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This is a tool that can be used to determine current resolution, list available resolutions and set resolutions for active displays on Mac OS 10.6, and possibly above. I have only tested 10.6. I used clang for development, but the code seems to compile just fine with gcc. The code might not be as well layed out as it could be, feel free to send a pull request. Build+Install ==================== Running the following commands in Terminal.app will result in dmg with a pkg file being created if the system has Xcode 4. git clone github.com:jhford/screenresolution cd screenresolution make dmg At this point, I'd recommend testing that things work! I have written a 'test' makefile target. Because this script expects two monitors that both use the same resolution, it mightn't work properly for you if you only have one make test ORIG_RES=1920x1200x32 This will cause your screen to flicker as it changes the mode a couple times on each monitor. The makefiles support the DISTDIR (alternate root) and PREFIX variables. If you don't know what those are, you probably don't want them. This will create a DMG file and a PKG file. If you know or care about the differences, you probably know what to do at this point. If you want to install this program on the system you built it on, you can run open screenresolution.pkg If you want to put this program on another system, you can choose between the pkg file, the dmg file, the binaries or use the install make target with DESTDIR to specify an alternate root. Running ==================== There are three commands that this program supports: get, list and set. All three modes operate on active displays . The get mode will show you the resolution of all active displays $ screenresolution get Display 0: 1920x1200x32 Display 1: 1920x1200x32 The list mode will show you to the available resolutions of all active displays, seperated by various whitespace. Available Modes on Display 0 1920x1200x8 1920x1200x16 1920x1200x32 960x600x8 960x600x16 960x600x32 1680x1050x8 1680x1050x16 <snip> Available Modes on Display 1 <snip> The set command takes a list of modes. It will apply the modes in the list of modes to the list of displays, starting with 0. Modes in excess of the number of active displays will be ignored. If you wish to set a monitor but not the lower numbered displays, there is a keyword 'skip' which can be subsituted for a resolution. This keyword will cause the first display to be skipped. If you specify more resolutions than you have active screens, the extra resolutions will be ignored. Example 1: This example works with one or more screens $ screenresolution 800x600x32 Result 1: The main display will change to 800x600x32, second screen will not be changed Example 2: This example assumes two screens $ screenresolution 800x600x32 800x600x32 Result 2: The first and second monitor on the system will be set to 800x600x32 Example 3: This example assumes two screens $ screen resolution skip 800x600x32 This will not touch the first screen but will set the second screen to 800x600x32 See discussion point for explanation of what active display means. http://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/GraphicsImaging/Reference/Quartz_Services_Ref/Reference/reference.html#//apple_ref/c/func/CGGetActiveDisplayList