WinMerge - Portable Changelog Tool

WinMerge is an open source file comparison tool. This open source utility can help you visually determine differences or changes in files. It is commonly used to determine what has changed between project versions, and can then be used to merge any changes between those versions.

The diff compare software is offered a zipped version, enabling you to do your text comparison, compare files and perform file merging on the go.

Changelog File Comparison and Merging Tool

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WinMerge is an open source software tool designed for comparing and merging files and directories in Windows. This visual text file and directory comparison tool provides a gui for comparing the content of files and folders, highlighting the differences between them. It is often used for tasks such as code review, file synchronization, and identifying changes between different versions of files.

Here is a list of its main features:

  • Side by Side File or Directory Comparison: Displays compared files or directories side by side, highlighting differences in content, lines, or characters.
  • Visual Difference Highlighting: Differences are visually highlighted, making it easy for users to identify changes between files. Line differences, word differences, and character differences are highlighted.
  • Syntax Highlighting: Supports syntax highlighting for various programming languages, making it easier to read and understand code differences.
  • Folder Comparison: Users can compare entire directories, and WinMerge will show differences between files in corresponding folders. It allows for folder synchronization and merging.
  • Inline Editing: Users can edit files directly within WinMerge and save the changes, making it a useful tool for quick modifications.
  • Unified Difference Viewer: Provides a unified difference viewer that shows differences in a clear and consolidated manner.
  • Merge Functionality: Includes a merge tool that allows users to merge changes from one file or folder into another, resolving conflicts.
  • Filtering Options: Users can apply filters to exclude specific files or folders from the comparison, focusing on relevant content.
  • Plugin Support: Supports plugins, which can extend its functionality. There are plugins available for additional features and integrations.
  • Portable Version: Can be used as portable applications, allowing users to run it directly from external storage devices.

WinMerge Specifications | Official Site | Where to Download

  • Authors Website: Project Page
  • Creator: Dean P. Grimm - Thingamahoochie Software
  • License: Open Source
  • Supported OS: Windows 11, 10, 8, 7
  • Extracted File Size: 24 MB
  • Downloading: You can find the stand alone zipped version here:
    Winmerge Download

How to make WinMerge Portable

To make it stand alone portable:

  1. Create a new file and name it WinMerge.ini
  2. Place the ini file in the extracted folder on your USB drive.