Beyond Compare

If you’re a web developer managing multiple websites and web-applications, you are probably already comfortable with an application or set of applications and scripts for uploading and changing content. If you’re up for trying new things however, try out this cool little tool..

For FTP connections, most Windows, Mac and Linux development IDE’s already have built in support to upload and change content. However, for SFTP connections, or if you find you have to make quick changes to multiple sites on a regular basis, the built in IDEs are often too bulky or slow, especially if you have to open multiple instances of the IDE every-time you want to upload a change.

There are many solutions out there; I used WinSCP for quite awhile until the number of sites I had to support became very large. Then I stumbled upon BeyondCompare at the recommendation of a colleague.

Beyond Compare is a great all in one solution – it contains multiple tabs each run on a separate thread with individual uploads/downloads also maintained on separate threads.

Local file paths are linked to the remote locations and stored as “sessions” which you can quickly pop open at any time and create on the fly. It even contains a built in “diff”/”merge” tool to make binary or text comparisons between files without opening in an external application and easily shows you files that have changed by date/time stamp and text/content using a color coded system.

See below for a screenshot of the main menu, directory browsing and diff tool. (Website names blurred due to client confidentiality)
Main Menu:
Beyond Compare - Main Menu

Directory Browse:
Beyond Compare - Directory Browser

Diff. Tool:
Beyond Compare - Text Compare

Download it here:


About Ronnie Diaz

Ronnie Diaz is a software engineer and tech consultant. Ronnie started his career in front-end and back-end development for companies in ecommerce, service industries and remote education. This work transitioned from traditional desktop client-server applications through early cloud development. Software included human resource management and service technician workflows, online retail e-commerce and electronic ordering and fulfillment, IVR customer relational systems, and video streaming remote learning SCORM web applications. Hands on server experience and software performance optimization led to creation of a startup business focused on collocated data center services and continued experience with video streaming hardware and software. This led to a career in Amazon Prime Video where Ronnie is currently employed, building software and systems which stream live sports and events for millions of viewers around the world.

Posted on April 30, 2010, in Programming & Development. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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