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Last Update:

02 May 2017

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • Scooter Software


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Software Author(s):

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Beyond Compare

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Deployment Method: Individual Install, Upgrade, & Uninstall

To install Beyond Compare, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade Beyond Compare, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall Beyond Compare, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


Deployment Method:


This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Enter Your Internal Repository Url

(this should look similar to https://community.chocolatey.org/api/v2/)

2. Setup Your Environment

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

2. Get the package into your environment

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to https://community.chocolatey.org/api/v2/. Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Copy Your Script

choco upgrade beyondcompare -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" --version="''" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade beyondcompare -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" --version="''" 

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Install beyondcompare
    name: beyondcompare
    version: ''
    state: present

See docs at https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/modules/win_chocolatey_module.html.

chocolatey_package 'beyondcompare' do
  action    :install
  source   'INTERNAL REPO URL'
  version  ''

See docs at https://docs.chef.io/resource_chocolatey_package.html.

cChocoPackageInstaller beyondcompare
    Name     = "beyondcompare"
    Version  = ""
    Source   = "INTERNAL REPO URL"

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at https://github.com/chocolatey/cChoco.

package { 'beyondcompare':
  ensure   => '',
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  source   => 'INTERNAL REPO URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at https://forge.puppet.com/puppetlabs/chocolatey.

4. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.


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This package was approved as a trusted package on 02 May 2017.


This is the trial version of Beyond Compare. It will work for 30 days, and after that it requires a license.

$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'

$urlBase = "https://www.scootersoftware.com"
$LCID = (Get-Culture).LCID
$german = @(3079,1031,5127,4103,2055)
$french = @(2060,11276,3084,9228,12300,1036,5132,13324,6156,14348,10252,4108,7180)
$japanese = @(17, 1041)

$version = ''

$packageArgs = @{
  packageName   = 'beyondcompare'
  fileType      = 'exe'
  url           = $url
  silentArgs = '/SP- /VERYSILENT /NORESTART'

  checksum      = ''
  checksumType  = 'sha256'

$checksumde = '96ABEF13A497C977724352FA9E5F74701D607E21925193692E989552C7D61BFA'
$checksumfr = 'E55B0BCC79636CC40B4079A59E993445635CAB2E702E4E859116FD8FE5F402DD'
$checksumjp = 'ED358950A0DB8E7698F25DADA98AA9537CBC37B01620596409BE0F4A1D707A40'
$checksum = '57B89DD46C912E17DBD3680672135629301E004B124CD08A1AE694EBB3948B7D'

if ($german -contains $LCID)
    $packageArgs.url = "$urlBase/BCompare-de-$version.exe"
    $packageArgs.checksum = $checksumde
elseif ($french -contains $LCID)
    $packageArgs.url = "$urlBase/BCompare-fr-$version.exe"
    $packageArgs.checksum = $checksumfr
elseif ($japanese -contains $LCID)
    $packageArgs.url = "$urlBase/BCompare-jp-$version.exe"
    $packageArgs.checksum = $checksumjp
    $packageArgs.url = "$urlBase/BCompare-$version.exe"
    $packageArgs.checksum = $checksum

# This is necessary to avoid Invoke-WebRequest failing with "The request was aborted: Could not create SSL/TLS secure channel."
[Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12

Install-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs
$packageName = 'beyondcompare'
$packageSearch = "Beyond Compare"
$installerType = 'exe'
$validExitCodes = @(0)
Get-ItemProperty -Path @('HKLM:\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\*',
                         'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\*' ) `
                 -ErrorAction:SilentlyContinue `
| Where-Object { $_.DisplayName -like "$packageSearch*" } `
| ForEach-Object { Uninstall-ChocolateyPackage -PackageName "$packageName" `
                                               -FileType "$installerType" `
                                               -SilentArgs "$($silentArgs)" `
                                               -File "$($_.UninstallString)" `
                                               -ValidExitCodes $validExitCodes }

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In cases where actual malware is found, the packages are subject to removal. Software sometimes has false positives. Moderators do not necessarily validate the safety of the underlying software, only that a package retrieves software from the official distribution point and/or validate embedded software against official distribution point (where distribution rights allow redistribution).

Chocolatey Pro provides runtime protection from possible malware.

