Is it possible to connect two external monitors to a Retina MacBook Pro without using Thunderbolt displays?

For example, one connected with HDMI and another using Apple's DVI connector and also use the screen on the laptop.

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    I have three DVI monitors attached to mine using adapter cables.
    – asmeurer
    Commented Sep 26, 2012 at 4:42

3 Answers 3


Yes, that should definitely be possible, as both Thunderbolt ports are also mini DisplayPort ports and the other would be connected via HDMI.

See also this answer: https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/54306/14994


Yes. In addition to the HDMI port, you can use either of the Thunderbolt ports as mini DisplayPort ports, just like all Thunderbolt ports.

  • Can you confirm both Thunderbolt ports can also act as mini DisplayPort ports - did you possibly try it yourself ?
    – iolsmit
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 21:54
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    It's part of the Thunderbolt spec - all Thunderbolt ports have to act as mini DisplayPorts or they're not Thunderbolt.
    – Cajunluke
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 22:07
  • @iolsmit Forgot to tag you on my reply to your comment, and now I can't edit it.
    – Cajunluke
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 22:27
  • I can confirm that both Thunderbolt ports on the MBPR are mini DisplayPorts as well. I discovered it by accident and was pleasantly surprised. :-)
    – docwhat
    Commented Jul 12, 2012 at 4:02
  • @TheDoctorWhat I would be shocked if they weren't - all Thunderbolt ports are required to be mDP as well.
    – Cajunluke
    Commented Jul 12, 2012 at 4:10

I can confirm this. I have three monitors connected and running in addition to the retina screen. two via the thunderbolt ports and one hdmi

However this caused my retina display to flicker.

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