Using Beyond Compare with Version Control Systems

Beyond Compare can be configured as the external difference utility in many popular VCS applications.  The following are configuration instructions for specific products.  Let us know if you have one to add to the list.

Unless otherwise specified, all examples are based on BC3 logo Beyond Compare version 4.

BC3 logo Beyond Compare version 3 users should replace "4" with "3" appropriately.

BC2 logo Beyond Compare version 2 users should replace BComp.exe with BC2.exe and change the path to Beyond Compare 2's install folder.

Linux logo Linux users should prefix command line switches with "-" instead of "/".

32-bit Windows users should replace "C:\Program Files (x86)" with "C:\Program Files".

Index:
AccuRev  AnkhSVN  CA Software Change Manager  ClearCase  ClearCase Remote Client  Code Co-op  CS-RCS  CVS  Dimensions CM / PVCS / Serena  Eclipse IDE  FreeVCS  Git for Linux  Git for Windows  KDESVN  Mercurial / HG / TortoiseHg  MKS Integrity  NetBeans  Perforce  Plastic SCM  QVCS  Rational Synergy  RoboHelp HTML  Roundtable TSMS  SmartGitHg  SourceAnyWhere for VSS  SourceGear Vault / Fortress  SourceOffSite  StarTeam  Subversion  Surround SCM  Team Coherence  Team Foundation Server (TFS)  Telelogic Synergy  TortoiseCVS  TortoiseGit  TortoiseSVN  VersionMaster  Visual SourceSafe 2005  Visual Studio 2005 with Visual SourceSafe 2005  WinCVS


AccuRev

Windows

  1. Select Preferences from the Tools menu.
  2. Switch to the Diff/Merge tab.
  3. Diff: overwrite the preset with:  "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bcomp.exe" %1% %2% /lefttitle="%3%" /righttitle="%4%"
  4. Merge Pro only : overwrite the preset with:  "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bcomp.exe" %1% %2% %a% /mergeoutput=%o% /lefttitle="%4%" /righttitle="%5%" /centertitle="%3%"

Linux

  1. Select Preferences from the Tools menu.
  2. Switch to the Diff/Merge tab.
  3. Diff: overwrite the preset with:  /usr/bin/bcompare %1% %2% -lefttitle="%3%" -righttitle="%4%"
  4. Merge Pro only : overwrite the preset with:  /usr/bin/bcompare %1% %2% %a% -mergeoutput=%o% -lefttitle="%4%" -righttitle="%5%" -centertitle="%3%"

AnkhSVN

  1. Open Visual Studio.
  2. Select Options from the Tools menu.
  3. Select Source Control | Subversion User Tools.
  4. For the Diff and Merge entries, select Beyond Compare from the dropdown.

CA Software Change Manager

  1. Open the Workbench.
  2. Select Options from the Tools menu.
  3. Switch to the Merge Tool tab in the Options dialog.
  4. Select "Beyond Compare" in the ToolName drop-down.
  5. Enter the complete path to your BComp.exe in the Compare, 2-way Merge, and 3-way Merge fields:

    Compare

    BComp.exe /readonly $(File1) $(File2)

    2-way Merge

    BComp.exe $(TrunkFile) $(BranchFile) /mergeoutput=$(ResultsFile)

    3-way Merge Pro only

    BComp.exe $(TrunkFile) $(BranchFile) $(AncestorFile) $(ResultsFile)

ClearCase

  1. Go into the "C:\Program Files\IBM\RationalSDLC\ClearCase\lib\mgrs" folder.
  2. Create a backup of the file named "map".
  3. Edit "map" and edit the following lines to point to Beyond Compare:

    text_file_delta compare C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe
    text_file_delta xcompare C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe
    text_file_delta merge C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe
    text_file_delta xmerge C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe

Make the same change to lines beginning with _html, _xml, _html2, _xml2 to use Beyond Compare for HTML and XML comparisons.

BC2 logo BC version 2

For BC2, only change the xcompare line of the map file.  Overriding compare, merge, and xmerge is not supported.  A helper that improves BC2's support is available here.


