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Compare Folders

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Folder comparison for the rest of us: simple, fast and accurate.

Compare at a glance two folders, even with thousands of files, taking into account file and subfolders content, creation & modification dates, permissions and more. Easily filter the results to only show what matters to you.

What's New in Version 1.1.3

Fixed a bug where added files in the right folder would sometimes not be shown


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Customer Reviews

A useful, easy to use gem

Compare Folders is fast, has a simple, easy-to-understand user interface and many useful filters. It is nice that these filters can be invoked after the fact; you don’t have to re-run the comparison. I looked into this as a tool for checking whether a Migration Assitant transfer was completely successful after one of our Mac User Group members had some files missing after migrating to a new computer. I tested the concept by comparing my User folder (289GB, 270,000+ files) on my Mac with with the same folder on a week-old SuperDuper backup on an external hard drive. Compare Folders took about 3 minutes to complete this task (using just size and modification date as criteria). I also made sure that it treated Packages like iTunes and iPhoto databases properly, i.e., compared items down to the level of the individual songs and photos. I haven’t yet tested it to compare old computer and new computer files after a Migration Assistant transfer but I am quite confident that it will work.

Does what it advertises

This utility provides a straightforward, side-by-side compare of two folders that are individually selected. There are user selectable filters to hone the compare display (e.g., compare permission differences, or not; compare creation date differences, or not; etc.) . There are also color highlights to help id the files which are identical and those with some type of difference. One minor request is for the significance of the colors to be defined somewhere (e.g., green = identical files in all analyzed parameters, while red & pink indicate what types of differences). This later point is why I downgraded the utility from 5 to 4 stars, upon initially using the utility I struggled to understand the colors and layout of filenames, when a short key or help file would have made the app more usable, more quickly.

This app is not advertised to permit uses to make changes to the folders using this utility, you have to go back to the folder windows or another utility in order to make changes to one or the other file.

All in all, very helpful and easy to use.

Well Done and Valuable Application

I purchased this application several months ago to assist with cleaning up a large number of duplicate folders and files that have accumulated over the years on a number of computers, hard drives, and flash drives that comprise my computer system. After a short learning curve to learn precisely how the program was working, I found it to be a VERY useful tool for finding, analyzing, and cleaning up the files / folders on my system.

If I properly recall, I purchased the base app for ~ $2 … and was so happy with the functioning of the application that I bought the in-app purchase (adding the use of Checksums information to the comparison of duplicate files) the first time that I used it.

To me, the application is well worth the ~ $5 - $7 that I paid for it. I am quite happy with the value of the program.

Compare Folders
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  • Free
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1.3
  • Size: 0.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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