How to setup Git Merge and Diff Tools with P4Merge

This post provides a step-by-step guide with a list of commands on how to setup the git mergetool and git difftool to make use of P4Merge.

What is Git?

Git is a version-control system for tracking changes in computer files and coordinating work on those files among multiple people. It is primarily used for source-code management in software development, but it can be used to keep track of changes in any set of files.

What is P4Merge?

“P4Merge is a visual diff tool that displays the differences between file versions and helps you to resolve
conflicts and merge competing versions into one. In its diff mode, P4Merge enables you to compare two text files to locate differences. P4Merge enables you to compare two text files with a common base file to locate differences and to select the text that you want in the merged result file.” ~ P4Merge

Git Difftool Commands

The following commands will setup P4Merge as the application to show changes.

$ git config --global difftool.p4merge.path /Applications/p4merge.app/Contents/MacOS/p4merge 
$ git config --global diff.tool p4merge
$ git config --global difftool.prompt false

Use git difftool to run the P4Merge merge utility to resolve show changes.

Git Mergetool Commands

The following commands will setup P4Merge as the application to solve merge conflicts.

$ git config --global mergetool.p4merge.path /Applications/p4merge.app/Contents/MacOS/p4merge 
$ git config --global merge.tool p4merge
$ git config --global mergetool.prompt false

Use git mergetool to run the P4Merge merge utility to resolve merge conflicts. It is typically run after git merge.

Summary

Congratulations! You have successfully installed configured the git merge and diff tools to make use off P4Merge. Follow me on any of the different social media platforms and feel free to leave comments.

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