ClearCase Remote Client

  1. Locate the plugins folder, which will contain a specific version named subfolder.  Examples:
    • C:\Program Files\IBM\Rational\ClearCase701\CCRC\plugins\com.ibm.rational.clearcase.compare_merge.win32.x86_7.0.1.D061004
    • C:\Program Files\IBM\IMShared\plugins\com.ibm.rational.clearcase.compare_merge.win32.x86_7.1.1.v201007070751
    • Note that the version number in path is subject to change.
  2. Copy C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bcomp.exe into the folder.
  3. Move ccrc_cleardiff.exe, ccrc_cleardiffmrg.exe, ccrc_worddiffmrg.exe and ccrc_xmldiffmrg.exe to a backup folder.
  4. Make 4 copies of bcomp.exe and rename them to ccrc_cleardiff.exe, ccrc_cleardiffmrg.exe, ccrc_worddiffmrg.exe and ccrc_xmldiffmrg.exe.
  5. Change "CCRC Integrated (UTF-8)" to "ClearCase External" under Preferences | CCRC | Integration | Compare_Merge.

Code Co-op

Visit Reliable Software for details on using Beyond Compare with Code Co-op.


CS-RCS

  1. Choose Settings from the Document Explorer's Project menu.
  2. Switch to the File Types tab.
  3. Click the Default button.
  4. Change the Difference Analysis Tool to "Custom Tool".
  5. Enter the path to BComp.exe in the Difference Analysis Tool edit.

CVS

CVS does not support external diff or merge tools.


Dimensions CM / PVCS / Serena

BC3 logo BC version 3 or 4

  1. Navigate to the Dimensions / PVCS install folder and find the file pvcsmerge.exe and rename it to pvcsmerge.exe.exe.
  2. Copy bcomp.exe from C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4 into the Dimensions folder and rename it to pvcsmerge.exe.

In Dimensions CM 10 you can edit your native.properties file instead.  The integration isn't as complete in that case, so file format/rules matching don't work correctly and folder comparisons aren't supported.

BC3 logo BC version 3 or 4 with extended functionality

Download PVCSmerge.zip and follow the PVCSmerge.txt instructions included in the zip file.  Tested with PVCS 6.8 and 8.0 as well as Dimensions 8, 9 and 10.

Adds support for comparison of binary files (e.g. Word documents) and archives (Zip).

BC2 logo BC version 2

Follow the instructions above, but instead of using BComp.exe use the copy of pvcsmerge.exe in pvcsmergev8.zip for PVCS 6.8, 8.0, and Merant Dimensions 8, or in pvcsmerge75.zip for PVCS 7.5.


Eclipse IDE

Launch Beyond Compare from the Eclipse IDE using the Beyond CVS plug-in by Chris Callandar and Nick Boldt.


FreeVCS

  1. Choose Properties in the Project Manager's Options menu.
  2. Switch to the Compare Tools panel.
  3. Click the Add Custom button.
  4. Enter "Beyond Compare" as the new name.
  5. Click the Edit button.
  6. Enter the path to BComp.exe in the File compare utility edit.
  7. Enter %1 %2 in the Command line parameter string edit.

Git for Linux

BC3 logo BC version 3 or 4

Git 1.8 and newer

(Note:  Use bc3 on the command line for both BC version 3 and 4)

Diff

Confirm that "bcompare" can be launched from Terminal.  Then in a console window enter:
  $ git config --global diff.tool bc3
  $ git config --global difftool.bc3 trustExitCode true

To launch a diff using Beyond Compare, use the command "git difftool file.ext".

Merge Pro only

Confirm that "bcompare" can be launched from Terminal.  Then enter the following:
  git config --global merge.tool bc3
  git config --global mergetool.bc3 trustExitCode true

To launch a 3-way merge using Beyond Compare, use the command "git mergetool file.ext".


