How to mine Conflux (CFX): Nanopool + Nanominer on Windows 10

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This guide will get you started mining Conflux (CFX) with a Windows-based mining rig. The miner we’ll be using in this tutorial is Nanominer which was created by Nanopool whose pool we’ll also be using. These instructions will work for mining CFX with either an AMD or Nvidia GPU mining rig.

In this guide we will be mining Conflux (CFX) from the mining pool Nanopool. If you’re new to mining, a mining pool is a collective of mining rigs which work together and share mining rewards based upon their contribution. Unless you are running a large-scale operation, it makes far more sense to mine with a pool as opposed to solo mining.

Mining Conflux (CFX) with Nanominer – What you’ll need

In order to start mining with Nanominer you’ll need to have a few things squared away. You will need:

  • A Windows 10 based Mining Rig with Nvdia GPUs, each with greater than 4GB of video RAM
  • A CFX wallet to deposit your mined CFX in

Step 1: Download and install the mining software

Nanopool provides a link to Nanominer on Github throughout their site:

  1. Navigate to the Nanominer GitHub repository
  2. Download the most recent ZIP archive for Windows 10
  3. Uncompress the archive you downloaded somewhere convenient (like the Desktop)

Step 2: Review configuration settings for mining CFX

After you’ve unzipped the archive and given it a look, you’ll want to look at the default configuration file for mining CFX on Nanopool. One thing to take note of is that Nanopool does support the newer 32-bit CFX wallet addresses. If you are getting a wallet address new, you will be using this newer format. When you open the default configuration file (at the time of writing this) the address will look quite different from your 32-bit address. Don’t worry about it, we’ve tested the 32-bit address type and have mined with them.

In the Windows version of Nanominer, the configuration file is config_conflux.ini. Open this file with a text editor (like Notepad).

You’ll also notice there are several .ini files in that folder. Each demonstrates some simple settings to mine a variety of cryptocurrencies.

Important: The .ini file that Nanominer will use is named config.ini. The other config files are provided as examples and to allow you to cut-and-paste into the config.ini file.

Our config.ini file for mining Conflux at Nanopool

At the absolute minimum, you need to provide Nanominer with the coin you’ll be mining, a wallet to put mined CFX in and instruct it on which CFX server to connect to. Nanopool has CFX servers in a handful of countries. Our settings don’t specify which server to mine from, instead, we’re using a setting that will tell the miner to find the best pool to mine from based on latency. We are also going to give our mining rig a name so we can distinguish it quickly from other mining rigs which we will also point at Nanopool.

; Address to deposit funds (change this to your address):
wallet=cfx:aas0fz0akvbf40fn6gfu2g44juac2echhppuhhudfj

; Coin to mine
coin = CFX

; Rig (worker) name (optional):
rigName=GODZILLA

; Ping and choose the best pool
sortPools=true

The lines that start with a semicolon (;) are comments. They don’t affect how the miner runs at all. You can use them as a way to keep notes about what you’re doing or delete them altogether.

The settings are name value pairs. The name of the variable or setting is first. It is followed by an equal sign and the value. Here are what the settings above do:

Variable What it is
wallet Where mined CFX should be deposited
coin The cryptocurrency we will be mining
rigName An option name we have assigned to our mining rig
sortPools We are using sortPools=true to task the miner with selecting the best pool for us

Step 3: Configure the miner with your settings

Mining Conflux at Nanopool

There are a few Conflux pools to mien from. We’ve chosen Nanopool because we’ve mined several different cryptocurrencies from there over the years. It’s anonymous, and you do not need to sign-up an account with Nanopool ahead of time.

  • Copy content in our example config.ini file (or use the example that Nanominer has provided).
  • Open the folder containing Nanominer. Now open the config.ini file.
  • Select all, and then paste, replacing it with the settings you copied in above. Make the following changes:
    • wallet: enter YOUR Conflux wallet address (this is how Nanominer knows where to deposit your mined CFX)
    • rigName: Delete this altogether, or enter a name to identify your mining rig
  • Save the file

 

Step 4: Start mining

With everything taken care of in step 3 you’re ready to mine. All that is left to do is to start the miner and then navigate to to Nanopool where you can monitor your progress.

Mining Conflux on Nanopool

Mining Conflux on Nanopool

  1. Double-click the Nanominer.exe file in the Nanominer folder
  2. A window will appear showing the miner’s progress as it connects to the mining pool, configures a few more settings, and starts mining. In Windows it will look something like the window above.
  3. That’s it, you’re mining CFX from Nanopool with Nanominer!
  4. Now let’s check our progress on Nanopool. Visit nanopool.org in a web browser.
  5. Click on Conflux on the homepage
  6. At the top right-hand corner of the page, paste your wallet address and click Search
  7. You will either get a page with statistics for your mining rig or an account not found page which (assuming your wallet was set correctly) means that you have to wait until your rig finds a few shares.

Having issues? There’s only a few things that can really go wrong. They include:

First, give it ten or fifteen minutes before declaring that something has gone wrong. After finding our first share, our wallet address didn’t provide the statistics page for ten minutes or so. If you’ve waited more than 15 minutes, and still aren’t seeing the mining statistics page, here’s a few things to check:

  • One or more values were incorrectly set in the .ini file
  • You cut-and-pasted the wallet address incorrectly when searching for it
  • Something is wrong with your mining rig
  • Nanopool is down

Next steps

  • Additional configuration settings – There are many more settings available for Claymore’s Dual Miner. To learn more, open the README.html file in the same folder as the miner or visit the Github repository.
  • If you’re not already doing so, look into overclocking your video cards to increase your hashrate.