I need a tool for Windows that:

  • allows me to compare the data inside two tables which have the same column name
  • shows me the disaligned data
  • allows me to choose a set of rows / cells to copy to the other table

Something very similar to Beyond Compare / Araxis Merge but for comparing tables / views

The concept is pretty easy:

  • file comparer base their comparison on the file name. Here a join criteria would been provided
  • file comparer allows to "copy to left" to overwrite the text inside a file; this software should do the same with the "cell" of a database (cell = one column of one row returned by a query)

Does something similar exist already?


3 Answers 3


Many years ago I used SQL Delta for this purpose. I assume it's still good. A single license is $185 though.

  • The license is pretty expensive :( the tool worths that price?
    – Revious
    Feb 13, 2015 at 11:20
  • They have a free 14 day trail. As to whether it's worth it, I haven't compared it to other tools that are out there.
    – EricP
    Feb 13, 2015 at 20:56

Here are some suggestions for you

  • You should take a look at Devart's database compare tools for MySQL from it's official website

DbForge Data Compare for MySQL serves for comparing and synchronizing data in MySQL, Percona, MariaDB databases. The tool gives clear view of differences between data, allows analyzing them, generates synchronization script, and applies changes at a glance. It also allows scheduling regular MySQL data comparisons using command line.

  • Compare data in MySQL databases to see changes
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  • Generate data comparison reports in Excel and HTML formats
  • Copy look-up data from development database to production
  • Schedule comparison tasks through command line interface

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  • Toad™ for MySQL is a freeware development tool that enables you to quickly and efficiently create and execute queries, automate database object management, and develop SQL code. Toad MySQL provides utilities to compare, extract, and search for objects. The MySQL tool also enables you to record and play back keyboard commands, and transfer data across MySQL databases. The MySQL developer tool increases efficiency by helping you manage projects, import/export data, and administer the database.

  • Version control integration — Enables you to check in and check out code from within the editor to reduce the risk of errors.

  • Macro record and playback — Allows you to record and play back keyboard commands.

  • Database browser — Reorganizes and manages objects and object types.

  • Code snippet editor — Speeds navigation by enabling you to create and alter code snippets for expand-and-collapse code blocks.

  • Security manager — Provides you with better system control by permitting or restricting user access to specific Toad features.

  • SQL editor — Allows you to create, execute, modify, and save queries; view and edit data; and process DDL commands from an intuitive interface.

  • Fast, multi-tabbed schema browser — Displays and manages database objects graphically.

  • DB extract, compare-and-search utility — Allows you to compare two MySQL databases, view the differences, and create the script to update the target.

  • Import/Export utility — Enables you to transfer data across MySQL databases


If you're looking for a distributed version control system for databases, check out Klonio. Its like Git/GitHub for databases. The user interface/commands have been modelled similar to Git, so you can run a klonio diff to get what you want.

  • Klonio currently only exists as Beta, but thanks anyway as s it looks extremely promising. I signed up for "pin me when stable"
    – Mawg
    Sep 4, 2015 at 7:12

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