Software update: WinMerge 2.16.26

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A new stable version of WinMerge has been released. WinMerge allows files or folders to be compared with each other: useful, for example, to see what has changed between different pieces of source code or to sift through the contents of log files. The program includes syntax highlighting and the application can create patch files based on the discovered differences. The following changes and improvements have been made in this release:


  • Fixed issue where the program would crash when certain path names were set in the file path bar.

File compare

  • Feature request: Allow pasting when editing caption of pages (PR #1651)

Folder compare

  • BugFix: Filters aren’t saved anywhere (#1638)
  • BugFix: Fixed issue where the Open menu item in file path bar of folder comparison window was disabled.
  • Add processing to indicate that two directories are identical in the “Comparison result” column when they are identical in a 3-way folder comparison. (PR #1649)
  • Request: highlight the file after opening its parent folder (#1662)
  • Show/hide directories in 3-way comparison (PR #1683)

Binary compare

  • BugFix: Fixed issue where the Open menu item in file path bar of binary comparison window was disabled.

Web page compare

  • BugFix: Deleted color of Word Difference in Options dialog was not used.
  • Implemented Ignore numbers comparison option.

Options dialog

  • Modify the “Options (Compare > Folder)” dialog. (PR #1645)


  • Add PreviewMarkdown plugin (PR #1641)
  • Add PreviewPlantUML plugin (PR #1666)
  • CompareMSExcelFiles: Added “Compare worksheets as HTML” in CompareMSExcelFiles plugin options window
  • ApacheTika: Updated Apache Tika to version 2.6.0
  • ApacheTika: If Java is not installed, OpenJDK 19.0.2 will now be downloaded and used.

Translation updates:

Version number 2.16.26
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11
Website WinMerge
License type GPL
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