Bitcoin mining, Ubuntu and ATI

It is a bit late creating a guide for mining Bitcoins using GPUs, with the block rewards halving on November 28 and the specialized mining hardware being brought online since January 31. But I’m going to do this anyway.

This guide is for creating an Ubuntu 12.10 (64bit) bitcoin miner, using an ATI graphics card.

Step 1: install Ubuntu
Go to and download a copy. Installing this should not be much of a problem.

Step 2: update
Because Ubuntu 12.10 is not exactly stable out of the box, you may want to update it as soon as possible, and before doing anything else. Open up a terminal window, and type the following:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

After this, reboot.

Step 3: install linux headersBecause the ATI drivers won’t install properly without the Linux headers being installed, we need to install those.

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

Step 4: Install the proprietary Catalyst drivers
Now that the Linux headers are installed, it’s time for the actual graphics drivers

chmod +x
sudo ./

Step 5: download and install the AMD-APP-SDK

glxgears is running!

Installing the drivers is not enough to run OpenCL applications. You need the APP SDK for that.
Go to

/heterogeneous-computing/amd-accelerated-parallel-processing-app-sdk/downloads/ to download the APP SDK. You’ll have to agree to some licence agreement, which makes it impossible to download it using wget.

tar -xzf AMD-APP-SDK-v2.8-lnx64.tgz
sudo ./


Step 6: install JDK6
Since we’re going to install a Java program, and we will need to build it, we need the JDK. In my opinion, JDK7 is still not stable enough, so we’ll be installing JDK6.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java6-installer

Step 7: install git and maven
Before we can download and compile the miner, we need to install the programs that do that for us.

sudo apt-get install git
sudo apt-get install maven

Step 8: get DiabloMiner

cd ~
mkdir diablo
cd diablo
git clone

The launch4j plugin has to be removed here.
The launch4j plugin has to be removed here.

Step 9: prepare to compile

The build process of DiabloMiner uses launch4j, which breaks the build on Linux. So we need to remove this. Open the pom.xml file, and remove the plugin launch4j

Step 10: compile

mvn install

Step 11: launch the miner

./ –url

DiabloMiner running
DiabloMiner should look like this




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