Monero is a cryptocurrency that relies on proof-of-work mining to achieve distributed consensus. Below you'll find some information and resources on how to begin mining. The Monero Project does not endorse any particular pool, software, or hardware, and the content below is provided for informational purposes only.
One of Monero's philosophies is to maintain egalitarian mining, so that everyone can have the possibility to mine. To achieve this, Monero uses a particular algorithm ideated and developed by members of the Monero community: RandomX. This PoW algorithm is ASIC resistant, which means it's impossible to build specialized hardware to mine Monero. Miners must use consumer-grade hardware and compete fairly.
Monero can be mined by both CPUs and GPUs, but the former is much more efficient.
Miners can decide if they prefer to solo mine or to mine in a pool. Each method has its benefits and drawbacks, but the Monero Project encourages individuals to solo mine using the Monero software (GUI and CLI), as this type of independent mining is the most effective way to increase the robustness of the Monero network.
Pro and cons of solo and pool mining:
If you need help choosing a pool or you just want more information about them, use:
Monero can be mined on both CPUs and GPUs, but the latter is much less efficient than the former. You can get an idea of how your hardware performs compared to others, using monerobanchmarks (some results might be out of date).
There are several options when it comes to mining software. As already said, to solo mine, the CLI or GUI wallets can be used (CPU only). If you want to mine to a pool or mine with a GPU, you'll need dedicated software. Miners supporting Monero: