Is it possible to use a MacBook Pro as a second monitor for my iMac? Both of them have a Thunderbolt port.

If not, is there any other way?


You can not use your MacBook Pro as a second monitor for your iMac without additional software.

ScreenRecycler claims to allow you to expand your desktop across multiple computers.

Screen shot from ScreenRecycler website

As an alternative approach, Synergy is an open source solution that lets you combine multiple computers into one. It will let you use both computers from a single keyboard and mouse.



Apple Target Display (Thunderbolt method)

  • Make sure both computers are turned on and awake.
  • Connect a male-to-male Mini DisplayPort or ThunderBolt cable to each computer.
  • Press Command-F2 on the keyboard of the iMac being used as a display to enable TDM.

Check this link before: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204592

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    iMac as second monitor, not Macbook Pro as second monitor. – Antonio N Aug 29 '16 at 20:45

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