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    What are the best Beyond Compare alternatives?

    Beyond Compare is described as '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' and is a very popular Diff Tool in the backup & sync category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Beyond Compare for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and PortableApps.com. The best alternative is Meld, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Beyond Compare are WinMerge, KDiff3, Unison File Synchronizer and Diffinity.

    Beyond Compare is mainly a Diff Tool but alternatives to it may also be Merge File Tools or File Sync Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Beyond Compare.
    This page was last updated May 15, 2022
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    1. 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.
      Meld vs Beyond Compare opinions
      Most users think Meld is a great alternative to Beyond Compare.
      Free. but it lacks FTP compare function
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

      4
      Cannot be added to context menu. Sometimes folder comparison doesn't work. Says empty folder.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      6
      doesn't compare archive files as folders
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

      2
      Free, but doesn't do picture and hexadecimal.
      Positive comment over 6 years ago

      0
    2. 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.
      WinMerge vs Beyond Compare opinions
      Most users think WinMerge is a great alternative to Beyond Compare.
      doesnt even show text differences
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

      -3
      It's does most of what BC does.
      Positive comment over 6 years ago

      -5


    3. KDiff3 is a file and directory diff and merge tool.
      KDiff3 vs Beyond Compare opinions
      Most users think KDiff3 is a great alternative to Beyond Compare.
      As BC and unlike Meld, it align changes by adding lines, which is a key feature to visually compare code. Meld explicitly states it does not do that. kdiff3 also supports multiple platforms (as stated). Unfortunately, it does not support on-click line/block merging (merge from side to side visually) like Meld or BC.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

      2
      its got lovely windows context menu file comparison option. it gets my vote.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      0
      I would like to suggest kdiff3 as the best alternative selection for Beyond compare, esp. folder compare and sync!
      Positive comment over 6 years ago

      0
    4. Unison is a file-synchronization tool for Unix and Windows.
      Unison File Synchronizer vs Beyond Compare opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It only compares two disks to each other. You cannnot compare just two files by choosing them by your own.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      0
    5. 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.


    6. Comparison plugin for Notepad++ editor.
      Compare vs Beyond Compare opinions
      Some users think Compare is a great alternative to Beyond Compare, some don't.
      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.
      Negative comment almost 7 years ago

      -2
    7. DiffMerge is a graphical file comparison program for Windows, Mac OS X and Unix, published by SourceGear.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 4.2.0, released in October 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website

      Almost everyone thinks DiffMerge is a great alternative to Beyond Compare.
    8. 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.
      Almost everyone thinks Araxis Merge is a great alternative to Beyond Compare.
    9. 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.
    10. FileMerge lets you compare one file to another or one directory to another and merge the files or directories together.
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