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HowTo: Enable video 4k@60Hz on Raspberry Pi 4

Here I wish to present a quick guide, how to enable 4k video output on Raspberry Pi 4 with 60Hz refresh rate. It's not hard at all. It just requires to know some facts before, to avoid unnecessary frustration. Let me briefly summarize it:

  1. 4k@60Hz is disabled by default on Raspberry Pi 4 (due to a fact of increased memory consumption and device temperature - check docs - that is not needed by most of Pi users). Funny observation I made is that even with this mode disabled Pi4 is more than 10C hotter than Pi3 in idle!

  2. Only one video output supports this mode - microHDMI-0. It is the one located closer to power-supply of Pi 4.

  3. Not all HDMI cables support such a high-rate transmission (HDMI 2.0 cable is required - like the Pi official one).

  4. Not all HDMI inputs on a TV supports mentioned resolution neither. With the model I used to perform the test (Philips 55PUS7502/12) only HDMI-1 and HDMI-2 can handle it. All the others are optimized for FullHD resolution.

Points 2-4 are hardware dependant and beside having a proper stuff connected via proper sockets, there is not much more to do. If it's not double-checked nothing that I show later will help. Below is a set of commands, executed on Raspberry to finally enable 4k@60Hz video.

To launch configuration use command:

sudo raspi-config
  • Then navigate to (7) Advanced Options –> (A9) Pi 4 Video Output

    Raspberry Pi 4 Video Options

  • Finally enable 4k@60Hz mode.

    Raspberry Pi 4 4k@60Hz Option

    What is really does, it extend config.txt with following option (check here):

  • Now, it should be possible to select required resolution. Navigate to (7) Advanced Options –> (A5) Resolution.

    Raspberry Pi 4 Resolution Options

  • And force 4k@60Hz output.

    Raspberry Pi 4 4k@60Hz Mode

Done! That's all folks! Reboot and smile again!

Appendix - Some useful commands

List all attached devices:

/opt/vc/bin/tvservice -l

Print info about current display mode:

/opt/vc/bin/tvservice -s


Post Scriptum

You might be also interested in one of the following topics related to Raspberry Pi:

  1. Updating Raspberry Pi OS to latest
  2. Fixing issues with Gitea server installation
  3. Fixing SSD issues connected via USB 3.0 port
  4. Simplified SSH connectivity to multiple Raspberries