Viewing Difference Between Files from Command Line
You can use IntelliJ IDEA as a command line tool for viewing differences between files.
In the command line, run the
diffcommand using the following syntax:
<IntelliJ IDEA> diff path1 path2
The selected files will be opened in the Differences Viewer for Files.
The command options are as follows:
The platform-specific IntelliJ IDEA launcher.
On macOS and Linux, it is recommended to use the command-line launcher created during the IntelliJ IDEA installation, or create one manually by selecting on the IntelliJ IDEA main menu. Refer to Besides working from within IntelliJ IDEA, you can perform the following actions from the command line: for details.
On Windows, it is recommended to add the path to the IntelliJ IDEA executable to the
The full path to the local copy of the file.
The full path to the repository version copy of the file.
idea.exe diff path1 path2
idea.exe diff C:\MyProject\Readme.md C:\MyProject\Readme.md.bak
idea diff path1 path2
idea diff ~/MyProject/Readme.md ~/MyProject/Readme.md.bak