WinMerge Alternatives for Linux

    WinMerge is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. 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 25 alternatives to WinMerge and 19 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to WinMerge are Beyond Compare (Paid), KDiff3 (Free, Open Source), DiffMerge (Free) and P4Merge (Free).

    This page was last updated Feb 17, 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 WinMerge opinions
      Most users think Meld is a great alternative to WinMerge.
      Thats closest alternative on linux, is free and GUI is similar.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      compares three files. it can not only compare three directories but also merge them!
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    2. 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.
      Beyond Compare vs WinMerge opinions
      Most users think Beyond Compare is a great alternative to WinMerge.
      chuckh Very slick; intuitive. I far prefer the side-by side layout to the Winmerge layout, and given the amount I use it am happy to pay.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      Payed. WinMerge is free as in free beer.
      Negative comment 12 months ago

      Everything included for comparison between folders and across files including line by line cross check
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      Most awesome diff/merge tool I've ever used. Only downside is that it's a commercial product and too expensive for casual use.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago


    3. 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 WinMerge opinions
      Most users think KDiff3 is a great alternative to WinMerge.
      solid cross platform utility
      Positive comment 12 months ago

      Lightweight, good 3 ways merge with 4 sub-windows. Really really visualization. I love it, it works from Linux, Windows to Mac.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      does not diff files (checksum)
      Negative comment over 6 years 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.

    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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      P4Merge vs WinMerge opinions
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      Can not compare directories. Ugly as hell.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago


    6. 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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      • 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.
    7. UltraCompare Professional is folder/file compare utility loaded with features to enable you to compare text files and folders, word documents, and even zip files and jar archives.
    8. 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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