I have installed meld in Ubuntu 10.10. Is there any way I can get something like "Select left to compare" and "Compare with" context menu for files that is there in Beyond Compare.
Install Nautilus actions.
sudo apt-get install nautilus-actions
System > Nautilus Actions
Define new action:
Label: Meld.. Icon: /usr/share/pixmaps/meld.png Path: /usr/bin/meld Parameters: %M Conditions : check “Appears if selection contains”
Then restart nautilus
Here's a slightly different approach that works great for me. (I'm using Nemo on Ubuntu 13.10).
- Select two or more text files (any extension. Say foo.php , bar.py, abc.txt)
- Right click on them. Goto properties.
- Under the "Open With" tab. Select "Show other Applications".
- Select Meld from the list and Add. (Don't make it the default application)
- Close the dialog box.
From now on, whenever you need to compare 2 or more files, select the files, right click on them, and select 'meld' listed under "Open With". Meld will open with the diff.
I dig this setup. Keeps the Right click context menu cleaner and also gets meld working from inside Nemo, without installing anything new.
Caveat: Doesn't work for folders. However, comparing folders is anyway a rarely used action. I'm happy to use the Terminal for doing that. i.e. by doing this from the shell prompt: meld folder1 folder2
P.S. -- This trick is also great for setting the default applications to be used for opening different types of files.
Here is an updated version of @darthvader's answer for Ubuntu 13.10 with screenshots:
Install Nautilus Actions and open the application.
Under the Action tab, use the icon path:
Under command, use meld with %F
And under the environment tab, set the Count to be strictly greater than 1.
If you use Thunar file manager, then:
Works comparing files and also comparing directories. I have spanish version, sorry :)
1) Open Edit > Configure custom actions:
2) Click on Add icon (the green plus one)
3) Fill the form...
4) Accept and check the result...
What I like to do is:
add two thunar custom actions "meld left" and "meld right" which call "your_util_path/set_left.sh %F" and "your_util_path/compare_to_left.sh %F", respectively. Then,
echo $1 > your_util_path/MELD_LEFT_FILE
echo $1 > your_util_path/MELD_RIGHT_FILE
meld $(head -n1 your_util_path/MELD_LEFT_FILE) $1
I use this because often the two paths you want to compare are in different tabs or windows.
I've been looking for a way to do this since leaving DiffMerge in Windows. I got it working in Fedora 29 with help from other answers, including @Jose's. The method should be very similar for Ubuntu. This method is useful if you need to compare files/folders from arbitrary locations.
Add the following two scripts to
Note that the names are literally 'Compare Left' and 'Compare Right' so they appear naturally in the context menu.
#!/bin/bash if [ -z "$NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_SELECTED_FILE_PATHS" ] then echo -e "$NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_CURRENT_URI" > /tmp/MELD_LEFT_FILE else echo -e "$NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_SELECTED_FILE_PATHS" > /tmp/MELD_LEFT_FILE fi
#!/bin/bash if [ -z "$NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_SELECTED_FILE_PATHS" ] then echo -e "$NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_CURRENT_URI" > /tmp/MELD_RIGHT_FILE else echo -e "$NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_SELECTED_FILE_PATHS" > /tmp/MELD_RIGHT_FILE fi meld $(head -n1 /tmp/MELD_LEFT_FILE) $(head -n1 /tmp/MELD_RIGHT_FILE)
Don't forget to make both scripts executable:
chmod +x 'Compare Left' 'Compare Right'
To add key bindings for the above add the following to
~/.config/nautilus/scripts-accels (be careful not to add empty lines or add lines with whitespace):
F3 Compare Left F4 Compare Right
You will need to restart nautilus for the key bindings to work (