9 Best File Comparison and Difference (Diff) Tools for Linux

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12 Responses

  1. Alan Schmidt says:

    Unfortunately, directory comparison in “kompare” has been broken since 2010 (see: https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=257558) if (1) any of the files in one directory is missing in the other, or (2) if there is a binary file in either directory.

    It will still display differences in these cases, but will not allow you to save any merges.

  2. David Pérez says:

    I also use kdiff3

  3. Stephane says:

    There is also TkDiff ( https://sourceforge.net/projects/tkdiff/ ).

    For me, its main advantage is that it is composed of a single executable Tcl/Tk script file that can easily be installed by a regular user on any system where the tlc and tk libs are available.

    On Debian based system, tkdiff can be bound in the package tkcvs

  4. abc says:

    I use kdiff3 (http://kdiff3.sourceforge.net/) which can compare three files (or directory trees) and has a nice interface for merging

  5. Diarmuid O'Briain says:

    You forgot to mention ‘diffpdf’ which compares two PDF files textually or visually.

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