ExamDiff Free

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Video tutorial & screenshots

  • About Window
  • Search Engine
  • Settings Window
  • Selecting Files To Compare
  • Main Window
  • Choose Files to Compare
  • Comparison Options
  • Display Options
  • File Differences

Editorial review

All comments (3)

Ashley Griggs Senior editor

As a software or website developer, there will come a time when you might require a tool to help you compare files that contain code lines. A solution to this issue comes from ExamDiff, a handy visual comparing tool that highlights all the differences between two text files.
You will be able to compare large files, character by character, and locate all dissimilarities between the two selected documents within seconds.
It's an easy and time-saving solution when it comes to comparing and synchronizing two text files.
The application will give you access to a search tool that will help you find code lines a lot easier. Adding to that, you can adjust the highlights color palette the way you like, change the font, enable notifications and many other.
The biggest drawback of using ExamDiff is that you won't be able to edit the content of the compared files directly on the program's interface. This feature is available only for the Pro version.
To be straight, I've found ExamDiff to be very effective and I was more than happy with its performance, but I would only recommend it to professional developers, as its interface might seem a bit hard to handle to beginner users.


  • Accurate file comparison.
  • You can change highlights differences.
  • Supports drag-and-drop action.
  • Comes with a built-in search engine.


  • The interface is hard to handle.
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What's new in version 1.9

- New feature: ability to set negative command line options for /i, /w, /b, /l, /e, /t, and /d
- New feature: Windows 7 support
- New feature: ability to check for updates
- Improvement: improved messages for identical or binary files
- Improvement: improved multi-monitor support
- Bug fix: ability to display long (greater than 2048 characters) lines.

Publisher's description

ExamDiff is a freeware Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/2008 tool for visual file comparison. It is quick and very simple to use, and has a number of convenient features that many users have been asking for a long time from a file comparison tool.

ExamDiff is a part of a suite of products that includes FtpVC, an FTP-based Version Control System that allows joint software development remotely over the Internet.

-There is no need to specify both filenames: just enter a directory name for one of the files to be compared. ExamDiff will try to use an entered filename with a specified directory name.
-Remembers a user-specified number of last compared first and second files. This allows quick selection of the two files the user wishes to compare.
-Autopick feature in Compare dialog that remembers matching file pairs.
-Automatically detects file changes and prompts the user to re-compare files.
-One push re-compare function which attempts to leave the viewer's focus in the same place as before the re-compare.
-Drag and drop support for dropping one or two files into the program's window (e.g. from Windows Explorer).
-Easy editing of the first and second files. ExamDiff will spawn any editor (configurable by the user) with the first or second file, and line number option (available for editors that support this, through ExamDiff variables: $FILE (first or second file name), $CURFIFF (number of line at which the current difference starts), and $CARET (number of line where the caret is located).
-Saves the file differences in a standard UNIX DIFF file.
-Easy navigation through the differences via "Previous Difference"/ "Current difference"/ "Next Difference" buttons and hot keys or via a drop-down list box of all the differences
-Allows the copying of text from the comparison panes via drag and drop, a hot key, or a right button pop up.

Latest comments

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    falux 5 years ago

    It's clean, differences in files are intelligently highlighted.

  • 0
    falux 5 years ago

    It's just exactly what a coder needs! Let's you know within fractions of a second which of your [script] files is the one you want to keep/work on.

  • 0
    Guest 6 years ago

    ExamDiff is a great and pretty useful free program