We're excited to announce the official release of Beyond Compare 4.2.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and bug reports during the 4.2 beta.

Notable Changes

  • Windows: Added clipboard monitoring app to more easily launch comparisons from text editors. Must be enabled manually in Options dialog if upgrading from 4.1 or earlier. Requires Windows Vista or later.
  • macOS: Added full Finder context menu extension on macOS 10.10 and above. Must be enabled manually from the Beyond Compare "Preferences" dialog or macOS System Preferences. May require a reboot.
  • Added support for comparing JPEG/TIFF EXIF and IPTC metadata.
  • Removed "Bypass disk cache during binary comparisons" option. Due to changes in hardware, operating systems, and drivers, it no longer works as originally intended.
  • Upgraded Dropbox support to use v2 API. Dropbox support in v4.1.9 and earlier will stop working in June 2017.
  • Added support for .lzma and .tar.lzma/.tlz archives and improved RAR support.
  • macOS: Fixed scrolling behavior on macOS 10.12 Sierra and fixed Cmd+W/Esc inserting characters in a text editor rather than closing the view.
  • Improved various graphics on high DPI displays and updated many icons.


For a full list of changes, see the changelog.