DisplayBuddy vs MonitorControl: The Ultimate Comparison for Mac Users

Discover the best MonitorControl alternative for controlling your monitors

DisplayBuddy and MonitorControl are two popular software tools that allow users to control their Mac’s displays. MonitorControl is an alternative to DisplayBuddy that has been appreciated for its simple user interface and open-source code over the years. However, it is no longer actively maintained, doesn’t get any new features and is mostly in maintenance mode. Its last release was in Sept 2023.

In contrast, DisplayBuddy is a powerful alternative to MonitorControl, offering advanced features while maintaining a simple user interface that does not interfere with user experience. DisplayBuddy users have received 50+ free updates in the past year, adding support for the latest Apple Silicon chips (M3, M3 Pro and M3 Max), support for Siri and Mac Shortcuts (“Hey Siri, set all my displays to 50% brightness”), as well as several useful features such as making your monitor follow the brightness of your Macbook’s screen, saving all your display settings as presets and restoring them easily with the single click, controlling display resolution and rotation, as well as a beautiful macOS Sonoma widget.

To help users choose between DisplayBuddy vs MonitorControl, here is a detailed comparison of their capabilities:

Feature DisplayBuddy MonitorControl
Control the real brightness and contrast of monitors
Native brightness control for all monitors without touching the buttons
Control displays made by 
Includes the Apple Pro Display XDR, Studio Display & Thunderbolt Display
Use keyboard brightness and volume keys
Use the keys you’re already used to
Multi-monitor support
Manage all your displays at a glance
Sync controls across multiple displays
Make all monitors follow one monitor’s brightness or contrast

(Only with Mac’s built-in display)
Control the volume of monitor speakers
For monitors with built-in speakers
Change Display Inputs
Switch your display inputs between HDMI, DisplayPort, and others with just a click
Create Presets
Save settings across multiple displays and restore them with a single click
Use Siri to control your monitors
“Hey Siri, set all my displays to 80% brightness”
Control Brightness for SideCar, Airplay & DisplayLink Displays
Control your iPad display when using it with your Mac!
Turn off your monitor
Turn off your monitor without touching it’s power button!
Supports Mac Shortcuts
Setup automations on the Shortcuts app to control your monitors as part of your workflow
Beautiful macOS Sonoma Widget
Activate saved monitor settings directly from your desktop
Control display rotation
Easily rotate your displays to match your physical monitor - 0°, 90°, 180°, or 270°
Control display resolution


DisplayBuddy is an essential tool if you’re using external displays with your Mac. Here’s the big list of things you can do with DisplayBuddy.


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