Difftastic provides GitHub releases with prebuilt binaries.
Packages are also available on the following platforms.
Difftastic can be installed with Homebrew on macOS or Linux.
$ brew install difftastic
Difftastic is written in Rust, so you will need Rust installed. I recommend rustup to install Rust. Difftastic requires Rust version 1.57 or later.
You will also need a C++ compiler that supports C++14. If you're using GCC, you need at least version 8.
You can download and build difftastic on crates.io with Cargo (which is part of Rust).
$ cargo install difftastic
Difftastic uses the
cc crate for building C/C++ dependencies. This
allows you to use environment variables
CXX to control the
compiler used (see the cc
See contributing for instructions on debug builds.
If a MIME database is available, difftastic will use it to detect
binary files more accurately. This is the same database used by the
file command, so you probably already have it.
The MIME database path is specified in the XDG specification. The database should be at one of the following paths: