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5 Best Cryptocurrencies To Mine With Raspberry Pi

Cryptocurrencies are digital coins used for online transactions. Mining these coins often requires specialized hardware, like ASIC miners or powerful GPUs. However, there are coins that you can still get with a Raspberry Pi. In this article, I’ll show you the best cryptocurrencies to mine on your Pi.

The best cryptocurrencies to mine with Raspberry Pi can be gained by CPU or hard drive mining. These coins use “ASIC-resistant” algorithms that the Pi can process and solve.

Let me discuss the best coins to mine on your Pi, so you can decide which ones you’d like to try yourself. Read on to learn tips that will turn you into a prospector on the digital frontier.

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1. Monero

Monero (abbreviated as XMR) burst onto the scene in 2014 as the first major cryptocurrency designed with privacy and anonymity in mind. Monero is meant to be decentralized and egalitarian and therefore doesn’t favor ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) miners.

What’s special about Monero is that it uses multiple encryption techniques to provide anonymity. Unlike Bitcoin, Monero conceals the identities of senders and receivers—including transaction amounts. If you value privacy and protection against surveillance, Monero is built for you.

monero logo

For several reasons, Monero tops the list of coins to mine on a Raspberry Pi. Monero uses the RandomX algorithm, which is CPU-friendly and ASIC-resistant so it can be mined on the Pi. Additionally, its focus on decentralization means that every miner gets a shot at rewards.

Its strengths also come with downsides. Monero’s privacy requirement means it’s compatible with fewer wallets. It may also become the target of government regulators, who generally don’t like untraceable transactions. Finally, Monero has come to be dominated by a few mining pools.

ProsCons
CPU-friendly miningFewer wallet choices
Private & anonymousPotential governmental regulation
Decentralized & egalitarian focusDominated by a few mining pools
Monero (XMR)

To mine Monero, you’ll need a Pi model with a 64-bit processor. Many boards will work, but I recommend the beefier Pi 5 or Pi 4 for better hash rates. You’ll also need to run a 64-bit operating system, like Raspberry Pi OS.

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If you’re ready to get started, read our simple guide to mining Monero with your Raspberry Pi, or follow our video tutorial below.

2. Dogecoin

Dogecoin (DOGE) was created as a “memecoin” in 2013 with the Shiba Inu “Doge” as its logo. It’s intended to be a fun and light-hearted digital currency. Unlike other cryptocurrencies designed to be scarce, Dogecoin has an unlimited supply of coins to mine (that’s the joke).

Dogecoin stands out from major coins like Monero because it’s an approachable way to enter the world of crypto mining. Users often spend it freely, giving tips with Dogecoin. You’ll find this same friendly vibe in the Dogecoin community, which has banded together to support charities.

The advantages of mining Dogecoin on the Pi make it one of our top picks. Its low difficulty and infinite supply means you’ll always be able to get some. It uses the same stable and secure network as Bitcoin. Lastly, its community spirit means you’ll always find ways to have fun with it online.

Dogecoin’s disadvantages are a result of its less-than-serious origins. An infinite supply means its value will fall. Its value also fluctuates following the ebb and flow of memes. Lastly, perhaps because it was originally meant as a joke, it doesn’t have a clear direction as to where it’s headed.

ProsCons
Low difficulty & fast to mineInfinite supply affects value
Uses same robust network as BitcoinHigh volatility
Fun communityUnclear developmental roadmap
Dogecoin (DOGE)
exodus dogecoin wallet

To get started, you’ll need a crypto wallet that can store Dogecoin. I recommend Exodus because it’s user-friendly and supports many cryptocurrencies. Once your wallet is installed, click Receive to get a unique “address,” which is where you’ll send the Dogecoins you’ve mined.

To learn how to mine Dogecoin, check out our step-by-step guide to mining Dogecoin with your Raspberry Pi, or watch our video tutorial below.

3. Ravencoin

Ravencoin (RVN) was created in 2018 as an open-source cryptocurrency. First introduced with reference to the ravens from Game of Thrones, Ravencoin is “designed to carry statements of truth about who owns what assets.”

Ravencoin is unique from the other coins on this list because it lets you create and transfer assets. This means you can use Ravencoin to create digital tokens that represent real-world assets like stocks, real estate, or NFTs and then transfer those tokens in online transactions.

ravencoin logo

There are many pros to mining Ravencoin on your Pi. Ravencoin’s ASIC-resistant algorithm means that it’s easy to mine. In addition, its open-source nature deters monopolization. Lastly, you can use Ravencoin to pursue other interesting activities, like selling digital art online.

Ravencoin does have a few risks to it. For one, its large maximum supply (21 billion) may reduce its value in the future. Second, it’s less commonly traded, as it’s currently ranked 160 by market cap. Furthermore, Ravencoin lacks big investments from mainstream institutional traders.

ProsCons
ASIC-resistant by designLarge maximum supply of coins
Open-source decentralizationLess commonly traded
Tokenizable for digital asset tradingLack of mainstream support
Ravencoin (RVN)

To mine Ravencoin or other crypto, you’ll need to install mining software. For your Pi, I recommend XMRig. Of all of the miners I’ve tested on Raspberry Pi OS, XMRig is updated the most, supports CPU mining, and lets you mine a wide range of coins.

