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GIT-DIFFTOOL(1)                                  Git Manual                                  GIT-DIFFTOOL(1)



NAME
       git-difftool - Show changes using common diff tools

SYNOPSIS
       git difftool [<options>] [<commit> [<commit>]] [--] [<path>...]


DESCRIPTION
       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(1).

OPTIONS
       -d, --dir-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.

       -y, --no-prompt
           Do not prompt before launching a diff tool.

       --prompt
           Prompt before each invocation of the diff tool. This is the default behaviour; the option is
           provided to override any configuration settings.

       -t <tool>, --tool=<tool>
           Use the diff tool specified by <tool>. Valid values include emerge, kompare, meld, and vimdiff.
           Run git difftool --tool-help for 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.tool is 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
           difftool.<tool>.cmd.

           When git difftool is invoked with this tool (either through the -t or --tool option or the
           diff.tool configuration variable) the configured command line will be invoked with the following
           variables available: $LOCAL is set to the name of the temporary file containing the contents of
           the diff pre-image and $REMOTE is set to the name of the temporary file containing the contents
           of the diff post-image.  $MERGED is the name of the file which is being compared.  $BASE is
           provided for compatibility with custom merge tool commands and has the same value as $MERGED.

       --tool-help
           Print a list of diff tools that may be used with --tool.

       --[no-]symlinks

           git difftool's default behavior is create symlinks to the working tree when run in --dir-diff
           mode and the right-hand side of the comparison yields the same content as the file in the working
           tree.

           Specifying --no-symlinks instructs git difftool to create copies instead.  --no-symlinks is the
           default on Windows.

       -x <command>, --extcmd=<command>
           Specify a custom command for viewing diffs.  git-difftool ignores the configured defaults and
           runs $command $LOCAL $REMOTE when this option is specified. Additionally, $BASE is set in the
           environment.

       -g, --gui
           When git-difftool is invoked with the -g or --gui option the default diff tool will be read from
           the configured diff.guitool variable instead of diff.tool.

       See git-diff(1) for the full list of supported options.

CONFIG VARIABLES
       git difftool falls back to git mergetool config variables when the difftool equivalents have not been
       defined.

       diff.tool
           The default diff tool to use.

       diff.guitool
           The default diff tool to use when --gui is specified.

       difftool.<tool>.path
           Override the path for the given tool. This is useful in case your tool is not in the PATH.

       difftool.<tool>.cmd
           Specify the command to invoke the specified diff tool.

           See the --tool=<tool> option above for more details.

       difftool.prompt
           Prompt before each invocation of the diff tool.

SEE ALSO
       git-diff(1)
           Show changes between commits, commit and working tree, etc

       git-mergetool(1)
           Run merge conflict resolution tools to resolve merge conflicts

       git-config(1)
           Get and set repository or global options

GIT
       Part of the git(1) suite



Git 1.8.3                                        05/24/2013                                  GIT-DIFFTOOL(1)

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