In the previous post, I showed you how to use Visual Studio to compare 2 files. I also use Visual Studio Code from time to time. And, as every great IDE, Visual Studio Code also has a great diff tool. As with Visual Studio, you can use it to compare 2 versions of the same file if you use a source control. But you can also compare 2 files from your file system.
There are multiple ways to use the Visual Studio Code diff tool that are covered in this post.
#Comparing files using the User Interface
Open the 2 files in Visual Studio Code
Right-click on one file and click "Select for compare"
Right-click on the other file and click "Compare file file1 with file2"
You should see the result:
#Comparing files using the command line
Using Visual Studio CodeShell
code --diff file1.cs file2.cs
Or, using the full path if code is not in the
"%LOCALAPPDATA%\Programs\Microsoft VS Code\code.exe" --diff file1.cs file2.cs
Using Visual Studio Code InsidersShell
"%LOCALAPPDATA%\Programs\Microsoft VS Code Insiders\Code - Insiders.exe" --diff file1.cs file2.cs
#Using Visual Studio Code as a git difftool
git difftool is a Git command that allows you to compare and edit files between revisions using common diff tools. You can use any editor that supports diff such as VS Code. Open a command prompt and use the following commands:
From CMD (Windows)Shell
git config --global diff.tool vscode git config --global difftool.vscode.cmd "code --wait --diff \"$LOCAL\" \"$REMOTE\""
From PowerShell (Windows or Linux)PowerShell
git config --global diff.tool vscode git config --global difftool.vscode.cmd "code --wait --diff ""`$LOCAL"" ""`$REMOTE"""
From Bash (Linux)PowerShell
git config --global diff.tool vscode git config --global difftool.vscode.cmd 'code --wait --diff "$LOCAL" "$REMOTE"'
%USERPROFILE%\.gitconfigin a text editor and add the following content:INI
[diff] tool = vscode [difftool "vscode"] cmd = code --wait --diff \"$LOCAL\" \"$REMOTE\"
You can validate the configuration by executing
git config --global --list.
By the way, you can also use Visual Studio Code as your git editor:
git config --global core.editor "code --wait"
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