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DiffMerge is free, try it with AnkhSVN  

SourceGear, known for their Vault source control software, are giving away their three-way diff & merge tool DiffMerge for Windows, Mac and Unix.

DiffMerge has a clear interface and supports for file-type specific rule-sets that allow you to decide how to deal with white-space, line-endings, encoding etc.

I’ll be using it instead of my trusty KDiff for a couple of weeks to see how things go.

To use DiffMerge in AnkhSVN head into the Tools > AnkhSVN > Edit the AnkhSVN Configuration menu option and then paste each of the following command-lines into the associated configuration option.


C:\Program Files\SourceGear\DiffMerge\DiffMerge.exe "%base" "%mine" /t1="Base version" /t2="My version"


C:\Program Files\SourceGear\DiffMerge\DiffMerge.exe "%base" "%theirs" "%mine" /r="%merged" /t1="Base version" /t2="Their version" /t3="My version"

Alternatively you might want to check out Trevor Green’s instructions on using DiffMerge with TortoiseSVN if you are not yet sold on AnkhSVN and it’s Visual Studio integration.


4 responses  

  1. I’ve always been pretty happy with WinMerge, although it doesn’t have an OSX or Linux version. Doesn’t have a 3-way merge but given the way I work with merging (always via patches rather than snapshots) I’ve never found I needed that.

    I’d be a little wary of this one being abandonware (since it’s not open source) but it will be interesting to see what it’s like.

    steveJune 15th, 2007
  2. It’s quite nice, but I do miss the syntax highlighting that WinMerge does. A small thing but I’ve gotten used to it.

    steveJune 15th, 2007
  3. The configuration is no longer needed. Ankhsvn now detects installer diff/merge tools.

    cguillemetteMarch 9th, 2010
  4. I still needed to configure it. Also, note that you need to replace the quotation marks in the configuration strings with straight quotes.

    abrak.jamson – June 14th, 2010

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