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  • WinMerge icon

    WinMerge Discontinued

    WinMerge is an Open Source differencing and merging tool for Windows. WinMerge can compare both folders and files, presenting...

    Open Source Windows

  • Meld icon


    Meld is a visual diff and merge tool. You can compare two or three files and edit them in place (diffs update dynamically). You can...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Python Xfce

    • Free, but doesn't do picture and hexadecimal.
      Guest 1/13/2016
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    KDiff3 is a file and directory diff and merge tool which compares and merges two or three text input files or directories, shows the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • I would like to suggest kdiff3 as the best alternative selection for Beyond compare, esp. folder compare and sync!
      Guest 2/13/2016
  • Compare icon


    Comparison plugin for Notepad++ editor. Features Side-by-side visual...

    Open Source Windows Notepad++

    • No option to align text lines, copy lines to and from each text being compared...just a host of things BeyondCompare does on a text compare level.
      Guest 8/12/2015
  • DiffMerge icon

    DiffMerge Discontinued

    DiffMerge is a graphical file comparison program for Windows, Mac OS X and Unix, published by SourceGear. * Integrates with Windows...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

  • P4Merge icon


    The Perforce Merge Tool, P4Merge, provides graphical three-way merging and side-by-side file comparisons. P4Merge allows users to...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

  • WinMerge 2011 icon

    WinMerge 2011

    WinMerge 2011 series is a fork of the original WinMerge application that compiles without ATL/MFC dependencies.

    Open Source Windows Linux Wine

  • Araxis Merge icon

    Araxis Merge

    Merge is the visual file comparison (diff), merging and folder synchronization application from Araxis. Use it to compare and merge...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • SmartSynchronize icon


    SmartSynchronize is a multi-platform file and directory compare tool. It allows you to compare files or perform 3-way-merges, both...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux

  • Code Compare icon

    Code Compare

    Code Compare is a free file and folder merge tool from Devart. New version of Code Compare comes with significantly increased startup...

    Freemium Windows

  • FileMerge icon


    FileMerge lets you compare one file to another or one directory to another and merge the files or directories together.

    Free Mac Xcode

  • Kaleidoscope icon


    Use Kaleidoscope to spot the differences in text and image files. Review changes in seconds with the worlds most advanced file...

    Commercial Mac

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    Merge is an online merge and diff tool that allows you to share and save your documents.

    Open Source Web / Cloud

  • Diffuse icon


    Diffuse is a small and simple text merge tool written in Python. With Diffuse, you can easily merge, edit, and review changes to your...

    Open Source Windows

  • DeltaWalker icon


    Intuitive, multi-platform application for two and three-way visual file and folder comparison. Use DeltaWalker to compare (diff) and...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • ExamDiff Pro icon

    ExamDiff Pro

    ExamDiff Pro is a powerful, intuitive, and easy to use visual side-by-side comparison tool for comparing and merging text and binary...

    Commercial Windows

  • Compare It! icon

    Compare It!

    Easily compare and merge text files; compare doc, xls and pdf files; prepare comparison reports and printouts.

    Commercial Windows

  • Diff Checker icon

    Diff Checker

    Diff Checker is a free online diff tool that quickly and easily gives you the text differences between two files.

    Free Linux Web / Cloud

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  • Kompare icon


    Kompare is a GUI front-end program that enables differences between source files to be viewed and merged. It can be used to compare...

    Open Source Linux KDE

  • Meld - Mac Port icon

    Meld - Mac Port

    This is actually Meld itself ported to Mac. Doesn't require X and keybinding changed to be adapt Mac shortcuts.

    Open Source Mac

  • Tkdiff icon


    tkdiff is a graphical diff viewer based on the Tk framework. It is capable of inter-operating with source-control systems like CVS and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • GNU Diff Utilities

    GNU Diffutils is a package of several programs related to finding differences between files.

    Open Source Linux

  • DiffPlug icon


    DiffPlug is a free text editor/differ and image viewer/differ. Purchasing a license allows you to diff other kinds of files such as...

    Freemium Windows

  • UltraCompare icon


    UltraCompare Professional is folder/file compare utility loaded with features to enable you to compare text files and folders, word...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Diff Doc icon

    Diff Doc

    Compare Files Using ' Diff Doc' a visual file compare and folder compare utility that creates a detailed file diff. File...

    Commercial Windows

  • xxdiff

    xxdiff is a QT based graphical file and directories comparator and merge tool. It provides comparing two files, three files.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • CompareMerge icon


    CompareMerge is a Mac OSX's software tool for file comparison and merging text-like files. It is useful for determining what has...

