15 Best Free Visual File Comparison Software

Here are 15 best free visual file comparison software. These visual file comparison software let you compare files easily. All these visual file comparison software are completely free and can be downloaded to Windows PC. These visual file comparison software offer various features, like: comparison of two or more textual files, can merge the differences, highlights the differences or show the differences in colors, support for programming languages like C, C++, Java, Java Script, HTML, CSS, VB.Net, ASP etc., supports syntax highlighting, compare files from context menu, and more. Check out this list of free visual file comparison software and find out which you like best.

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KDiff3



KDiff3 is a free visual file comparison software. It lets you compare files visually on your PC. It is basically useful for comparing source code visually. It also lets you compare folders on your computer. You can merge the compared files. You can run it from anywhere by selecting and right clicking on two different files and selecting compare from the context menu.

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AptDiff



AptDiff is a free visual file comparison software for Windows. It lets you visually compare files stored on your PC. It has two options: ‘compare as text’ or ‘compare as binary’. You can switch between them easily. It finds the difference between two files and highlights the differences. You can merge the differences. You can compare files directly from Windows Explorer.

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DiffMerge



DiffMerge is a free and easy to use visual file comparison software. You can compare two files for their contents side by side. It highlights the differences in them in colors. You can merge both files to remove the differences. It doesn’t require installation and can be used as a portable software.

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Diffuse



Diffuse is a free file comparison tool for Windows. With the help of it you can compare multiple text files simultaneously. It highlights the differences between them so you can visually compare them. It is a helpful tool for programmers. It supports various programming languages including C++, C#, CSS, HTML, Java, Java Script, VB.Net, XML etc. You can merge the differences too. It also supports syntax highlighting.

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Code Compare




Code Compare is a free visual file comparison software. You can compare source code files easily with the help of it. It lets you merge the differences after comparison. You can also compare the contents of two or more folders. It supports highlighting the differences in colors. It works with various programming languages and is a good choice for programmers for comparing codes.

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ExamDiff



ExamDiff is a simple, small, and easy to use visual file comparison software. It lets you view the differences between two files visually. It highlights the differences. It has the option to ‘Show Only Differences’ which is very helpful for viewing only the differences. It has a simple and easy to use user interface. It can be installed and uninstalled easily.

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WinMerge




WinMerge is a file comparison tool available free for Windows. You can compare two files with it. You can open two files simultaneously, one in left and second in right pane. It highlights the differences between them. It has a merge option also. It has various options to apply. It comes in a portable format also.

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Files Compare Tool



Files Compare Tool is a free visual files and directories comparison software for Windows. It lets you compare and merge different versions of the same file. It shows the compared files side by side. It highlights the differences in colors so you can easily understand the differences between them. It is a simple and easy to use software.

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FreeDiff



FreeDiff is a free visual files comparison software for Windows. It lets you compare two files for differences. You have to select the file 1 and file 2 by clicking the command button or selecting them from file menu. It shows you the compared files side by side and marks the differences between them. It has simple and easy to use user interface.

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Notepad++ Compare plugin



Notepad++ is a very useful text editor. Plugins add useful features to Notepad++. There is a Compare plugin also available for it. You can copy it to Notepad++ programs plugin folder to use it. You can open two files in Notepad++ and choose compare from Plugins menu. It highlights the difference between opened files. It is very small in size and easy to use.

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TotalEdit



TotalEdit is a free text editor with file comparison functionality. It can compare two textual files easily in one window. It highlights the differences in colors. It supports various programming languages including C, C++, PHP, Java, Java Script, HTML, ASP etc. You can compare the code between two files. It also supports syntax coloring. You can use ‘Compare Any Two Files’ command from its Tools menu to start comparing.

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CompareDiff



CompareDiff is a file comparison tool. It lets you visually compare two files side by side. You can use ‘File compare’ command from Tools menu. Select the files in left and right pane by browsing. You have to click the ‘Fresh Scan’ button on its toolbar to start comparison. It shows you the differences in colors so you easily find the differences.

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TextDoc Compare Utility



TextDoc Compare Utility is a free and easy to use visual file comparison software. It supports TXT and DOC format (up to Word 2003). You can click ‘Select File #1’ and ‘Select File #2’ buttons to select two files respectively. It highlights the differences. It is small in size and doesn’t require installation. You can use it as a portable software.

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P4Merge



P4Merge is a free visual file comparison software. It lets you compare differences between two textual files. After installing it you can run P4Merge from programs menu. You have to select file 1 and file 2 from browse buttons. After clicking OK you will get the differences between selected files. It highlights the differences. You can use its merge feature also to merge the files.

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TkDiff



Tkdiff is a free and easy to use visual file comparison software. It lets you view the difference between two files side by side. It highlights the differences found in both files. It is open source software and is small in size. It also has a feature of diff bookmarks for quick navigation.

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