Beyond Compare 4.0.3 – Visually compare and merge files and folders.

Beyond Compare 4.0.2

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 Standard version of Beyond Compare is a full-featured comparison tool, and is free to use. 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.

What’s New


Notable Changes
  • Added MOVETO scripting command that accepts the same arguments as COPYTO.
  • HTTP proxy information is now read from the system and will prompt for a username/password if necessary.
  • Improved folder browse dialog's FTP "Quick Connect" handling of passwords.
  • OS X/Linux: Unix extended attributes are now copied when creating new folders (e.g., OS X color labels).
  • Folder Compare now excludes uncompared file pairs when the display filters are set to only show orphans.
  • Various other fixes.
  • Fixed corruption when editing .tar archives.
  • Windows: Removed .vhd as a default extension for "MS virtual hard disk" archives since it conflicts with VHDL source code.
  • Windows: Added support for Unicode passwords on RAR archives.
  • Windows: Improved "Archive Types" descriptions for various 7-zip provided formats.
  • Fixed crash when extracting files from multiple RAR archives at once.
Cloud Services
  • HTTP proxy information is now read from the system and will prompt for a username/password if necessary.
  • SSL certificates now match hosts listed in the Certificate Subject Alt Name property in addition to the Common Name.
  • Improved granularity of progress reporting so it's better than every 4MB.
  • Fixed cancelling transfers in the middle of a file.
File Formats
  • External conversions now support %o variable for original filename.
  • Windows: Fixed PDF and external conversions failing for filenames with certain international characters.
File Views
  • Fixed Find panel clipping the path edits.
  • Fixed Find panel updating of "Sides" when switching between "Show More" and "Show Less".
  • "Automatically reload unless changes will be discarded" tweak now affects saving a file that is compared to itself.
Folder Compare
  • OS X/Linux: Unix extended attributes are now copied when creating new folders (e.g., OS X color labels).
  • Unknown files will now be filtered out if the display filters are set to only show orphans.
  • Fixed support for filename filters with path information (e.g., "dir*.txt") when "Ignore folder structure" is active.
  • Fixed support for using "Align filenames with different extensions" in combination with "Archive handling: As files always".
  • Windows: Increased threshold for unbuffered file copies from 128MB to 1GB to help with slowdowns.
  • Fixed file operation's unresponsive "Show Hidden Items" dialog.
  • Folder browse dialog path display now uses the same icons and formatting as the Home view rather than visibly using the "profile:" syntax.
  • "Copy/Move To Folder" now hides the "Folder Structure" options when they don't apply rather than just disabling them.
  • Fixed minimizing long filenames in "Confirm File Replace" dialog.
  • Toggling "Ignore Unimportant" will now hide files that were visible because they were opened in a file view.
Folder Sync
  • Added captions for various toolbar buttons.
  • Fixed handling of Summary text for auto-saved sessions.
  • Browse dialog's "Quick Connect" no longer includes passwords in the output path.
  • Fixed Browse dialog's Quick Connect "Save Password" checkbox so it creates a new profile or updates the existing one.
  • Browse dialog's Quick Connect "Password" edit will now fill in automatically if the username/host/port match a saved profile.
  • Fixed changing the FTP filename encoding to disable UTF-8 on servers that support it.
  • SSL certificates now match hosts listed in the Certificate Subject Alt Name property in addition to the Common Name.
  • Improved debug logging of SFTP directory listings.
  • Windows: Added Amazon S3 mime.types to .msi installers.
  • Windows: Installer now prevents installation on systems that don't meet the minimum system requirements (Windows 2000, Windows XP pre-Service Pack 3).
  • Windows: Closing top-level windows no longer brings background windows on top of other applications.
  • Windows: Added support for drag-and-drop from Explorer when the source location is on an FTP site or within a zip file.
  • Windows: Fixed drag-and-drop from applications that worked in v3 but not v4 (e.g., "FileLocator Pro" and "Code Co-op").
  • Windows: Fixed drag-and-drop showing an accept cursor for types that it didn't support.
  • Windows: Fixed inverted icons in "Explorer" submenu.
  • Linux: Fixed check for updates support for HTTP proxies.
  • OS X: Fixed dragging window by clicking on the empty space within toolbars and on the status bar.
  • Entering invalid data in registration dialog no longer assumes that it's a v3 key if it's too short to be one.
  • Improved detection of keyboard shortcut conflicts.
  • Fixed importing v3 file formats that replace the built-in v4 ones.
  • Linux: When upgrading preferences from v3, the old settings will be moved to ~/.config/bcompare3 so reinstalling BC3 will still have them available.
  • Linux: Fixed updating settings from v3 to v4.
Portable Devices (MTP)
  • Windows: Fixed images copied to some portable devices (e.g., Creative Zen) not showing as images on the device.
  • Added MOVETO command that accepts the same arguments as COPYTO.
Source Control
  • Windows: Fixed error message when the svn executable isn't found.
Text Views
  • Fixed "Never align differences" when using the "Patience Diff alignment".
  • Fixed "Find Whole Words Only" handling of non-western characters.
  • Fixed Find MRU handling when edit is auto-filled based on cursor position.
Text Compare
  • Fixed various issues with "View as Web Page".
  • Fixed WordPerfect conversion.
  • Fixed folders appearing as subfolders of themselves if the profile URL differed in unimportant ways from the one returned by the server.
  • Fixed errors loading subfolders as base folders because the server was returning all of the children in a LIST response even when requesting a depth of 0.
  • Fixed last modified times not appearing for certain date ranges.
  • OS X: Fixed crash when showing Find Text panel.Fixed crash when double clicking in an inactive text editor.
  • Fixed crash during search after active control on find panel has been hidden.
  • Windows: Fixed crash on Windows 8 when accessibility services are running.
  • OS X: Fixed crash when using ~username as a base folder path.


OS X 10.6 or later


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