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Announcing BFGMiner 5.5, the modular cryptocurrency miner written in C. BFGMiner features dynamic clocking, monitoring, and remote interface capabilities.

"St. Barbara's Faithfully Glorified Mining Initiative Naturally Exceeding Rivals", or just basically a freaking good miner.

This code is provided entirely free of charge by the programmer, so donations would be greatly appreciated.
Please consider donating: 1QATWksNFGeUJCWBrN4g6hGM178Lovm7Wh

Do NOT send me a private message directly, as I will ignore your message. I only provide support in public, so that others may benefit from the answer too. (An exception is if you want to pay me for direct support. In that case, please say so in your message.)
Also, please note that this thread is for discussion of BFGMiner, its features and bugs - if you feel the need to troll or talk off-topic, start another forum thread (and PM me with it if you want my attention).

If you want to help develop BFGMiner, the best way to get in touch with us is on IRC.
We also have a development mailing list, mainly used to pre-announce upcoming releases for third-party packagers.

Latest release: 5.5.0
Arch: pacman -S bfgminer
Debian: aptitude install bfgminer
Gentoo: emerge bfgminer (consider accepting ~arch and/or adding the bitcoin overlay to get the latest version)
Ubuntu: apt-get install bfgminer (install the BFGMiner PPA for the latest version)

A large variety of device drivers for Bitcoin (SHA256d):
ASICMINER Block Erupter blades, cubes, USB miners (Emerald and Sapphire), and Tube
BFx2 Bitfury USB miner
Big Picture Mining Bitfury-based USB miners (BF1, RedFury, BlueFury)
BitCentury LittleFury USB miners
Bitmain AntMiner S1 - S4 and S5
Bitmain AntMiner U1 - U3
BlackArrow Prospero X-1.5
BTCFPGA's ModMiner Quad FPGA-based mining device
Butterfly Labs's FPGA and ASIC mining products (BitForce, MiniRig, Monarch)
Canaan Creative Avalon1/2/3 ASIC mining rigs
The Chili miner assembly
CoinTerra TerraMiner ASIC miner
Drillbit Thumb and Eight
DualMiner ASIC-based USB miner
Enterpoint's Cairnsmore1 FPGA mining board
FPGA Mining X6500
GekkoScience Compac BM1384 USB stick
HashBuster mining boards
HashFast Baby Jet
Intron/C-scape BitFury-based mining boards
JingTian miner
Klondike boards
KnCMiner Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter, and Neptune
Metabank gen 1 (old) BitFury-based mining device
NanoFury NF1 and NF2 units
One String Miner
Qi Hardware's Icarus and Lancelot FPGA mining boards
ROCKMINER 30 Gh/s R-BOX and T1
Spondoolies SP10 and SP30
Twinfury USB stick miner
Ztex's 1.15x and 1.15y FPGA boards
OpenCL GPUs, such as AMD Radeons (disabled by default, see README.GPU)
Kernels: Diablo, DiaKGCN, Phatk and poclbm
BFI_INT patching for Catalyst versions before 13.2
Vector support
Dynamic intensity that keeps desktop interactive under load and maximises throughput when desktop idle
Support for mining with free Mesa/LLVM OpenCL
CPU (not enabled by default nor included in Windows build)
Coming soon:
Halong Mining DragonMint 16T
any device provided for development (PM me)
A variety of device drivers for scrypt:
AlcheMiner Alchemist miner
DualMiner ASIC-based USB miner
GAW War Machine
Gridseed mining devices
KnCMiner Titan
ZeusMiner units
OpenCL GPUs, such as AMD Radeons (disabled by default, see README.GPU)
Kernels: ckolivas, lsoc, psw, zuikkis
CPU (not enabled by default nor included in Windows build)
Coming soon:
any device provided for development (PM nwoolls and/or jstefanop)
CPU and OpenCL/GPU mining for Keccak (SHA-3)
Automatically can configure itself to failover to solo mining and local block submission when Bitcoin Core is running
Support for getblocktemplate decentralized mining protocol (no proxy needed!)
Builtin stratum and getwork proxy server
Very low overhead free C code for Linux and Windows with very low CPU usage
Integrated overclocking and fan control (including automatic adjustment, if configured)
Heavily threaded code hands out work retrieval and work submission to separate threads to not hinder devices working
Caching of submissions during transient network outages
Preemptive generation of work prior to completion of current work
Automatically detects failing pools and disables them
Multi-device support (all or discrete selection)
Summarised and discrete device data statistics of requests, accepts, rejects, hw errors, efficiency and utility
Watchdog thread to restart idle threads but not crash machine if they don't respond
Summary displayed when quitting
Supports multiple pools with multiple intelligent failover mechanisms
On the fly menu based management of most settings
Trickling of extra work to backup pools if primary pool is responding but slow
On the fly enabling/disable/restarting of devices
Device temperature monitoring (for devices that support it)
Reuses persistent connections when possible
RPC interface for remote control
Ability to cope with slow routers
Lots of other stuff I can't remember. See options.

