Monero is a cryptocurrency that relies on Proof-of-Work mining to secure the network. If you'd like to know why mining is necessary and other beginner's questions, see this User Guide for more information. Below you'll find some information and resources on how to get started mining Monero.
The Monero Project does not endorse any particular pool, software, or hardware, and the content below is provided for informational purposes only.
One of the great benefits of mining Monero is the large community around it. There's plenty of places that you can go to, and checking out our Hangouts page may give you a couple ideas, but there are some specialized communities on reddit (/r/moneromining) and IRC (#monero-pools) that you can check out.
Some people choose to invest in specialized mining hardware in order to increase their mining hashrate. A Monero community member has decided to put together a site for the benchmarks of different GPUs. Results may vary. Feel free to contribute
Depending on your hardware, there are various mining programs available for use. You might consider trying different ones and seeing how it affects you hashrate. Please note, that some miners also have developer fees.