Are you looking for a Thunderbolt/USB-C dock for your Framework laptop? This wiki entry will provide a list of docks the community has tried and tested.
[Note: this is a wiki post. If you have information to add/change (either information you yourself discovered, or just things said by other users in this thread but not yet added to the wiki table), then you can edit this post itself by clicking the button just above to the right, with the stylized pencil-in-a-box icon.]
Notes: looking for devices worth testing, and performing tests:
- Wattage: At least 60W is needed to charge the laptop. If the dock provides greater than or equal to 60W, then it passes this criteria.
- Port Compatibility: Please test all ports on your dock to ensure they work as expected. If a port does not work, please make note of this in the notes section. This note may be removed by future reviewers if it is found the issue has been rectified by the manufacturer.
- OS Compatibility: Most will list Windows and MacOS out of the box, but please make a note if you find that a particular OS is not compatible.
- Driver Requirements: Some docks require proprietary drivers. If this is the case, please make note of this and provide a link to download the driver.
Notes: adding info to the table:
- Cost: Don’t bother marking down prices in the table. (They fluctuate and we can’t provide a live price, so the dock-shopper will want to check at the vendor’s site anyway.)
- Specs: If you don’t feel like it, there’s no pressure to bother filling out details like number and type of ports, Thunderbolt 3 or 4, etc etc – there are still so few entries that it wouldn’t really be useful to a dock-shopper trying to start filtering the list for something that meets what they want.
- “Vendors”: ([?] Also feel free to leave this empty if all you’d be doing is pasting a link to amazon or whatever – prolly safe to assume a dock-shopper knows how to search amazon themself, right?)
- “Model number”: Note distinction: put model number, not serial number
ie, the model number (should) uniquely identify the specific model of product, so people can buy the exact same one,
whereas the serial number (should) uniquely identify the actual one specific physical device that you own, which should by default be private information to you the owner.
(It is very unlikely anyone would/could use a serial number to hack you or whatever, but the model number is the only useful thing to share anyway.)
This table is provided for and maintained by the community. Inclusion in this table does not constitute endorsement by Framework Computer, Inc. Framework Computer, Inc. is not liable for any damage caused to your laptop by use or misuse of these docks and you do so at your own risk.
|Apex 12-in-1 Thunderbolt 4 Docking Station
|Amazon (Currently available)
|Tested with Windows 11. 120W Power Supply (90W TB4 for Upstream, 15W TB4 for Downstream, 20W USB-C 3.1 Thunderbolt 4 Only - Not Backward Compatible with Older Thunderbolt Versions. Have not tested card reader, nor have I verified Thunderbolt port speeds yet. Everything works great including power delivery and peripheral connectivity. Expensive but was worth the price to me. ,Tested working with Fedora 36 KDE
|PowerExpand 6-in-1 USB-C PD Ethernet Hub
|All Ports and Charging works in Linux and Windows 10
|PowerExpand Elite 13-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 Dock
|Works with Ubuntu 21.04 and Windows 10. USB-C Power (although it’s charging reports it’s a low wattage adapter?), USB, network, HDMI out, and TB3 Downstream USB-C to Displayport 1.4 adapter all work. On initial boot up requires turning the dock on and off, but reboots detect it during bootup.
|PowerExpand 13-in-1 USB-C Dock
|Mostly works in Ubuntu 21.04, gave up on though because it can’t do dual video out. Only 1 of the 3 video outs on the dock will function at a time for me. May work better in Windows.
|PowerExpand Elite 13-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 Dock for USB-C Laptops
|Anker: Anker 553 USB-C Hub
Amazon: Anker 553 on Amazon
|Tested with Framework 13 - 13th gen Intel on Windows 11.
|Anker: Thunderbolt Docking Station
|Multi-display output works on Linux (11th gen Intel, and AMD 7840U). Dock power button only turns dock on and off, not laptop.
|Everything working in Linux Mint 20.2 except HDMI + VGA simultaneously. Over HDMI, will operate one 2K display at 75Hz or 2 X 2K displays at 2048x1152@60Hz. Chips are VIA, JMTek, Terminus Technology and Alcor Micro with a Realtek RTL8153 gigabit controller.
|AUKEY CBC71 8 in 1 USB C Hub with Ethernet Port, 4K USB C to HDMI Black
|AUKEY Unity Link 7-in-1 USB-C PD II 100W Hub (Black)
|Belkin TB-3 Dock Pro
|F4U097 [NOT “TT”]
|belkin.com, amazon.com (not on ca?)
|Testing (expect to work)
|Windows 10 (no drivers needed):
|Needed to power cycle it before it would recognize the laptop, but then worked like a charm. Tested on OpenSUSE Tumbleweed.
|Seems to work out of the box. Tested with Arch on 10/14/21.
|Dock supports multiple options for two external displays. On the i5 Framework with Windows 10, both monitors now work (need a firmware update).
|Works out of the box. Tested with Ubuntu 21.04 on 01/23/22.
|Works well for me under Ubuntu 21.10 and 22.04 with two external 1080p@60Hz HDMI monitors, plus USB 2.0 input devices and USB 3.0 storage.
Card readers and Ethernet untested; audio only lightly tested.
Lightly tested under Windows 10 too and works fine.
Powers laptop fine.
