Text Compare 4+

Instant text and pdf diffs

Bounce Technologies Limited

    • 4.2 • 11 Ratings
    • $11.99



Instantly compare text and pdf files, right on your Mac. See what's changed between versions of contracts, legal documents, articles and more in a simple, elegant interface. Ever had someone edit a document, but you've no idea what they changed? Convinced an article has been updated, but not sure how? Text Compare lets you see exactly what changed, and where.

• Instant text and pdf comparison
• Customisable diff types with optional line numbers
• Tiny footprint and native performance
• Apple Silicon and dark mode compatible

Why choose Text Compare?
• Dead simple. Simply drag and drop pdf files, or paste in two pieces of text, and Text Compare will compare them and highlight what has been inserted in or deleted from the original text.
• How you compare is up to you. Choose whether to compare by paragraph, word or character, depending on your content. Handy line numbers in paragraph view makes diffing structured text, like source code, a cinch.
• Your time and attention, respected. Text Compare is a native macOS app that's tiny, fast, and laser-focused. No bloat, no clutter, no annoying badges, notifications or startup items. It gets the job done, then gets out of the way.
• Private and secure by design. Text Compare doesn't collect or store any personal data whatsoever, and sandboxing entitlements guarantee that Text Compare can't make or receive network requests, or read files on your Mac.

What’s New

Version 1.6

v1.6 of Text Compare will now open to its last window size.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

donttouchmylettuce ,

Perfect for regular folks

As a writer (not a developer), I needed a quick way to compare two different versions of a paragraph to see if anything had changed. This helps me work with other folks in the writing process, like copyeditors, to quickly catch up on what's happened, and to give them feedback without breaking my poor brain.

Developer Response ,

Hi donttouchmylettuce, thank you for your review, and we are happy you are enjoying using Text Compare. Please let me know if you would like any new features. Have a great week, and thank you again for your review.

Landamann1415 ,

Compared to What?

As a free app it would be a joke. As a paid app, it's unworthy of Apple and not worth a dime. There aren't even the basic features of saving a redline or printing (other than the useless option to print one page). Don't bother with the "Help" tab. There's no content there. How did this get past Cupertno's QA process?

Developer Response ,

Hi Landamann1415, we're sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience with the app. Apart from saving a redline or printing, are there any other features that you feel are missing? We will provide your feedback and comments to our product team. Thank you.

txaggie90 ,

Never could get it to work

I was hopeful based on the rating that this would be a nice text comparison application. Didn't even balk at the price for having an app that doesn't violate my privacy but gets the job done.

However, right off the bat, you can only drag drop pdf files for comparison. Being able to drag drop a text file (or other text like files such as source code files) should be a bare bones feature.

So I shrugged my shoulders and just started copy/pasting text from the files directly. No dice. It bogged down on a 2MB text file and I had to force quit it. This was even before I attempted put in the second sample text.

Several attempts to do this with no better results.

So I exported the text files as pdfs and tried to drag drop. First one took awhile but it finally loaded. Never could drag drop the second file in sucessfully.

Developer Response ,

Hi Txaggie90, thank you for providing your feedback on TextCompare, and I am sorry that your large file caused on application not to work. We have several performance improvements in product development, which will be completed within the next few months. These will help improve the speed of text comparison and allow large files to be compared. Thank you.

App Privacy

The developer, Bounce Technologies Limited, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.