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Open Source Beyond Compare Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Beyond Compare is Meld. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Beyond Compare and 18 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Beyond Compare are WinMerge, KDiff3, Unison File Synchronizer and Compare.

Beyond Compare alternatives are mainly Diff Tools but 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 Jun 29, 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
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    Cannot be added to context menu. Sometimes folder comparison doesn't work. Says empty folder.

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    Free, but doesn't do picture and hexadecimal.

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    doesn't compare archive files as folders

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  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
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    It's does most of what BC does.

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    -5


  3. KDiff3

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

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    its got lovely windows context menu file comparison option. it gets my vote.

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    I would like to suggest kdiff3 as the best alternative selection for Beyond compare, esp. folder compare and sync!

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  4. Unison is a file-synchronization tool for Unix and Windows.

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    It only compares two disks to each other. You cannnot compare just two files by choosing them by your own.

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  5. Compare

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Notepad++

    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.

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  6. WinMerge 2011

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
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    • Wine

    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.

  7. Meld - Mac Port

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    Meld is a visual diff and merge tool targeted at developers. Meld helps you compare files, directories, and version controlled projects. It provides two- and three-way comparison of both files and directories, and has support for many popular version control systems.

  8. WinMerge JP

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    WinMerge JP is a fork of original WinMerge that incorporates many own features including 3-way compare, high DPI support and many more.

  9. GNU Diff Utilities

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

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

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  10. Kompare

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • KDE

    Kompare is a graphical diff and merge tool targeting developers. It allows users to compare two different text files or two directories.

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