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Software to compare any two or more data sets. Data sets may be text, lists of files/folders, CSV data, XML data, binary data, or any other structured or non-structured form of data.

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Is there a (command line) tool to calculate percentage change between two files of the same format full of numbers?

Is there a (command line) tool to calculate percentage change between two files of the same format full of numbers? Example: File A: 100 100 File B: 150 70 Invocation: $ calc_perc_change A B +50% -...
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File comparison: Character level compare with side-by-side merge functionalities

I am looking for a software or other solution where I can compare text files at the character level and have a side-by-side view where I can apply changes (on the character level!) from one side to ...
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Is there any command line application that can tell me if 2 video files are the same?

I downloaded a bunch of photos and movie files from my iPhone into a folder on my PC. Then I redownloaded them to a different folder on my PC. Then I diffed the 2 folders, and some of the photos and ...
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GUI git mergetool for Mac/OSX with dark mode, 3 panels, and allows editing local/remote?

I am currently use meld and it seems to have performance issues on Mac/OSX that I don't experience on linux. I've noticed a surprising number of meld alternatives are really poor quality and un-usable ...
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elementwise-diff utility for (simple) structures of data

Suppose I have a data structure made up of, say, a 32-bit floating-point value and a 32-bit integer values. Now suppose I have two files with a million of these structures in each. For simplicity let'...
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Command line tools to do a diff of csv/tsv files?

I work on a bioinformatics tool that produces large TSV files with many (~100) and long (~5-200 char) columns. Getting a whole line from a normal diff is overwhelming. It's more important to have the ...
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Visual diff patch editor

Looking for some editor for complex Git merge commits. Is there some editor where you can work with patch, edit all files at once, move changed blocks, etc. Thinking about interactive diff2html: add ...
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Create a report that tracks changes on a web page

PROBLEM I live in Lausanne, Switzerland, and I would like to buy a home in the next years or so. The market is so hot that as soon as a new home is on the market it gets sold in days. Hence I would ...
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Software showing detailed differences in files given two directories

What I want: recursively compare all files which are in both directories option to ignore multiple specific directories (e.g. node_modules and .git) highlighting of differences on word/character ...
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Diff Tool That Ignores Newlines

Looking for a diff tool (preferably with GUI, for Windows, and free, but others are welcome too) that can ignore newlines, so diffs that are only lines joined or broken are ignored. It should also ...
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Compare a text file to multiple text files

Is there a tool that runs on linux (preferably GUI) that can compare a text file to any number of other text files? I currently use meld and it works great for up to 3 files. I am looking for ...
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Finding a binary in a binary

I have a task where I need to proof that one binary file contains another binary file. "No problem", I thought, "that's what a diff-tool is there for". Unfortunately it didn't give ...
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Looking for software: diff for video

I’m looking for software that can identify the differences in scenes between two videos. That is, I’m interested in inserted or removed sections of a video. (Think “Which scenes does the director’s ...
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Graphical difftool for Linux that supports word wrap/line break

Using Ubuntu Linux 20.04 I would like to use a graphical diff tool (like Meld, Kdiff3, Kompare, etc.) that supports automatic line breaks. What I mean by that is that I would like to see the entire ...
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CLI tool to compare 2 JSON files without regards to order of data objects AND returns an errorlevel environment variable

I'm searching for a CLI (Windows) tool to compare 2 JSON files. The trick is that the data objects within the JSON files may be in different orders (positions). Even if the order of data objects ...
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Is there something just like WinMerge only it supports showing all the differences "in one view"?

I use WinMerge all the time, by calling it such as this: winmerge.exe zip1 zip2 (Basically.) That gives me a nice diff of each file inside the both archives, and I can see the changes clearly, just ...
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Windows tool to diff 3 or more files

I am looking for a tool for Windows. It must allow comparing at least 3 text blocks. Any recommendations? Update: 4 or more files at the same time is even better
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Hex viewer with comparison on Linux

Is there a good Linux GUI program to view (and possibly edit) binary files in hex, and also to compare two hex files side-by-side. Ideally, it should highlight the differences, scroll the two views ...
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Human assisted diff

Fully automatic diff algoritms often fail in complicated cases. For example, they may be fooled by a repeating word: word at one side matches the same word in other position at other side, which leads ...
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Comparison tool for SQLLite that generates scripts

Can anyone suggest me software that compares SQLite tables/databases, and creates a script to update one to the other - like SQL Delta does for other database types?
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Looking for Tool to calculate oringal files from a diff3 merged-file

i have a question about merged files produced by diff3. Im currently working with a java service, that is using diff3 internally to calculate the differences between 3 files. As a result i receive a ...
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Diff & patch files through R (win/linux/mac)

Is there a way I can "diff" two files from within R and store/apply the patch later? I want something that will work on Windows, Linux and macOS. I've looked at the package "diffobj" which doesn't ...
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Comparing RTF files and returning the difference in an RTF format

I am looking for a STDIN/STDOUT supported program that can return the difference (preferably in RTF format) between two RTF files or strings, similar to how GitHub tracks changes between two text-...
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Software recommendation to view git-conflict side by side?

