AKFourSeven AKFourSeven - 1 month ago 8x
Git Question

Git Mergetool Config on Mac OSX

I have Git on mac OSX Snow Leopard and I tried to edit my merge and diff tool to use kdiff3 instead of emerge.

But when I try to use it does not launch the GUI of kdiff and keeps me with a cmd based interface.

My setting in gitconfig are:

tool = kdiff3
[mergetool "kdiff3"]
cmd = /Applications/kdiff3.app/Contents/MacOS/kdiff3
args = $base $local $other -o $output
trustExitCode = false
tool = kdiff3
[difftool "kdiff3"]
cmd = /Applications/kdiff3.app/Contents/MacOS/kdiff3
args = $base $local $other -o $output
trustExitCode = false

There is obviously something missing but what did I do wrong ?


Recent Git versions have built-in support for kdiff3, so there's no need to configure it manually using the generic cmd and args settings. Instead do:

$ git config --global merge.tool kdiff3

And if kdiff3 is not in your PATH environment also do:

$ git config --global mergetool.kdiff3.path /Applications/kdiff3.app/Contents/MacOS/kdiff3

This makes git mergetool launch kdiff3. Note that there is no way to configure Git to automatically launch your merge tool after a manual merge that has conflicts.

In case you really want to see how Git is calling kdiff3 internally, take a look at the built-in mergetool configuration for kdiff3.

Edit: For Beyond Compare 4, which now also supports Mac OS X, simply exchange kdiff3 with bc3 (yes, "3") and adjust the path in the above lines. Starting with Git 2.2.0 you'll be able to use bc as an alias for bc3 so that you do not have to care about the version number.