I have downloaded cgminer for linux and uncompressed it and tried to run it but clicking on the executable file does nothing it is marked as executable and still does not run. Is there something else I should do?

I tried to open this file:

File I tryed to open

Edit: Here is a screenshot from the directory cgminer is in from the "ls" command

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  • Thank you for the screenshot. I'm installing Ubuntu on a Virtual Machine to look into the issue. Commented Dec 22, 2013 at 9:24
  • I could download, compile and run cgminer with the steps described in my answer without any problem. Did you download the binaries or did you compile it from the source code? Commented Dec 22, 2013 at 9:44
  • I downloaded the binarys
    – Qwertie
    Commented Dec 22, 2013 at 10:23
  • Can you link me the package? Commented Dec 22, 2013 at 15:15
  • ck.kolivas.org/apps/cgminer I have " cgminer-3.8.5-x86_64-built.tar.bz2"
    – Qwertie
    Commented Dec 22, 2013 at 22:32

2 Answers 2


cgminer is a command-line software.

Open a Terminal and change the working directory to where you have your cgminer executable with the cd command. For example, if you have it on the Desktop you have to use the following command: cd ~/Desktop (where ~ indicates your home directory).

Then, if necessary, mark it as an executable file with the chmod +x cgminer command and finally run it with the ./cgminer command. Note that you will probably need to run it as the root user, so you probably want to run this command instead: sudo cgminer.

You can also specify command line options. For example, if your pool URL is http://foobarpool.net:3333, your username is qwertie.1 and your password is 1234 you can run cgminer with the following command so it is preconfigured and will start working right away: sudo cgminer -o http://foobarpool.net:3333 -u qwertie.1 -p 1234.

You can also specify lots of options for the GPU, fallback mining pools and other things. For a complete list, use this command: cgminer --help.

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    This gives me sudo: cgminer: command not found
    – Qwertie
    Commented Dec 22, 2013 at 0:09
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    Are you in the right directory? Where is your cgminer executable placed? Did you use cd correctly? Commented Dec 22, 2013 at 0:11
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    cgminer is under home/Apps/cgminer. Here is the line from the terminal "/Apps/cgminer$ "
    – Qwertie
    Commented Dec 22, 2013 at 0:14
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    Try to run the ls command in that directory. Does cgminer show up in the list? Commented Dec 22, 2013 at 1:00
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    yes. I even copied/pasted cgminer from ls to make sure I spelt it right, still go the same result
    – Qwertie
    Commented Dec 22, 2013 at 1:13

Go to the directory of cgminer.


sudo -s

Type your password


chmod +x cgminer


./cgminer --help

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