Allows you to merge differing files and folders fast and easily

Code Compare

Code Compare

  -  12.46 MB  -  Freeware
  • Latest Version

    Code Compare 5.3.231 LATEST

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    Daniel Leblanc

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    Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10

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Devart Code Compare is a free tool designed to compare and merge differing files and folders. The program integrates with all popular source control systems: TFS, SVN, Git, Mercurial, and Perforce. The tool is shipped both as a standalone file diff tool and a Visual Studio extension. The free edition of the app enables developers to perform most of the tasks related to source comparison.

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Code Compare Pro edition of the tool is specially adapted for comparing source code files. It locates changes in code with regard to its structure. Code Compare Pro features a 3-way file merge tool that allows resolving version control merge conflicts.

Features and Highlights

Text Comparison and Merging:
  • Colored blocks for inserted, deleted, and modified text
  • Detailed highlights of changes within lines
  • Collapsing of unchanged regions of text (Pro-feature)
  • Point-and-click merging with a mouse
  • Editing files on the fly
  • Merging shortcuts for advanced users
Structural Source Code Comparison:
  • Syntax Highlighting for programming languages
  • Methods are matched in compared source code files
  • Similar lines of code are matched even after refactoring
  • Moved blocks of code are detected if source code is reordered in files
  • Difference Explorer window displays changes in code structure
  • Code outlining allows collapsing and expanding regions of code
Visual Studio Integration:
  • Native Visual Studio extension allows smooth integration
  • Visual Studio 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017 support
  • Choose to use standalone or integrated CodeCompare on the fly
  • Atmel Studio 6.0 and 6.1 supported
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Code Review Support:
  • Adding code review comments when comparing source file revisions
  • Viewing added review comments from a file comparison document
  • Highlighting of code regions with review comments
  • The feature works in combination with Review Assistant
  • Teams benefit more than solo developers
Three-Way Comparison and Automatic Merging:
  • Three comparison panes with horizontal and vertical layouts
  • Integrates with version control systems as the merging tool for conflicting file revisions
  • Non-conflicting changes are merged automatically
  • Merging conflicts are highlighted
  • One-click conflict resolution with a mouse button
Compares entire hierarchies of folders:
  • Color-coding for added, deleted, and modified files
  • Filtering options for excluding or including of certain file types
  • Instant opening of individual file comparison documents
  • Display options for better comparison result analysis
  • Batch file copying from pane to pane or to a selected folder
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  • Ease of Use: It provides a user-friendly interface that makes it easy for developers to navigate and utilize its features effectively.
  • Integration: It seamlessly integrates with popular version control systems like Git, SVN, Mercurial, and TFS, allowing developers to compare and merge changes directly from within their preferred development environment.
  • Syntax Highlighting: The tool offers syntax highlighting for various programming languages, making it easier to read and understand the differences between code files.
  • Inline and Side-by-Side Comparison: It allows users to view code differences both inline and side-by-side, enabling them to choose the most suitable format for their preferences and workflow.
  • Three-Way Comparison: It supports three-way comparison, which is beneficial when merging changes from multiple branches or contributors, helping to resolve conflicts more efficiently.
  • Customization Options: Users can customize various aspects of the comparison process, such as ignoring whitespace, case sensitivity, and line-ending differences, tailoring the tool to their specific needs.
  • Merging Capabilities: Devart Code Compare facilitates code merging by providing intuitive tools for accepting or rejecting individual changes, as well as merging entire files.
  • Limited Language Support: Although the tool supports several popular programming languages, it may not offer comprehensive support for less common or niche languages.
  • Performance Issues with Large Files: Some users have reported performance issues when comparing or merging large files, particularly with complex codebases or intricate changes.
  • Platform Compatibility: While the app is available for Windows platforms, it may not be suitable for developers working on macOS or Linux systems, limiting its accessibility for certain users.
  • Learning Curve: While the interface is generally user-friendly, mastering all the features and customization options may require some initial learning time for new users.
  • Dependency on External Tools: It relies on integration with version control systems, so any issues or limitations with these systems could potentially impact its functionality.
Note: Requires .NET Framework. Includes a 30-day trial of Code Compare Pro.

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What's new in this version:

New async Code Compare package for VS 2015-2019:
- Now Code Compare is 35 percent more compact and loads faster not only in Visual Studio 2019 but also in Visual Studio 2017 and 2015, but we had to discontinue support for older versions of Visual Studio 2010-2013, which had been already outdated and their support slows down Code Compare development.

Support for PMA mode in VS 2019 for file comparison:
- Now you don't need to disable the option "Optimize rendering for screens with different pixel densities" in Visual Studio 2019 and a file comparison will be created as before. Also, we've fixed scaling of some dialogs in this mode. In general we continue to improve the scaling of our UI in the Visual Studio extension moving to modern technologies.

Online documentation:
- Instead of the obsolete offline documentation as a .chm file, we've implemented a more complete new online documentation, which is located on our global resource and will be actively updated and modernized

Support for 4-5K monitors and usability improved:
- Is this version, we've taken into account some commnets about the UI of monitors with hight DPI and updated button UI used for moving blocks in file comparison

Other improvements:
- Opening comparison when Visual Studio 2019 is run from the Quick Start window is fixed
- New tab size setting for standalone
- Shortcut duplicates of the standart editor for file comparison in Visual Studio are fixed
- Disabling syntax highlighting fixed
- Code Compare UI crashing on launch is fixed