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Using Serato DJ & CDJ's/Media players with HID mode

What is HID mode?

You have the option of using HID mode in Serato DJ with supported devices, which allows you to control the virtual deck (when set to INT mode) via MIDI sent directly from the CDJ/Media player, no control CDs required. (Supported CDJs/media players are listed as 'Official Serato Accessories', here). This also opens up extra software control capabilities utilising the extra buttons on the HID compatible device. 

How do I set up HID mode?


Connect your primary device to Serato DJ to bring the software 'online'

Connect your Serato DJ enabled device or a Serato DJ upgrade ready device (along with an activated Serato DJ license) to bring Serato DJ into performance mode. For advice on activating a license for use with Serato Dj upgrade ready devices see here.


HID mode requires extra USB ports because you'll be connecting the CDJs to your computer via the USB on the back of the player (no need to connect RCA cables when using HID mode), we recommend an externally powered USB HUB for best performance if you only have 2 USB ports available on the computer. If you have enough ports on the computer it's not necessary to use a hub. It's important that the primary Serato device is always connected directly to the computer and not via a hub however. 

For information specific to your device you can find the relevant Quickstart guides below.

After connecting the device to the computer via USB and opening Serato DJ (with your Serato primary hardware device connected to activate the software). Press the link button on the CDJ/Media player as in the example using the CDJ2000NXS below. 


Then press the scroll button to connect the CDJ/Media player to your computer


You'll be given the option to select one of the virtual decks in Serato DJ that the CDJ will then control, push the scroll button in again to select that virtual deck. 

Once connected, you'll be able to browse your Serato library & crates using the dedicated controls on the CDJ and the song/library information will be displayed on the CDJ’s color screen. You'll also be able to use the dedicated controls on the hardware to control features in Serato DJ, refer to the quick start guide for the CDJ/Media player for more info on the specific controls the player has. 

Playback modes

When using CDJ's/Media players connected in HID mode it's only possible to use INT (Internal) mode for playback from Serato DJ.  

INT mode

Internal mode is only used for playback from CDJ/media players connected in HID mode, or when playing back files using a controller. More information here.

Additional information

Please be aware that when using HID mode devices in conjunction with a controller as your primary device that it may work but is not officially supported. More information here.


Serato DJ - HID Mode Demo
Serato DJ Club Kit and HID mode walkthrough