Getting Meld to run

The recommended version of Meld for Windows is the most recent release, available as an MSI from

Installer for Meld 1.8

An installer exists for older Meld that bundles Python and everything you need to get Meld running.

Manual install for Meld 3.x

Windows support for Meld 3.x is still being worked on. There are several UI glitches and themeing issues, and no installer is yet available. The following instructions should get you a working version of Meld, however.

  1. Install the latest Python 2.7 release from make sure you use the 32-bit MSI (i.e., the x86 MSI, not the x86_64 one).

  2. Install the all-in-one Windows pygobject32 bundle from If asked, choose to install 3.8 releases, and you will need to manually select which packages to install; GTK 3, GtkSourceView 3 and Cairo should suffice.

  3. Download the most recent 3.x release of Meld from

  4. Extract the Meld tarball and run the script in bin/meld from the command line.

Manual install for Meld 1.8.x

Tested with Windows 7, Python 2.7.3, PyGTK All-in-one installer 2.24.2 and Meld 1.6.1.

  1. Python:
  2. PyGTK All-in-one installer:
  3. Meld

Working with version control systems

  • Cygwin or msys may be needed for version control browsing, and the version control binaries need to be on your path
  • Version control browsing on Windows is relatively untested; it may or may not work or not depending on which source control software you use

Reporting bugs

  • Include any error messages from the command line
  • Include version of Meld and all dependencies mentioned above

Apps/Meld/Windows (last edited 2020-10-19 10:09:47 by OlavVitters)