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Beyond Compare Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to Beyond Compare for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows 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 many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Beyond Compare are WinMerge, KDiff3, Unison File Synchronizer and Diffinity.

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.
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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.

    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingMeld supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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    Most users think Meld is a great alternative to Beyond Compare.

    Free. but it lacks FTP compare function

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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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    WinMerge

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    • Wine

    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.

    ⚫︎ PortableWinMerge can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsWinMerge can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    doesnt even show text differences

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    It's does most of what BC does.

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    KDiff3

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    KDiff3 is a file and directory diff and merge tool.

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    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.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceUnison File Synchronizer either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    ⚫︎ DecentralizedUnison File Synchronizer is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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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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    Diffinity

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    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.

    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingDiffinity supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ PortableDiffinity can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Compare

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Notepad++

    Comparison plugin for Notepad++ editor.

    ⚫︎ PortableCompare can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    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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    Araxis Merge

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    • Windows

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

    ⚫︎ Windows Explorer ExtensionDiffMerge can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
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    Discontinued

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

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    Almost everyone thinks DiffMerge is a great alternative to Beyond Compare.
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    Diff Checker

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online

    Diff Checker is a free online diff tool that quickly and easily gives you the text differences between two files.

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    WinMerge 2011

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    • 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.

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