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Two-way compare and merge
SSMS and Visual Studio integration
Char-by-char compare
Windows Explorer integration
Line-by-line compare
File and folder compare
Block-by-block compare
SQL Server object compare
Syntax highlighting
Ignore script options
HTML results report
Automation and scheduling


Two-way comparison and merge

Compare two files and/or SQL objects and create a merge script

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SSMS and Visual Studio integration

Compare SQL Server objects directly from the Object Explorer and Server Explorer right-click context menus in SSMS and Visual Studio

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Character-level highlighting

Recognition of character-level differences and color highlighting

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Highlight colors

Color customization for difference highlights

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Three comparison modes

Choose between Character, Line, and Block comparison modes

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Ignore script options

Choose ignore options that exclude specific parts of the scripts/objects in the comparison

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Recent files quick loading

Quickly load a file from the recent files drop-down list and set the maximum items shown in the recent files list

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Folder comparison and synchronization

Use specific set of the comparison options to compare folders and synchronize files between compared folders

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ApexSQL Compare 2018 – Screen shot tour

This article represents a screen shot tour of ApexSQL Compare features with a brief description

How to compare two SQL scripts/objects and export comparison results

This article explains how to compare two SQL scripts/objects and export comparison results into a HTML report

ApexSQL Compare Command Line Interface (CLI) switches

This article explains the ApexSQL Compare CLI switches, and their usage through the examples


Save as PowerShell script

Save automation script as a PowerShell script

Three-way comparison

Compare three SQL files/objects and create a merge script

Source control project comparison

Compare SQL objects located in source control projects

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ApexSQL Compare 2018 R1 Released ApexSQL Compare 2018 R3 2018 Q4 ApexSQL Compare 2018 R4 2019 Q1 ApexSQL Compare 2019 R1 2019 Q2
Comparison sources
Source control projects comparison for:
Team Foundation Server
Comparison modes
Three-way comparison
Word comparison
Ignore comparison options
Empty lines
Empty lines at the end of a file
Line breaks
Excel report
GUI features
Integrated file editor
Tabs option
Indentation option
Font and colors
Difference showing:
Show only conflicts
Show only different
Show only equal
Show only left
Show only mergeable
Show only right
Panel organization:
Vertical and horizontal organization
Two-pane and three-pane organization
Performance customization
High DPI and 4K resolution support
Host aware theme adoption
Visual Language Dictionary for Visual Studio for iconography and other imagery concepts applied
SQL Server 2017 support
Save as batch
SQL Server 2019 CTP 2.0 support
SQL Server Management Studio 18 integration support
Save automation script as a PowerShell script
ApexSQL Compare 2018 R1 Released ApexSQL Compare 2018 R3 2018 Q4 ApexSQL Compare 2018 R4 2019 Q1 ApexSQL Compare 2019 R1 2019 Q2


I am using the ApexSQL Compare to compare side by side long stored procedures and sql scripts I am writing. Very easy to use and very, very helpful! Recommended!

Periklis Kydonakis

IT Manager

Pantelis Papadopoulos SA

ApexSQL Compare helps me a lot and as a developer I find it very useful. It helps me to compare SQL code and it makes my job easier. Thank you Apex!

Johan Sebastian Vargas Sogamoso

Application analyst


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