How to mine Chia: Step-by-step guide

Now that we’ve covered the basics of Chia, let’s get to the fun part: farming. Setting up a computer for Chia farming is extremely straightforward.

Install Chia Blockchain:

You can find the download page for Chia Blockchain, Chia’s proprietary farming client, here. Select the appropriate choice according to your operating system and the download will begin. Once downloaded, run the ChiaSetup.exe file and you’ll be taken to this page:

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Create your wallet:

It’s now time to create your wallet, which will hold any Chia you farm in the future. Select Create A New Private Key and you’ll be shown a screen with 24 words on it. Be sure to write these down (in order) or take a picture and store it somewhere secure, as these words are used to access your wallet. And, of course, don’t share your word list with anybody.

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When you click next, you may be prompted by Windows Firewall, or your respective OS’s security program, to allow Chia access to certain permissions. Click “Allow.”

Create a plot

Now that you’re into you’ve downloaded Chia Blockchain and have a wallet, you’re ready to begin farming. To do this, select the “Plots” tab on the side of the screen and you’ll be taken to a screen like this:

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First, you’ll need to find out how much storage you have available. Search Storage Settings in the Windows search bar, scroll down, and select View Storage Usage on Other Drives. Non-Windows OS’s offer similar functionality; navigate to your operating system’s storage settings and see how much you have free.

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In the example above, I have over 900GB available on both my E drive and my C drive. Since I don’t have any need for this storage at this moment, and won’t in the near future, I’ll set up a plot on both of these drives.

Essentially, find out how much storage you have available and decide how much of that unallocated storage you’re willing to use. Use this to inform your choice of plot size, which we’ll cover in a minute.

Now return to the Chia Blockchain program and select Add a Plot.

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You’ll be presented with the menu shown above. You’re able to select the number of plots, plot size, and the temporary and final directory in which your plot (a literal .PLOT file) will be stored.

When you select plot count, you can either choose to plot in parallel or add a plot to queue. If you have sufficient storage you can plot in parallel, or simultaneously create two plots on the same storage drive.

If not, you can queue up to 29 plots at a time to ensure that your storage keeps farming even when you’re not actively managing it.

It’s recommended that you use a faster drive (ideally an NVMe SSD for maximum speeds) for temporary storage and a high-capacity hard drive as your final storage location.

Additionally, you can edit advanced options including maximum RAM and CPU thread usage. If you have RAM or threads to spare, feel free to allocate more than the default amount for your plot. This will result in a slight boost in farming speed.

If you’re not sure how much RAM you have, just hold ctrl + shift + esc to open Task Manager, click on the Performance tab, and look at your memory. It will show you how many GB of RAM is currently being used, and you can pretty easily calculate how much is still available.

Lastly, it’s recommended that you leave the number of buckets at the default value of 128. And feel free to change the queue name if you want; it won’t affect anything.

Once you’ve optimized the settings for your particular system, click Create Plot. Your farm is now open for business!

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What are MiB and GiB?

When you go to select your plot size, you may notice that Chia Blockchain’s five plot size presets measure storage in MiB and GiB rather than the more standard MB and GB. What’s the difference, anyway?

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The short answer is that they’re essentially the same; MiB (Mebibytes) and GiB (Gibibytes) are based on powers of two rather than ten. Therefore a mebibyte is 1,048,576 bytes, while a megabyte is exactly a million, and a gibibyte is roughly 1.07 gigabytes.

Essentially, values given in GiB and MiB are slightly higher when measured in GB and MB. It may help to use a conversion calculator to figure out which preset is best for you.

Wait for your farms to produce

Once you’ve got your farm up and running, all that’s left to do is sit around and wait. You can set up more plots if your system has resources to spare, but aside from that it’s a waiting game.

You can view your plots and their progress from the Plots interface. Once your plot is complete, it will be moved to its final storage drive. If one of the numbers in your plot is closest to the “challenge value” that Chia’s blockchain broadcasts, you’ll receive 64 Chia. New challenge value is released every 10 minutes.

The more storage capacity worth of plots you have, the higher the probability that you’ll plot the winning number.

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We hope this guide helped. Good luck, and happy farming!

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