    Commercial Mac

  • Ediff

    Ediff is a comprehensive visual interface to Unix diff and patch utilities. Ediff provides a convenient way for simultaneous...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Foldermatch icon


    FolderMatch is a program that compares directories and files, showing the differences clearly. -Easily, quickly, and reliably...

    Commercial Windows

  • compare++ icon


    Compare++ is the real smart code diff tool. It can do language-aware structured comparison and ignore comment or pure formatted...

    Commercial Windows

  • Folder Sync icon

    Folder Sync

    An application to help you keep multiple pairs of folders in sync, quickly and easily. View differences between pairs of folders on...

    Commercial Mac

  • ECMerge icon


    ECMerge is a comparison and synchronization tool with two and three-way merge for text and folders and difference on binary, text...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • DiffVue icon


    DiffVue is a diff tool, also known as a diff utility for Windows XP and Windows 7, and it lets users compare folders and files as well...

    Freemium Windows

  • Workshare Compare icon

    Workshare Compare

    Workshare Compare is the leading document comparison software that lets you perform file comparison of two documents against multiple...

    Commercial Windows

  • FileSync icon


    File/folder synchronization utility for keeping files up to date.

    Commercial Windows

Beyond Compare Comments

One of the most helpful apps I use every day for multiple tasks

Positive Comment by menace97
about Beyond Compare Mar 2016

I am so happy to have purchased this (version 3) after using the trial quite a while ago. It is fantastic, for comparing so many different things. I use it for backing up, finding duplicates, keeping files that are the latest and dumping the older, seeing the various changes you have made in a document, slight changes of images using tolerance... the list goes on. I honestly am surprised at how many functions this helps my workflow while on the computer - I needed it for doing basic comparisons early on, but have found so many ways to use it in my workflow. It truly is "Beyond Compare" ;)

I am looking forward to trying the new 3-way-compare in version 4, and I will likely be upgrading to 4. Plus Scooter Software has excellent support. Highly recommended!


One of the tools I can't live without

Positive Comment by rstarkov
about Beyond Compare Jun 2015

I seriously have no idea how I could possibly work without this tool. Never would have thought the need to compare files and directories would come up so often. I use it for things unrelated to programming several times every week (plus many times every day for programming work).


Great tool but don't expect frequent updates

Comment by CopyTrans
about Beyond Compare Nov 2012

very few updates and with just bug fixes - don't expect new things...


Works on Mac OS X with Wine

Positive Comment by JimMcKeeth
about Beyond Compare and DiffMerge, Araxis Merge Sep 2012

I was going through major withdrawal after moving to Mac and not having Beyond Compare anymore. After a suggestion from Scooter Software support I installed Beyond Compare under Wine on my Mac and was surprised how well it worked. It handled all the paths just fine and worked exactly like I expected it to.

I followed David Baumgold's tutorial on installing Wine with MacPorts. It took a little while (mostly waiting for the download and build processes, which the tutorial said would take a while) and worked great. Way better than the alternatives, even the ones that are designed for Mac. I found it worked better on Mac than either Araxis Merge or DiffMerge, and they have Mac specific versions (Araxis isn't as flexible and actually gave me a lot of errors for basic operations, while DiffMerge just doesn't come close in the feature department.)

Of course if you are on Windows then Beyond Compare is the first choice. I haven't used it on Linux, but expect it works well there too.


Extremely useful software

Positive Comment by atjnjk
about Beyond Compare Dec 2011

It requires some learning/tweaking but once you get the hang of it, comparing files and folders is not a hassle any more.


It is one of the best file and folder comparison tool. Exc ...

Comment by net_np
about Beyond Compare Jun 2011

It is one of the best file and folder comparison tool. Excellent feature, user friendly, advance feature that allow to control white-space, line-ending, time stamp, file size comparison, file pattern include/exclude, binary comparison, rule based comparison. it can ignore changes in code comments for source code files. provides 3-way comparison is awesome. It can compare images and provide visually diff. Session and workspace feature is excellent.


Unfortunately this one failed the "60 seconds to make yours ...

Comment by edrandall
about Beyond Compare Jun 2011

Unfortunately this one failed the "60 seconds to make yourself useful and not annoy me" test.
Doing a large directory tree comparison - it said many of the files were different, but when I individually clicked on a few and selected "Quick Compare" it then conceded that they are in fact the same. I don't have time to go through and do that for each file/directory individually, that's why I need a good tool.
Furthermore, I couldn't find any of the options to select "ignore whitespace differences" or "ignore line ending differences" that I need, further componding the number of phantom differences trhat I encountered.