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I've been using Perforce in work as a source control system for over a year now. It's the best of its kind I've ever used (I'm experienced with SourceSafe and Alienbrain also), though comes with the impression that it costs megabucks. I've been looking for something good to use for my home projects as simply backing up older versions of files isn't good enough (can't see history, etc). I used to use a dodgy old copy of Visual SourceSafe 6.0, but in the spirit of making all the software on my machine legal I decided not to install it again after my recent upgrade to Vista. Also, it's not very good. Imagine my surprise when looking for a freeware source control system (expecting to probably go for something like CVS with a freeware GUI) when I discovered that Perforce is in fact free for personal use. Up to two users per server can be created without having to pay for a license. Woohoo! I downloaded the latest version, installed it, and within minutes had imported my hobby projects. The only problem is that the two merge tools it comes with are (in ascending order) terrible and mediocre. I'm used to using the excellent Araxis Merge for that purpose, though that isn't free (after 30 days). Can anyone suggest a suitable alternative for home use?

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Perforce is kinda heavyweight for home projects even though it is very functional. I use SVN for my home stuff, using the TortoiseSVN client. It comes with a merge tool that, while not as good as araxis, definitely does the job.

Here's a list of a few that you might also want to check out.


PS. It looks like P4WinMerge is free! Isn't that the merge tool that comes with Perforce?

PS. It looks like P4WinMerge is free! Isn’t that the merge tool that comes with Perforce?

Yeah, but I don't really like the way it works very much. Forced to use it at work since they don't have an Araxis license though I am starting to get used to it.

Perforce might be heavyweight, but it's what I'm used to, can be run from a batch file, and most importantly it's free so I'm gonna use it.

Why not buy your own Araxis license?

Araxis Merge is £149 (with only a year's updates). That's fine for a business (especially with the bulk discounts), but not for an individual, especially since I'm not going to be using it all the time.

I paid less for Vista Ultimate!!!

You still paid too much for Vista Ultimate ;)

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