There are times when you want to quickly find out whether two or more particular files (not folders) are exactly the same.

In these cases, download and use Identical. It's free!

Using Identical is simple:

1. Drag files on Identical’s menu bar icon
2. The icon will then indicate whether or not the files are the same:
  checkmark = files are the same
  x-mark = files are different
(See the first screenshot for a better explanation.)

Other features:
• Displays a progress indicator when comparing large files
• Progress can be cancelled at any time
• Uses very little memory, even for large files
• All icons and artwork are fully compatible with retina display Macs

Technical details:
• First, the file sizes are compared
• If the file sizes are the same, the contents of the files are compared using the SHA-1 cryptographic hash function

What Identical is NOT:
• Does NOT search for duplicates throughout your whole hard drive. For this, try larger apps like Gemini.
• Only shows whether or not files are the same. Does NOT show the actual differences within the files. For this, try larger apps like Kaleidoscope.

What’s New

Version 1.1

• Fixes visual bugs and adds support for dark mode on OS X Yosemite.
• Increases system requirements to OS X 10.9.5.
• Various minor changes.

If you like Identical, please leave a review. It makes a huge difference to us. Thank you in advance!

Ratings and Reviews

Larry218 ,

Works well for this simple task

I was looking for the app to “open”, but it totally functions in the menu bar at the top. Thankfully there was an explanation of how to use it on the App store download page.

Sgt. Pud ,

Works perfectly

I love the ability to compare a bunch of files at the same time by dragging them onto the icon. That is exactly the functionality I was looking for.

@cyboman ,

Needs a way to see differences

Love the simplicity of how to compare files, but if I get a message indicating the files aren't identical, why not give me a path to compare them? Automatically or with a button, or something.


Coding Turtle
1.2 MB
OS X 10.9.5 or later, 64-bit processor
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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