now secured with https download logo
WinMerge Icon


WinMerge Screenshot
Free Freeware
WinMerge Development Team
Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
Jul 7, 2015
[+] More Details

WinMerge Review

Sven Sorensen
Compare files and folders and visualize the differences
A review of WinMerge by Sven Sørensen

WinMerge is a free and open source tool for comparing files and folders and then merging the contents of them. Its utility is useful not just for programmers but also for writers.

Unlike several other tools which specialize in just comparing sets of files, WinMerge can also deal with directories and merge the contents of them. This can be useful for photographers who have collections of photos across hard drives.

The program has many useful features and supports different operations such as rename, move, copy, archive (as zip files) and deletion. Customization of WinMerge can be accomplished easily; users may change colors and other visual elements.

Overall, the user interface of WinMerge is well done and user-friendly. Its various features and options make it a perfect tool for many different sets of users from photographers to programmers alike.

WinMerge can edit PHP files, edit HTML documents and highlight syntax.

WinMerge features and highlights:
  • Visual differencing and merging of text files
  • Flexible editor with syntax highlighting
  • Handles DOS, UNIX and MAC text file formats
  • Unicode support
  • Difference pane shows current difference in two vertical panes
  • Location pane shows map of files compared
  • Highlights differences inside lines
  • File filters in directory diff
  • Moved lines detection in file compare
  • Shell Integration
  • Rudimentary Visual SourceSafe and Rational ClearCase integration
  • Archive file support using 7-zip
  • Plugins
  • Localizable interface via resource DLL
  • HTML-based Manual

WinMerge is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from file organizer software without restrictions. WinMerge 2.14.0 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).

This file comparison software is filed under:
  • WinMerge Download
  • Freeware File Organizer Software
  • Software Reviews
  • Open source and GPL software

Compatibility with this file comparison software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of WinMerge may be available from WinMerge Development Team.

WinMerge has been picked by our editors as excellent.
WinMerge has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested WinMerge 2.14.0 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]

Screenshots of WinMerge (5)

Backup Compare Icon
File Manager
Backup Compare
Compares the differences between contents of two directories
Araxis Merge Icon
Free Trial
Araxis Merge
Advanced two and three-way file comparison/merging and folder synchronization
CodeCompare Icon
Free tool for code comparison within Visual Studio environment and a standalone
HexCmp Icon
Binary file comparison software
ECMerge Pro Icon
File Manager
ECMerge Pro
ECMerge diffs/merges local/FTP/SCC files/folders 3-way with syntax colouring
Download6.14 MB - Tested clean
Download Ranking
in Organizer
#10 of 93
5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.

Organizer Downloads

  1. Supercopier Replaces the Windows copy dialog and offers speed improvements over Windows
  2. WinDiff Compare differences between files and folders with highlighting
  3. TeraCopy TeraCopy is a free utility designed to copy/move files faster and more secure