How to create your own mining pool

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Setting up a VPS for your mining pool is similar to setting up one of your seed nodes. For the pool, we will be using a $10 / month instance on Amazon Lightsail.

Create Pool Instance

  • Click on the "Create Instance" button.

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  • Select "OS Only", choose Ubuntu and name your instance something meaningful.

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  • Click on the instance for your pool and create a static IP for it.
  • Open the following ports under networking:

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Install Dependancies

sudo apt-get install aptitude

sudo aptitude update

sudo aptitude install –with-recommends build-essential autotools-dev autoconf automake libcurl3 libcurl4-gnutls-dev git make cmake libssl-dev pkg-config libevent-dev libunbound-dev libminiupnpc-dev doxygen supervisor jq libboost-all-dev htop

apt-get install build-essential libtool autotools-dev autoconf pkg-config libssl-dev

apt-get install libboost-all-dev git npm nodejs nodejs-legacy libminiupnpc-dev redis-server

add-apt-repository ppa:bitcoin/bitcoin

apt-get update

apt-get install libdb4.8-dev libdb4.8++-dev

curl -sL -o


  • After npm is installed you will have to log out and then back into your instance and continue installing dependancies.

source ~/.profile

nvm install 0.10.48

nvm use 0.10.48

nvm alias default 0.10.48

nvm use default

  • Install Apache2 for hosting the front end.

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install apache2

  • Adjust firewall to allow Apache full.

sudo ufw app list

sudo ufw allow 'Apache Full'

Install Forknote

  • Download the Linux CLI version of Forknote from the Forknote download page. You can use wget from the command line like so:


  • Extract the archive.

tar -xzf forknote-linux.tar.gz

  • Change into the forknote-linux directory:

cd forknote-linux

  • Copy your config file into 'sweetonium.conf'

nano sweetonium.conf

Start Forknoted

./forknote-linux/forknoted --no-console --log-level 4 --config-file ./sweetonium.conf --log-file ./sweetonium.log > /dev/null &

Start Simplewallet

  • Create a new wallet and make note of the wallet address and view key.

./simplewallet --config-file ./sweetonium.conf

  • Type 'exit' and run the following code

./simplewallet --config-file ./sweetonium.conf --wallet-file <wallet_name> --password <wallet_password> --rpc-bind-port 57577

Setup and install pool software

git clone pool

cd pool

npm update

Pool Configuration

  • Copy config_example.json to config.json

cp config_example.json config.json

  • Edit config.json to match your coin's configuration

This is important! Damon port must equal your rpc-bind-port and wallet port must equal the port you started simplewallet with. You can leave the API port alone. Screen Shot 2018-09-03 at 12.12.26 PM.png

Start Pool

node init.js

Host the front end

To host the front end we will need to copy everything in the website directory into the html directory

sudo cp -rf admin.html config.js custom.css custom.js index.html pages/ themes/ /var/www/html

You can see your website by looking up your pool's IP address in a browser

Customizing your website

  • Go into the html directory and edit config.js with your pool's IP

cd /var/www/html

sudo nano config.js

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  • Go into index.html to change the name of your mining pool

sudo nano index.html

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  • Edit custom.css to create your own pool's style
  • Edit custom.js for changing the functionality of your pool's website

This is an example of what your website can look like:

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