SwitchResX
SwitchResX
4.11.1
4.3
0.0
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SwitchResX for Mac

08 May 2021

Monitor-resolution utility.

What is SwitchResX for Mac

SwitchResX gives you unparalleled control over your monitor's resolution.

Resolution Management:
  • Monitor resolution
  • Color depth
  • Video mirroring
  • Display rotation
  • Display overscan
Features:
  • Save your desktop layout, locking and maintaining icon and window positions for all of your open applications every time you start up your Mac. SwitchResX lets you instantly restore your desktop even after resolution-altering events like connecting or disconnecting your external monitor.
  • Disable or deactivate a monitor without physically unplugging it, allowing you to use your MacBook in clamshell mode with an external monitor, keyboard and mouse
  • Link your monitor settings with system events: Key shortcuts, Apple Scripts, Application launches and more.
  • Take complete control over your display resolution: Advanced features let you create and enable new resolutions for your monitor, HDTV, Plasma or LCD screen or Video Projector.

What's new in SwitchResX

Version 4.11.1:
  • Better support for M1 Macs
  • Can now again set grey levels, display brightness
  • Can now create custom *scaled* resolutions (for the internal display on MacBooks: only on macOS 11.3 and above), and only resolutions that are smaller than the native resolution
  • As far as I know, HiDPI resolutions can only be activated on 4K external displays and MacBook's internal display, so SwitchResX cannot enable HiDPI on other displays
  • Can also set the base of scaling (which solves an issue on Dell UPK2715K monitors with M1 Macs under macOS 11.2)
  • Also correctly manages more than one display on M1 Macs (on v.4.11, all graphic cards were shown, even if no display was plugged, and even the TouchBar of a MacBookPro could be visible!).
  • However this removed the ability to disable a display on the DTK. Who cares, the DTK has died some weeks ago
  • The Display Product & Vendor IDs are now correctly reported again; as well as the Display Name (which isn't always visible after a wake from sleep)
  • Solves some memory leaks in the SwitchResX Daemon, especially on M1 Macs
  • Tries to report the correct timing parameters for all resolutions on M1 Macs - at least for the current resolution
  • Corrects an issue where the Contextual Menu was not installed with 4.11 on macOS 10.14 and below (macOS 11 doesn't support it any more anyway)
  • Corrects an issue where the current display mode wouldn't be shown as selected in a specific case (in details - when it ID was 0)
  • Correctly sets the gray levels again if selected from the Menu
  • Correctly matches two monitors from same vendor but with different product ID, as well as identical monitors with different serial numbers
  • Solves an issue when opening the control panel would be unresponsive for a minute
  • Solves an issue on macOS 10.15.7 with SIP enabled, where installing the helper tool wouldn't be possible after first run
  • Solves an issue where a Display Set saving only display positions wouldn't remember its setting when the display would be removed
  • Using SwitchResX Daemon with AppleScript, the refresh rate of a mode is now reported as a float, and billion of colours are also reported correctly
  • Added the aspect ratio column in custom resolutions list
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Performance
Regular updates

