Download DiffEngineX - Compare Excel Spreadsheets

Download DiffEngineX - Software To Compare Excel Workbooks

Download Version 3.12 (Win 10, 8, 7, XP)

  • Click here for the latest version of DiffEngineX (58.4 Mb).

Microsoft Office or Excel is the only requirement for this software to work.

The software runs on Microsoft Windows operating systems only.

DiffEngineX is free to use for the first 30 days for the purposes of evaluation.

DiffEngineX is a desktop application, not an Excel add-in i.e. it runs outside of Excel.

All our executables are digitally signed with a trusted certificate.

Smaller Download Without Supporting Files

This smaller download may not work unless you have a modern version of Windows (such as Windows 8 or 10) or Microsoft's .NET 4 runtime installed. If the install fails, try the larger download.

Download v3.05 For Older Computers (Windows 7, Windows XP)

  • Click here for the download suitable for older computers (44.6 Mb).

DiffEngineX Upgrade To Version 3 PurchaseUpgrading from version 1 or 2 requires a new purchase. Click here for details.

Installation Instructions

Spreadsheet Differences Software Tool Installation Instructions

  1. Download the trial version of DiffEngineX using one of the links above.
  2. Right-click on and select Extract All.
  3. Follow the instructions to extract the contents of the zip file to a folder on your computer.
  4. Navigate inside the folder and double-click on setup.exe.
  5. We recommend you install as an Administrator rather than a Standard or Limited User.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.

What's New?

Compare two folders of Excel spreadsheet files (Tools->Compare Folders).

Supports drag and drop of spreadsheet files as alternative to Browse.

Can specify password for comparison of protected worksheets.


It is recommended not to open Excel workbooks by double-clicking on them while DiffEngineX is comparing sheets. If you need to open an Excel workbook while DiffEngineX is running, do it from inside Excel.

The Short Guide To Using DiffEngineX is recommended reading.

DiffEngineX will compare VBA code if the option Compare Visual Basic Code / Macros is selected from the Options dialog. xla and .xlam files need to be converted into .xls and .xlsm files first. Click here for instructions.

Currently VBA macros in referenced add-ins are not loaded for the purposes of execution during the process of spreadsheet comparison. If you have cell formulae referencing user defined functions written in Visual Basic, you may want to contact us for our special build of DiffEngineX which loads Visual Basic for Applications macros.

System Requirements

Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10

DiffEngineX will not work unless the following is installed: Any version of Microsoft® Excel or Microsoft® Office (all versions from 2003 to 2016)

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Office 2013/2016

We have released a simple text diff tool for Office 2013 / 2016 / Office 365. Find it at the Microsoft Store. More details here.

Old Purchases

DiffEngineX is free to use for the first 30 days. If you have purchased a registration key more than a year ago, please read this note.


Click here for a tip on how to make viewing the results much easier.

tip #2

If you see an error message stating Microsoft Excel may not be installed, you may need to repair your installation of Microsoft Office. For more details click here.

tip #3

In order to just see the new (green) or deleted (red) rows in both color highlighted worksheets, you can make use of Excel's built-in Filter capability. Just create a filter and then select a column to filter on Cell Color.

tip #4

If comparing rows of data, you may need Excel's Data tab to pre-sort. Then re-save before invoking DiffEngineX.

tip #5

If your region, language, location, date, time or number format settings have been altered or do not match the language version of Excel, you may need to turn on the DiffEngineX Internationalization option to stop errors.

tip #6

If you turn on Add Hyperlinks to aid navigation, the links work best if the workbooks being compared are initially closed (only applies to Excel 2003). For more details click here.

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