How to Install

The Download Araxis Merge page offers a different setup disk image (.dmg file) for each currently supported version of macOS and Mac OS X. Please ensure that you download the correct one for your version of the operating system.

Filename Description
Merge20XX.YYYY-macOS10.12.dmg This disk image contains the version of Merge for macOS v10.12 Sierra.
Merge20XX.YYYY-OSX10.11.dmg This disk image contains the version of Merge for OS X v10.11 El Capitan.
Merge20XX.YYYY-OSX10.10.dmg This disk image contains the version of Merge for OS X v10.10 Yosemite.

Information For all disk images, the 20XX in the filename indicates the year in which the version of Merge was released; the YYYY indicates the build number that increments with each new release.

Merge for old versions of OS X

When using an older version of OS X, please use the appropriate release of Merge indicated below.

Older releases are typically available for download on the release notes page. If you cannot find a particular release there, please contact Araxis.

Operating System Supported Merge Releases
OS X v10.9 Mavericks

Merge 2016.4774 or earlier.

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

OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion

Merge 2014.4459 or earlier.

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

OS X v10.7 Lion

Merge 2014.4459 or earlier.

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

OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard (64-bit)

Merge 2013.4415 or earlier.

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

OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard (32-bit)

Merge 2013.4283 or earlier.

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

OS X v10.5 Leopard

Merge 2012.4246 or earlier.

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

OS X v10.4 Tiger

Merge 2009.3793 or earlier.

Setup disk images for Tiger-compatible builds 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 might 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

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

Sample scripts

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