I would like to configure the 'Scaled' property of my Macbook Pro display using the command line. How could I do that?
Note: This answer is obsolete.
I have an early 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display running OS X 10.8.5 and I've tested cscreen command line utility and it works to change resolution via the command line. You can download the cscreenIntel.dmg from the link provided. In a terminal use
cscreen -h to output the internal help information. An example of use:
cscreen -d 32 -x 1680 -y 1050
BTW As far as I know Intel based versions of OS X do not include a native executable and why I'm pointing you to a third-party utility.
1Did not work for me on os x yosemite 10.10.5 desktop. Jan 25, 2016 at 19:03
1Use displayplacer for new macOS versions and for multi-monitor setups. More info in my answer below. May 26, 2019 at 17:20
To set multi-display resolutions, rotations, mirroring, and positioning via terminal use displayplacer.
displayplacer list to view the possible resolutions for your screen. You'll want to use the ones marked as
Then, execute a command similar to this to set the config
displayplacer "id:A46D2F5E-487B-CC69-C588-ECFD519016E5 res:1920x1080 scaling:on origin:(0,0) degree:0"
Also available via Homebrew:
brew tap jakehilborn/jakehilborn && brew install displayplacer
your tool works great! also combines very well with ShortCuts on Monterey– akiraJan 9, 2022 at 10:29
Like a fool, I'd set a display to 75 Hz (why? read my comment from the beginning again). I could access the display when plugged into a different HDMI port, but the ID changed. displayplacer worked for me in that it allowed me to first identify the display id, then run a displayplacer command every 2 seconds in a loop, then plug the display into the HDMI port—after 60 seconds or so, my display reset back to 60 Hz. <3– EmeraldoApr 27, 2022 at 16:18
Use screenresolution on newer os versions
git clone https://github.com/jhford/screenresolution.git cd screenresolution make dmg ./screenresolution set 1920x1080x32@60
csreen did not do any thing for me on os x 10.10.5. These steps worked for me.
2Just FYI that this tool is also now available on Homebrew for a super easy install:
brew install screenresolutionbut unfortunately it does not support Retina resolutions.– JamesSep 3, 2019 at 16:05
screenresolution didn't work well for me with a custom added screen resolution whereas displayplacer did– paul_hMar 4, 2021 at 10:19
See RDM, which can be installed with brew:
brew install avibrazil-rdm
It's not well documented, but the same executable which launches the GUI can also be used via the command line, so after installing you can run...
...will list all available options, including a "scale" factor for Retina/HiDPI modes. You can then set your desired mode e.g...
/Applications/RDM.app/Contents/MacOS/SetResX -w 1680 -h 1050 -s 2.0
If you execute the binary via command line without an argument it will list all command line options and then start the GUI. Or you an take a look at the source directly to see them: https://github.com/avibrazil/RDM/blob/master/main.mm
/path/to/display_manager.py res 1920 1080 60