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git difftool is a Git command that allows you to compare and edit files between revisions using common diff tools. git difftool is a frontend to git diff and accepts the same options and arguments. See git-diff.
Copy the modified files to a temporary location and perform a directory diff on them. This mode never prompts before launching the diff tool.
Do not prompt before launching a diff tool.
Prompt before each invocation of the diff tool. This is the default behaviour; the option is provided to override any configuration settings.
- -t <tool>
Use the diff tool specified by <tool>. Valid values include emerge, kompare, meld, and vimdiff. Run
git difftool --tool-helpfor the list of valid <tool> settings.
If a diff tool is not specified, git difftool will use the configuration variable
diff.tool. If the configuration variable
diff.toolis not set, git difftool will pick a suitable default.
You can explicitly provide a full path to the tool by setting the configuration variable
difftool.<tool>.path. For example, you can configure the absolute path to kdiff3 by setting
difftool.kdiff3.path. Otherwise, git difftool assumes the tool is available in PATH.
Instead of running one of the known diff tools, git difftool can be customized to run an alternative program by specifying the command line to invoke in a configuration variable
When git difftool is invoked with this tool (either through the
--tooloption or the
diff.toolconfiguration variable) the configured command line will be invoked with the following variables available:
$LOCALis set to the name of the temporary file containing the contents of the diff pre-image and
$REMOTEis set to the name of the temporary file containing the contents of the diff post-image.
$MERGEDis the name of the file which is being compared.
$BASEis provided for compatibility with custom merge tool commands and has the same value as
Print a list of diff tools that may be used with
git difftool's default behavior is create symlinks to the working tree when run in
--dir-diffmode and the right-hand side of the comparison yields the same content as the file in the working tree.
--no-symlinksinstructs git difftool to create copies instead.
--no-symlinksis the default on Windows.
- -x <command>
Specify a custom command for viewing diffs. git-difftool ignores the configured defaults and runs
$command $LOCAL $REMOTEwhen this option is specified. Additionally,
$BASEis set in the environment.
When git-difftool is invoked with the
--guioption the default diff tool will be read from the configured
diff.guitoolvariable instead of
--no-guioption can be used to override this setting. If
diff.guitoolis not set, we will fallback in the order of
merge.tooluntil a tool is found.
git-difftool invokes a diff tool individually on each file. Errors reported by the diff tool are ignored by default. Use
--trust-exit-codeto make git-difftool exit when an invoked diff tool returns a non-zero exit code.
git-difftool will forward the exit code of the invoked tool when
See git-diff for the full list of supported options.
git difftool falls back to git mergetool config variables when the difftool equivalents have not been defined.
The default diff tool to use.
The default diff tool to use when
Override the path for the given tool. This is useful in case your tool is not in the PATH.
Specify the command to invoke the specified diff tool.
--tool=<tool>option above for more details.
Prompt before each invocation of the diff tool.
Exit difftool if the invoked diff tool returns a non-zero exit status.
--trust-exit-codeoption above for more details.
Part of the git suite