How to Compare Two SQL Queries in Notepad++


If you want two SQL queries to compare using Notepad++ you can follow the below steps.

  • Copy the SQL Queries in Two Tabs in Notepad++ (or open the two .sql files)
  • Now be on any of the tabs and go to Menu: Plugins > Compare > Set as First Compare (if you do not see Compare, follow the steps given below to install it)
    Set as First to Compare - Notepad++
  • Now move to another SQL query tab/ and go to Menu: Plugins > Compare > Compare
    Notepad++ Plugin > Compare > Compare Option
  • You will see the two files compared side-by-side with the differences highlighted as shown in the below screenshot.
    Notepad++ Compare two SQL Queries Example

How to install Compare Plugin in Notepad++

  1. In Notepad++ go to Menu: Plugins > Plugin Admin...
  2. Look for Compare under Plugin, select it and click on Install.
  3. Notepad++ will get restarted and you should find Compare plugin under Plugins > Compare
Install Compare Plugin in Notepad++

This is not an AI-generated article but is demonstrated by a human on a Windows 11 PC with Notepad++ v 8.5.6 (64-bit).

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