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I'm interested in dabbling with mining. I see that there are at least 2 pieces of software that are used when participating in the Bitcoin network:

  • InstaWallet
  • BitcoinD (the daemon)

I guess I'm looking for an intro to all the different software I'll need to even get my foot in the door, as well as any other "must haves" for a miner's software stack (for users or developers alike). Thanks in advance!

  • Be aware: InstaWallet has shut down. Better to use QT, as Steven Roose says, or another online service like blockchain.info – George Pearce Apr 29 '13 at 23:49
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In fact, you can start mining with only a small piece of mining software.

When you mine for a pool, a mining program will be sufficient to begin mining.

When you want to solo mine, you also need a client that connects you to the network for announcing new blocks you find. bitcoind is an obvious choice for this.

There are plenty of beginner's guides on Bitcoin mining available on the web.


A small remark on your question: InstaWallet is absolutely no requirement for participating to the Bitcoin network. A client is absolutelly everything you need. This can be the default Bitcoin-Qt, bitcoind (which you download together with Bitcoin-Qt), the daemon implementation of the default client, or any other client.

InstaWallet is just a web service that allows a very easy and fast way to create a Bitcoin wallet, based on a URL.

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