How to Install

The latest release of Merge is available from the Download Araxis Merge page. That release will typically support reasonably current versions of macOS and OS X. However, please consult the release notes to confirm that the release of Merge you are downloading supports the version of macOS or OS X that you are using.

Identifying appropriate releases of Merge for old versions of OS X

When using an older version of OS X that is unsupported by the latest release of Merge, please use the last supported release of Merge for your operating system version, as indicated in the table below.

Older releases are typically available for download from the release notes page. Please contact Araxis if you cannot find a desired release there.

Warning For older releases of Merge (Merge 2017.4937 and earlier), there is a separate Merge installation disk image for each version of macOS or OS X. You must use the correct one for your operating system version, otherwise Merge will not work properly. (Newer releases of Merge have a single installation disk-image for all supported operating system versions.)

Operating System Last Supported Merge Release
OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Merge 2017.4884.

Installation disk images for Yosemite-compatible releases have the naming convention Merge20XX.YYYY-OSX10.10.dmg.

OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Merge 2016.4774.

Installation disk images for Mavericks-compatible releases have the naming convention Merge20XX.YYYY-OSX10.9.dmg.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Merge 2014.4459.

Installation disk images for Mountain Lion-compatible releases have the naming convention Merge20XX.YYYY-OSX10.8.dmg.

OS X 10.7 Lion

Merge 2014.4459.

Installation disk images for Mountain Lion-compatible releases have the naming convention Merge20XX.YYYY-OSX10.7.dmg.

OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (64-bit)

Merge 2013.4415.

Installation disk images for Snow Leopard-compatible releases have the naming convention Merge20XX.YYYY-OSX10.6.dmg.

OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (32-bit)

Merge 2013.4283.

Installation disk images for Snow Leopard-compatible releases have the naming convention Merge20XX.YYYY-OSX10.6.dmg.

OS X 10.5 Leopard

Merge 2012.4246.

Installation disk images for Leopard-compatible releases have the naming convention Merge20XX.YYYY-OSX10.5.dmg.

OS X 10.4 Tiger

Merge 2009.3793.

Installation disk images for Tiger-compatible releases have the naming convention Merge20XX_OSX10-4_YYYY.dmg.

Installing the main Merge application

To install the Merge application itself:
  • If you haven’t already, open and mount the Merge disk image (.dmg file) that you have downloaded. You will need to accept the Merge licence agreement to do this.
  • Drag the Araxis Merge application from the disk image into your system’s Applications folder.

Integrating Merge with Finder (optional)

Please see Integrating with Finder for instructions specific to your version of OS X.

Installing the Merge command-line utilities (optional)

If you wish to use Merge from the command-line, or integrate it with another application, you will need to add the command-line utilities to your preferred command-line shell’s search path.

To install the command-line utilities:
  • As of Merge 2013.4283, the command-line utilities are located in the Araxis Merge application bundle.

  • Ensure that the Utilities folder within the Araxis Merge application bundle is part of your command-line shell’s search path. For example, if you are using Bash, you may wish to add the following to your home directory’s .profile (or .bash_profile) file:

    export PATH=$PATH:/Applications/Araxis\ Merge.app/Contents/Utilities
    

    Information Note that this line will place the Merge utilities on your PATH_after_ any existing commands. If you encounter problems using a Merge command-line utility, check that there is not an identically named command elsewhere on your path. Note specifically, for example, that ImageMagick provides its own compare command. You can check which compare command is taking precedence by running:

    which compare
    
  • If you are upgrading from an earlier Merge build, please remove any copies of the command-line utilities that you might have made in the past.

Integrating Merge with other applications (optional)

Please see Integrating with Source Control, Configuration Management and Other Applications for information about using Merge with certain other applications.

Sample files and scripts (optional)

The Sample Files folder on the Merge disk image contains samples files that you may wish to compare using Merge.

The Sample Scripts folder on the Merge disk image contains samples AppleScript files. See the AppleScript API page for further information.