMiner

miner --algo kawpow --server ravencoin.mintpond.com:3010 --user walletAddress.workerName --pass xfk2QeYd

KawPowMiner

kawpowminer --pool stratum://walletAddress.workerName:x,[email protected]:3010

Stratum Parameters

Most mining software will require parameters telling it where to connect to, what algorithm to use, and other parameters. The stratum address for the Ravencoin pool is at ravencoin.mintpond.com and the port is 3010. The proof-of-work algorithm used by Ravencoin is kawpow.

Stratum Addresses

There may be multiple geographical stratums. The address with no geo-tag is at the top of the list and will choose the closest geographical stratum for you to connect to automatically.

Ports

There may be multiple ports to choose from. The difference between ports is typically the difficulty which it starts at and/or the presence of SSL/TLS encryption.

Higher port numbers are higher difficulty. If you are getting kicked for submitting too fast then you will need to move to a higher port.

Secure SSL/TLS port numbers are +5 of the normal port equivalent.

All ports are variable difficulty (VarDiff).

Username

Your username is your RVN wallet address that you wish to receive funds to.

Worker Name

The worker name is optional and is added to the end of the username RVN wallet addresss. ie -u <myWalletAddress>.workerName

The worker name cannot have more than 20 characters. It must consist of alphanumeric characters. Only the underscore and dash special characters are allowed. If these rules are not adhered to the stratum will reject your worker.

Password

The password is optional and is used primarily as a setter. You set the password used on the website to change low risk settings, such as minimum payout, by setting it in your miner parameters. It is recommended to use the same password in all of your miners to prevent confusion as only one will be chosen as valid.

Additional stratum options can be set by adding them to the end of the password.

Do not use commas (,) or equal signs (=) in your password as these will be interpreted as parse control characters. The password length is limited to 20 characters.

Stratum Options

Options are set using the password parameter and change how the pool handles your share submissions. They are added after the password and separated using commas.

Starting Difficulty (sd)

Setting the starting difficulty will allow your miner to start mining quicker by setting the initial VarDiff difficulty closer to the optimal difficulty of your miner.

The best way to determine an optimal starting difficulty is to allow the VarDiff to run normally and see what difficulty it settles on after 30 minutes to an hour. Use the difficulty shown in the worker information popup that is visible after clicking your workers name.

-p xfk2QeYd,sd=10

Minimum Difficulty (md)

Setting the minimum difficulty will tell the VarDiff to not allow your difficulty to be set below a specified amount.

-p xfk2QeYd,md=10

Fixed Difficulty (d)

Not available

Verbose Mode (verbose)

This modifies the level of messages returned by the server.

Levels

You may specify the verbose level as follows:

-p xfk2QeYd,verbose=0

Or you may simply put "verbose" to set the maximum level (2):

-p xfk2QeYd,verbose

Strict Mode (strict)

MintPond silently rejects stale shares since they are normal and includes them in your hashrate estimate. If you do not want this behaviour you can mine in strict mode which will send stale rejections to your mining software and exclude them from being counted towards your hashrate.

This does not affect earnings.

-p xfk2QeYd,strict

Multiple Options

You can include more than one option:

-p xfk2QeYd,sd=10,strict,verbose