Tamir Gefen on ALM

A recommendation: Comapre and merge utilility which integrated to CM tools

Posted on: May 5, 2008

A few months ago I looked for a good compare/diff and merge utility, since I needed one with good XML  support.
After I tested a few, I decided to use ‘kdiff’ – an open-source utility.


  • It supports XML UTF-8 very well
  • It is automatically integrated to ClearCase, SVN, CVS and some more CM systems (It automatically replaces the ClearCase ‘map’ file – a very nice feature!)
  • It suppotrs 3-way and 2-way merging.
  • It’s open source 🙂

I wouldn’t give good mark for its graphic design, but it does the work very well.

In fact, it works so well so I used it instead of the built-in ClearCase diff/merge utility and deployed it to all my developers.

Here you can find more details: http://kdiff3.sourceforge.net/


2 Responses to "A recommendation: Comapre and merge utilility which integrated to CM tools"

I bookmarked this guestbook. Thank you for good job!

Dear Tamir, you may want to have a look to ECMerge which also has this integration to ClearCase, and has XML pretty-printing. This is payware but really worth the money.

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