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Folders and Files Comparison in Linux with Meld

Beyond Compare and Winmerge are tools that can be used to compare files in Windows, but the latter is not available in Linux and the former is only available as a commercial application. One alternative is to use Meld, a diff and merge tool for Linux. This open source program is a GUI for diff2 and diff3 written using pygkt toolit based on Python, Glade and GTK+.

This is not as powerful as the two programs aforementioned, but still very useful. It can also compare 3 files at the same time.

To install it in ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install meld

Comparing File in Linux with Meld vs. Winmege or Beyond Compare

File Comparison in Meld

It will still allow you to compare files, directory and merge changes. The file comparison merge function is a little confusing at first, but after a while you’ll get used to it. Meld can also support version control comparison with CVS, SVN, GIT, Bazaar-ng or Mercurial.

Compare directories in Meld

Folder Comparison with Meld

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