How to Mine Raptoreum (RTM) Cryptocurrency With Your CPU (CPU-Miner and XMRig)

How to Mine Raptoreum (RTM) Cryptocurrency With Your CPU (CPU-Miner and XMRig)

You’re no doubt familiar with cryptocurrency mining, as proof-of-work coins such as Ethereum and Bitcoin have effectively ruined the GPU market, inflating prices to all-time highs and making it nearly impossible to buy a new graphics card. Earlier this year Chia released, adding hard drives to the list of affected components.

With the recent entry of Raptoreum, CPUs may be next, should this coin gain popularity at the same scale as those previously mentioned. In this guide we’ll show you how to easily mine Raptoreum using your CPU.

What is Raptoreum?

Raptoreum (RTM) is a relatively new cryptocurrency that uses the GhostRider algorithm. Like Bitcoin and Ethereum’s algorithms, GhostRider is proof-of-work (POW) so the more hashing power you contribute, the greater your chances of reaping rewards (or if you’re in a mining pool, the more rewards you’ll gain if your pool wins the block).

See Also: The Best CPU, Motherboard, and More for Raptoreum Mining

Unlike its more mainstream counterparts, Raptoreum can only currently be mined with a CPU, whereas Ethereum and Bitcoin are GPU-mined. This means that you can technically mine both at the same time, as they use entirely different pieces of your system.

How to Mine Raptoreum

Mining Raptoreum is relatively easy. To do so, just follow this instructions.

Download the Wallet

Go to Raptoreum’s GitHub repository and, under “Assets,” select the option that’s compatible with your operating system. Since we’re using Windows in this example, we’ll select raptoreum-1.2.15.2-win64-setup.exe.

It will automatically begin downloading. When the download is finished, open the setup file and follow the prompts of the installation wizard.

Once installation is complete, open the Raptoreum wallet if it doesn’t do so automatically. At this point you’ll have to wait for the wallet to synchronize with the Raptoreum network; it has to sync with data all the way back through February 26, 2021. In the meantime you can proceed with the next steps.

Find Your Key

raptoreum wallet

From the Raptoreum Wallet, select File>Receiving Address>Copy. Your key is now stored in your clipboard. You’ll need it in a minute to set up the miner.

raptoreum wallet receiving address

Install the Mining Client

If you want to pool mine (which is highly recommended, as this will almost certainly increase your profitability), you’ll need to install a miner. We recommend CPUminer-gr, as it’s recommended by most mining pools and Raptoreum’s official site.

From the linked GitHub repository, download and run the appropriate file for your OS, found in the “Assets” dropdown.

If you get an error when trying to download on Google Chrome, you may have to temporarily enable No Protection mode. CPUminer-gr is a reputable software, and is simply flagged because Chrome is unfamiliar with it.

To switch, go to Chrome Settings>Privacy and Security>Security and select No Protection under Safe Browsing. As soon as CPUminer is downloaded you can switch back to Standard Protection.

Once downloaded, open the .zip file and move the cpuminer folder to your desktop or another memorable location.

Configure the Mining Client

Once the client is installed, you still need to configure it so that it’s mining to the correct wallet address, pool, and region.

We highly recommend Flockpool, as it accounts for over half of Raptoreum’s total hashrate and will consequently give you the most consistent profits. If you’d like to opt for a different pool for any reason you can view an up-to-date list of Raptoreum mining pools here.

cpuminer config.json mine raptoreum

Once in the cpuminer folder, open the config.json file with Notepad or your preferred text editor. If you’re using Flockpool, delete all text and replace it with this code:

{
  "url": "stratum+tcps://<Your Region>:<Your Port>",
  "url-backup": "stratum+tcps://<Your Backup Region URL>:<Your Port>",
  "user": "<Your Wallet Address>.<Worker Name>",
  "pass": "<Your Password>",
  "algo": "gr"
}

Your region should be whichever has the lowest ping, and the backup should be the second lowest. We recommend using SSL (5555) as your port. Your wallet address is the same one you copied earlier, and your worker name can be whatever you want; it’s the identifier for the specific machine you’re mining on.

Lastly, the password is used when you want to cash out, so set it to something that’s difficult to guess.

When completed it should look something like this:

{
  "url": "stratum+tcps://us.flockpool.com:5555",
  "url-backup": "stratum+tcps://us-west.flockpool.com:5555",
  "user": "RWYQB3L2CvewJoDFYzwzdoWmhQHmmiYeGf.MainPC",
  "pass": "password",
  "algo": "gr"
}

Alternatively, you can use Flockpool’s Start Mining tool to auto-configure your config.json file. If you do this, just delete the original config.json and fill out all parameters on Flockpool’s page. Once that’s complete download the newly created config file and move it to your cpuminer folder.

