Skip to content

Compare files

Comparing files is useful for determining the difference between two files or two versions of the same file.

Compare two files

To start the comparison:

  • In the Project tool window, right-click the first file and choose Compare With.

Or:

  • With the first file already selected in the Project tool window, select View > Compare With on the main menu.

The Select Path window appears. Select the second file and select OK.
The comparison window appears.

compare

Compare a file with the editor file

To compare a file with the one currently in the editing area:

  • In the Project tool window, right-click the first file and choose Compare File with Editor.

Or:

  • With the first file already selected in the Project tool window, select View > Compare File with Editor on the main menu.

Compare the editor file with the clipboard

To compare the file currently in the editor with the contents of the clipboard:

  • Select View > Compare with Clipboard on the main menu.

Info

If you need information about the comparison window and other comparison options see the IntelliJ IDEA documentation.