Step 1: Intro to Security
Your are in the right place! Be sure to read this section carefully and ask for assistance if there is anything that you do not understand.
Step 2: Wallet Selection
Phoenix is the newest wallet. It is also the easiest to install.
The older wallet, BRS, is still required in some situations. If needed, QBundle installs the BRS software and several other useful programs. It is for 64 bit Windows only however.
Step 3: Activate Wallet
Activation requires an outgoing transaction. This transaction can be zero, but the is a minimum network transaction fee of .00735 required. No such requirement for inbound transactions however, so visit the Burstcoin Community Faucet to receive the amount needed to activate.
Step 4: Plot Files
QBundle includes plotting software. Plotting in the process that prepares your hard drive for mining. A popular alternative to the included plotter is Turbo Plotter.
Step 5: Mining
Blago’s miner is included with QBundle. It is all you need to start earning Burstcoin will pool or solo mining. There is faster software for larger mining operations, but the included program is a great place to start. You can can change programs at any time.
Getting started with Burstcoin, some things you should know . . .
It is important to understand the security implications of Burstcoin being a blockchain based currency. Burstcoin accounts are secured by passphrases. Because there is no centralized organization that exercises custodial control over accounts, there is no one to contact if you forget, loose, or otherwise fail to protect your passphrase. Therefore, It is vitally important that you set up your account carefully and only use computer equipment that is secure from intrusion. The only access you will have to your Burstcoin account will be your passphrase. If you cannot produce your passphrase, you cannot access your Burstcoin account. The coins that it contains will be effectively lost. Associating the full value of your account with your passphrase is a useful way to determine the appropriate level of security for protecting it.
New Burstcoin accounts are secure by default (at the 64-bit level). Full security (at the 256-bit level) requires account activation on the blockchain with a public key. Some business and exchanges will not transfer coins to an account until it has been activated. Activation is automatic with an account’s first outgoing transaction. If you are just getting started, you will need to secure a small amount of Burstcoin to make your first outgoing transaction. This is easily accomplished by visiting one of the community provided Burstcoin faucets or by requesting the amount necessary on one of the Burstcoin related forums. This type of request is usual and encouraged. The first step, however, is to install a Burstcoin wallet and secure an account number.
Ready to get started?
The first choice to make is to select a wallet. The newest wallet, and these easiest to install, is Phoenix. Unless you want to operate full node, or need a specific feature not yet included with Phoenix, this is the recommended wallet. The basic features are there and additional features are added on a regular basis.
For running a full node or if you need specific features that are not yet part of Phoenix, use BRS (Burst Reference Software). All major operating systems support BRS. However, If using Windows, a 64bit installed version is required. You will also need to have a correct installed version of Java (usually the latest version). The easiest way to install the BRS wallet is to use QBundle, a convenient guided installation package that will download and install all of the necessary components, including a Java update if required. BRS wallets installed using QBundle include integrated plotting software, mining software, and several other useful tools.
Software for installing the BRS wallet manually (and without the additional integrated software) is available for Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, and Docker.
To install Phoenix or BRS using QBundle or one of the other installation options, visit the Burstcoin Software Library. The library is a comprehensive collection of Burstcoin software. It also includes mining and plotting software, pool software, dApps, and many other useful tools.