Run TellorMiner from Source

These instructions are for installing and running TellorMiner from source on Linux. These have been tested on Ubuntu 18.04.

Setup TellorMiner

Install Build Essentials

apt-get install build-essential

Install Go

TellorMiner uses go so start by installing go:

tar -xvf go1.13.1.linux-amd64.tar.gz
mv go /usr/local
cat <<EOT >> ~/.profile
export GOPATH=$HOME/go
export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/go/bin:$GOPATH/bin
source ~/.profile

Setup Go Project Directory Structure

You will need to create the following directory structure in the location where you wish to install TellorMiner.


These instructions assume you're installing in your $HOME directory and will create this in $HOME/go:

mkdir go
cd go
mkdir -p src/
mkdir pkg
mkdir bin

Use Git to Download TellorMiner

Navigate into src/ and clone the TellorMiner:

cd ~/go/src/
git clone

Get Go Dependancies for Tellor Miner

Remaining in src/, use go get to download and install the dependancies you will need to run TellorMiner. This can take a while to run so be patient:

go get -d ./TellorMiner
cd TellorMiner

Now you need to generate the opencl files for your build by creating a 'kernelSource.go' file in your pow folder. To do this:

cd pow
go generate #should create a kernelSource.go file
cd ..

# ready to 'go run'  or 'go build'

At this point, you will be able to run the miner use go if you cd TellorMiner and run commands from inside of the TellorMiner directory. A few example commands you can run:

# Deposit Initial Stake
go run ./main.go -deposit -config=./config.json -psrPath=./psr.json -logConfig=./loggingConfig.json

# Transfer Tributes
go run ./main.go -transfer -to=<0x...toaddress....> -amount=<number of tributes> -config=./config.json -psrPath=./psr.json -logConfig=./loggingConfig.json

Start Mining

Update config.json

To run TellorMiner you first need to change config.json. Do the following changes 1. Set nodeUrl to an Ethereum node endpoint (e.g. Infura API endpoint) 2. Set privateKey to the private key for the Ethereum wallet you plan to use (note no "0x" prefix) 3. Set publicAddress to the public key for the Ethereum wallet you plan to use (note no "0x" prefix) 4. Set serverWhitelist so that it includes your public key (this whitelists your miner to use your local dataserver) 5. Add numProcessors to the number of processors your computer has 6. Add requestData and set the value to 0 so you're not constantly requesting data from Tellor 7. Change your gpuConfig settings if you plan on using a GPU

Deposit your initial stake

To deposit your stake initially (assuming you have 1000 Tributes) you can run the following command from inside ~/go/src/

go run ./main.go -deposit -config=./config.json -psrPath=./psr.json -logConfig=./loggingConfig.json

Run the Data Server

The data server will fetch data from the internet and check the blockchain for miners. You need to run at least 1 data server. It is possible to run the data server and a miner on the same computer. You will start the data server using the following command:

go run ./main.go -dataServer -config=./config.json -psrPath=./psr.json -logConfig=./loggingConfig.json

After starting the data server, observe the logs it outputs to confirm it's working correctly.

Run the Miner

Once the data server is running, start the miner by running this command in another terminal or process:

go run ./main.go -miner -config=./config.json -psrPath=./psr.json -logConfig=./loggingConfig.json

After starting the miner, observe the logs it outputs to confirm it's working correctly.


Mine at your own risk.

Mining requires you deposit 1000 Tellor Tributes.  These are a security deposity.  If you are a malicious actor (aka submit a bad value), the community can vote to slash your 1000 tokens.

Mining also requires submitting on-chain transactions on Ethereum.  These transactions cost gas (ETH) and can sometimes be signifiant if the cost of gas on EThereum is high (i.e. the network is clogged).  Please reach out to the community to find the best tips for keeping gas costs under control or at least being aware of the costs.

If you are building a competing client, please contact us.  A lot of the miner specifications are off-chain and a significant portion of the mining process hinges on the consensus of the Tellor community to determine what proper values are.  Competing clients that change different pieces run the risk of being disputed by the commmunity.

There is no guaruntee of profit from mining.

There is no promise that Tellor Tributes currently hold or will ever hold any value.