Human readable changelog:
Multi-blockchain support: BFGMiner can now be told which pools use the same "mining goals", and will track the blockchain independently for ones that don't. This allows you to mine multiple cryptocurrencies concurrently using any pool strategy (including balance and load-balance).
Multi-algorithm support: BFGMiner is now capable of hashing on both scrypt and SHA256d work at the same time, and you can assign the mining algorithm to use on a per-goal basis. As with multi-blockchain support, this works even in balancing strategies. Note that at this time, only CPU, OpenCL, and Proxy drivers actually support multiple algorithms at the same time (DualMiner must be preconfigured for only one, and GridSeed remains scrypt-only).
Stratum extensions for mining goals: New experimental methods mining.capabilities and mining.set_goal for Stratum allow you to expose control of the mining algorithm to the pool. These extensions are considered draft and may be changed based on the needs of multiblockchain pool operators.
RPC: Also extended for multiple mining goals/algorithms. Interface is subject to change.
kncasic: New driver for KnCMiner Neptune (and 2nd-gen Jupiter modules).
minion: New driver for BlackArrow Prospero X1.5.
titan: Work flushing optimisations from KnCMiner, and reduce processor view from per-core to per-die.
Keccak: Support for the SHA-3 winner hash as a proof-of-work algorithm.
opencl: Workaround broken global work offset support in buggy drivers.
opencl: GPU mining is now disabled by default for scrypt. Use -S opencl:auto to enable it.

Full changelog:
opencl: Fail gracefully if clGetProgramInfo/CL_PROGRAM_NUM_DEVICES returns zero
opencl: Remember results of global offset testing
opencl: Only save kernel binary when we built from source
opencl: Only try to patch BFI_INT when compiling a kernel from source
opencl: Major refactor, splitting up opencl_load_kernel into many new functions
titan: Initialise variables to satisfy compilers
Bugfix: opencl: Correctly handle non-goffset kernels
Fixing column spacing of non-curses device output
Bugfix: opencl: free memory if clState creation fails
Titan: Do not do actual configuration job in API thread context. Instead, send commands to the worker thread to do the actual job.
Titan: bugfix: dies are not configured if die#0 is OFF
Titan: unused function argument
Titan: unused variables
Update knc-asic: Titan FPGA image with spi->i2c commands removed and fixed some lock-up scenarios
Titan code rework: Use one bfgminer processor per die (instead of core)
minion: Reinitialise chips if they don't seem to be progressing
minion: Read temperature sensor
minion: TUI clock speed control
minion: Include "Frequency" in RPC status
minion: Add "clock" setting
minion: Set configuration parameters we care about
minion: Reset chip at initialization
minion: Configure PLL to 900 MHz at startup
minion: Report hashes done as accurately as we can
minion: Core enable/disable control
minion: Implement queue flushing
minion: Implement basic mining
lowl-spi: linux_spi_txrx2 to include device protocol dumping
minion: Detection code for the Prospero X1
Actually add version.c file
Only rebuild a minimal version.c file when git commit changes
Bugfix: Use HASH_ADD_KEYPTR for const char *, not HASH_ADD_STR
Bugfix: Re-lock stgd_lock when we don't have a malgo-specific pool to use
scrypt: Disable OpenCL by default
opencl: Remove support for "OCL1" kernel define (indicated OpenCL 1.1+)
opencl: Autodetect whether global offset actually works
opencl: Add no-goffset support to scrypt kernels
opencl: Determine kernel support for goffset by code analysis
opencl: Add "goffset" setting to override detection of support for global work offsets
util: seek_data_cb: Check validity of offset
Allow libcurl to rewind the upload buffer
cpu: Set the priority of miner threads to idle on Windows
cpu: Do not set thread affinity on single-processor systems
Adding additional boolean keywords enable and disable
AUTHORS: Move Pelle and Vitalii to "Current Maintainers" since they actively maintain the Titan driver
AUTHORS: Add Ronny Van Keer (Keccak C implementation)
Titan: supply its own rolling hashrate implementation
A driver can supply its own rolling hashrate function (in case generic rolling hashrate implementation does not work)
Bugfix: configure: kncasic does not actually need i2c-tools
Keccak: Simplify keccak_hash_data
keccak: Adapt opencl intensity interpretation to have approximately the same desktop interactivity affect as SHA256d
Keccak: Include support in various builds
Travis: Update with Keccak
opencl/keccak: Add non-goffset support
opencl/keccak: Unroll all the hash rounds properly
opencl: Add Keccak support via "fullheader" kernel interface
keccak: Adapt for BFGMiner
Keccak: Import algorithm code as-is
opencl: Add a simple "fullheader" kernel interface
Update stratum mining.capabilities method to use a single Object for all parameters
Bugfix: Correct USE_SHA256D macro name to ensure SHA256d is always preferred as default algorithm
cpu: Generic scanhash that can support any PoW algorithm
RPC: Include Hash Method in minecoin for new algorithms
opencl: Teach findnonce to behave based on kernel interface rather than mining algorithm
opencl: Get min_nonce_diff from struct mining_algorithm
Move malgo-specific code to dedicated source files
opencl: Simplify kernel-specific data handling
Update knc-asic: Fix issue with detect_die crashing due to errors in response
titan: Init last_nonce on die reconfiguration to avoid lots of "unknown work" messages
Bugfix: titan: Extra garbage was sent on SPI with new commands
titan: Remove temporary log messages for manual report checks
titan: Wrong variable used in new per-die iteration
titan: Do manual core checks in parallel with normal ones
titan: Fix: Only one die was checked after flush in last commit
titan: Manually check all cores for reports after flush
opencl: Remove redundant checks for USE_OPENCL
cpu: Remove redundant checks for USE_CPUMINING
opencl: Only attempt to BFI_INT patch SHA256d kernels
Significantly rewrite configure script to handle driver dependencies cleaner
Make SHA256d mining optional
Bugfix: cointerra: Can handle nonces down to pdiff 1
kncasic: Initialise first_cgpu to silence false warning
Bugfix: Clarify goffset decision code, and refuse to compile kernels in situations where they won't work
Bugfix: opencl: Output buffer must be readable by kernel since it is used with a count/position iterator
Bugfix: opencl: Skip NULL kernel interface entry
DevAPI: hashes_done: Simplify and improve precision of max_nonce calculation
opencl: Avoid duplicating kernel_interfaces mapping in select_kernel
opencl: Avoid duplicating kernel_interfaces mapping in opencl_scanhash_get_kernel
cpu: Drivers should not be doing fulltest on their own, so remove it
cpu: Pass full work struct to scanhash functions
kncasic: Split up each ASIC channel to its own device
kncasic: Use consistent naming for KNC_MAX_DIES_PER_CORE
kncasic: Refactoring: coreid is not used, remove it
kncasic: Refactoring: put all device architecture defines in one place (knc-asic.h)
kncasic: Add lock to protect concurrent accesses to knc_state
