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SourceTree "diff against current" behavior

I'm using SourceTree 1.5.6.

  • I have the master branch checked out
  • I right-click a remote feature branch and choose "Diff against current"
  • SourceTree thinks for a while, but doesn't change the ui

What is the expected behavior? I was expecting a changeset of my local master branch versus the remote branch. Ultimately I'd like to open that diff externally.. using FileMerge.

Additional info:

  • SourceTree successfully opens FileMerge when I use "External Diff" on a specific file in the Log View.
  • I can use opendiff from the command line without errors
  • Xcode 4.6.2
  • Mountain Lion (10.8.3)

If I'm going about this the wrong way, is there a better way to diff a feature branch against master?

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May 07, 2013

Hi Peter,

Just as a quick note to start, if you're using the App Store (as I notice you're using 1.5.6) then we no longer publish to the App Store. You can get SourceTree direct from

As for your problem, "Diff against current" basically selects two points in the log view to show the difference between those two branches. Here's a quick example I took:

I said "Diff against current" from master, and current is develop. So it just selects the head commit between the two branches, rather than giving you a diff between two different points. If you want to see the changes between revisions of a file you can use "Blame selected" option when command clicking on a file, and you can see the entire history in a log view of a particular file by right clicking and hitting "Log selected".

Hope that helps, if not, feel free to ask more questions

Kieran-- thank you much for the quick response.

I switched to 1.6.0. All other factors remain the same.

It turns out that it wasn't (just) me-- version 1.5.6 didn't show a diff, but 1.6.0 behaves like you describe. Specifically it seems to execute the equivilent of:

git difftool master origin/<feature-branch>

I have the same problem, running 1.9.2.

Upgrading to 1.6.0 solved the problem. Specifically it seems to execute the equivilent of:

git difftool master origin/<feature-branch>

A perfectly reasonable thing to do.

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