RPM sources for the DisplayLink USB display adapters
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DisplayLink RPM

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This is the recipe for building the DisplayLink driver in a RPM package for Fedora and CentOS. This driver supports the following device families:

  • DL-6xxx
  • DL-5xxx
  • DL-41xx
  • DL-3xxx

The package includes the Open Source evdi library.

Packages get automatically built by Travis CI and get uploaded to GitHub releases.


In order to compile the driver, just use make. The Makefile should download the file for you.

Development Builds

Generally we want to track the current stable release of the evdi library. However, Fedora kernels are often much newer than those officially supported by that release and it is not uncommon for a new kernel to completely break the build. This can leave you in a situation where you cannot upgrade your kernel without sacrificing your displaylink devices. This is not great if the new kernel has important security or performance fixes.

Fortunately the evdi developers are usually pretty quick to make the appropriate fixes on their devel branch. You can build a version of the rpm that uses the current edvi devel branch with:

make rawhide

Of course this devel branch will also include some experimental and less tested changes that may break things in other unexpected ways. So you should prefer the mainline build if it works, but if it breaks, you have the option of making a rawhide build.


The easiest way to contribute with the package is to fork it and send a pull request in GitHub.

There are two main kind of contributions: either a new upstream version is released or a modification in the packaging is proposed.

There is a variable called RELEASE for packaging purposes. That variable should be set to 1 when contributing a new upstream version release, and incremented in one when adding any other functionality to the specfile for the same upstream version.

New Upstream release

From time to time, DisplayLink will update their driver. We try to do so, but for that we usually rely on pull requests.

We manage three different upstream numbers for versioning:

  1. evdi kernel driver version
  2. DisplayLinkManager daemon and libraries version
  3. Download ID number from DisplayLink (for automatic zip retrieval)

These variables need to be changed in the following places:

  • Makefile
    • DAEMON_VERSION is the DisplayLinkManager version
    • VERSION is currently the evdi driver version
    • DOWNLOAD_ID is the ?download_id= query parameter in DisplayLink website to download the zip
  • .travis.yml
    • VERSION is the same as in the Makefile
    • DAEMON_VERSION is the same version as in Makefile

Also, please update the changelog at the bottom of the displaylink.spec file.

Packaging change

When changing a packaging rule, please increment the RELEASE variable by one in both displaylink.spec and .travis.yml (so that Travis can release the new artifact automatically).