Alternatives to WinMerge for all platforms with any license

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  • Meld icon

    Meld

    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 compare two or three folders and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Python

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    Beyond Compare

    Beyond Compare allows you to compare files and folders. By using simple, powerful commands you can focus on the differences you're interested in and ignore those...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

    • Most awesome diff/merge tool I've ever used. Only downside is that it's a commercial product and too expensive for casual use. Guest • Feb 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    kdiff3

    KDiff3 is a file and directory diff and merge tool which compares and merges two or three text input files or directories, shows the differences line by line and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    P4Merge

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

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    FileMerge

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

    Free Mac Xcode

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    Araxis Merge

    Merge is the visual file comparison (diff), merging and folder synchronization application from Araxis. Use it to compare and merge source code, web pages, XML and other...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    Diffuse

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

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    mergely

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

    Open Source Web / Cloud

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    Code Compare

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

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    Kaleidoscope

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

    Commercial Mac

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    SmartSynchronize

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

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux

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WinMerge Comments

WinMerge 2.14 - Best free alternative to

Positive Comment by dvh97
about WinMerge Sep 2014

... Beyond Compare.
OK, GUI is not as flashy as Scooter's but now, WinMerge has the feature that I wanted in Beyond Compare.

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no updates since 2009!

Comment by CopyTrans
about WinMerge Nov 2012

no updates since 2009!

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Works, but slow

Comment by dthatcher7
about WinMerge and Beyond Compare Apr 2012

I do a lot of binary comparisons to make sure video files and entire CDs/DVDs are exactly the same, bit for bit. WinMerge is a lot slower than Beyond Compare. Otherwise, it works great. It isn't slow enough to make me want to pay for Beyond Compare YET, although I have been tempted.

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Beyond Compare is better

Comment by blackboard
about WinMerge and Beyond Compare Oct 2011

Technically it works but Beyond Compare is better. Winmerge is free, but it hasn't been updated in ages. Beyond Compare has been under constant development, and it is apparent. Beyond Compare is very polished, and easy to use. Most things it does correctly right out of the box, though it's still worth looking at the menus to figure out what it's doing and not doing.

Winmerge, on the other hand, does things wrong. Once you dig through all the menus and options, you can set it up to do what you want, and it'll do a good job of it, but it's clunky and harder to see the useful information. Beyond Compare is so much better, I'd skip Winmerge even though it's free.

Beyond Compare is not free, but it has a fully-functional 30 day trial, so just use that if you only need it temporarily. If you need it longer, it's worth buying. It's really incredible.

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Do NOT trust

Comment by JennyLG
about WinMerge Sep 2011

abandoned, and doesn't even compare big files, so the next time it says your folders are completely identical, DO NOT believe it.

Uninstall, and look for something that is trustable, and not abandoned in a horribly buggy state.

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Not impressed with WinMerge. It has problems with refreshin ...

Comment by mart
about WinMerge Jun 2011

Not impressed with WinMerge. It has problems with refreshing the view, displays pathnames in separate directory/filename columns making it very difficult to read especially in tree mode, doesn't respect the option to ignore CR/LF differences, and various other faults.

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I think the best stand-alone compare tool for Windows. Neve ...

Comment by jaub
about WinMerge Jun 2011

I think the best stand-alone compare tool for Windows. Never found another so good.

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Great program. I dont care for the default coloring of chan ...

Comment by s0me0ne
about WinMerge Jun 2011

Great program. I dont care for the default coloring of changed/deleted stuff. I could change it but its just not worth the hassle, I have too many copies of this on other computers to bother.

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Doesn't seem to support 3-way file comparison, like Meld an ...

Comment by endolith
about WinMerge Jun 2011

Doesn't seem to support 3-way file comparison, like Meld and Kiff3.

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I've used this tool previously and it is indeed a fantastic ...

Comment by ChrisM
about WinMerge Jun 2011

I've used this tool previously and it is indeed a fantastic tool.

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