I am doing some git merging and there is a conflict. Usually the conflicts are small (less than 10 lines) but this has lots of conflicts that are more than 10 lines each. What software would you ...
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PDF comparison tool

I want to compare two PDF files and show the differences. The application must be gratis run on Windows (10 at least, 7 appreciated) compare the text that is contained in those PDFs visually ...
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Comparing two finite trees

I need an editor which allows to enter a tree, each node of which may contain several subnodes. The enter part is easy. I can use just a text editor and a hierarchical list like * a ** b ** c *** d ...
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Portable, free, cross-platform, GUI-based prose-friendly plain-text diff and merge tool?

I have a Macbook at home and a GNU/linux desktop workstation at work. But, I sometimes also have to work on my university's library machines (running Windows 7) without admin rights. Is there a (...
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XML difference using Maven

I have a requirement to find out the differences between XML files of the current release and previous release, and report the differences in HTML format. These XML files are packaged in a jar during ...
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Desktop diff tool with all files together

Is there a GUI diff tool for Desktop Windows that can compare folders, and show each different file with the differences in the same screen, below each other? Tools like Meld etc. give just a list ...
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Get difference of two regular literature texts (not source code), with markup on changes

How to get difference text of two ebooks converted to plain text? They are both the same book but different editions, so much of text is exactly the same to within hyphenation and punctuation changes. ...
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open source gui diff program with file type preset for linux

I used to use Examdiff on windows which is great because it shows diff with respect to the file type like comparing JSOON or sort INI files before comparing. On Linux I found beyond compare which ...
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Diff tool for XML Schema file?

I was tasked with migrating an xsd generation tool to something new. But since the XSD's are part of a publicly published interface they should not change. The new tool does things a bit differently, ...
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File diff viewer visualizing historical data

I have a folder full of textfiles savestate-1.xml savestate-2.xml savestate-5.xml savestate-500.xml which represent how a single file, in this case savestate.xml, changed over time. I.e. a full dump ...
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Linux text editor with integrated diff

I'm looking for a GUI text editor with an integrated diff feature. I'm used to Notepad++ on windows and its diff plugin. Now I am using a Linux machine and I can't seem to find something similar. I ...
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Which .NET obfuscator to use for obfuscating the code with same results each time?

In my program, it is important that obfuscated names be the same after each build, so that I can find differences in files for minimum upgrade size, otherwise users will have to download all dlls ...
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A C-file-layout-aware diff tool?

I'd like a diff-like tool which, on files determined or forced to be treated as C sources, respects function boundaries. That is, does not try to have the lines of a single function match lines from ...
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rough comparison of files

I want to compare two editions of one book. The book is very long and the editions are close but not identical. I have extracted the texts with OCR. The obtained text-files have mistakes and many ...
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diff & patch tools for Windows that support UCS-2 encoded text files

I'm looking for a pair of diff- and patch-like tool(s) that can understand various text file encodings, especially UTF-8 and UCS-2. Currently I have to write a custom bashscript (in Cygwin) that ...
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Tool to "average" a good copy of a file from several copies of the same data that contain sparse random errors

I have in my hands a handful of cases from different scenarios where I copied some data to my PC through a transmission path with no built-in error detection or correction. I have or can make more ...
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Is there a program that can compare binary files and merge individual blocks of non-identical data into a file?

I want to compare two binary files (around 500 KB) and have the code broken into blocks of data that are identical and not-identical. FlexHEX can do this but there is no way to merge a non-identical ...
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Database Diffing tool/library

I have a testing database and a production database. I want to update/insert the changes that i did in the testing database. I already read this post about database diffing: https://stackoverflow....
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Open-Source Diff Tool for C#

I'm looking for an open-source diff tool that I can integrate in my C# code. I am comparing two strings of text and want to render my output to look similar to the Stack Exchange diff tool: inline: ...
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diff tool whith PDF generation option

I'm looking for a file comparison tool with the following criteria: Can be used in MS Windows Can be used with git (diff) Can be used from the command-line Can export comparison results to PDF
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Compare image metadata

I'm using freefilesync to synchronize two folders containing photos Is there a software that can compare the image metadata to see what metadata changes have been made?
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Editor or Tool showing git versions side-by-side

I'm looking for any editor or tool that can view side-by-side two different versions of file in a git repository. There is similar functionality on github, but it only compares the selected version ...
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Diff Tool for Linux that you can paste two texts into without files?

I find myself frequently needing to compare two text blocks together without creating a file for each first, and then wishing to run a diff between the two of them. Is there a tool I can use and ...
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Good file format for dumping and comparing large amounts of structured data

I'm on the lookout for a suitable file format and a comparison tool that my organization can use to compare large amounts of structured data. The data in question comes from an object-oriented ...
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PDF Revision Controlling

i'm electronic engineer and i have to handle a huge amount of datasheets from several electronic parts. Most of the datasheets have a dedicated revision number mentioned inside the document, so i name ...
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Is there a character-wise text difference tool?

I constantly need to compare couples of fixed-width text files which change on specific character positions. These files usually have a single line and a fixed number of bytes so most diff tools mark ...
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Command line difftool, git integration, side by side

git diff, by default, shows changes one after the other and I find it hard to follow no matter how much practice I get. I tried switching my git difftool to use vimdiff which gives me the side by ...
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