Git 1.7.x and older

(Instructions vary depending on Git version)

Diff

  1. Create a shell script file "git-diff-wrapper.sh" with the following content:
    #!/bin/sh
    # diff is called by git with 7 parameters:
    # path old-file old-hex old-mode new-file new-hex new-mode
    "<path_to_bc3_executable>" "$2" "$5" | cat
  2. In a console window enter the command:
    $ git config --global diff.external <path_to_wrapper_script>

3-way Merge Pro only

In a console window enter the following three commands:
  $ git config --global merge.tool bc3
  $ git config --global mergetool.bc3.cmd "/usr/bin/bcompare \$LOCAL
    \$REMOTE \$BASE \$MERGED"
  $ git config --global mergetool.bc3.trustExitCode true

2-way Merge

In a console window enter the following three commands:
  $ git config --global merge.tool bc3
  $ git config --global mergetool.bc3.cmd "/usr/bin/bcompare \$LOCAL
    \$REMOTE -savetarget=\$MERGED"
  $ git config --global mergetool.bc3.trustExitCode true


Optional Resources

  • git-difall

    Custom directory based diff mechanism for git.
    Requires install and addition of git-difall to your path.

Git for Windows

BC4 logo BC version 4

Diff

At a Windows command prompt enter the commands:
  git config --global diff.tool bc4
  git config --global difftool.bc4.cmd "\"c:/program files (x86)/beyond compare 4/bcomp.exe\" \"$LOCAL\" \"$REMOTE\""

To launch a diff using Beyond Compare, use the command "git difftool foofile.txt".

3-way Merge Pro only

At a Windows command prompt, enter the commands:
  git config --global merge.tool bc4
  git config --global mergetool.bc4.cmd "\"c:/program files (x86)/beyond compare 4/bcomp.exe\" \"$LOCAL\" \"$REMOTE\" \"$BASE\" \"$MERGED\""
  git config --global mergetool.bc4.trustExitCode true

To launch a 3-way merge using Beyond Compare, use the command "git mergetool foofile.txt".

BC3 logo BC version 3

Diff

At a Windows command prompt enter the commands:
  git config --global diff.tool bc3
  git config --global difftool.bc3.path "c:/Program Files (x86)/Beyond Compare 3/bcomp.exe"

To launch a diff using Beyond Compare, use the command "git difftool foofile.txt".

3-way Merge Pro only

At a Windows command prompt, enter the commands:
  git config --global merge.tool bc3
  git config --global mergetool.bc3.path "c:/Program Files (x86)/Beyond Compare 3/bcomp.exe"

To launch a 3-way merge using Beyond Compare, use the command "git mergetool foofile.txt".


KDESVN

  1. In KDESVN Choose Configure KDESVN from the Settings menu.
  2. Select Diff & Merge.
  3. Check Use external diff display.
  4. In the External diff display edit, use:
    bcompare -readonly %1 %2
  5. In the External merge program edit, use:
    bcompare %s1 %s2 %t
  6. In the External resolver program edit, use:
    bcompare %n %m %o %t

Mercurial / HG / TortoiseHg

BC3 logo BC version 3 with Tortoise Hg 2.0.2 and newer

BC4 logo BC version 4 with Tortoise Hg 3.1 and newer

Diff

  1. Launch TortoiseHG Workbench.
  2. Under the File menu go to Settings.
  3. Select TortoiseHg.
  4. Set Visual Diff Tool to beyondcompare4 using the dropdown.

3-way Merge Pro only

  1. Launch TortoiseHG Workbench.
  2. Under the File menu go to Settings.
  3. Select TortoiseHg
  4. Set the Three-way Merge Tool to beyondcompare4 using the dropdown.

