Anubis, the God of Dead Bitcoin Miners

With the recent resurgence of Bitcoin and the subsequent vitality of other cryptocurrencies (Litecoin, for instance), I've been receiving lots of e-mail messages asking how to mine. I've discussed cryptocurrencies in LJ quite a bit during the past few years. Recently, a friend introduced me to Anubis, so I want to mention it briefly here.

Whether you're mining for Bitcoins with ASIC hardware or Litecoins with high-end graphics cards, chances are you're using the cgminer program to do your mining. Although cgminer provides a nice console-based screen for monitoring your miner, there's no easy way to see how all your miners are doing at once. Enter: Anubis.

Anubis is a Web-based program that interacts over the network to all your miners. It then combines the data it collected into a simple monitoring screen so you can check temperature, errors, efficiencies and even change configurations on the fly. If you're running more than one instance of cgminer in your mining farm, you likely will benefit from Anubis. Check it out at

Figure 1. Anubis gives a nice overview of all the problems with my mining farm.

Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.

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