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Development Environment Merge/Compare Tools Setup in Visual Studio/TFS

I’m writing this post more as a reminder to myself when I need to setup my development environment again. In the past I have usually leveraged Google to search Keith Craig’s blogs and pieced the information together each time.

In this post I will outline the details I need in the two blogs Keith wrote and how I use that information when setting up my development environment for custom diff/merge tooling with Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. I’m giving both the text version for copy/paste and the screenshots of each so it’s clear how each is used.

First you will need to install the tools listed before going into configuring the setup of the options.
  1. DiffMerge
  2. WinMerge
Next you need to open the TFS “Configure Tool” dialog from within Visual Studio.

Go to Tools –> Options –> Source Control –> Visual Studio Team Foundation Server –> Configure User Tools.

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Now you’re ready to configure each tool as outlined below.

Merge tool - DiffMerge

How to integrate with VS http://blogs.vertigo.com/personal/keithc/Blog/archive/2008/04/09/using-sourcegears-diffmerge-as-the-merge-tool-in-microsoft-team-system.aspx

My setup options for VS:

Extension: .*
Operation: Merge
Command:
      x64 default install path - C:\Program Files (x86)\DiffMerge\DiffMerge.exe
      x86 default install path - C:\Program Files\DiffMerge\DiffMerge.exe
Arguments: /title1=%6 /title2=%8 /title3=%7 /result=%4 %1 %3 %2
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Compare tool - WinMerge

How to integrate with VS http://blogs.vertigo.com/personal/keithc/Blog/archive/2007/10/31/using-winmerge-with-microsoft-team-system.aspx

My setup options for VS:

Extension: .*
Operation: Compare

Command:
      x64 default install path - C:\Program Files (x86)\WinMerge\WinMergeU.exe
      x86 default install path - C:\Program Files\WinMerge\WinMergeU.exe
Arguments: /ub /dl %6 /dr %7 %1 %2 -e

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James Manning
FWIW, you can see the arguments for other tools here: http://blogs.msdn.com/jmanning/articles/535573.aspx

I love KDiff3 :)

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