Older versions of Mercurial

To configure Mercurial you need to edit the file %USERPROFILE%\Mercurial.ini or $HOME/.hgrc.  Add the following lines, using existing INI sections if they already exist:

Diff

  [extensions]
  extdiff =
 
  [extdiff]
  cmd.bcomp = C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe
  opts.bcomp = /ro
 
  [tortoisehg]
  vdiff = bcomp

Once set up you can compare revisions from the command line using
hg bcomp -r <rev1> [-r <rev2>] [<filename>]

3-way Merge Pro only

  [merge-tools]
  bcomp.executable = C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe
  bcomp.args = $local $other $base $output
  bcomp.priority = 1
  bcomp.premerge = True
  bcomp.gui = True
 
  [ui]
  merge = bcomp

MKS Integrity

Diff

  1. Start MKS Source Integrity.
  2. Go to Tools | Preferences | DiffTool.
  3. Select Custom Command.
  4. Enter the command:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe" /title1="{1}" /title2="{2}" "{3}" "{4}"

3-way Merge Pro only

Use this for the merge tool command line:
  "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe" /title1="{1}" /title2="{2}" /title3="{0}" "{5}" "{6}" "{4}" "{7}"

2-way Merge

Use this for the merge tool command line:
  "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe" /title1="{1}" /title2="{2}" "{5}" "{6}" /savetarget="{7}"


NetBeans

  1. Select Options from the Tools menu.
  2. Select Miscellaneous.
  3. Go to the Diff tab.
  4. Select External Diff.
  5. Command: C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe {0} {1}

Once configured, selecting Team | Local History | Show Local History will launch a diff in Beyond Compare.


Perforce

P4V (The Perforce Visual Client)

  1. Choose Preferences from the Edit menu.
  2. Switch to the Diff tab.
  3. Change the Default Diff Application option to "Other application".
  4. Enter the path to BComp.exe in the Location edit.
  5. Switch to the Merge tab.
  6. Change the Default merge application to "Other application".
  7. Enter the path to BComp.exe in the Location edit.
  8. In the Arguments edit, enter:
    %1 %2 %b %r

P4Win (The Perforce Windows Client)

  1. Choose Options from the Settings menu.
  2. Select Files > Diff.
  3. Select User supplied diff application.
  4. Browse to BComp.exe.
  5. Check Options args and enter:
    /lefttitle="%L" /righttitle="%R" %1 %2
  6. Select Files > Merge.
  7. Select User supplied merge application.
  8. Browse to BComp.exe.
  9. Check Optional args and enter:
    /vcsleft="%T" /vcsright="%Y" %2 %3 %1 %4

P4 (The Perforce Command Line Client)

  1. Add two environmental variables:
     P4DIFF=C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe
     P4MERGE=C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BCompP4Merge.bat
  2. Create a file named BCompP4Merge.bat in your Beyond Compare install folder with the contents:  "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp" %2 %3 %1 %4

Plastic SCM

Diff

  1. Choose Diff tools from the Preferences menu.
  2. Select $text, choose Edit.
  3. Add the command line:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe" "@sourcefile" "@destinationfile" /lefttitle="@sourcesymbolic" /righttitle="@destinationsymbolic"

Merge Pro only

  1. Choose Merge tools from the Preferences menu.
  2. Select $text, choose Edit.
  3. Add the command line:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe" /title1="@sourcesymbolic" /title2="@basesymbolic" /title3="@destinationsymbolic" "@sourcefile" "@destinationfile" "@basefile" "@output"

QVCS

  1. Choose Preferences from the Admin menu.
  2. Switch to the Utilities tab.
  3. in the Visual Compare Utility Command Line edit, enter:
    C:\Progra~1\Beyond~1\BComp.exe file1Name file2Name

Rational Synergy

Java Client, Diff

  1. Create the batch file:  C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bc4_comp.bat
  2. In the batch file, enter:  "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe" %1 %2 /lefttitle=%3 /righttitle=%4
  3. Backup the file "C:\Program Files\IBM\Rational\Synergy\7.1\etc\ccm.properties".
  4. In ccm.properties, edit the compare line: windows.tool.compare.ascii = "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bc4_comp.bat" "%file1" "%file2" "%file1_label" "%file2_label"

