Yes, you can mine Bitcoin. Bitcoin mining is the process of verifying and adding transactions to the public ledger, called the blockchain.
Miners are rewarded with Bitcoin for their efforts.
Bitcoin mining is a competitive process. Miners race each other to complete the work, which is to package transactions into blocks and solve a computational puzzle. The first miner to solve the puzzle gets to add the next block of transactions to the blockchain and receives a reward in Bitcoin.
The current reward for completing a block is 12.5 Bitcoin.
Mining requires specialized hardware and software. ASICs are hardware designed specifically for mining Bitcoin, and they’re more efficient than regular computers at solving the puzzles necessary to add blocks to the blockchain.
Mining software is used to connect miners to the Bitcoin network and manage their mining activity.
You can join a Bitcoin mining pool, which is a group of miners who work together to increase their chances of solving a block and receiving a reward. Pool members share their processing power and split the rewards based on how much work they contributed to solving the block.
You can also mine Bitcoin on your own. However, without specialized hardware and software, your chances of successfully adding a block to the blockchain and receiving a reward are very low.