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  1. Double Commander is a cross-platform open source file manager with two panels side by side. It is inspired by Total Commander and features some new ideas.

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    1.  Batch Rename FilesDouble Commander supports renaming of different types of files or data in large batches.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsDouble Commander can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  PortableDouble Commander can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  Ad-freeDouble Commander doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    5.  Dark ModeDouble Commander supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    Double Commander 0.7.0 running on Windows 10
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  2. WinMerge icon
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    • Wine
    57 alternatives to WinMerge 

    WinMerge is an open source differencing and merging tool for Windows. WinMerge can compare both folders and files, presenting differences in a visual text format that is easy to understand and handle.

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    1.  PortableWinMerge can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsWinMerge can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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  3. Total Commander icon
    • Windows
    • Windows Mobile
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    163 alternatives to Total Commander 

    Total Commander is a Shareware file manager for Windows.

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    1.  Batch Rename FilesTotal Commander supports renaming of different types of files or data in large batches.
    2.  Dark ModeTotal Commander supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    3.  LightweightTotal Commander consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  PortableTotal Commander can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  4. Meld icon
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Python
    44 alternatives to 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 launch file comparisons. You can browse and view a working copy from popular version control systems such such as...

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    Folder comparsion
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  5. Beyond Compare icon

    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 you're not. You can then merge the changes, synchronize your files, and generate reports for your records.

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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionBeyond Compare can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
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  6. FreeCommander is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager. The program helps you with daily work in Windows. Here you can find all the necessary functions to manage your data stock.

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    1.  Batch Rename FilesFreeCommander supports renaming of different types of files or data in large batches.
    2.  Built-in viewerFreeCommander shows you a quick preview of an image, page or file in supported formats.
    3.  PortableFreeCommander can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  7. KDiff3 icon
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    48 alternatives to KDiff3 

    KDiff3 is a file and directory diff and merge tool.

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  8. wxHexEditor icon
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    52 alternatives to wxHexEditor 

    wxHexEditor is an open source cross-platform disk/sector/file hex editor written in C++ with a wxWidgets-based user interface.

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    Discontinued

    The project seems no longer developed since 2020. Last version, 0.24, released in December 2017, can be still downloaded from SourceForge and GitHub

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  9. Diffinity is a diff and merging tool with focus on accurate and easy to read source code diffs. It will compare the content of two files and present the differences in an easy to read line by line and char by char basis.

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    1.  Syntax HighlightingDiffinity supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    2.  PortableDiffinity can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  10. 010 Editor icon
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    47 alternatives to 010 Editor 

    010 Editor is a professional text/hex editor designed to edit any file, drive, or process on your machine. Using Binary Templates technology, 010 Editor allows a binary file to be parsed into a data structure that can be understood.

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  11. Compare icon
    • Windows
    • Notepad++
    51 alternatives to Compare 

    Comparison plugin for Notepad++ editor.

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    1.  PortableCompare can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  12. 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 text files with native application performance.

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  13. Malcat icon
    • Windows
    • Linux
    21 alternatives to Malcat 

    Malcat is a feature-rich hexadecimal editor / disassembler / decompiler for reverse engineers and malware analysts. It has support for many file formats and CPUs, can scan for signatures, decrypt/decompress data, diff files and run python scripts.

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    1.  Malware AnalysisMalcat can inspect a suspicious file or URL to detect potential threats.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsMalcat can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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  14. DirEqual is a Folder Compare Tool that makes it extremely easy to compare local files and folders on your Mac.

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  15. WinMerge 2011 icon
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    • Wine
    49 alternatives to WinMerge 2011 

    WinMerge 2011 series is a fork of the original WinMerge application that compiles without ATL/MFC dependencies to enable zero-budget developers to build WinMerge from sources using Visual C++ Express editions.

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    1.  PortableWinMerge 2011 can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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