Java Client, 3-way Merge Pro only

  1. Create the batch file:  C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bc3_merge.bat
  2. In the batch file, enter:  "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe" %1 %2 %3 %4 /lefttitle=%5 /righttitle=%6 /centertitle=%7 /outputtitle=%4
  3. Backup the file "C:\Program Files\IBM\Rational\Synergy\7.1\etc\ccm.properties".
  4. In ccm.properties, edit the merge line:  windows.tool.merge.ascii = "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bc3_merge.bat" "%file1" "%file2" "%ancestor" "%outfile" "%file1_label" "%file2_label" "%ancestor_label"
We have reports that some versions of the Java client require double slash characters in the file path.  For example:  windows.tool.compare.ascii = "C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Beyond Compare 4\\bc4_comp.bat" "%file1" "%file2" "%file1_label" "%file2_label"

Classic Client, Diff

  1. Close the Synergy application.
  2. Create the batch file: C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bc4_comp.bat
  3. In the batch file, enter: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe" %1 %2 /lefttitle=%3 /righttitle=%4
  4. Navigate into your %userprofile% directory (type %userprofile% in explorer address bar if you are unsure where this is).
  5. Backup the file named "ccm.ini".
  6. Edit the compare line in ccm.ini: compare_cmd = "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bc4_comp.bat" "%file1" "%file2" "%file1_label" "%file2_label"

Classic Client, 3-way Merge Pro only

  1. Close the Synergy application.
  2. Create the batch file: C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bc3_merge.bat
  3. In the batch file, enter: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe" %1 %2 %3 %4 /lefttitle=%5 /righttitle=%6 /centertitle=%7 /outputtitle=%4
  4. Navigate into your %userprofile% directory (type %userprofile% in explorer address bar if you are unsure where this is).
  5. Backup the file named "ccm.ini".
  6. Edit the merge line in ccm.ini: merge_cmd = "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bc3_merge.bat" "%file1" "%file2" "%ancestor" "%outfile" "%file1_label" "%file2_label" "%ancestor_label"

RoboHelp

Adobe RoboHelp can be configured to interact with a Version Control System and allows an External Diff tool to be defined.  To define BC3 as the difftool:

  1. Launch RoboHelp HTML.
  2. Go to Tools | Options.
  3. Select the Version Control section.
  4. In the SharePoint Settings area, set Path to:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe
  5. For Arguments, enter:
    %1 %2
  6. Set the sub-options as appropriate for your VCS environment.

Roundtable TSMS

  1. Go into the "C:\Program Files\RoundTable\rtb\p" folder.
  2. Create a backup of the file named "Rtb_vcom.p".
  3. Edit "Rtb_vcom.p" and change the line:
    ASSIGN Mexe = SEARCH("visdiff/visdiff.exe").
    to:
    ASSIGN Mexe = SEARCH("C:\Progra~1\Beyond~1\bcomp.exe").

SmartGitHg

Diff

  1. Select Edit | Preferences.
  2. Go to Tools > Diff Tools.
  3. Click Add.
  4. File Pattern: *
  5. Select External diff tool.
  6. Command: C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bcomp.exe
  7. Arguments: /readonly /lefttitle="${leftTitle}" /righttitle="${rightTitle}" "${leftFile}" "${rightFile}"

Merge

  1. Select Edit | Preferences.
  2. Go to Tools > Conflict Solvers.
  3. Click Add.
  4. File Pattern: *
  5. Select External Conflict Solver.
  6. Command: C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bcomp.exe
  7. Arguments: "${leftFile}" "${rightFile}" "${baseFile}" /mergeoutput="${mergedFile}"

SourceAnyWhere for VSS

  1. Select Tools | Options.  Go to the External Programs tab.
  2. Application for diff/merge:
     C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bcomp.exe
  3. Arguments for diff files:
     /readonly /title1="%FIRST_LABEL%" /title2="%SECOND_LABEL%" "%FIRST_FILE%" "%SECOND_FILE%"
  4. Arguments for diff folders:
     "%FIRST_DIR%" "%SECOND_DIR%"
  5. Arguments for Two-way merge:
     /leftreadonly /title1="%FIRST_LABEL%" /title2="%SECOND_LABEL%" "%FIRST_FILE%" "%SECOND_FILE%"

Linux

In some versions of the Linux application, it may be necessary to define the path to bcompare with the arguments.

