Beyond Compare Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to Beyond Compare for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Meld, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Beyond Compare and 19 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Beyond Compare are KDiff3 (Free, Open Source), Unison (Free, Open Source), DiffMerge (Free) and P4Merge (Free).

    This page was last updated Jun 15, 2021

    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.
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      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 4 years ago

      Cannot be added to context menu. Sometimes folder comparison doesn't work. Says empty folder.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      doesn't compare archive files as folders
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

      Free, but doesn't do picture and hexadecimal.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

    2. 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 character by character(!
      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 4 years ago

      its got lovely windows context menu file comparison option. it gets my vote.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      I would like to suggest kdiff3 as the best alternative selection for Beyond compare, esp. folder compare and sync!
      Positive comment over 5 years ago


    3. 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.
      Negative comment 10 months ago

    4. DiffMerge is a graphical file comparison program for Windows, Mac OS X and Unix, published by SourceGear. * Integrates with Windows Explorer; adds a shortcut to the context menu. * Compatible with different character encodings, including Unicode support.


      No releases since October 2013: latest version, 4.2.0, can be still downloaded from the official website.

      Almost everyone thinks DiffMerge is a great alternative to Beyond Compare.
    5. P4Merge uses color coding to allow users to visualize the differences between file or images. It allows three-way merging among files, and shows side-by-side file/image comparison.
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      • 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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      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      Diff Checker is a free online diff tool that quickly and easily gives you the text differences between two files.
    6. 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 contents.
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    7. 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.
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    8. GNU Diffutils is a package of several programs related to finding differences between files.
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