Meld - a Visual Diff Tool for GNOME

Back in May 2007, I took a look at Kompare, a graphical utility for KDE which allows you to compare two files side-by-side, a bit like a graphical version of the diff tool.

A similar application for GNOME is Meld.

Meld screenshot

As you can see if you compare it with Kompare, the interface is quite similar. Any additions made to the original are highlighted in a green block. Deletions and differences between the two files are by default done with a blue highlight and red text colour.

Personally I think I prefer Kompare in terms of how the colour scheme works, as I think it makes it more clear, but nevertheless, Meld is a worthy GNOME counterpart for the application.

True to GNOME style and in contrast to the KDE app, the application is kept nice and simple. The Preferences window does allow you however to configure fonts, the displaying of changes, filters, encoding and support for pulling files from CVS.

Meld Preferences screenshot

All in all, Meld is a nice simple app that does its job well. If you're not too much a fan of diff's command line output and the format that it is in, and you want to see the differences between two files in a more graphical way, Meld works.

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Peter Upfold is a technology enthusiast from the UK. Peter’s interest in Linux stems back to 2003, when curiosity got the better of him and he began using SUSE 9.0. Now he runs Linux Mint 9 on the desktop, runs a CentOS-based web server from home for his personal website and dabbles in all sorts of technology things across the Windows, Mac and open source worlds.

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Discussion: Meld - a Visual Diff Tool for GNOME

  1. Adam (guest)

    # Posted on 18 June 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Just what I need.

  2. Forest (guest)

    # Posted on 12 January 2009 at 09:34 PM

    Works great. Thanks for the tip!

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