  1. Application for diff/merge:
     /usr/bin/bcompare
  2. Arguments for diff files:
     /usr/bin/bcompare -readonly "%FIRST_FILE%" "%SECOND_FILE%"
  3. Arguments for diff folders:
     /usr/bin/bcompare "%FIRST_DIR%" "%SECOND_DIR%"

SourceGear Vault / Fortress

Diff

  1. Choose Options from the Tools menu.
  2. Select Diff / Merge.
  3. Under Diff, enter the path to BComp.exe for the Program setting.
  4. In the Arguments edit, enter:
    "%LEFT_PATH%" "%RIGHT_PATH%" /ro /title1="%LEFT_LABEL%" /title2="%RIGHT_LABEL%"

3-way Merge Pro only

  1. Choose Options from the Tools menu.
  2. Select Diff / Merge.
  3. Under Merge, enter the path to BComp.exe for the Program setting.
  4. In the Arguments edit, enter:
    "%WORKING_PATH%" "%OTHER_PATH%" "%BASELINE_PATH%" "%DEST_PATH%" /title1="%WORKING_LABEL%" /title2="%OTHER_LABEL%" /title4="%DEST_LABEL%"

2-way Merge

Use the same steps as above, but set the Arguments setting to:
"%WORKING_PATH%" "%OTHER_PATH%" /title1="%WORKING_LABEL%" /title2="%OTHER_LABEL%" /savetarget="%DEST_PATH%"

SourceOffSite

  1. Choose Options from the Windows Client's Tools menu.
  2. Switch to the External Programs panel.
  3. Enter the path to BComp.exe in the Application for comparing files, Application for comparing folders and Application for merging files edits.

Beyond Compare 1.9 is the default external difference utility in SourceOffSite Collaborative Edition.  To upgrade to Beyond Compare 4 follow the instructions above.


StarTeam

Diff

  1. Choose Personal Options from the Tools menu.
  2. Switch to the Files panel.
  3. If it's present, click the "Alternate Applications" button.
  4. Check the Comparison Utility checkbox.
  5. Enter the path to BComp.exe in the edit.
  6. In the Options edit enter:
     $file1 $file2

3-way Merge Pro only

  1. Follow steps 1-5 above, but check the Merge Utility checkbox in step 4.
  2. In the Options edit enter:
     $usertip $branchtip $basefile $resultfile

2-way Merge is not supported because $resultfile is not expanded if used as an argument to /savetarget=.


Subversion

Windows

Diff

  1. Go into the Beyond Compare installation folder (eg, C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4).
  2. Create a batch file named "bc4svn.bat" with one line:
    "C:\Progra~1\Beyond~1\bcomp.exe" "%6" /title1=%3 "%7" /title2=%5
  3. Go into Subversion's per-user configuration area, typically C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Subversion.
  4. Edit "config" and change the following lines:
    # [helpers]
    # diff-cmd = diff_program (diff, gdiff, etc.)
    to:
    [helpers]
    diff-cmd = C:\Progra~1\Beyond~1\bc4svn.bat

Merge Pro only

  1. Go into the Beyond Compare installation folder (eg, C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4).
  2. Create a batch file named "bc4mer.bat" with one line:
    "C:\Progra~1\Beyond~1\bcomp.exe" "%2" "%3" "%1" "%4"
  3. Go into Subversion's per-user configuration area, typically C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Subversion.
  4. Edit "config" and change the following lines:
    # [helpers]
    # merge-tool-cmd = merge_program
    to:
    [helpers]
    merge-tool-cmd = C:\Progra~1\Beyond~1\bc4mer.bat

Cygwin (http://www.cygwin.com/)

Instead of using a batch file, create a file named "bc.sh" with the following line:
"$(cygpath 'C:\Progra~1\Beyond~1\bcomp.exe')" `cygpath -w "$6"` `cygpath -w "$7"` /title1="$3" /title2="$5" /readonly

Linux

Diff

Create a file named /usr/bin/bcdiff.sh and allow execute permissions (chmod +x). Add the following lines:
/usr/bin/bcompare "$6" "$7" -title1="$3" -title2="$5" -readonly
exit 0

Edit "$HOME/.subversion/config" and add the line "diff-cmd = /usr/bin/bcdiff.sh" in [Helpers].

