Start your bitcoin apps without using the commandline using shortcuts

So I haven’t talked about Bitcoin in a while, so I figured I’d re-hash the subject. (get it?!)

I’ve recently re-discovered that there are several good mining apps these days, as well as some pretty powerful bitcoin pools. Being I have been a solo miner up until lately, I never had the need for special commands, however now I do, so I wanted to make starting these easier, and figured I’d share my information on how I did just that using shortcuts.

First off I’m assuming you know how to make a shortcut for an app. (right click it and choose the optioin “create a shortcut”) This will create a shortcut for whatever you right clicked, most of the time a .exe file. But bitcoin mining apps have to run in the commandline to work, and when you just click the .exe file, a prompt window flashes and the program ends. Not really what you want. So here’s how you do this.

First off, go ahead and make the shortcut as usual.











Then right click on the resulting shortcut and go to properties.














You will see the full path to the .exe you made a shortcut for in the “Target” field. This is where we start.

First enter in



at the very beginning of the target line. This will force the .exe to be run in the command prompt (which is what we want!)

Then we need to add the options for our mining app. Being I am on an old laptop (intel core 2 duo) with no graphics gpu worth mentioning, I use the Ufasoft Miner (good for cpu mining) if you need a list of commands here they are.










Just enter them in after the end of the .exe so for my example (username and password omitted) it would look like this.



This translates to: get work every 5 seconds, use 3 cores, get the work from deepbit and register any work I return to this account.


Slush pool:




Theres many other options you can change in here as well, such as the font size, icon and colors. Don’t be afraid to play around a little!

Here’s what mine looks like when it’s running.








Green like money!


Now I just need enough to buy one of these awesome butterfly boxes! (update over a year later, I just bought one!!!)










Another cool thing about butterfly, is they also accept payment in bitcoin! So help me buy one with a small donation?

My Bitcoin address: 1337DanaAJt3w6Trpp13SyNce7HLkzdL42  (yep mined my own vanity address :) )

Any amount is appreciated! Even Bitcents!




2 thoughts on “Start your bitcoin apps without using the commandline using shortcuts”

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    Newer version of Ufasoft coin-miner uses different chain to the program, even if the pool specefies to use -o -u & -p the coin-miner uses to work and you have to specify the cypher. -crypt for LC and sha256 for BT.

    You can read that info launching the coin-miner from cmd, not from windows, because it closes.
    Another way is to launch from .bat, which is definetively the more easy way to store the full config to launch.


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      Awesome, thanks for the update! I’ve just recently recieved my butterfly lab’s box so I’ve been using that with minepeon, but might like to play with it manually again in the future and I’m sure this change will be much appreciated when that time comes! Again thanks for the update!

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