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Beyond Compare for Mac

Visually compare and merge files and folders.

$35.00
In English
Version 5.0.0.29773
4.8
Based on 14 user rates

Beyond Compare overview

Beyond Compare allows you to quickly and easily compare your files and folders. By using simple, powerful commands you can focus on the differences you're interested in and ignore the rest. You can then merge the changes, synchronize your files, and generate reports for your records. You can compare entire drives and folders at high speed, checking just sizes and modified times, or thoroughly verify every file with byte-by-byte comparisons. Once you've found specific files you're interested in, Beyond Compare can intelligently pick the best way to compare and display them. Text files can be viewed and edited with syntax highlighting and comparison rules tweaked specifically for documents, source code, and HTML. The text contents of Microsoft Word .doc and Adobe .pdf files can also be compared but not edited. Data files, executables, binary data, and images all have dedicated viewers as well, so you always have a clear view of the changes.

The Pro version of Beyond Compare adds the following features: 3-way text merge, 3-way folder merge, built-in SFTP support, text replacement, Folder-Compare alignment overrides, and support for WebDAV, Dropbox, and subversion. Pricing information can be found here.

What’s new in version 5.0.0.29773

Significant New Features
  • Word wrap in Text Compare and Text Merge.
  • Dark mode.
  • Table Compare can compare multiple Excel sheets and has other enhancements.
  • Text Merge manual alignment supports multi-line selections.
  • Windows: Per-monitor DPI scaling.
  • Windows: Explorer context menu integration enhanced and supports Windows 11.
  • macOS: Native Apple M series support and additional performance improvements.
  • Linux: Upgraded to QT 5.
Additional Enhancements
  • Version Compare supports more header fields, and has better MUI and error handling.
  • Media Compare (formerly MP3 compare) has been enhanced and supports additional file types (FLAC, MP3, MP4/AAC).
  • Media Compare, Picture Compare, and Version Compare now launch Hex or Picture Compare when double clicking on tags.
  • "Open Clipboard" command added to Registry Compare, Media Compare, Version Compare, and Text Edit.
  • Added file viewer keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + / ⌘+ and Ctrl - / ⌘- for "Display Font Increase/Decrease" and Picture Compare "Zoom In/Out".
  • Command line now supports using /fv="Hex Compare" for archive files.
  • File viewer encoding auto-detection now matches against the entire file instead of just the first 64KB.
  • Fixed reading BC scripts saved as UTF-8 without a byte order mark.
  • Mouse wheel scrolls the control under the mouse cursor rather than the one that has focus.
  • Windows: "Register for All Users" option will now store the key in C:\ProgramData (%AllUsersProfile%) instead of Program Files so it doesn't need to show a UAC prompt.
  • Windows/Linux: Titlebars now show "Administrator:" or "(Root Session)" when run elevated.
  • Windows: Loading a base folder that contains a Windows shortcut file named "target.lnk" will no longer automatically redirect to the target of that shortcut.
  • Windows: Fixed various issues with control and menu appearance on Windows 11.
  • macOS: Copies within a single file system now make linked copy-on-write clones, so the file data isn't duplicated until one of them changes.
  • Linux: Added KDE6 file manager integration. Thank you to Benjamin Robin.
Default Settings Changed
  • Windows: File views now assume UTF-8 instead of ANSI encoding for files unless it detects extended characters.
  • FTP/FTPS/SFTP use binary transfers for all files instead of doing ASCII ones for some file types. The previous "Auto" behavior still exists as an option.
  • FTP/FTPS/SFTP now uses UTF-8 for command/filename encoding by default. Previous "Detect" behavior can be changed in the profile's "Server > Encoding" tab.
  • Deleting in folder compare/sync will now use the recycle bin by default.
  • Windows: "Tools > Source Control" dialog (MSSCCI integration) is now hidden by default since most version control systems no longer support it. It can be manually re-enabled in "Options > Toolbars, etc".
  • Increased "Binary size for binary compare" from 65KB to 4MB.
  • "Limit next difference files to current folder" is now off by default.
  • Added "Ignore Same", "Favor Left", and "Favor Right" buttons to Text Merge toolbar.
  • Removed Text Compare "Full Edit" toggle. Full editing support is always enabled.
Table Compare
  • Autodetection of file formatting and column type has been improved.
  • Multiple MS Excel sheets and multiple HTML tables can be compared with tabs.
  • Default comparison uses a standard alignment rather than a sorted one.
  • Individual cells are colored based on their differences.
  • CSV files support editing on a cell-by-cell basis.
Windows Explorer context menu extension
  • Works in the top-level menu in Windows 11.
  • Added "Compare Using Hex Compare" for archive files.
  • Added support for right clicking on the desktop or in the background of a folder view to act on that folder.
  • Using "Select Left File" and then right clicking on a folder now supports comparing a file of the same name within that folder.
  • "Edit" command is now enabled for a selection of up to 15 files.
  • Added "View Patch", "Compare to Clipboard", and "Open for Compare" commands.
Installers
  • Windows: Added /DisableUpdates switch to disable check for updates for the current user or all users.
  • Windows: Install mode prompt (All Users, Current User, Portable) is now shown before the UAC prompt, so it no longer needs admin privileges for non-admin installs.
  • Windows: "All Users" installs no longer prompt to run the Clipboard Compare on startup. Previously this only affected the installing user.
  • Windows: Portable installs will now default to 64-bit versions on 64-bit Windows. Silent installs can use the /32 switch to force a 32-bit version.
  • Linux: Creating an empty /etc/default/bcompare file will prevent the .deb package from adding the Beyond Compare repository and public signing key to the system configuration.
  • Linux: Uninstalling the .deb package will now remove the repository and public signing key configuration files if they were added automatically.
Picture Compare
  • Mouse now uses a precise + cursor when over images and the two images that the mouse isn't over show smaller cursors in the same relative positions.
  • Mouse wheel scrolls the view rather than zooming. Shift+Wheel will scroll horizontally and Ctrl+Wheel will zoom in and out.
FTP/FTPS/SFTP
  • Replaced SFTP "Force faster uploads to older OpenSSH servers" profile option with "Use aggressive uploads to OpenSSH servers" one that affects all OpenSSH versions, not just v3.9 and earlier.
  • SSH public/private key generation in Profiles dialog now supports ed25519 and EcDSA keys and will generate ed25519 keys by default.
  • SSH keyboard interactive authentication now combines multiple prompts into a single dialog.