Merge Pro only

Create a file named /usr/bin/bcmerge.sh and allow execute permissions (chmod +x). Add the following line:
/usr/bin/bcompare "$2" "$3" "$1" "$4"

Edit "$HOME/.subversion/config" and add the line "merge-tool-cmd = /usr/bin/bcmerge.sh" in [Helpers].


Surround SCM

Diff

  1. Open User Options.
  2. Go to the Diff/Merge section.
  3. Add or edit an entry for File Type "All other text files", with Diff/Merge set to Diff.
  4. Enter selected application:  "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bcomp.exe" "%1" "%2" and click OK.

3-way Merge Pro only

  1. Open User Options.
  2. Go to the Diff/Merge section.
  3. Add or edit an entry for File Type "All other text files", with Diff/Merge set to Merge.
  4. Enter selected application: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bcomp.exe" "%1" "%2" "%3" /mergeoutput="%2" /automerge /reviewconflicts and click OK.

2-way Merge

  1. Open User Options.
  2. Go to the Diff/Merge section.
  3. Add or edit an entry for File Type "All other text files", with Diff/Merge set to Merge.
  4. Enter selected application:  "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bcomp.exe" "%1" "%2" /mergeoutput="%2" /reviewconflicts and click OK.

Team Coherence

  1. Choose Options from the Tools menu.
  2. Switch to the Difference Viewers tab.
  3. Enter the path to BComp.exe in the Application edit.
  4. Enter /fv "$LF" /title1="$LD" "$RF" /title2="$RD" in the Parameters edit.

Team Foundation Server (TFS)

Diff

  1. In Visual Studio Choose Options from the Tools menu.
  2. Expand Source Control in the treeview.
  3. Click Visual Studio Team Foundation Server in the treeview.
  4. Click the Configure User Tools button.
  5. Click the Add button.
  6. Enter ".*" in the Extension edit.
  7. Choose Compare in the Operation combobox.
  8. Enter the path to BComp.exe in the Command edit.
  9. In the Arguments edit, use:
    %1 %2 /title1=%6 /title2=%7

3-way Merge Pro only

  1. Follow steps 1-6 above.
  2. Choose Merge in the Operation combobox.
  3. Enter the path to BComp.exe in the Command edit.
  4. In the Arguments edit, use:
    %1 %2 %3 %4 /title1=%6 /title2=%7 /title3=%8 /title4=%9

2-way Merge

Use the same steps as the 3-way merge above, but use the command line:
%1 %2 /savetarget=%4 /title1=%6 /title2=%7


Telelogic Synergy

  1. Close CMSynergy application.
  2. Go into your %userprofile% folder (type %userprofile% in explorer address bar if you are unsure where this is).
  3. Create a backup of the file named "ccm.ini".
  4. Edit "ccm.ini" and change the lines for Compare_cmd and merge_cmd to:
    Compare_cmd = C:\Progra~1\Beyond~1\bcomp.exe %file1 %file2 /lefttitle=%file1_label /righttitle=%file2_label
    merge_cmd = C:\Program~1\Beyond~1\bcomp.exe %file1 %file2 %ancestor /mergeoutput=%outfile /lefttitle=%file1_label /righttitle=%file2_label

TortoiseCVS

Diff, 2-way Merge (3-way merge not supported)

  1. Start Preferences application.
  2. Switch to the Tools tab.
  3. Diff application: C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe
  4. 2-way diff parameters: /readonly "%1" "%2"
  5. Merge application: C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe
  6. 2-way merge parameters: /leftreadonly "%mine" "%yours"

TortoiseHg

See Mercurial / HG.


