Rapid development in software application world has become common. Frequent changing business requirements lead to change in functionality. And, that in turn lead to change in code. Frequent edit in code is a growing pain for developers. There are very useful and helpful tools for the merging of edits from two or more copies of the same source.
Code Compare is a free as well as paid tool for compare and merge differing files and folders. Pro edition provides more features for developers to resolve version control merge conflicts. It compares source code files, locates changes in the code with regards to its structure.
For more information on Code Compare, please visit https://www.devart.com/codecompare/
Diffuse is a small and simple text merge tool written in Python. With Diffuse, a developer can easily merge, edit, and review changes to his/her code.
It enables you to directly edit files, syntax highlighting and supports Bazaar, CVS, Darcs, Git, Mercurial, Monotone, RCS, Subversion, and SVK code repositories.
For more information on Diffuse, please visit http://diffuse.sourceforge.net/
DiffMerge is another code compare tool that enables the developer to visually compare and merge files on Windows, OS X and Linux. It provides graphical interface that shows the changes between two files. It also provides Intra-line highlighting and full support for editing.
For more information on DffMerge, please visit http://sourcegear.com/diffmerge/index.html
Active File Compare
Active File Compare is an advanced utility for comparing multiple source code versions. It provides an interface to correct the source code and also supports syntax highlighting for the programming languages C++, C#, Java, Visual Basic, Delphi, Object Pascal, SQL, Perl, Assembler, Fortran, Foxpro etc. and for HTML, PHP, XML, INI and BAT files.
The tool is very accurate in finding differences both in small text files and in files with a large number of changes.
For more information on Active File Compare, please visit http://www.formulasoft.com/afc.html
WinMerge is a comparison tool for windows allowing the developer to compare, synchronize, and merge as easy and useful as possible. It creates patch files, resolve conflict files and integrates easily with Visual SourceSafe and Rational ClearCase.
For more information on WinMerge, please visit http://winmerge.org/about/
Kaleidoscope is a comparison tool for Mac. It enables the developer to compare files in three different layouts. It allows the developer to use instant search to find matches in one or both files, and navigate from change to change. It also integrates with other version control repositories such as Git, SVN, Mercurial, Bazaar, or Perforce.
For more information on Kaleidoscope, please visit http://www.kaleidoscopeapp.com/
Diffchecker is command line compare tool that enables you to compare two files. One of the most useful features of this tool is that it allows you to upload diffs instantly to share with others.
For more information on Diffchecker, please visit https://www.diffchecker.com/cli
Beyond Compare is easy to use tool that enables you to quickly compare files and folders. You can merge changes, synchronize your files and generate reports for your records. The tool is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS.
For more information on Beyond Compare, please visit http://www.scootersoftware.com/features.php
Araxis Merge is built for Mac. It is another code comparison tool that spots changes between source, HTML, XML, or other file revisions. It’s pro version provides 3-way comparison and automatic merging that saves good amount of time for developers.
For more information on Araxis Merge, please visit http://www.araxis.com/merge/index.en
For more information on Compare++, please visit http://cmpp.coodesoft.com/