The diff tool of Visual Studio is very good to compare 2 files. You can use it to compare two versions of the same file directly in Visual Studio. But you can also use it to compare 2 files that are not in a solution.
Using the command line
- Open the developer command prompt from the start menu, so
devenv.exeis already in the path
- Use the following command line:
devenv /diff file1.cs file2.cs
Using the Command Window in Visual Studio
If you have already opened Visual Studio, you can use the Command Window to diff files.
- Open the
Command Windowusing the Quick Launch or using the keyboard Ctrl+W, A
- Using the command
Tools.DiffFileswith the 2 files to compare:
Tools.DiffFiles "file1.cs" "file2.cs"
You'll get the same result as with the command line: