Browser mining for bitcoin and other cryptocurrency has surged in popularity in recent months in parallel with the public’s interest in crypto coins as a whole.
If you’re looking for information and a guide to bitcoin browser mining using this method, or simply want to know what it is, then you’ve come to the right place.
However, if you want to learn more about Coinhive and similar services you can find more details here, including embedded miners that you can test. (Note: If you want to experiment with the miners you’ll need to allow the Coinhive .js download. This does not install anything on your computer and is harmless.)
While Coinhive enables websites to monetise their content by harnessing visitors’ CPU processing power to mine coins, microwallet mining enables you to use your browser to mine cryptocurrency for yourself.
A microwallet is a free web-based portal set up to enable people to aggregate micropayments they receive in cryptocurrency, such as bitcoin and litecoin, often from free bitcoin faucets. (For more on faucets, see our step-by-step guide here).
CoinPot has the added advantage of allowing users to mine all the coins it currently supports, namely bitcoin, bitcoin cash, litecoin, dash and doge. At present FaucetHub only supports bitcoin.
These are the links to CoinPot mining services:
The CoinPot Bitcoin Core mining page:
One of the free faucets connected to CoinPot also allows you to accrue extra bonuses by allowing the site to use your CPU power to mine coins while you browse.
Moon Bitcoin offers a faucet claim bonus of up to 100% the claim amount dependant on how long you allow the miner to run for. Obviously, the longer you leave it the more bonus you’ll gain.
This can boost your faucet earnings considerably and is in addition to the daily loyalty bonus, referral bonus and mystery bonus (all up to 100%) on offer, so you can see why it remains one of the most popular faucets on the web.
To clarify – if you mine through CoinPot then your earnings are added directly to your balance within a few minutes, while mining through the individual faucets accrues bonuses on your claim rather than coins directly.
In both cases you decide how much of your CPU power you wish to allocate to the mining process. Obviously the more you allow the more you’ll mine but it also means your computer is likely to slow down and get quite warm.
The best thing to do is experiment until you find a happy medium that enables you to carry on working/browsing while mining.
Without doing some complex maths it’s difficult to say whether mining in your browser through individual faucet sites or mining through a microwallet is more profitable. However, both will get you closer to your goal of more bitcoins.
FaucetHub operates on a similar basis to CoinPot and allows you to mine bitcoins with your browser, with the coins added directly to your account balance shortly afterwards.
This is the FaucetHub browser mining screen:
Again, a maths boffin is needed to judge which is the most profitable out of CoinPot and FaucetHub as both websites take a slice of your earnings. If anyone has done these sums and can let us know we’d appreciate it!
Another very popular faucet (as opposed to microwallet) that allows you to mine bitcoin with your browser is FreeBitco.in.
Using the Coinhive script, the site allows you to increase your earnings on top of your faucet claims by allowing your CPU power to be harnessed through your web browser.
These earnings are added to your balance every hour, helping you increase your bitcoin pot on top of your faucet claims, referrals and interest the site pays on your balance (as long as it exceeds 30,000 satoshi).
As with all of the mining methods we’ve mentioned in this article, you’ll need to allow the Coinhive mining script to run in order to access the functionality. As we’ve said already, this is perfectly safe and nothing is downloaded to your computer.
FreeBitco.in also offers a weekly lottery which you are entered into every time you claim from the free bitcoin faucet. You can buy additional tickets with your earnings and hope to scoop one of the substantial prizes on offer.
Bear in mind that every time you claim from this faucet you are automatically entered into an hourly lottery as well, with prizes of up to $200 on offer.
There’s also a hi/lo game available where you can take a chance and try to increase your bitcoin stash. This is not advisable way to make a profit though as it is gambling pure and simple.
So, while it is no longer practical to mine bitcoin or litecoin using your home PC, browser mining, either through a microwallet or faucet, offers a viable option for those wishing to experiment while earning some extra coins.
It’s fair to say that you won’t make a fortune in bitcoin using these methods, but it is still possible to earn a small amount of coin which you can add to your other earnings, possibly from faucets or surveys/offers.
It’s worth mentioning that it is still possible to mine certain alt coins on a home PC, such as Monero, Bytecoin and Dash Coin.
One of the most popular methods of doing this is through a free piece of software called MinerGate.
The MinerGate software gives you direct access to a selection of mining pools without needing any technical expertise whatsoever.
MinerGate in action:
As you can see, the GUI is straightforward and you’ll be up-and-running and mining coins in no time at all. For more information on getting started check out our guide to using Minergate.
Monero is already one of the most popular cryptocurrencies out there and who knows, a coin such as Bytecoin may be the next bitcoin in years to come.
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Remember, you’ll need a bitcoin wallet to send your earnings to when you’ve gathered enough coin.
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