Start Mining

Once your config file is correctly configured, all that’s left to do is mine. Double click cpuminer.bat and your command line will open and begin mining. You’ll see a screen like the one shown below that says Testing. This optimizes your system to provide the best hashrate and profitability. This should take about 2.5 hours. Once it’s done, a tune_config file will be saved to your miner folder with the optimal settings and you won’t have to repeat this process.

Raptoreum testing

If you’d prefer to get straight into mining without the optimization, simply add this line to your config file code, inside the curly brackets:

"no-tune":true

To view your profits simply go to your mining pool’s site and enter your wallet address. You’ll see your statistics and can cash out from here, usually after reaching a minimum threshold or time period. Keep in mind that if your system is tuning, you won’t see that rig on the mining pool until this process is complete. Even if you skip tuning, it may still take up to 20 minutes for your worker to show up.

Adding More Workers

If you have multiple mining rigs, it’s easy to start mining with these. The easiest method is to copy the folder containing your config.json and cpuminer.bat files to a portable storage drive. Move this folder to any computers with which you want to mine Raptoreum. Simply change the worker name in the config file and start up the .bat file and you’re ready to go.

If you don’t have a portable drive you can follow the same process detailed above on the new computer.

How to Mine Raptoreum with XM-Rig

A couple of days ago XM-Rig, one of the best CPU mining clients, added support for the GhostRider algorithm. What this means for Raptoreum miners is higher mining hashrates without changing hardware. Preliminary tests seem to indicate a hashrate improvement of up to 16% depending on the processor’s model. On average CPUs are roughly 5% faster using this software, and the fee is only 1% versus CPU-Miner’s 1.5%. Unlike CPU-Miner tuning isn’t required, so you can start mining right away.

Begin by downloading and setting up the Raptoreum Wallet as detailed in the instructions above, and then continue on to the next steps.

Download XMRig

Download the XMRig Raptoreum Miner

If you’re on any non-Windows OS head over to XMRig’s download page. Select your OS (all major operating systems are supported) and download the .zip file. For Windows we recommend xmrig-6.xx.x-msvc.win64.zip as it is reportedly more efficient than the gcc variant. You can find this in XMRig’s GitHub repository, or you can simply download the standard version from the download page.

Once the .zip file is downloaded, open it up. You may need to install WinRar or a similar software to do so.

Drag the folder labeled xmrig-6.xx.x to a memorable and easily accessible location such as your desktop.

Edit Config File

Locate the file named config.json and open it with a text editor like Notepad. Delete the contents and replace them with the following code:

{
    "autosave": true,
    "cpu": true,
    "opencl": false,
    "cuda": false,
    "pools": [
        {
            "coin": null,
            "algo": "ghostrider",
            "url": "us.flockpool.com:5555",
            "user": "RWYQB3L2CvewJoDFYzwzdoWmhQHmmiYeGf",
            "pass": "password",
            "tls": true,
            "keepalive": false,
            "nicehash": false
        }
    ]
}

Replace the pool URL and port with your own; you may also want to adjust the server to the closest one even if you’re using Flockpool. Change the “user” address to your own wallet address, and “password” to your own. Everything else can remain unchanged. When you’re finished save the file.

Edit CMD File

Next, edit rtm_ghostrider_example.cmd. Once again, delete the file’s contents and replace it with this code:

cd %~dp0
xmrig.exe -a gr -o us.flockpool.com:5555 --tls -u RWYQB3L2CvewJoDFYzwzdoWmhQHmmiYeGf -p password
pause

Adjust the pool URL, port, wallet address, and password to your own and save the file.

Run as Administrator

It’s massively important that you run the miner as an administrator. Otherwise you’ll get the following message:

FAILED TO APPLY MSR MOD, HASHRATE WILL BE LOW

As stated, your hashrate will be significantly lower. To run as administrator, simply right-click on rtm_ghostrider_example.cmd and select Run as Administrator. Select Yes in the window that pops up and XMRig will begin mining.

That’s all there is to it. Enjoy your (hopefully) higher hashrates.

What CPUs are Best for Raptoreum?

Processors with the highest hashrates are those with large L3 caches and high core-count. This means Ryzen CPUs, especially high-end ones, tend to be better than their Intel counterparts, as they generally have higher-capacity L3 caches.

The Ryzen 9 3900X, Ryzen 9 3900XT, Ryzen 9 5900X, and Ryzen 9 5950X are the best processors for Raptoreum mining, but if you already have a CPU there’s no reason not to use it. You can view the GhostRider hashrates for many popular Intel and AMD processors here.

How Profitable is Raptoreum Mining?

Raptoreum mining profits are highly dependent on the price of the asset when you sell. If you hold your mined coins in the hopes that RTM significantly appreciates, you could make much more than if you sold. On the other hand, if the price tanks you could be left with a relatively worthless currency.

At the time of writing, most modern CPUs with 6 or more cores can generate profits of over $1 a day, up to an estimated $3.75 daily with a Ryzen 9 5950X. However, as previously mentioned, profits are largely tied to Raptoreum’s price and network difficulty.

