How to mine Сhia coin (XCH)

To start mining Chia you need to install the chia-blockchain, follow the instructions according to your operating system. After installing, follow the remaining instructions in the Quick Start Guide to run the software.

How to mine Chia Coin

Minimum Specs

The minimum supported specs are that of the Raspberry Pi 4:

  • Quad core 1.5Ghz CPU;
  • 2 GB Ram;
  • Python 3.7 and above.

This software only supports 64 bit operating systems.

If you are using the MacOS or Windows builds, your keys are created during the first run. We recommend saving the mnemonic. You can start plotting a plot file using the Plot tab or the command line. This can take a long time depending on the size of the plots (the k variable). To be competitive on mainnet you will probably have to have a few k=32 or larger plots but a k=32 plot currently takes about 10 hours to plot on an M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD and requires 332 GiB of temporary working space to create a final plot file of 101.3 GiB. Your likelihood of winning a given plot is only driven by the final size of files.

Plots created with Beta 8 and newer version of the chia software will work on mainnet. The minimum plot size will be k=32.

If you want more peers and better network connectivity, you should also try opening port 8444 on your router so other peers can connect to you. Follow this guide but using port 8444 instead of 8333. This helps the network be more decentralized.

How to mine chia on Windows

Install the Windows installer – Chia Blockchain Windows

As the Chia code signing certificate is new you will likely have to ask to keep the download and when you run the installer, you will have to choose “More Info” and “Run Anyway” to be able to run the installer. There is no need to use the command line. Some Windows anti-virus applications are seeing the download as a false positive. You can see the entire source code and build method here so we think it’s safe for you to ask those tools to ignore it.

You can start with the Command Line Interface (CLI) by checking the commands available in ~\AppData\Local\Chia-Blockchain\app-1.0.5\resources\app.asar.unpacked\daemon\. Try .\chia -h or .\chia plots -h for example:

  1. Open PowerShellOn start menu type “powershell” and press the enter key.
  2. Change Directory cdOn PowerShell type cd C:\Users\yourUserName\AppData\Local\Chia-Blockchain\app-1.0.5\resources\app.asar.unpacked\daemon\ and press the enter key.
  3. Read Chia helpOn PowerShell type .\chia -h and press the enter key.

You can view your logs by opening “.chia\mainnet\log\debug.log” with a text editor like notepad or see it as it runs in PowerShell by using Get-Content, Get-Content ~\.chia\mainnet\log\debug.log -wait.

How to mine chia on MacOS

MacOS Mojave (10.14.x) or newer is required.

Install the MacOS dmg installer – Chia Blockchain MacOS

When the installer first runs it will import or create multiple keys and add them to the MacOS keychain. You may be prompted up to 3 times for your password. We suggest choosing “always allow.”

To build a development version, make sure brew is available before starting the setup and that python 3.7 or newer is installed.

You can start with the Command Line Interface (CLI) by checking the commands available in ~\AppData\Local\Chia-Blockchain\app-1.0.5\resources\app.asar.unpacked\daemon\. Try .\chia -h or .\chia plots -h for example:

  1. Open PowerShellOn start menu type “powershell” and press the enter key.
  2. Change Directory cdOn PowerShell type cd C:\Users\yourUserName\AppData\Local\Chia-Blockchain\app-1.0.5\resources\app.asar.unpacked\daemon\ and press the enter key.
  3. Read Chia helpOn PowerShell type .\chia -h and press the enter key.

How to mine chia on Linux

If you installed Chia with the linux installer files, your chia executable should be in one of the following locations:

/usr/lib/chia-blockchain/resources/app.asar.unpacked/daemon/chia

/lib/chia-blockchain/resources/app.asar.unpacked/daemon/chia

If you installed from source (using git), just activate and run chia directly.

FAQ / Chia
What is Chia?
What is Chialisp?
Why is Chia better?
What is the Chia Network strategy?
Why do I want to farm Chia?
What is the Chia Strategic Reserve?
Is Chia doing an ICO?
How can I buy Chia?
What is Chia’s inflation?
Does Chia use Bitcoin’s code?
Why are you named Chia?
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What is Chia?
Chia is using the first new Nakamoto consensus algorithm since Bitcoin. Called Proof of Space and Time, it was created by Bram Cohen, the best network protocol engineer alive and the inventor of BitTorrent. Chialisp is Chia’s new smart transaction programming language that is powerful, easy to audit, and secure.
What is Chialisp?
Chia has a newly developed, innovative blockchain programming language called Chialisp, which is powerful, easy to audit, and secure. Chialisp is a superior on-chain smart transaction development environment that will unlock the security, transparency, and ease of use that cryptocurrencies promise.
Why is Chia better?
Chia has a new innovative Nakamoto consensus algorithm that removes the energy demands of Proof of Work from the system. Compared to other cryptocurrencies, Chia will have significantly better security due to its more decentralized blockchain.
What is the Chia Network strategy?
The Chia Network business will be the first for profit company that manages a pre-farm and we intend to be the first publicly tradable “near ETF” cryptocurrency. We believe that - as Redhat and MySQL AB were necessary to drive corporate adoption of linux and mysql - we will be the source for support and training as sovereigns, financial institutions, and corporations look to use cryptocurrency in daily commerce.
Why do I want to farm Chia?
You can farm Chia on the unused storage space of your mobile phone, laptop, or corporate network and, in return, you have the chance to receive rewards in chia for helping secure the blockchain. Our software will allow you to allocate a certain amount of unused disk space to create plots. Since the only resource intensive step is the initial plotting, once you download the Chia node software, your drives will be plotted in the background.
Farming will be the only way to obtain chia/XCH until it becomes listed on digital money exchanges.
What is the Chia Strategic Reserve?
Chia will pre-farm a large supply of coins at network launch to help stabilize and grow the Chia economy through Chia’s novel business plan of lending Chia.
Is Chia doing an ICO?
No. Chia is not planning an ICO.
How can I buy Chia?
After transactions begin on the mainnet, Chia will be available for buying, selling, and trading on most global exchanges from other chia owners.
What is Chia’s inflation?
After the Chia pre-farm, Chia will offer farming rewards of 64 chia every 10 minutes. Over the first 12 years the farming rewards will be halved at the end of each 3rd year. From year 13 to infinity, the rewards will remain constant at 4 chia every 10 minutes leading to ever decreasing inflation rates. Chia’s inflation falls through the 0.50% rate 22 years after mainnet launch.
Does Chia use Bitcoin’s code?
No. Chia is written entirely from scratch.
Why are you named Chia?
We’re green money! Our founder Bram Cohen started the company knowing he wanted to reduce the energy dependence of blockchains through a “green” option. The concept of farming seemed to be the best metaphor for filling unused disk space and monitoring it for winning sprouts. This led us to look for a grain that had the properties we wanted to embody with our new Network. The team wanted a name that would be short and impactful. Everyone was amused that it was also a grain associated with a whimsical meme. Chia Network was born.