SUMMARY: Users updating their Apple Mac system from macOS Mojave 10.14 to macOS Catalina 10.15 can experience problems with Plugable products based on DisplayLink technology not working. Plugable does not officially support using our DisplayLink products with macOS, however we want to provide some background information and a procedure that can potentially get things working again.
** Update 12/3/2019 – With the latest update to the DisplayLink macOS driver, the ‘additional’ instructions provided by DisplayLink on their support site (to be executed within Recovery Mode) that were required in some instances should no longer be necessary, and as a result DisplayLink has removed the information from their website. We have kept the information within the blog post for historical reference, but have struck it through to indicate it is no longer required. **
On Monday, October 7th Apple released macOS Catalina 10.15 for supported laptop and desktop systems. As with any other major operating system update, there is also the possibility for existing peripherals and applications to not work as expected.
We speak to some of these issues in recent blog posts:
In this post we want to speak to how macOS Catalina affects Plugable products that use DisplayLink USB video technology, which at present include the following products:
UD-6950 Docking Station – https://plugable.com/products/ud-6950
UD-5900 Docking Station – https://plugable.com/products/ud-5900
UD-3900 Docking Station – https://plugable.com/products/ud-3900
UD-3900H Docking Station – https://plugable.com/products/ud-3900h
UD-6950H Docking Station – https://plugable.com/products/ud-6950h
UD-ULTCDL Docking Station – https://plugable.com/products/ud-ultcdl
UD-ULTC4K Docking Station – https://plugable.com/products/ud-ultc4k
UD-PRO8 Docking Station – https://plugable.com/products/ud-pro8
USBC-6950-DP Display Adapter – https://plugable.com/products/usbc-6950-dp
USBC-6950-HDMI Display Adapter – https://plugable.com/products/usbc-6950-hdmi
USB3-6950-DP Display Adapter – https://plugable.com/products/usb3-6950-dp
USB3-6950-HDMI Display Adapter – https://plugable.com/products/usb3-6950-hdmi
UGA-4KDP Display Adapter – https://plugable.com/products/uga-4kdp
UGA-4KHDMI Display Adapter – https://plugable.com/products/uga-4khdmi
UGA-2KHDMI Display Adapter – https://plugable.com/products/uga-2khdmi
UGA-3000 Display Adapter – https://plugable.com/products/uga-3000
USB3-3900DHE Display Adapter – https://plugable.com/products/usb3-3900dhe
UGA-165 Display Adapter – https://plugable.com/products/uga-165
UGA-VGA-165 Display Adapter – https://plugable.com/products/usb-vga-165
In brief, our DisplayLink-based products can be made to work with an Apple Mac system running macOS but this is not something Plugable officially supports at this time and we do our best to call this out in our product listings.
While DisplayLink (the separate company that makes the chips used in our DisplayLink-based products and does the driver development –> https://www.displaylink.com/ ) have released driver versions that work with macOS that some have reported work with our products, this is not officially supported by Plugable.
With the recent release of macOS Catalina 10.15, Apple has made changes to the operating system that require an updated beta DisplayLink driver and a few special steps during the installation process in order for any DisplayLink-based device (Plugable brand or otherwise) to work properly.
As a courtesy we have provided detailed installation instructions (and a video walkthrough) for removing any existing DisplayLink drivers and installing an updated DisplayLink driver on a macOS Catalina 10.15 system here –> https://plugable.com/drivers/displaylink/mac/#install_catalina
* Please pay particular attention to the security processes shown in steps #11, #12 and #13 of the install guide. These need to be completed in order for the process to work.
** We have had reports that even after following the installation instructions the DisplayLink device is still not working. Should that prove to be the case, first ensure you have a full system backup using Time Machine as a precaution. Once the backup is verified, please follow the instructions provided by DisplayLink here –> https://support.displaylink.com/knowledgebase/articles/1916602-macos-catalina-10-15-screen-recording-permission
In summation, while Plugable does not officially support using our DisplayLink-based products with macOS most likely things can be made to work. Customers updating from macOS Mojave 10.14 to macOS Catalina 10.15 may see their DisplayLink device stop working. Removing any existing DisplayLink drivers and installing an updated DisplayLink beta version driver may help, and we have provided a detailed procedure for doing so.
If you are using a Plugable branded DisplayLink-based product with macOS Catalina 10.15 and are still experiencing issues using the device after having followed all of the procedures referenced above, please keep everything connected (even though not working) and send the output of our diagnostic utility PlugDebug –> http://plugable.com/support/plugdebug to us directly via firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to try and help.