At the end of the day, we think it’s worth mining if you already have a computer. Aside from a bit of electricity, there’s not much to lose. Mining at a larger scale obviously presents far greater risk, and we suggest avoiding doing so unless you’re extremely confident in RTM’s long-term potential.

Raptoreum Block Rewards

According to Raptoreum’s Litepaper, rewards per block mined will be 5,000 RTM through a block height of at least 552,812. 3,750 of this will go to the miner, while the rest is distributed to the developer and to other features such as the dynamic checkpoint award, assets/futures reward, and smart node collateral.

Can Raptoreum be GPU Mined?

Raptoreum can, in fact, be mined with a GPU. If you want to do this you’ll need to install WildRig Multi, unzip the file, and save it to a memorable location.

Now open the file named start-raptoreum.bat in Notepad or another text editor. Erase the line under :loop and paste the following code. Note that you’ll need to substitute the appropriate URL, region, wallet address, worker name, and password.

wildrig.exe --print-full --algo ghostrider --url stratum+tcp://<Your Region>:<Your Port>--user <Your Wallet Address>.<Worker Name>--pass <Your Password>
GPU mining Raptoreum
GPU Mining Raptoreum

While Raptoreum can be GPU mined, as of the time of writing it’s not the most profitable GPU-mineable crypto. If you want to mine with your graphics card we recommend mining Ethereum. Check out our guide to mining Ethereum to learn more.

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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Speedy Gonzalez

    Hello again Barry,
    This RTM coin is NOT the only crypto that is mined with CPU, is it? As far as I know XMR (monero) is an old and already recognized-established coin that also uses CPU for mining… I tried to mine XMR with the CPU at the same time mining with GPU… And the CPU mining monero provoked a massive overheat of the system, so I just turned it off and kept only GPU mining… How it will be with the RTM? Because if the overheat is the same it will not be possible to merge it with GPU mining…

    1. Barry Gates

      You’re correct, RTM is certainly not the only CPU-mined coin. As far as overheating goes, this shouldn’t be an issue if you have a decent CPU cooler and a case with good airflow, but it’s a valid concern if you’re using a stock cooler or poor-airflow case. Your PC will probably do the same with RTM as with Monero, since with both your CPU was likely maxed out. Thus, if you were having overheating issues before perhaps you shouldn’t mine RTM.

      1. Speedy Gonzalez

        You know well that overheating is one of the main problems for mining… I noticed in the windows multitask manager that GPU mining doesn’t show power overload/overheat, but turn on the CPU mining and you will see how red the indicators will become… Another problem of this new coins (RTM and XCH – chia) is that they still don’t have online wallets… I mean that you have to download all the blockchain onto your disk (and keep it updated of course) in order to use the wallet and see transactions… Exactly the same way as with bitcoin when it was launched 10 years ago… And you know… it’s a bit “lumbersome”…

        1. Barry Gates

          It’s a bit tedious for sure, but if you’re mining all the time anyway your computer stays on, and it rarely needs to resync.

          As for overheating, I have three rigs running with both CPU and GPU mining. Two with stock coolers and one with a nicer aftermarket. They’re staying well within safe temps.

  2. Speedy Gonzalez

    It’s different… The rigs are dedicated ONLY for mining… Of course, you have to make them give you the utmost of their capabilities… But if the mining is not the primary task for your equipment then is different story…

    1. Barry Gates

      They’re not dedicated mining rigs. Two are desktops. In fact, I wrote the article on one of these desktops while mining Ethereum and Raptoreum. And the other is a laptop that I use less frequently. But I certainly use all of these, they’re not dedicated mining machines.

  3. PatPat

    Hey all!
    Is there a possibility to solo mine by using cpuminer 1.2.4.1 and a running node?
    The GUI method (setgenerate true t) described in die doc is not working for me, because I can’t actually see a hashrate for instance.
    I do not really want to join a pool as long as there are chances to receive RTM without a pool.
    Any ideas which arguments to add in the commandline?

    Cheers,
    Pat

    1. Barry Gates

      Hey Pat,

      I believe it is working, it just doesn’t show a hashrate when solo mining. The only way you’ll know when you hit a block is if your balance changes. I haven’t tried this myself, as I’m pool mining with all of my rigs, but from the documentation this appears to be the case.

      Check Task Manager to see if your CPU usage is up. If you have an 8-core CPU and you’re using 8 cores, it should be running at or near 100%. If not, perhaps something is awry. Otherwise, your CPU is mining and you’re good to go.

  4. Davy J

    Is there a seedphrase for wallet? Like if PC that is (storing the wallet) is gone, wallet is gone too?

    1. Barry Gates

      You can always back it up. In Raptoreum Core got to File>Backup Wallet and save it to an external drive.

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