How to: compare Files/Code/Folders/Images/Pictures – List of three Open source Comparing Software/Tools

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WinMerge

WinMerge
WinMerge
  • Windows
  • Open source/Free
  • Compare text files/source code files/folders/images
  • Easy to use

WinMerge

Notepad ++

Notepad++ with Compare plugin
Notepad++ with Compare plugin
  • Windows
  • Open source/Free
  • Compare text files/source code files
  • Easy to use

Notepad++

By default Notepad++ doesn’t have compare function.

We can make it possible by easily installing a compare plugin after Notepad++ is installed.

“Plugins -> Plugins Admin…-> Search for “Compare -> Check “Compare” -> Click “Install” button. -> Click on Yes when the pop-up window appears” After it’s done, Notepad++ will restart itself.

Notepad++ -> Plugins Admin
Notepad++ -> Plugins Admin
Notepad++ Install Compare plugin
Notepad++ Install Compare plugin
Click on Yes
Click on Yes
Wait until it's downloaded and installed
Wait until it’s downloaded and installed

Now we can see the Compare plugin is installed. “Plugins -> Compare”

Compare plugin installed
Compare plugin installed

Diffuse

Diffuse
Diffuse
  • Windows/Linux
  • Open source/Free
  • Compare text files/source code files
  • Easy to use

Diffuse

DiffImg

DiffImg
DiffImg
  • Windows/Linux
  • Open source/Free
  • Compare Image files
  • Easy to use

DiffImg

There are many free online text/source code compare and image compare tools as well which doesn’t require any installation, can be handy when it needs to be done quickly, not suitable for huge files or images or any confidential content.


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