I have a BFL Jalapeño miner and a Raspberry Pi and I would like to get the Jalapeño to run off of CGMiner from the Raspberry Pi, however, I am not quite sure how to do this.

Doing some research, I came across this guide: http://dominustemporis.com/2013/06/compiling-cgminer-for-the-raspberry-pi-and-butterflylabs-jalapeno/

I am unable to install most of the prerequisites and Im pretty sure it's because they are no longer available or can't be reached for some other reason. I am running the newest version of Raspbian and I ran apt-get update. How can I get CGMiner to install and run on my Raspberry Pi for my Jalapeño?

  • 1
    So many foodstuffs!
    – Lodewijk
    Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 2:24
  • 1
    @Lodewijk I know! Seems like they shouldn't be compatible based on their culinary properties. Hopefully this doesn't carry over ;P
    – cbbcbail
    Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 0:27

2 Answers 2


I recommend using bfgminer, and so does Butterfly Labs. Well, I guess they say cgminer will work, too :P.

The 4.10/4.3 branch, as well as the latest/master branch, work especially well with the Jalapeños and the Monarchs.

Build Instructions

  1. sudo apt-get install build-essential autoconf automake libtool pkg-config libcurl4-gnutls-dev libjansson-dev uthash-dev libncursesw5-dev libudev-dev libusb-1.0-0-dev libevent-dev libmicrohttpd-dev hidapi
  2. git clone https://github.com/luke-jr/bfgminer && cd bfgminer
  3. ./autogen.sh
  4. ./configure
  5. make
  6. make install


Once you've gotten it to build and work successfully, take a look at the ./configure options and remove any unnecessary drivers/options for efficiency :D

  • Do you which option should I use for USB Antminer U1 or U2 ? also I manage installed the bfgminer on my raspberry pi4, but It said : No servers could be used! Exiting. How to fix this ?
    – Galvion
    Commented Mar 14, 2021 at 15:22

You could also try finding a binary version of CGMiner, or downloading CGminer from a repository for your chosen distro. From here for example. I should note that binaries are (even) less safe than compiling from (unread/unchecked) source.

There is also a great deal of tutorials available when searching for "Raspberry cgminer" on Google, and I doubt any tutorial that's written just for this question will do better than one of those.

  • Thank you. I will try to do more research. I have realized that I have always been looking specifically for tutorials about Jalapeños when it is unnecessary. Also, How would I go about downloading and installing from the source you linked to?
    – cbbcbail
    Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 0:29
  • There's several ways to download the archive(s) from the GitHub website, you can just browse towards the required file and click it for example. This is your link: github.com/kanoi/cgminer-binaries/blob/master/3.1.1/… . You'd then extract it and run it. If this is too hard it may be better to hook the Jalapeno up to a Windows machine for now, and learn how to use Unix, Git, Make, etc. in whatever time you have. Then hook it up to the Pi when you know how. You need fundamentals to make using Raspberries interesting and fun. Now it will just frustrate!
    – Lodewijk
    Commented Mar 22, 2014 at 14:20

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.