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free file compare software?

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    harumscarum

    Can someone recommend a file compare utility?

    I did try to google but it is hard to trust any sites now a days that advertise free and are littered with google ads.

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    Randolpho

    harumscarum wrote:
    

    Can someone recommend a file compare utility?

    I did try to google but it is hard to trust any sites now a days that advertise free and are littered with google ads.




    Here's a nice comparison of the various tools (including cost).




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    mig

    Depends on what type of file comparison you need, I've never needed anything past WinDiff (comes with Visual Studio, and the PSDK I think).

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    Nils

    I'm using WinMerge (http://winmerge.org/) and it works fine for me.

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    harumscarum

    thanks for the links.

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    atehrani

    windiff is okay

    or use the diff that comes with <insert major version control software> (Subversion, Perforce, VSS..etc)

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    Minh

    Another vote for WinMerge

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    JosephSpaur - MSFT

    I'm personally a big user of WinDiff, but a lot of people here use Beyond Compare....

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    Ion Todirel

    TortoiseSVN Diff Tongue Out

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    phreaks

    M:\>comp /?
    Compares the contents of two files or sets of files.

    COMP [data1] [data2] [/D] [/A] [/L] [/N=number] [/C] [/OFF[LINE]]

      data1      Specifies location and name(s) of first file(s) to compare.
      data2      Specifies location and name(s) of second files to compare.
      /D         Displays differences in decimal format.
      /A         Displays differences in ASCII characters.
      /L         Displays line numbers for differences.
      /N=number  Compares only the first specified number of lines in each file.
      /C         Disregards case of ASCII letters when comparing files.
      /OFF[LINE] Do not skip files with offline attribute set.

    To compare sets of files, use wildcards in data1 and data2 parameters.

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    JustinBarr

    Just for comparing quick files I use (http://www.comparemyfiles.com

    It is nice since you don't need a computer with windiff on it.

    Just my thoughts

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