How do I mine a block on macOS? (Scrypt/SHA-256/X11)

applies to Scrypt, SHA-256 and X11
branch 0.12+

updated February 23, 2020, 5:35 pm

Use the following instructions to mine a block on macOS.

Open your wallet, and make sure your wallet is connected with a node.
Your wallet is connected when you see the icon Wallet connections scrypt and SHA256 in the lower right corner of your wallet.

The message “Syncing Headers (0,0%)” will disappear once you mine your first block.

Note: replace “examplecoin” with the name of your coin.

Close your wallet and create the file examplecoin.conf in the folder “$HOME/Library/Application Support/Examplecoin/”.

Paste the following text into examplecoin.conf and save the file.


Open your wallet.

Create a .sh file named in the same folder where you extracted example-cli with the following content.

echo Press [CTRL+C] to stop mining.
while :
./examplecoin-cli generate 1

Save the file

Click the Finder icon in your dock.
Click Go.
Click Utilities.
Double-click Terminal.

Go to the directory where you extracted examplecoin-qt.

E.G. cd Downloads

Execute the following command in Terminal to make executable.

chmod +x

Execute the following command in Terminal to start mining your first block.


It will take about +/- 30 minutes to mine your first block, depending on your computer hardware.