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.
The software featured here is free and open source. All tools provide a command-line interface (CLI) unless otherwise stated.
|Console-Based Diff Tools|
|difftastic||Structural diff tool that compares files based on their syntax|
|diff-so-fancy||Attractive diffs with diff-highlight and more|
|delta||Viewer for git and diff output|
|icdiff||An improved colored diff|
|diffoscope||In-depth comparison of files, archives, and directories|
|colordiff||Wrapper for diff with pretty syntax highlighting|
|diffr||Word-by-word diff highlighting utility|
|ydiff||Tool to view colored, incremental diff in a version controlled workspace|
|Wdiff||Wordwise implementation of diff|
|dwdiff||diff 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.
All the CLI tools in this series.
|Alternatives to CLI tools|
|age // awk // bc // cal // cat // cd // cksum // cloc // cmp // compress // cp // cron // curl // cut // date // dd // df // diff // dig // du // find // ftp // grep // gzip // hexdump // history // jq // kill // less // locate // ls // lsof // make // man // more // mv / ping // ps // psql // rename // rm // sed // split // ssh // strings // sudo // sysctl // talk // tar // telnet // time // top // touch // traceroute // tree // uname // uniq // vi // watch // Wget // who // whois // xargs|
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