What needs improvements

User Experience

SwitchResX qualities

Value
4.0
Ease of use
3.0
Features
4.0
Reliability
4.0
Customer support
3.0
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OhEssex
OhEssex
May 29 2021
4.11.1
0.0
May 29 2021
0.0
Version: 4.11.1
This app itself is OK, but when it comes to updates it's just awful - there is a Check For Updates button, but all it does is tell you an update is available. It doesn't offer any ability to self-update (like just about everything else) nor does it provide you with a link to get the update. I have to go to MacUpdate every time, find the app, go to their website, download it and manually install it again. I have mentioned it to the developer but he has no interest in improving this.
Jeff-H-
Jeff-H-
Mar 31 2021
4.11
3.0
Mar 31 2021
3.0
Version: 4.11
SwitchResX didn't really work for me. The extended resolutions worked perfectly but when I set the resolution higher than 1080 the cursor became VERY jumpy and sluggish, sometimes not responding until I moved it around the screen. At one point I plugged in a plg-n-play wireless mouse to test and see if it was my Magic Trackpad but it was present with the mouse as well. I reset the resolution to factory, restarted, and it seemed ok, at first, but the strange cursor behavior soon returned. I manually tracked down the pref panes and other parts (wasn't an uninstaller with the version I had, or I missed it), restarted my computer and everything was fine again. I really wanted SwitchResX to work but for me it didn't. Hate wasting money but maybe the developer will do more work on it and it may work for me in the future.
Rmilkmilkmilk
Rmilkmilkmilk
Jan 13 2021
4.10.1
5.0
Jan 13 2021
5.0
Version: 4.10.1
Lets me set resolution to what I want, not just what Monitors allows. Also, can save sets of resolutions for work, gaming, presentation/screen share. Only downside is that there isn't a wizard / simple interface for initial setup.
Luke-armstrong
Luke-armstrong
Sep 4 2020
4.10.1
5.0
Sep 4 2020
5.0
Version: 4.10.1
Absolutely superb app that facilitates so much more than the simplified dumbed-down options provided by Apple System Preferences. I had no idea, for example, that my late 2012 Mac Mini could support a 4k display—it now happily runs a 3840x2160 display (at 30Hz via MiniDP) and a 1920x1200 display (at 60Hz via HDMI). Every conceivable option is made available and it will also tame the troublesome MacBook Pro display when used in clamshell mode. I just wish I had discovered it earlier, it could have saved me many hours of frustrated testing and expensive upgrades. Very affordable too.
eikiemer
eikiemer
Jun 27 2020
4.10.0
5.0
Jun 27 2020
5.0
Version: 4.10.0
Been looking for software to disable my screens individually forf'inever! So glad I found this, works like a charm.
paulreuversnl
paulreuversnl
Mar 31 2020
4.9.1
5.0
Mar 31 2020
5.0
Version: 4.9.1
This app is a must-have for everyone who uses a Mac for KeyNote or PowerPoint presentations, as it fixes all problems that Apple has created with the introduction of Catalina. When connecting the Mac (or MacBook) to an HDMI projector, more often than not are the desired resolutions and refresh rates missing from Apple's Display preferences, caused by an incomplete interpretation of the projector's EDID information. SwitchResX fixes all that and allows you to select any possible screen mode that your device supports from a comprehensive (yet easy to use) user interface. As a bonus, the missing screen modes will appear in Apple's Display preferences like magic, as soon as you start SwitchResX. Many thanks for making this app available.
xchaoszox
xchaoszox
Feb 17 2020
4.9.1
1.0
Feb 17 2020
1.0
Version: 4.9.1
This isn’t safe at all I tried everything I went and followed every instruction on the page and I still can’t get rid of the goddamn black screen if I could leave less than a star I would don’t fall for this then they have the nerve to make you pay for it after the trial LOL that’s a joke if you were just gonna mess up people’s computers why even make a custom resolution
r-16
r-16
Nov 25 2019
4.9.1
5.0
Nov 25 2019
5.0
Version: 4.9.1
This software is absolutely great. I use it since over 7 years, and it allowed me even then to output from my old MacBook Full HD Frame Packed 3D images to a 3D beamer. It has incredibly many features. Moreover the developer, Stéphane Madrau, is extremely helpful and fast, if there is any problem. And if you ever bought a version, every update is free. As I said, I bought it over 7 years ago, and the update to the newest version that runs on the newest OSX versions, is still free! Unbelievable. So, I can recommend it completely, if you want to output via monitor settings a special format (like Full HD Frame Packing) that is not supported by default, but still possible by your hardware! Big thanks to Stéphane!
Michael Frankel
Michael Frankel
May 2 2019
4.8.2
0.0
May 2 2019
0.0
Version: 4.8.2
The Developer's website says 4.8.1 is the current version. Who posted this update on here?
Bioxy
Bioxy
Mar 26 2019
4.8.1
0.0
Mar 26 2019
0.0
Version: 4.8.1
Why does SwitchResX want to control Mail and Safari and access their documents? Mojave gave me the option of denying access, which I did. Very concerning such access was attempted or requested.
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4.3
0.0
App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • ARM
  • OS X 10.9.0 or later
License: 
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