How-to: Configure Visual Studio to Use an External Compare Tool

During my two days NAV ALM using TFS training I got the question how I did configure my Visual Studio client to work with Araxis instead of the built-in compare tool. I easily could show them how it was configured.

Nevertheless I had to admit I didn’t think up this myself. So I googled for TFS how to set Araxis as compare tool and directly did hit the blog post that helped me so much ever since I am using TFS:

diff/merge configuration in Team Foundation – common Command and Argument values by James Manning

He does not only give settings for Araxis but for many more compare tools including Beyond Compare. And … also settings to use external tools for merging. But I never have used that as the internal tool has an important advantage over Araxis Merge: it’s much easier to select/include code into the result from either source or destination.

One Comment

  1. Ouch, James Manning's post is no longer there. There are some copies around:

    For copy and paste easy for the arguments:

    Command: C:\Program Files\Araxis\Araxis Merge\Compare.exe

    Arguments: /wait /2 /title1:%6 /title2:%7 %1 %2

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