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

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Aaron Kili

Aaron Kili is a Linux and F.O.S.S enthusiast, an upcoming Linux SysAdmin, web developer, and currently a content creator for TecMint who loves working with computers and strongly believes in sharing knowledge.

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28 Responses

  1. Nicolas says:

    Hey Aaron, thanks for the article. Do you have any benchmark comparing the software? I am asking because I use Meld and making a diff of a 100Mb SQL file just take forever, a little better if I turn off the syntax coloring but still take forever…

    Got any advice for comparing large files?

    Thanks in advance

  2. Mikko Rantalainen says:

    Ughh… sorry but “Intuitive GUI” does not describe Kdiff3. I mean, Kdiff3 is probably the best merge-tool available for any version control environment and I do use it roughly weekly. However, after using it for 10 years, I still find its GUI barely usable. I would describe it as best tool for file merging despite horrific GUI.

  3. fireboy says:

    Thanks for this write-up on the diff tools. The best I’ve ever read with the most tools!

  4. Oliver Doepner says:

    I use the Intellij Community Edition (Open Source). It can even be run as stand-alone diff tool. It is available for all platforms. I use it equally on Debian GNU/Linux and Windows.

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