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Visual Differ compares side-by-side folders and files using colors to visually show differences. From the Folder view it's possible to make operations on folders and files like copying or deleting.
It's possible to compare quickly directories choosing base folders from the context menu. Using the File Filter feature is possible to hide from visualization specific files like .git, .svn directories or the omnipresent .DS_Store files.
The folders comparison can be done using different techniques from the fastest "compare only date and size" to the fine-grained byte-by-byte comparison.
The files comparison is done using the unix diff command this choice makes the result quick, standard and reliable.
It's possible to save work sessions then quickly reopen them to compare directories hierarchies or directly two specific files.

What's New

Version 1.7.0

Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

Would be 5 if inline text diff supported

Elgs Chen

Great app. I would rate 5 star if inline text diff supported. Sometimes it’s just too much to save text to two files.

Does exactly what I need it to


There are some things that annoy me about the interface on this app—such as that I often have to open the help file to remind myself what all the color coding means; hover tips would be a nice addition—but overall it's exactly what I was looking for when I set out to find a file- and folder-diffing app. Now that I have it, I use it probably every other day.

Just now, for instance, I used it to figure out the difference between two versions of an InDesign document. It required a bit of prep to get human-readable results—export each file as IDML, unzip each package—but with that done, I was able to diff the folders and then the mismatched XML files within them, to find the exact characters within a 300-page book that had been changed. Two days ago, I used VisualDiffer to compare half a dozen pairs of folders containing hundreds of images each. It let me quickly identify the files that were missing or mismatched.

It's fast, configurable, and gets the job done. One of the best-spent five bucks I've dropped into the App Store.

I never write reviews, but ZOMG!


Seriously, I am gobsmacked at how much time this little app just saved me. Before it ocurred to me to search for an app that does this, I was going through my iTunes backup folder folder by folder to make sure everything is there. I am about to move to a new computer and it seems like every time I do, I lose about 5% of my music. NOT THIS TIME!

It was so fast! I just dragged the backup folder onto one side of the interface and the current folder to the other side and, whoosh, in about 20 seconds it showed my a color-codedd comparison of about 50GB of music. It was immediateky obvious to me which files I hadn't backed up - mostly new albums by artists who already had a folder.

I paid $3.99 for this app and would have been happy at twice or three times the price. If you need this functionality (and who doesn't?) get this app NOW.


davide ficano
3 MB
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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