Beyond Compare for Mac

$35.00
In English
Version 5.0.0.29773
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4.8

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RedGiantStar
RedGiantStar
Mar 3 2018
4.2.4.22795
4.5
Mar 3 2018
4.5
Version: 4.2.4.22795
Beyond Compare is one of the best compare and merge applications for macOS.
Philosopherdog
Philosopherdog
May 11 2017
4.2.1.22354
4.0
May 11 2017
4.0
Version: 4.2.1.22354
That icon is completely unacceptable! Please for the love of God fix it.
joker55
joker55
Jul 29 2016
4.1.4.20978
5.0
Jul 29 2016
5.0
Version: 4.1.4.20978
Great app and probably the best at what it does on the Mac at the moment. A little pricey but worth it.
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Jul 27 2016
4.1.4.20978
0.0
Jul 27 2016
0.0
Version: 4.1.4.20978
Just to say, BC cannot text-wrap so if you need to diff long lines this makes it very annoying to use. Otherwise this is an excellent tool.
phillip-4
phillip-4
Apr 29 2015
4.0.7.19761
5.0
Apr 29 2015
5.0
Version: 4.0.7.19761
I also have been a BeyondCompare user on Windows for many years and was so excited to see that they made a Mac version. It is clearly the best diff tool for Mac. Scooter did a wonderful job porting the tool over to Mac OSX. Congratulations and THANK YOU! MacUpdate seems to be a bit slow on the updates so I'd just head over to scootersoftware.com and get it directly from them.
Ervins Strauhmanis
Ervins Strauhmanis
Apr 11 2023
4.4.6.27483
5.0
Apr 11 2023
5.0
Version: 4.4.6.27483
Amnesiac7
Amnesiac7
Apr 17 2022
4.4.2
5.0
Apr 17 2022
5.0
Version: 4.4.2
t-19
t-19
Sep 2 2018
4.0
Sep 2 2018
4.0
Version: null
RedGiantStar
RedGiantStar
Mar 3 2018
4.5
Mar 3 2018
4.5
Version: null
Philosopherdog
Philosopherdog
May 11 2017
4.0
May 11 2017
4.0
Version: null
joker55
joker55
Jul 29 2016
5.0
Jul 29 2016
5.0
Version: null
Freenergy
Freenergy
Mar 4 2016
4.5
Mar 4 2016
4.5
Version: null
phillip-4
phillip-4
Apr 29 2015
5.0
Apr 29 2015
5.0
Version: null
mikalelu
mikalelu
Mar 21 2015
4.5
Mar 21 2015
4.5
Version: null
rcrooks1969
rcrooks1969
Jan 5 2015
5.0
Jan 5 2015
5.0
Version: null
AbuServer
AbuServer
Dec 6 2014
5.0
Dec 6 2014
5.0
Version: null
Pmdf
Pmdf
Aug 20 2014
5.0
Aug 20 2014
5.0
Version: null
Mextex
Mextex
Feb 13 2014
5.0
Feb 13 2014
5.0
Version: null
Oliv!er
Oliv!er
Jan 15 2014
5.0
Jan 15 2014
5.0
Version: null