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You can use the same steps to mine Ravencoin as discussed in the guides above for Monero and Dogecoin. If you want to learn more about how Ravencoin works, check out its official website.

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4. Zephyr

Zephyr (ZEPH) calls itself the private, untraceable stablecoin. A more recent coin established in 2023, it has a stated goal of taking the best features—the cream of the crop—from the giants that have come before it.

Zephyr is a unique chimera. Will it succeed in combining the privacy of Monero with the low volatility of a stablecoin like Tether? Or will it flame out like others who have sought this holy grail? Part of the fun of mining something hot like Zephyr is not knowing what the future may hold!

zephyr logo

Zephyr offers many advantages for mining on a Pi. First, Zephyr was designed primarily for CPU mining. Second, its design of being untraceable makes it attractive to those who value privacy and security. Lastly, Zephyr’s low fees mean that it’s friendly to use for small transactions.

zephyr address

Zephyr’s downsides derive from its status as a brand-new coin. As of this writing, there is only one compatible wallet, the Zephyr wallet. Also, who exactly are the blockchain developers behind Zephyr? Finally, as true for every new crypto kid on the block, Zephyr’s long-term viability is up in the air.

ProsCons
CPU-friendly miningOnly 1 wallet choice (currently)
Private & untraceable transactionsDevelopment team unknown
Low transaction feeLong-term future uncertain
Zephyr (ZEPH)

If you’ve already set up your wallet and configured your mining software, what can you do to increase your mining gains? Solo miners like yourself will want to join a mining pool, which is like joining a team to combine your efforts and gain better rewards.

I recommend starting with a beginner-friendly mining pool like UnMineable. You can set it up from your browser without an account, and it supports all of the coins discussed above. UnMineable’s easy-to-use wizard generates an XMRig command that you can copy to your Pi.

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5. Chia

Chia was created in 2021 by the founder of BitTorrent. Chia aims to provide an eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to traditional proof-of-work cryptocurrencies. Instead of using computing power to secure its network, Chia’s blockchain depends on storage space.

Chia is perhaps the most unconventional coin on this list. It uses Proof of Space and Time, which is a form of HDD mining. In other words, hard drive space is used to obtain coins rather than a CPU or GPU. In addition, Chia is designed for many potential use cases beyond digital currency.

chia logo

Chia lists the Raspberry Pi as supported hardware, and Chia’s reliance on hard drive space means your Pi can more effectively compete with powerful rigs. Lastly, Chia’s mining algorithm uses less than 1% of the energy required to mine Bitcoin and is not nearly as difficult.

The difficulties of mining Chia relate to its unique PoST mechanism. A minimum of 500 GB of unused space is recommended, and Chia’s extensive “plotting” may wear down your hard drive. Since most HDD mining projects have been abandoned, the question remains if Chia will survive.

ProsCons
Officially supports Raspberry PiHigh minimum storage requirement
HDD storage instead of CPU/GPUMight degrade your storage device
More energy-efficient than popular coinsQuestionable future for PoS/PoC
Chia (XCH)

I should warn you that it’s more difficult to set up Chia than the coins above since you can’t apply the same traditional methods. To “farm” Chia, you’ll have to download the official Chia appwhich acts as both the wallet and mining software rolled into one—and get it working on your Pi.

The first time you start the app, you’ll need to “sync nodes” before you can start farming. Syncing on a Pi could take a week to complete, even with a gigabit internet connection. One way to speed things up is to download the database directly via the official torrent.

For more tips, check out the farming guide on Chia’s website. To find out other ways to speed up node syncing, check out this official resource. HDD mining can be a gateway to learn other ways to profit from crypto, such as staking or running a validator node.

chia syncing nodes

Now that we’ve tested the best cryptocurrencies to mine, let’s summarize the results. The table below shows hash rates obtained with a Pi 4B running Raspberry Pi OS desktop. Since these hash rates are from limited testing, you can improve them with a few performance optimizations.

For example, you could install Raspberry Pi OS Lite to save resources, tweak your system to run faster, or improve your Pi’s cooling. As an experiment, you could try mining with a souped-up Pi cluster. Figuring out how to optimize hash rates is a great next step for your crypto-mining journey.

CryptocurrencyBlockchain MechanismSample Hash Rate
MoneroProof-of-Work
(RandomX)
56 h/s
DogecoinProof-of-Work
(Scrypt)
42 h/s
RavencoinProof-of-Work
(KAWPOW)
34 h/s
ZephyrProof-of-Work
(RandomX)
31 h/s
ChiaProof-of-Space and Time
(PoST consensus algorithm)
n/a
Sample Hash Rates Mining on a Raspberry Pi 4B

“There’s gold in them thar hills!” Well, sort of. If you punch these hash rates into a profitability calculator, you’ll discover that the amount of crypto your Pi can mine is pennies each month. And that’s before accounting for electricity costs.

Regardless of whether it’s one of the best ways to make money with your Raspberry Pi, crypto mining is a great beginner project. Along the way, you’ll learn how to set up wallets, configure mining software, join mining pools, and calculate which activities would be profitable.

You can take this knowledge with you to use on a more powerful rig. Until then, happy mining!

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