Please note: see the updated how to here. The original BeFrank implementation has moved over from the experimental Litecoin fork to a CryptoNote based one so the below information is invalid. More on the new implementation and its benefits here)
There are two ways to participate in Befrank:
- Get a Wallet: the basic step to participate by creating an account that manages Befranks
- Run a Miner: an advanced step if you want to participate more actively in the network
Get a Wallet
Steps for Mac owners below. If you experience issues with the steps below please take a look at the Wallet Troubleshooting.
- Download BeFrank-Qt.dmg
- Double click the file to open it. You should see a screen like this:
- Drag and drop the BeFrank-Qt icon onto the Applications folder. This will install the BeFrank wallet.
- Next go to your Applications folder and double click the BeFrank icon to launch your wallet.
- Remember: if something did not go as expected please try detailed advice found in Wallet Troubleshooting.
Run a Miner
- Your miner will need to connect to a wallet so make sure you performed all the steps first to Get a Wallet.
- Configure your wallet so your miner knows where to go. The configuration for your wallet is in a file located at ~/Library/Application Support/BeFrank/befrank.conf. If this file does not exist yet you have to create it with any text editor. Make sure to save the file in the correct location.
- Below is an example of what should go in the file. Please note that you should change at least the parameters rpcuser and rpcpassword. Please change the rpcport to your liking but remember it for a few steps below.
- Download minerd.zip
- Unzip the file to a directory you will remember (e.g., projects/befrank/miner)
- Open a terminal and change directory to one where you unzipped the miner
- Make sure that the unzipped file (minerd) has the appropriate permissions by running the command: chmod 744 minerd
- Start the miner by running the command: ./minerd -o http://127.0.0.1:18322 -u bfrmyownusernamehere -p bfrmypasswordhere
- If all is well you should now see something like below:
[2018-01-21 15:26:16] 4 miner threads started, using 'scrypt' algorithm.
[2018-01-21 15:26:16] Binding thread 2 to cpu 2
[2018-01-21 15:26:16] Binding thread 1 to cpu 1
[2018-01-21 15:26:16] Binding thread 0 to cpu 0
[2018-01-21 15:26:16] Binding thread 3 to cpu 3
[2018-01-21 15:26:16] No payout address provided, switching to getwork
[2018-01-21 15:26:16] thread 1: 4104 hashes, 9.37 khash/s
[2018-01-21 15:26:16] thread 2: 4104 hashes, 9.28 khash/s
[2018-01-21 15:26:16] thread 0: 4104 hashes, 9.17 khash/s
[2018-01-21 15:26:16] thread 3: 4104 hashes, 9.01 khash/s
- Your computer is now mining. This may cause it to start making noise as the CPU and the fans gear up. After a few minutes of mining you should see the first results trickle into your wallet
- Remember: if something did not go as expected please try detailed advice found in Miner Troubleshooting.