The extension allows you to compare folders, show the diffs in a list and present diff in a splitted view side by side.
How to use?
There are several ways to choose folders to compare:
- Command Palette -
Compare a folder against workspace choose a folder to compare against the workspace's folder (when workspace is not empty)
Choose 2 folders and compare - opens OS folder chooser twice
- Compare Folders Panel (Click on the icon in the Activity Bar)
Click to select a folder see 1st item
Click to select folders see 2nd item
- File explorer
- Select 2 folders, right click and click on
Compare selected folders see 2nd item
- From history
Pick from recent compares chose one of the pairs you compared in the past.
- (The list can be reset by
Clear recent compares)
Refresh - If there are changes in the compared folders' files, click on the
refresh button will re-compare the folders.
Options (under vscode settings)
excludeFilter - glob string
includeFilter - glob string
compareContent - boolean - Compares files by content
diffViewTitle - One of the options: "name only", "compared path", "full path"
ignoreFileNameCase - boolean - Compare files with the same name but different case
diffLayout - One of the options: "local <> compared" or "compared <> local"
showIdentical - boolean - Whether or not show the identical files panel
useDiffMerge - boolean - Whether or not using
Diff & Merge extension as the Diff viewer. In order to use this option, you should install the extension
By calling the following command from the terminal / command line, the extension will be calling on vscode load and show the differences view
COMPARE_FOLDERS=DIFF code path/to/folder1 path/to/folder2
Read more about the development process
You can find the series of the posts about how this extension developed step by step in medium.com.
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