Alternatives to popular CLI tools: cmp

This article spotlights alternative tools to cmp, a command-line utility that compares two files of any type and writes the results to the standard output.

Man page for cmp

The software featured here is free and open source. All tools provide a command-line interface (CLI) unless otherwise stated.

Console-Based Diff Tools
difftasticStructural diff tool that compares files based on their syntax
diff-so-fancyAttractive diffs with diff-highlight and more
deltaViewer for git and diff output
icdiffAn improved colored diff
diffoscopeIn-depth comparison of files, archives, and directories
colordiffWrapper for diff with pretty syntax highlighting
diffrWord-by-word diff highlighting utility
ydiffTool to view colored, incremental diff in a version controlled workspace
WdiffWordwise implementation of diff
dwdiffdiff program that operates at the word level

An honorable mention obviously goes to diff, a famous console based file comparison utility that outputs the differences between two files. The diff utility was developed in the early 1970s on the Unix operating system.

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Alternatives to CLI tools
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