Need a good folder compare/sync app

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by CaptSaltyJack, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. CaptSaltyJack macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2007
    I'm looking for an app (preferably free) that will compare two folders, show me which files are different, let me view the differences, and then finally copy the file from the left to right folder, or right to left.

    Anything like this? DiffMerge is free and has a folder compare, but it won't copy files, which seems silly..
  2. Doc69 macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2005
    File and folder compare software?

    I'm wondering the same thing. I've been using zsCompare, but for some reason it doesn't work properly anymore (hasn't been updated since 2006). On the Windows side I use FolderMatch. Surely there must be something similar on the Mac? I need to compare the contents of two folders to know if they are identical or not.

  3. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
  4. Flynnstone macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2003
    Cold beer land
    I use Beyond Compare on the Windows side.
    I've been pestering the developer to do a OS X port.
    So if you have Parallels ...
  5. Doc69 macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2005
    I already use Retrospect for drive and folder synchronization, but I need an app that will compare two folders and give me a result of the possible differences. Preferably the UI would be split in two sections, with folder 1 on the left side and folder two on the right. Can Chronosync do this? It seems more like a synchronization utility?
  6. Doc69 macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2005
    Unfortunately I'm having issues with internal drives on a PowerMac G5 so I can't use any Windows software. And they're in RAID 0, so I can't move them to a PC either. If I could, I already own FolderMatch, which is an excellent Windows utility that does exactly what I want.

    Any other suggestions? Surely there must be a Mac utility out there for this?
  7. CaptSaltyJack thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2007
    Actually DiffMerge is coming along nicely. The dev is updating it slowly, eventually it will move/copy files in folder sync mode.
  8. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    I second Chronosync. I have been using it for while to sync all of my media files over the network to the various backup drives. Works like a charm. Even works in a mixed environment of windows and mac's.
  9. CaptSaltyJack thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2007
    I think people are misunderstanding this thread a bit.

    I'm not looking for a drive/folder sync app. I'm looking for a diff tool (for programmers). One that will compare two files and show the differences, AND also compare two folders, show which files differ, and allow me to see those differences as well as copy files left->right or right->left.
  10. poena macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2009
    I've been using SyncTwoFolders. Works like a charm.
  11. flooce macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2009
    I know what you mean.... Such a basic functionality should be implemented in the OS... at least on the file/folder level in finder, with code it would be even better of course.

    This is a MAJOR feature I miss from TotalCommander in Windows...
  12. goodcow macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2007
    Sorry to bump a three year old thread, but I also need something like zsCompare. I remember using it in 2005 or so, but the app has long been abandoned and the developer is seemingly out of business.

    Any suggestions would be wonderful.

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