Add to Builder Version Downloads Last Updated Status
Beyond Compare 16465 Friday, October 20, 2023 Approved
Beyond Compare 24051 Monday, March 6, 2023 Approved
Beyond Compare 5399 Saturday, February 4, 2023 Approved
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Beyond Compare 11840 Thursday, July 21, 2022 Approved
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Beyond Compare 19588 Saturday, August 14, 2021 Approved
Beyond Compare 22139 Friday, October 2, 2020 Approved
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Beyond Compare 5796 Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Approved
Beyond Compare 8050 Saturday, February 29, 2020 Approved
Beyond Compare 6526 Tuesday, December 3, 2019 Approved
Beyond Compare 2964 Saturday, November 2, 2019 Approved
Beyond Compare 1326 Friday, October 25, 2019 Approved
Beyond Compare 1982 Thursday, October 10, 2019 Approved
Beyond Compare 9027 Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Approved
Beyond Compare 2212 Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Approved
Beyond Compare 7050 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Approved
Beyond Compare 4364 Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Approved
Beyond Compare 829 Friday, October 26, 2018 Approved
Beyond Compare 5783 Saturday, July 14, 2018 Approved
Beyond Compare 2198 Saturday, June 16, 2018 Approved
Beyond Compare 8205 Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Approved
Beyond Compare 7268 Thursday, August 31, 2017 Approved
Beyond Compare 3727 Saturday, May 20, 2017 Approved
Beyond Compare 790 Sunday, May 14, 2017 Approved
Beyond Compare 1189 Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Approved
Beyond Compare 8164 Monday, October 3, 2016 Approved
Beyond Compare 1840 Monday, August 29, 2016 Approved
Beyond Compare 704 Sunday, August 21, 2016 Approved
Beyond Compare 1537 Monday, May 16, 2016 Approved
Beyond Compare 1423 Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Approved
Beyond Compare 886 Sunday, March 6, 2016 Approved
Beyond Compare 1916 Tuesday, December 22, 2015 Approved
Beyond Compare 416 Saturday, October 3, 2015 Approved
Beyond Compare 3429 Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Approved
Beyond Compare 2528 Tuesday, February 3, 2015 Approved
Beyond Compare 2644 Thursday, September 18, 2014 Approved
Beyond Compare 4631 Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Approved
Beyond Compare 1931 Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Approved
Beyond Compare 523 Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Approved
Beyond Compare 1608 Monday, April 14, 2014 Approved
Beyond Compare 939 Thursday, March 6, 2014 Approved
Beyond Compare 2131 Wednesday, July 24, 2013 Approved
Beyond COmpare 546 Friday, July 19, 2013 Approved
Beyond COmpare 2503 Monday, March 19, 2012 Approved
Beyond COmpare 603 Monday, March 19, 2012 Approved - April 28, 2017

