So, you want to mine Dogecoin. The good news is you’ve come to the right place to get started mining the most successful meme coin available to humankind. Welcome to the community that sent the Jamaican Bobsleigh team to the 2014 Olympics, helped bring clean water to a remote African Village, and sponsored a NASCAR driver at the Talladega Superspeedway – and all under the umbrella of a memed Japanese Shiba Inu.
Dogecoin: A Very Brief History
Dogecoin was founded by Jackson Palmer with help from Billy Markus. But to say founded is a little misleading since Dogecoin began as a joke, a parody of the moon chasing crypto communities.
Dogecoin, the joke, was started by Jackson Palmer initially on Twitter and later as a website he built. Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency, was released in 2013 by Palmer and Billy Markus with the hope to make cryptocurrencies a little more fun and approachable.
In its past, Doge has been used to crowdfund charitable donations and finance sporting sponsorships. More recently, the cryptocurrency is growing merchant adoption and finding better use cases beyond the energetic Dogecoin community.
So, what is Dogecoin? It’s a fun-loving altcoin/community/meme, sometimes worth over a billion dollars.
Intro to Dogecoin Mining
Here are some basic Dogecoin details compared to other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Litecoin. Note that Litecoin and Dogecoin both use Scrypt hashing algorithms. This similarity has enabled merged mining between the two coins and allows for Dogecoin and Litecoin to be mined simultaneously. It’s like getting two for the price of one.
There are two approaches to mining Dogecoin. Firstly, you can solo mine, meaning you provide hashing power yourself and are the only benefactor when confirming blocks. Solo mining is often very difficult to make profitable at a small scale and is best suited for larger operations. Unless you are just tinkering, in that case, tinker away, but expect a loss.
You should also be aware that there is an idea going around saying that solo mining Dogecoin is dead. The conclusion is that ASIC’s Litecoin miners have bloated the hash rate in Dogecoin mining so high that rewards are more commonly an indirect result of merge mining Litecoin and not directly mining Dogecoin.
Pooled mining, for the newbie miner, is a better approach if you’re looking for a higher return on your investment. Pooled mining is a collaborative effort between members who contribute their hashing power. Block rewards are proportionately shared among the members when a block is confirmed.
When you’re first getting started, you should join a Dogecoin mining pool. Competition is stiff and there is some serious hashing power out there, including ASICs. Merged mining of the more profitable Litecoin by ASICs means that some of that hashing power is also being used on the Doge network. Pooling moderate amounts of hashing power can give you the ability to compete for blocks even against larger mining operations. After all, “penny, penny makes a dollar.”
What You’ll Need to Get Started Mining Dogecoin
Before you can start mining and subsequently make it rain Doge, you’ll need a few things to make it happen.
- Hardware. To start, any Windows, Mac OS, or Linux system will do. Basic machines are great to experiment with but scaling will require some more serious hardware including GPUs and ASICs.
- Software. Depending on your OS and hardware the software can vary. Here are a few examples.
- Dogecoin Wallet. You’ll need somewhere to send your mined Doge.
At this point, you could jump into mining, but remember that going it alone and mining Dogecoin solo is really tricky to make a profit, especially one worth your time. Instead, tap into a Dogecoin mining pool and take advantage of some that sweet sweet synergy.
- Mining Pools. You’ll need a pool that supports Scrypt mining, here are a couple of good ones to get you started.
- Pro tip: If Dogecoin is your absolute endgame here, consider mining other Scrypt coins and selling them for Dogecoin. You can net more Doge with less hashing power.
Alternatively, Dogecoin Mining in the Cloud
There is an easier method to mining Dogecoin and that is cloud mining. This hands-off approach lets you more-or-less just buy into a mining operation. You don’t own anything, instead, you rent the hardware from a larger data center. They run the mining for you and take their cut, as well as typically charge you for the electricity.
Cloud mining can be a strong option for anyone not looking to be committed to hardware or interested in managing the mining. However, cloud mining can be risky since most contracts are time locked. Meaning if you take a one-year Dogecoin mining contract from a cloud miner and the price of Doge falls below the cost of the mining and electricity then, well, I’m sure you can figure it out, but your ROI might take a hit.
There are also hashing power marketplaces, like Nicehash, where you can still get Scrypt mining contracts. NiceHash is slightly different than the other cloud mining pools since it pairs hashing power with buyers. The hashing power for sale isn’t from one mining company but from many ad hoc sellers. A cool system but a little tougher to get a handle on the bidding and pricing.
The Conclusion on Dogecoin Mining
Ultimately, mining Dogecoin at a profit is going to be difficult, possible, but difficult. Dogecoin, though, has never really been about the money or profits, despite being worth millions. It’s an open and welcoming community of crypto enthusiasts willing to learn and share.
So in the spirit of the community, mining Dogecoin is an accessible way to get into the crypto scene. With new, more affordable options for mining, like USB Scrypt ASIC miners being made, the barriers to getting involved are lower than ever before.