Is there a piece of software that will compare two folders (and their subfolders) and produce a list of all the files that are in one folder but not the other?

Is there a free software that will compare two folders (and their subfolders) and produce a list of all the files that are in one folder but not the other?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes.  Beyond Compare. Scooter Software

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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
free software
Beyond Compare
Hi John,
AFAICT from their website, it's not free software. There are Standard and Pro editions, but neither is free. Do you have a link for a free edition? Regards, Joe
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The problem at hand needs good file compare software. Beyond Compare is quite inexpensive and does the job. I do not know of any free software that will do what was asked.
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Directory Compare. Freeware. by Juan M. Aguirregabiria: Pick Directory Compare at left pane. I've been using it a long time. Works fine.
From author's site: Copyrighted material (see the copyright notice in the documentation for each program). But you can freely use and distribute them. You cannot sell them.

If you like shareware, Total Commander. $43. Commands > Synchronize Dirs > Compare
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
The problem at hand needs good file compare software.
Can't argue with that! But since Seb asked for free software, I have two ideas:

(1) I've been using an excellent file manager called Total Commander for many years. It is shareware, not freeware, but you may download a fully functional version for a test period of 30 days (the website says, "After testing the program, you must either order the full version, or delete the program from your harddisk"). Total Commander has a feature called Synchronize Dirs on its Commands great!

(2) The second idea is truly free. I'm a big fan of the free AutoHotkey language. This Experts Exchange article explains how to download, install, and use it:
AutoHotkey - Getting Started

An AutoHotkey community member wrote a script called SuperSynchronizer, available for free. Here's a link to the AutoHotkey forum page for it:

That has a link to the member's GitHub page with the full source code:

I haven't used SuperSynchronizer in production, since I have a multi-user, licensed copy of Total Commander, but I tested it in W7 Pro 64-bit and W10 Pro 64-bit, both with the latest release of AutoHotkey (, and my experimentation with it has been 100% successful. I can't say that it is as robust as commercial programs like Beyond Compare and Total Commander, but it may be just the ticket for folks on a limited budget. It has a "simulation" mode, which you can run first to view in the logfile what files would have been copied in both directions during a live run. Regards, Joe
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
or the powershell way
$folder1 = get-childitem -Path G:\CMTP\CMTPHydration -Recurse
$folder2 = Get-ChildItem -Path G:\cmtp\ISO\Content\Deploy -Recurse

Compare-Object -ReferenceObject $folder1 -DifferenceObject $folder2

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Martyn SpencerManaging DirectorCommented:
If you would like a graphical differencing tool, I find that Meld does the job well. Check out
Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalCommented:
You can also try this PowerShell script which compares the directory and its subdir contents:

$path1 = "C:\Dir1\Sub1"
$path2 = "C:\Dir2\Sub2"
$Files1 = Get-ChildItem -path $path1 -Recurse -File
$Files2 = Get-ChildItem -path $path2 -Recurse -File
foreach ($file1 in $files1) {
	foreach ($file2 in $files2) {  
		If ($file1.Name -eq $file2.Name) {
		} else {
			Write-Host $file1.DirectoryName "\" $file1.Name " not found in" $path2

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SebSystems AdminAuthor Commented:
I used Beyond Compare and Ultra Compare. Both works for me. -- Much appreciated!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks. I have both the above here and Beyond Compare works great.
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