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.
  • Added support for Microsoft Help 2.x archives and ext2fs/ext3fs/ext4fs disk images.
  • Added support for .lzma and .tar.lzma/.tlz archives.
  • Improved RAR support:
    <LI>Added support for RAR5 archives containing symlinks/junction points.
    <LI>Archives created on Unix now display Unix attributes correctly.
    <LI>Fixed CRC values for files that are split across multiple RAR volumes.
    <LI>macOS/Linux: Fixed support for RAR4 and RAR5 archives.
    <LI>Windows: Fixed support for empty folders in archives created on Unix.
    <LI>Windows: Updated UnRAR.dll to v5.40. </LI></UL>
  • Windows: Fixed issue with Total Commander packer plug-ins in 64-bit builds.
Cloud Services
  • Upgraded Dropbox support to use v2 API.
    <LI>File last modified times can now be set.
    <LI>Folder last modified times are no longer reported.
    <LI>Folder listings with more than 2,000 items are now supported. </LI></UL>
  • Fixed support for Amazon S3 buckets in the us-east-2 (US East Ohio), ca-central-1 (Canada Central), eu-west-2 (EU London), and ap-south-1 (Asia Pacific Mumbai) regions and removed need to explicitly support new ones.
  • Improved OneDrive authorization and error handling.
  • Deleting folders on OneDrive now deletes everything in one call instead of removing everything recursively.
  • Added support for connecting to Amazon S3 buckets when the requesting user doesn't have the "s3:GetBucketLocation" permission.
  • Added optional "Bucket" to Amazon S3 profiles to limit the profile to that bucket and to make it more obvious how to connect when the user doesn't have the ListAllBuckets permission.
  • Windows: Added support connecting to Amazon S3 over IPv6.
Command Line
  • macOS: Fixed failure to load new comparisons from the command line after opening many previously without closing Beyond Compare.
  • Linux: Fixed minimized window not restoring when launching a new comparison.
  • Linux: Fixed main menu corruption when loading a second tab from the command line.
File Formats
  • Added "JavaScript Source" text format.
  • Updated "Python Scripts" text format keywords.
  • Fixed "COBOL Source" text format's line number matching.
  • Windows: Fixed MS Word extraction when running on a system with the Korean locale.
  • Improved "SQL" text format to detect identifiers that start with "#".
File Views
  • Added font resizing via Ctrl+Shift+MouseWheel and added "Increase Display Font Size", "Decrease Display Font Size", and "Reset Display Font Size" commands.
  • Added support for adding/removing Unicode byte-order marks in the "Save As" dialog.
  • macOS: Fixed newly opened views inserting characters when using keyboard shortcuts (Esc, Cmd+W, etc).
  • Fixed performance issue when the merge output file is on a slow network drive.
  • "Save As" now has a default filename when saving the initially empty side of an orphan comparison launched from a folder comparison if the parent folder exists.
  • Fixed file open permissions to prevent unexpected behavior when files are open for writing by other applications.
  • Fixed editors not repainting during slow saves after switching tabs.
  • Fixed dimmed painting of items during horizontal scrolls in MP3, Registry, and Version Compare sessions.
Folder Compare
  • Removed "Bypass disk cache during binary comparisons" option. Due to changes in hardware, operating systems, and drivers, it no longer works as originally intended.
  • Fixed canceling a rules-based or binary comparison of a large pair of files caching incorrect CRC values and causing subsequent CRC or rules-based comparisons to report immediately matching contents.
  • Fixed minimum column size to take margins into account.
Folder Merge
  • "Compare to Output" now preserves session settings (e.g. Name Filters).
  • "Merge/Sync Base Folders" now preserves more session settings.
  • Fixed "Ignored" action, when merging to a separate output folder, to not copy the center file to the output.
Folder Sync
  • Fixed toolbar appearing below the path edits.
  • Fixed "Hide VMS versions" support for SFTP profiles.
  • Fixed requesting CRC32 values over SFTP.
  • Fixed Profiles dialog not updating controls when switching between FTP and SFTP profiles.
Hex Compare
  • Added support for switching between the hex and ANSI parts of the editor using Tab and Shift+Tab.
  • Windows: Start Menu icon is now just a single "Beyond Compare 4" item rather than a folder with the app, help file, and uninstaller (new installs only).
  • Windows: Fixed automatic upgrades of a portable install writing values in the registry if there is also an existing "For All Users" install.
  • Windows: Removed UACLaunch.exe from Windows installer.
  • Windows: Added clipboard monitoring app to more easily launch comparisons from text editors.
  • macOS: Added full Finder context menu extension on macOS 10.10 and above.
  • "Duplicate Tab" now preserves clipboard contents, folder session parentage.
  • Improved various graphics on high DPI displays and updated many icons.
  • Fixed various high DPI issues and tweaked minimum constraints for various dialogs.
  • macOS: Fixed scrolling behavior on macOS 10.12 Sierra.
  • Fixed filename truncation when the whole filename doesn't fit the available space.
  • Toolbar gradients are no longer used under high contrast themes.
  • macOS/Linux: Fixed "Show Differences" popup button visibility and toolbar context menu checked states.
  • Upgraded third party libraries.
MP3 Compare
  • Improved handling for various ID3 tags.
  • Changed ID3v2 tag names to match their ID3v1 counterparts.
  • Disabled character based differencing for numeric values.
  • Binary tags are now shown as hex digits.
  • "Copy" puts binary data on the clipboard if only one item is selected and it is binary.
  • Added separator lines below each row of the treeview.
  • Improved typing into "Extra line spacing" edit on "Tweaks" page.
Picture Compare
  • Added support for comparing JPEG/TIFF EXIF and IPTC metadata.
  • "Fit to Window" zooms to multiple of 100% for images smaller than 64x64.
  • Improved menus for going into and out of "Full Screen" mode.
  • Fixed NetPBM image handling of comments containing numbers.
  • Changed order of items in "Picture Compare Info" dialog.
Registry Compare
  • "Copy" puts text on the clipboard unless only one item is selected and it is binary.
  • Added separator lines below each row of the treeview.
  • File reports now include error messages.
  • macOS/Linux: Added mouse wheel handling to "Print Preview" dialog.
  • Picture Compare HTML reports now scale down large images to fit the window.
Table Compare
  • Improved number handling accuracy by storing data as binary-coded decimals instead of floats.
  • Added "Alignment" session settings.
  • Improved typing scientific notation into "Numeric tolerance" edit.
  • Windows: Updated MS Excel support.
  • Fixed using regional number/date format settings, broken in 4.1.7.
Text Edit
  • Added folder path of open file to dropdown for "Find in Files" folder edit.
Text Views
  • macOS: Fixed Find with "Match Whole Word" always failing.
Text Compare
  • macOS/Linux: Fixed thumbnail showing 1 pixel high if two comparisons are launched quickly.
  • Linux: Removed non-functional "Webpages" command.
Text Merge
  • Changed order of items in "Text Merge Info" dialog.
Version Compare
  • Added support for comparing "Dynamic Base (ALSR)" and "NX compatible (DEP)" DLL characteristics.
  • Disabled character based differencing for numeric values.
  • Binary tags are now shown as hex digits.
  • "Copy" puts binary data on the clipboard if only one item is selected and it is binary.
  • Added separator lines below each row of the treeview.
View Patch
  • Added check for external file changes.
  • Fixed MP3, Registry, Version Compare crash if Ctrl+A is pressed when line details have focus and Ctrl+A isn't used as a shortcut for a menu action.
  • Windows: Fixed BCompareLite crash when opening/closing Options dialog.
  • macOS: Fixed crash on startup with invalid network printer.
  • macOS: Fixed hang when opening a zip file containing filenames with invalid UTF-8 sequences.
  • Linux: Fixed crashes or hangs when launching multiple comparisons from the command line.
  • macOS/Linux: Fixed crash when switching between Text Compare sessions in the Home view when the session overrides the default file format.
  • Fixed crashes on shutdown.

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