Adapters for connecting a display to the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port on your Mac

If the cable from your external display doesn't connect to the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port on your MacBook Pro or iMac, you might need an adapter.

The adapter solutions in this article work with these Mac models, which have Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)  ports:

If your Mac has only one port that looks like Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), it's a MacBook with USB-C . That port supports all of the solutions in this article except those for Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 2, and Thunderbolt 3.

Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) display

If you're using a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) cable with your display or other device, it should work with your Mac without an adapter.

Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)    

The LG UltraFine 5K Display uses Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C).

USB-C display

If you're using a USB-C cable with your display or other device, it should work with your Mac without an adapter.

USB-C    

The LG UltraFine 4K Display uses USB-C.

Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 display

If you're using a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 cable with a Thunderbolt display, use the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

Thunderbolt  or Thunderbolt 2    

Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 are not the same as Mini DisplayPort , though the ports have the same shape. If you're using a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 cable with a Mini DisplayPort display, this solution won't work.

The Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter is the correct solution for the Apple Thunderbolt Display.

Mini DisplayPort display

If you're using a Mini DisplayPort cable with a Mini DisplayPort display, use a compatible third-party USB-C to Mini DisplayPort adapter. Check with the maker of the adapter for compatibility with your Mac and display model.

Mini DisplayPort    

Mini DisplayPort is not the same as Thunderbolt  or Thunderbolt 2 . They have the same shape, but use different symbols on the cable and port.

A compatible third-party USB-C to Mini DisplayPort adapter is the correct solution for the Apple LED Cinema Display

DisplayPort display

If you're using a standard DisplayPort cable with your display, use a compatible third-party USB-C to DisplayPort adapter. Check with the maker of the adapter for compatibility with your Mac and display model.

DisplayPort   

HDMI display

If you're using an HDMI cable with your display, use the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter or a third-party USB-C to HDMI adapter.

HDMI   

The Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter is HDCP compliant and supports HDMI 1.4b at up to 1080p at 60Hz, or 4K UHD (3840 by 2160) at 30Hz.

VGA display

If you're using a VGA cable with your display, use the Apple USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter or a third-party USB-C to VGA adapter, such as the Belkin USB-C to VGA Adapter.

VGA   

The Apple USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter supports display resolutions up to 1920 x 1200. 

DVI display

If you're using a DVI cable with your display, use a compatible third-party USB-C to DVI adapter.

DVI   

A compatible third-party USB-C to DVI adapter is the correct solution for the Apple Cinema Display.

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