Linux sometimes gets confused if booted with the dock connected; I find everything is more reliable if I power up the laptop and then connect the dock (which might be inconvenient for some use cases).
|Caldigit TS3 Plus
|Caldigit Thunderbolt Station 4
|CalDigit Element Hub
|Tested on: Arch with kernel 5.16.12
|Dell D6000 with DisplayLink
|amazon.ca, amazon.ca, refurbished
|HDMI, USB, Ethernet and PD charging work on Arch Linux out of the box. (you will need a Windows computer to update the Dock Firmware, though). Displayport often not properly reconnecting after suspend! Nice, long and flexible docking cable, not as stiff as most thunderbolt ones.
|Dell D6000 with DisplayLink
|Dell M4TJG - Dell D6000 Universal Docking Station with 130W Adapter JU012
|Tested on Batch 1 running Manjaro GNOME kernel 5.14.7-2. Followed installation instruction here: DisplayLink - ArchWiki Installed
linux514-headers (not sure if this was necessary).
evdi didn’t work so I had to install
evdi-git followed by
displaylink package from AUR. Then reboot the machine and run
systemctl start displaylink.service.
|All functions appear to work out of the box. Have installed latest Dell drivers (except for WD19TB firmware update).
|kipcode66 / preston
|Linux Manjaro & Windows 10 (no driver needed)
|Charging, HDMI, DP, USB-C video, USB Type-A work out of the box. Tested with dual 4K monitors. Firmware upgraded with fwupdmgr. ISSUE: Dock not working (monitors not working, USB A external drive not recognised) after hibernate or suspend. Charging still works after hibernate/suspend
|Delock USB Type-C DP 1.4 Docking Station Triple 4K Display
|theraser / c0deMe
|Lenovo ThinkPad USB-C Dock Gen 2
|Windows 10 (no drivers needed):
|Lenovo ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Dock Gen 2
|DK1841, ASM PN: SD20M70247, FRU PN: 03X7538, MPNs: 40AN0135US, 40AN0135EU, etc.
|B&H Photo Video, amazon.com
|Lenovo ThinkPad Universal Thunderbolt 4 Dock
|40B00135US, 40B00135EU, etc.
|B&H Photo Video, Lenovo
|Monoprice, Amazon, Newegg
|Thunderbolt 4 Dock
|USB-C Dock with Ethernet
|Windows 10 (no drivers needed):
|USB C Triple Display with Ethernet
|Works with Windows 10 & 11. Drives 3 1920x1080/1200 HDMI displays plus laptop. Says 4K with some limits, but I don’t have a 4K monitor to test. All ports work for me, including pass-through power.
|6 in 1 USB C hub with HDMI, GbE, 3xUSB3.0, USB PD pass-through
|All ports work simultaneously on Windows 10. Driving a 1080p 75 Hz monitor with the HDMI port, using a 65 W Nekteck power adapter for pass-through. Ethernet port can sustain 1 Gb even with all other ports in use.
|11 in 1 USB C Docking Station with Keyboard
|discontinued, try eBay
|Tested with Windows 11 and Nekteck Thunderbolt 3 cable. Keyboard, USB A, audio, HDMI, VGA all working - ethernet and SD card not tested, charges laptop when connected with Framework charger. Suports two monitors at once but only mirrored (shortcoming of the device)
|Plugable Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C dual display dock
|Batch 2, Linux, elementary OS, hwe-20.04-edge (5.13 kernel), no drivers needed
|Plugable USB-C Mini Docking Station with 85W Power Delivery
|11th Gen Intel - All ports see to work as expected, though for some reason 3440x1440 60hz stops working after Intel Iris Xe driver 188.8.131.521 (only goes up to 2560x1080)
|Plugable USB-C Triple HDMI Display Docking Station
|11th Gen Intel - All ports seem to work as advertised, are able to run 3 displays (2560x1080 60hz, 1920x1080 60hz, 1920x1080 60hz) without any issues.
|Breakaway Box 650
|Issues fixed after BIOS update 3.07
|Amazon (currently unavailable) (3-year old dock)
|Tested on Ubuntu 22.10 kernel 5.19.0-21-generic using the evdi 1.12.0 driver
|Test on Ubuntu 22.10 - 12th Gen
|DOCKCASE Visual Smart USB C Hub (6-in-1)
|Tested on Framework 13 running 12 gen Intel, Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS
|HP G5 120w USB-C
|HP UK Site
|Seems to work perfectly, charges full speed, ethernet/displayport/hdmi all work ok
|HP USB-C Dock G4
|can be had for cheap used
|HDMI, USB, Ethernet, PD all work well. Didn’t try DP/multiple monitors. Tested on Manjaro Linux with AMD FW13, no drivers needed. Specs at HP
|VisionTek VT2000 USB-C Docking Station
|Works on Framework 13 AMD LinuxMint 21.2 edge
|Alec_Jurisch / JP_Powers
|Can’t get to work with drivers and without. Does work as power delivery and USB Hub. / Confirmed, only draws power. Tested in Ubuntu 21.04 and Windows 10.
|Win 10 & Ubuntu 21.04: Power works, nothing else. Works very, very briefly before disconnecting. Spoke to Kensington support, they said since the laptop isn’t TB4 certified yet they can’t really help.
|Power delivery does not work
Inclusion in this table does not denote compatibility or lack thereof. Please do not edit this table unless contributing to the table format specification.
|Name of the dock, such as how it appears in the product listing. For some listings, such as where the model number is part of the name, just listing the manufacturer is fine.
|If the dock has a model number (major brands do), include it here so it can be searched for on other sites.
|Provide links to vendors here. Please remove remove any tracking arguments from URLs first, such as the ones included with Amazon URLs. See ClearURLs for a plugin that does this for you.
|Tag users who contributed to testing if a device is compatible. Feel free to add yourself here if you have also tested this dock.
|List any relevant compatibility notes here, such as if an unsupported dock will be supported in the future or if a supported dock requires a certain OS or driver to function properly.