kncasic: Fix auto
Build system fixes for kncasic driver
configure: Deduplicate Linux i2c-dev.h checks for KnCMiner drivers
Travis: Update for kncasic driver
kncasic: Only show the relevant die for RPC stats
kncasic: Use proc_repr for logging
kncasic: Split up logical processors
kncasic: Silence warning about unhandled enumeration values
Bugfix: kncasic: Proper format specifications
kncasic: Remove unused code
kncasic: Minimal changes to get it compiling
kncasic: Import gen 2 driver from cgminer commit bc153552be8591250cb3214bf5202501d4a39922
titan: Move thread_reportin() call to poll function
titan: reportin every process_report to avoid falsely tripping the watchdog
titan: Remove unused variables
Bump knc-asic submodule
titan: Increase FPGA to ASIC SPI frequency to 6 MHz
titan: Use new get_work_status prototype and print FPGA CRC error counters to log
Titan flush optimization fix: Don't send get_info commands when FPGA is speaking to ASIC
titan: All dies use same nonce working range
Titan flush optimization bugfix: FPGA status was checked once per poll instead of once per ASIC
Titan flush optimization: Bugfix: Flush time measurement only worked with one ASIC
Titan flush optimization: Point knc-asic submodule to include new FPGA image
Titan flush optimization: Remove temporary debug messages
Titan flush optimization: Keep works in local queue until slot number is reused
Titan flush optimization: Point knc-asic submodule to needed revision
Titan flush optimization: Measure new flush time
Titan flush optimization: Send works to all dies after flush
Titan flush optimization: First rough implementation
Titan: Less clobber on the screen: group some "failure" messages
Bugfix: Prefer not using work created just to ensure a specific algorithm is queued, so strategies work as much as possible
Stratum: Enable mining.set_goal to change parameters on the current goal
cpu: Fail gracefully if unsupported mining algo gets into scanhash
opencl: Fail gracefully if unsupported mining algo gets into opencl_scanhash_get_kernel
SSM: Send goal malgo to goal-enabled clients
Allow pools with #change_goal_malgo attribute to change the mining algorithm used by their assigned goal
Gracefully fail when no pool can be found to generate specific-algo work
Remove opt_scrypt
dualminer: Replace opt_scrypt with a per-device "scrypt" option
dualminer: Make dual_mode a per-device option as it should be
opencl: Nearly complete migration to per-work mining algorithms
pool_actively_desired: If we are the highest priority, workable pool for a given algorithm, we are needed
Ignore opt_queue for unused mining algorithms
Set name and aliases on mining algorithms
When hotplug is enabled and a mining algorithm is configured for the first time, schedule a rescan of hardware to pick up anything now applicable that may not have been before
Try to keep enough work queued for each mining algorithm in use
Move select_loadbalance and select_failover logic into their own functions
Keep track of how much work is staged per-algorithm
Keep track of how many goals reference each mining algorithm
Abstract goal_set_malgo function
Build a mining_algorithms list
get_work: Restore previous getwork rollntime behaviour
get_work: Only return work items compatible with processor (degrades getwork rollntime support)
opencl: Support for per-work mining algorithms
Build without POW_SCRYPT at all
opencl: Defer loading kernel until it is needed
opencl: Split initCl into opencl_create_clState and opencl_load_kernel
SSM: Implement mining.capabilities including proxying mining.set_goal
Replace mining.goal.subscribe with mining.capabilities
Stratum: Avoid resetting the goal if the old and new name match
Allow specifying goal options as eg, --pool-goal name:malgo=scrypt
cpu: Support for per-work mining algorithms
Replace cgpu.min_nonce_diff with drv.drv_min_nonce_diff(cgpu, malgo)
proxy: Avoid assumptions about mining algorithm at initialisation
Core only: Partially move most of opt_scrypt to mining_goal
opencl: Reintroduce independent intensity setting internally
Move MAX_*_INTENSITY stuff to driver-opencl.h
proxy: Minimise minimum difficulty for proxy clients
Enable --generate-to option (was --coinbase-addr) to work with non-default goals
Save pool goals in written config files
README: Update documentation for multiple blockchain support
RPC: Add "Difficulty Accepted" to "coin" command
RPC: Add "Mining Goal" to "pools" command
RPC: Accept an additional argument for "addpool" to indicate mining goal by name
Stratum: Support for mining.set_goal("goal name") - currently just resetting the user-configured goal
Teach longpoll logic about multiple mining goals
RPC: Include non-default goals in reply to "coin" command
Ignore generation address/script on pools using non-default mining goals
Only include block display lines for active goals
Move income to block display line, and show extra block display lines for each additional mining goal
New --pool-goal option to set a distinct named goal per-pool
Parameterise most references to global mining_goal_info
Move block_time to be per block_info
Show "?" for income if block height is unknown
Move block height tracking onto block_info
Calculate current_fullhash only when needed (for RPC 'coins')
Replace current_block_id with blkchain->currentblk[->block_id]
Move current_hash to goal->current_goal_detail
Clean up struct block_info names
Use full prevblock hash as block key (also gets rid of dead code)
Move global variables related to the blockchain or mining goals on to global structs