latexdiff is a Perl script, which compares two latex files and marks
up significant differences between them (i.e. a diff for latex files).
Various options are available for visual markup using standard latex
packages such as "color.sty". Changes not directly affecting visible
text, for example in formatting commands, are still marked in
the latex source.
A rudimentary revision facilility is provided by another Perl script,
latexrevise, which accepts or rejects all changes. Manual
editing of the difference file can be used to override this default
behaviour and accept or reject selected changes only.
The author is F Tilmann.
Project webpage: https://github.com/ftilmann/latexdiff/
CTAN page: http://www.ctan.org/pkg/latexdiff
Perl 5.8 or higher must be installed.
The latexdiff script makes use of the Perl package Algorithm::Diff (available
from www.cpan.org, current version 1.19). You can either install this package, or
use the standalone version of latexdiff, latexdiff-so, which has version 1.15 of
this package inlined and does not require external installation of
the package. Because latexdiff uses internal functions of Algorithm:Diff whose
calling format or availability can change without notice, the preferred method is
now to use the standalone version.
As an alternative, latexdiff-fast has a modified version of Algorithm::Diff inlined,
which internally uses the UNIX diff command. This version is much faster but is dependent
on an external "diff" command. Subtle differences in the algorithm of Algorithm::Diff and
UNIX-diff mean that the resulting set of differences will generally not be the same as
for the standard latexdiff. In most practical cases, these differences are minor, though.
The basic installation procedure is almost trivial:
1. Copy latexdiff, latexrevise and latexdiff-vc into a directory which
is in the search path and make them executable. If the Algorithm::Diff
package is not installed, use latexdiff-so instead of latexdiff.
2. Copy latexdiff.1 and latexrevise.1 into the correct man directory
3. Optionally create soft links latexdiff-cvs latexdiff-rcs, latexdiff-git
latexdiff-svn and latexdiff-hg for latexdiff-vc.
The attached trivial Makefile contains example commands to carry out above
steps as root for a typical UNIX installation. Type
make install (for the stand alone version)
make install-ext (for the version using the external Algorithm::Diff)
make install-fast (for the version using the UNIX 'diff' function for fast differencing)
to get it rolling. You can type
to test the respective versions on a brief example before installation. It will often be
as easy to carry out these steps manually instead of using the Makefile.
Usage instructions are in the manual latexdiff-man.pdf as well as the
Check out the comment lines at the beginning of the perl scripts (latexdiff, latexdiff-vc, latexrevise)
The directory contrib contains code written by others relating to latexdiff.
Currently this directory contains:
latexdiff-wrap (Author: V. Kuhlmann) An alternative wrapper script which can be used
instead of latexdiff-vc. Its main use is as a template for customised wrapper scripts.
latexdiff.spec (Author: T. Doerges) spec file for RPM generation
latexchanges (Author: Jan-Ake Larsson) Wrapper script for applying latexdiff with numbered documen version
(see contrib/README.latexchanges for a more detailed description)
Contributions by the following authors were incorporated into the latexdiff code, or inspired me to
extend latexdiff in a similar way: J. Paisley, N. Becker, K. Huebner
EXTERNAL LATEXDIFF SUPPORT PROGRAMS
LATEXDIFFCITE (Author: Christer van der Meeren) is a wrapper around latexdiff to make citations diff properly. It works by expanding \cite type commands using the bbl or bib file, such that citations are treated just like normal text rather than as atomic in the plain latexdiff.
GIT-LATEXDIFF (lead author: Matthieu Moy) is a wrapper (bash scipt) around latexdiff that allows using it to diff two revisions of a LaTeX file under git revision control (similar functionality is provided by latexdiff-vc --git with --flatten option included with this distribution but git-latexdiff allows more fine-grained control on (not to be confused with latexdiff-git, which is normally installed as a soft link to latexdiff-vc)
LICENSE (also see file COPYING)
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but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
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latexdiff – Determine and mark up significant differences between LaTeX files
Latexdiff is a Perl script for visual mark up and revision of
significant differences between two LaTeX files. Various options
are available for visual markup using standard LaTeX packages such
as color. Changes not directly
affecting visible text, for example in formatting commands, are
still marked in the LaTeX source. A rudimentary revision
facilility is provided by another Perl script, latexrevise, which
accepts or rejects all changes. Manual editing of the difference
file can be used to override this default behaviour and accept or
reject selected changes only.