TortoiseGit

Diff

  1. Launch TortoiseGit | Settings
  2. Switch to the Diff Viewer section under External Programs
  3. Change the radio buttons from TortoiseMerge to External.
  4. In the path edits, enter:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe" %base %mine /title1=%bname /title2=%yname /leftreadonly

3-way Merge Pro only

  1. Launch TortoiseGit | Settings
  2. Switch to the Merge Tool section under External Programs
  3. Change the radio buttons from TortoiseMerge to External.
  4. In the path edits, enter:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe" %mine %theirs %base %merged /title1=%yname /title2=%tname /title3=%bname /title4=%mname

TortoiseSVN

Diff

  1. Select Settings from Explorer's TortoiseSVN submenu.
  2. Switch to the Diff Viewer tab.
  3. Change the radio buttons from TortoiseMerge to External.
  4. In the path edits, enter:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe" %base %mine /title1=%bname /title2=%yname /leftreadonly

To use Beyond Compare for image comparisons either replace the file C:\Program Files\TortoiseSVN\bin\TortoiseIDiff.exe with a copy of BComp.exe, or click the Advanced button on the Diff Viewer tab and add each image type's extension with the same command line as above.

3-way Merge Pro only

  1. Select Settings from Explorer's TortoisSVN submenu.
  2. Switch to the Merge Tool tab.
  3. Change the radio buttons from TortoiseMerge to External.
  4. In the path edits, enter:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe" %mine %theirs %base %merged /title1=%yname /title2=%tname /title3=%bname /title4=%mname

2-way Merge

Use the same steps as above, but use the command line:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\BComp.exe" %mine %theirs /savetarget=%merged

Vault / Fortress

See SourceGear Vault / Fortress.


VersionMaster

  1. Choose User Specific Options from the Tools | Options submenu.
  2. Switch to the Visual Differencing tab.
  3. Change the radio button to Use Custom Visual Differencer.
  4. Enter the path to BComp.exe in the edit.

Visual SourceSafe 2005

Diff

  1. Open the Visual SourceSafe Explorer.
  2. Select Options from the Tools menu.
  3. Switch to the Custom Editors tab in the SourceSafe Options dialog.
  4. Select File Difference in the Operation drop-down.
  5. Enter ".*" in the File Extension edit.
  6. Enter this in the Command Line: edit:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bcomp.exe" %1 %2
  7. Click the Add button.

Merge

  1. Open the Visual SourceSafe Explorer.
  2. Select Options from the Tools menu.
  3. Switch to the Custom Editors tab in the SourceSafe Options dialog.
  4. Select File Merge in the Operation drop-down.
  5. Enter ".*" in the File Extension edit.
  6. Enter this in the Command Line edit:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bcomp.exe" %1 %2 /savetarget=%4
  7. Click the Add button.

Visual SourceSafe 6.0 and earlier do not support external difference utilities.  SourceOffSite and VersionMaster can both use Beyond Compare in combination with SourceSafe.


Visual Studio with Visual SourceSafe 2005

Supported for "Microsoft Visual SourceSafe" plug-in.  The "Microsoft Visual SourceSafe (Internet)" plug-in does not support external diff tools.

  1. Open Visual Studio.
  2. Select Options from the Tools menu.
  3. Select Plug-In Settings under the Source Control branch of the left-side tree control.
  4. Select Visual SourceSafe under Plug-In Settings on the right-hand pane.
  5. Press the Advanced button.
  6. Select the Custom Editor tab in the "SourceSafe Options" pane.
  7. Select File Difference in the Operation drop-down.
  8. Enter ".*" in the File Extension edit.
  9. Enter this in the Command Line edit:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 4\bcomp.exe" %1 %2
  10. Click the Add button and close all dialog boxes.

WinCVS

  1. Choose Preferences from the Admin menu.
  2. Switch to the WinCVS tab.
  3. Check the External diff checkbox.
  4. Enter the path to BComp.exe in the External diff edit.

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