Xmarks will shut down: looking for an alternative?

Unfortunately, the immensely popular bookmark sync service Xmarks will be shut down on May 1st. Or as LogMeIn puts it: retired. Xmarks Sync was acquired by LastPass in 2010. LastPass was subsequently acquired by LogMeIn in 2015. Ever since LastPass bought Xmarks, things started going downhill. No more features were added and the product was basically abandoned. What a shame! On this site, I show you what the Xmarks alternatives are and how to start using them.

Replace Xmarks with an alternative

If you are looking to replace Xmarks with an alternative, then you have come to the right place. I have compiled a list of apps, sites, and services that you can use to replace Xmarks. These services are all excellent replacements. However, most of them are actually cloud-based bookmark managers rather than bookmark synchronizers.

Most popular browsers already have a built-in bookmark synchronizer. But if you’re looking to share your bookmarks between devices and different browsers, you will need something different: cloud-based bookmark managers are the best solution.

Moving to a different service

If you want to start using a different service, then there is a lot of choice. What will be very import for you, is to make sure your bookmarks collections from Xmarks will be available in your new tool as well. Usually this can be done fairly easily by importing the HTML file you exported before. It differs per tool how to do this exactly. Where possible, I will try and add this information to my reviews of the Xmarks alternatives below.

 

More Xmarks alternatives…

There are several other good alternatives out there. I will review them later. Here’s a selection:

 

Export your bookmarks from Xmarks to make a backup

It will be May 1st really soon. After that date, Xmarks won’t be available anymore. To be sure you won’t lose any valuable data, make sure to backup your bookmarks! The easiest way to do this is by exporting all of your bookmarks. Instructions on how to export your bookmarks can be found on the Xmarks site.

How to export your Xmarks bookmarks

  1. Open Xmarks (go to my.xmarks.com) and make sure you are signed in;
  2. From the Tools menu select Export Bookmarks to HTML;
  3. Choose where you want to save the HTML file.

Export bookmarks from XmarksWhat to do with the Xmarks HTML export file?

Once you have exported your bookmarks, you are basically left with a plain HTML file containing all of your bookmarks. This file can be opened directly in your browser and you will get a rudimentary list of all your bookmarks. So that is sort of the backup plan. But there are better ways to use this export file.

Almost all browsers and bookmark managers support the HTML format for importing bookmarks. So if you like to move your bookmarks to some other tool, all you would have to do is to find the import option of your new app. Usually it is called something like Import bookmarks.

These are some of the tools I would recommend you to try: