Visual-studio – Compare two files in Visual Studio


I saw the new comparison tool in Visual Studio 2012 for comparing two files or two versions of a file. I like it. But when I tried to find it I couldn't it, because I don't use TFS.

Is there a way how I can just compare two files with the built-in feature in Visual Studio (but without TFS)?

Best Solution

You can invoke devenv.exe /diff list1.txt list2.txt from the Visual Studio Developer Command Prompt or, if a Visual Studio instance is already running, you can type Tools.DiffFiles in the Command window, with a handy file name completion:

Using Tools.DiffFiles from the Visual Studio Command window