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I know there are many suggestions on here discussing compatible editors for a Macintosh, but I haven't found any in this regards.

What I love about Notepad++ is the "compare" plugin. I use it for comparing java, xml, and more. What I get in return is a side by side comparison that scroll in sync and the diffs are highlighted not placed in a separate from at the bottom that I must click on to see the difference. Is there any editor out there for Mac that shows a side-by-side comparison with differences highlighted?

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Possible duplicate: – Cody Gray Dec 10 '10 at 15:51

I am a fan of BBEdit. You can get a free version of the same called TextWrangler, which is also awesome. Both support this type of diff.

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Ah, you beat me to the TextWrangler thing. – 에이바 Dec 10 '10 at 16:20
@에이바: yup. 4 more – Matt Ball Dec 10 '10 at 16:21
@에이바, there's always the "delete" link! – Arjan Dec 10 '10 at 16:50
I had TextWrangler already, so I went with that. Very good comparison tool more than what I expected it moving changes between two files a breeze. Saved me hours of work. – b01 Aug 6 '13 at 15:16

If you have installed Developer Tools:

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MacVim with VimDiff in action:


Just enable scrollbind and you have what you want.

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TextMate is a popular editor, but I don't know if the comparison works.

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It's a color-highlighted unified diff (at least that's what I use). Nothing fancy. – Daniel Beck Dec 10 '10 at 19:52

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