Compare Text Plugin in Notepad ++ is a very useful plugin to show the difference between 2 files (side by side). In Notepad ++ download page (version 5.9.3), it seems that the Compare Plugin 1.5.5 should be available after installed. Unfortunately, it’s not be installed automatically for me.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you step by step on how to install the Compare plugin in Notepad ++. First of all, you must have Notepad ++ installed. If not, feel free to download it from Notepad ++ download page: http://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/. I’m using version 5.9.3 as the latest one.
Install Compare Plugin (version 1.5.5) in Notepad Plus Plus
- 1. Download and unzip the Compare_1_5_5_UNI_dll.zip from the Notepad ++ Plugins download page via: http://sourceforge.net/projects/npp-plugins/files/ComparePlugin/Compare%201.5.5/
- 2. Copy ComparePlugin.dll file in unzipped folder then paste it in the plugins sub folder of the Notepad ++ install folder (ex: C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\plugins)
- 3. Load the Compare plugin by closing and restarting Notepad ++
Bonus: or go to Settings => Import => Import Plugin(s) … then browser to the ComparePlugin.dll you’ve just downloaded
After restart your Notepad++, a new menu item named Compare will appear under Plugins menu as below: