DisplayLink macOS App Introduction, Installation & Scope

1. Introduction: what is the DisplayLink macOS app?
2. What is the current development status?
3. How to stop using the DisplayLink Manager App 0.1 Alpha and go back to the classic driver
4. Do I need to uninstall the classic driver (DisplayLink Software 5.x.x) before trying the DisplayLink Manager App 0.1 Alpha?
5. How to use the new DisplayLink macOS App
6. Current DisplayLink Manager app scope and limitations
7. How to share your feedback on the app


1. Introduction: what is the DisplayLink macOS app?

The DisplayLink macOS app or DisplayLink Manager app is a new way of enabling DisplayLink technology on macOS using a much simpler architecture. Today, the preview is available as a standalone installer. In the future, the goal is to also distribute the app through the macOS App Store to make deployment even simpler.
As the DisplayLink Manager app does not rely on macOS kernel extensions, it is not only easier to install, but it will also lead to increased stability/reliability, improved behaviour across OS upgrades, and seamless updates through the App Store.
DisplayLink Manager app will introduce new elements/features like a graphical user interface shown in section 5.2.
This is the first early access Alpha version and is available via DisplayLink website, with the classic, fully featured driver.

2. What is the current development status?

This is an Alpha preview of the app, which means this is an early access version for this new architecture and technology. Not all features are available (see limitations in section 6). A Beta version is currently being worked on.

3. How to stop using the DisplayLink Manager App 0.1 Alpha and go back to the classic driver

Uninstall the DisplayLink Manager app first by quitting the app via “Quit” button in DisplayLink Manager App user interface.
Then move the app from Applications folder to Trash Bin, like with any other app.
Finally, install the DisplayLink Software 5.x.x.

4. Do I need to uninstall the classic driver (DisplayLink Software 5.x.x) before trying the DisplayLink Manager App 0.1 Alpha?

Yes. The best way to try the new DisplayLink Manager app is to first uninstall current DisplayLink Software and then install DisplayLink Manager app. To uninstall the classic driver, run the installer package and select uninstall at the bottom left.

5. How to use the new DisplayLink macOS App?

We recommend proceeding with following steps to install and use the new DisplayLink macOS App. They are to be followed once after installing the app.
5.1. First, uninstall the classic DisplayLink driver if you have it on your computer. Simply run the driver installer and select Uninstall.
5.2. Download the DisplayLink macOS app and install it from the ZIP file
5.3. Navigate in Finder to Applications and then open DisplayLink Manager



5.4. Click on the DisplayLink Manager app icon from the notification area to open the app window. This confirms the software is installed and running properly



5.5. Click on the preference “cog” icon in the bottom right corner of the DisplayLink Manager app, then select “Launch on startup” for the software to start automatically every time you log-in.
Note: this is not compulsory but recommended to save you from repeating step 5.3 each time you login.



5.6. Now connect the peripheral with DisplayLink technology and navigate to your System Preferences to open Security & Privacy



5.7. Enable “Screen Recording” to allow the DisplayLink Manager app to capture pixels and send them to your USB peripheral:
  •  Select the “Privacy” tab
  • Navigate to “Screen Recording” in the list on the left
  • Then tick the “Screen Recording” permission for DisplayLink Manager.
NOTE: DisplayLink driver requires that permission to capture pixels and send them through USB. DisplayLink driver does NOT record screen data.



4. Because the new permission will only be active the next time you start the application, macOS will invite you to “Quit Now”. Please accept.



5. Now it has adequate permissions, re-open DisplayLink Manager from Applications in the Finder.



6. Your displays are now working properly.

6. Current DisplayLink Manager app scope and limitations


The DisplayLink Manager app is in development and distributed as an early preview. It has the following limitations we are currently working on, some of them with the OS vendor.
  • External displays number is limited to 2,
  • Rotation is not supported,
  • Clamshell mode is not supported,
  • Login screen it not supported.
If one of these limitations affects your work, we recommend you stay on the classic driver.

7. How to share your feedback on the app


If you have an issue, please use the details in How to report macOS issues to DisplayLink.
For new features and others, please click on "Contact DisplayLink" in the right column to send your message.

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