Installing DisplayLink drivers on a Mac

You can attach up to 4 additional displays on any Intel Mac OS X system with DisplayLink-based USB virtual graphics adapters. Whenever images are redrawn, the CPU is heavily involved, so it may not be as snappy as your main monitor — but it’s the easiest way to build an amazing, plug and play multiple monitor setup on the Mac.

If you’ve never installed DisplayLink’s Mac drivers, here’s a walk-through of the steps (using OS X 10.6.7 and DisplayLink’s v1.6 Mac driver):

1. Fire up Safari, go to this page to download the Mac driver :

You’ll want to download the latest driver, because DisplayLink’s Mac drivers are still improving, and because new Apple OS updates often require updated drivers from 3rd parties.

2. Once there, make sure you tick the ‘I agree to the terms of the DisplayLink End User License Agreement (EULA)’ and then click on ‘Download Driver’.

3. Safari will instantly start downloading the driver and automatically mount it on your desktop. Once the download is done you should see a ‘DisplayLink installer’ icon on your desktop. Double click on the ‘DisplayLink Installer’ on your Desktop.

4. The ‘DisplayLink Installer’ will pop up. Double click on ‘DisplayLink Software Installer.pkg’

5. You may get a warning: “This package will run a program to determine if the software can be installed”. Click ‘Continue’.

6. On the ‘Install DisplayLink Software’ window click ‘Continue’ to proceed.

7. The ‘Software License Agreement’ will be presented. Proceed by clicking ‘Continue’ again.

8. Click ‘Agree’ to agree with the software license agreement.

9. You’ll get the ‘Select a Destination’ screen. Click on the disk where you want to install the DisplayLink Software, and click ‘Continue’ to proceed.

10. Install to the standard location – just click ‘Install’.

11. You should get a pop up for your password to alow the installer to make changes. Type in your password and click ‘OK’.

12. You’ll get a warning that the computer will need to restart. This is normal, click ‘Continue Installation’.

13. The installation will finish. You should get a message that ‘The installation was successful’. Click ‘Restart’ to finish installing.

14. When the computer finishes restarting, log in and plug in the USB-VGA-165. As soon as you plug it in, the secondary monitor should be autodetected and ready for use.

15. To further configure your monitors, do the following: Click on ‘System Preferences’->

Under ‘Hardware’ click on ‘Displays’

Click on ‘Arrangement’ to re-arrange your displays.

Finally to change your primary monitor, all you have to do is go to ‘Arrangement’. Click on the white bar and drag it to the other screen. As soon as you release the mouse the primary monitor will change.


  • DisplayLink’s virtual USB graphics don’t support OpenGL or Quartz Extreme, so apps that do high-end 3D or video should stay on your main monitor.
  • DisplayLink adapters can support VGA, DVI, and HDMI as outputs (below is a high end one that supports all three, and a less expensive one that’s VGA only). They don’t support DisplayPort or any of the earlier Apple proprietary connectors, so watch out with Apple Cinema displays.
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5 comments on “Installing DisplayLink drivers on a Mac”

  1. Dave Yowell Reply

    I have the 1.8 installer of the DidplayLink driver installer.
    I need to install the driver on another computer’s OS HD via target disk mode.
    Unfortunately, it wont let me select the destination in the 1.8 version.
    The destination OS HD is running lion, so I cant use the 1.6 installer.
    Any ideas?

  2. Kim Goldberg Reply

    Thanks for the very clear download instructions. 🙂 Have just done so and plugged in my new 22″ USB monitor to my Mac. is there a way I can turn off the Mac screen while working on the USB monitor so as to not wear out the Mac screen needlessly? Anything I do to adjust one screen, adjusts both. (I selected mirror. Is that my problem?) Thanks! 🙂

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