How to Mine Zcash (ZEC) on Windows

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Before we start chatting about how to mine Zcash, let’s understand what this cryptocurrency coin is: ZCash – anonymous cryptocurrency, which uses zk-snarks to ensure the user transaction information is encrypted and safely encrypted, but it’s still verifiable by miners.

ZCash is using the Equihash (asymmetric memory-hard PoW) hashing algorithm.

Initial release date: October 28, 2016;
Date of introduction: 28 October 2016;
Code: ZEC

Mining ZCash with CPU (Windows)

We can use the Nicehash miner in order to mine with our CPU. This miner works for CPU and GPU, in order to achieve the best performance we will use different miners, because Claymore miner is much faster and it only works for CPU.

1: Download the Nicehash miner;

nicehash miner

2: Extract the files

nicehash miner extracting zip

You need to specify how many cores you have. Check your CPU core’s and see how many you have. You can do this by opening Task Manager -> Performance

You have 2 options with NiceHash:

  • Get paid in Bitcoin (nheqminer)
  • Get paid in ZCash (nheqminer_zcash)

3: Open “nheqminer_zcash

nheqminer_zcash

4: Paste the following command with the required modifications:

nheqminer_zcash.exe -l eu -u ZEC-ADDRESS -t 8

Mine ZCash with GPU (Windows x64)

We will use the Claymore miner for the GPU mining. It has a 2.5% developer fee.

1: Download the Claymore Zcash miner. (Alternative link)

2: Choose the desired version and download it. To download the latest version check the bottom right.

claymore miner

3: Extract the files

claymore miner extracting files

4: Open the “Claymore’s ZCash AMD GPU Miner v6.0 Beta” folder

Claymore's ZCash AMD GPU Miner v6.0 Beta5: Open the “config.txt” and enter the configuration:

GPU_FORCE_64BIT_PTR 0
GPU_MAX_HEAP_SIZE 100
GPU_USE_SYNC_OBJECTS 1
GPU_MAX_ALLOC_PERCENT 100
GPU_SINGLE_ALLOC_PERCENT 100

ZecMiner64.exe -zpool stratum.zcash.nicehash.com:3357 -allpools 1 -zwal ZEC-ADDRESS.YourWorkerName -zpsw x

Replace:

  • stratum.zcash.nicehash.com:3357” with your desired pool
  • YourWorkerName” – with your worker name
  • x” – with your password (if the pool asks for password)

claymore miner config file

Full list of commands can be found here.

If you’ve done everything right, this is how the miner window should look:

claymore miner screenshot

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