Xmarks will shut down: looking for an alternative?

xmarks alternatives
xmarks alternatives

Unfortunately, the immensely popular bookmark sync service Xmarks will shut down on May 1st. Or as LogMeIn, the parent company of LastPass, puts it: she retired. LastPass acquired Xmarks Sync in 2010 and was subsequently acquired by LogMeIn in 2015. Ever since LastPass bought Xmarks, things started going downhill. We didn’t see any new features. They abandoned Xmarks. What a shame! And now they’re gone forever. That’s why it’s time to look into the many alternatives for Xmarks, including our favorite: start.me.

Many Xmarks alternatives

If you are looking to replace Xmarks with an alternative, then you have come to the right place. We 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 cloud-based bookmark managers rather than bookmark synchronizers. They’re an indication of the fact that time moves on. 

Now that most browsers promote their built-in bookmark synchronizer, there’s no need for a separate solution. In this regard, we can understand the decision to retire Xmarks. 

Still, if you’re looking to share your bookmarks between devices and different browsers, you will need something more than your browser will offer. Cloud-based bookmark managers remain the best solution. They offer more functionality, visual appeal, and work in many different browsers or devices. Usually, there’s an independent company or developer behind them, so you can really make a choice here. 

Moving to a different service

If you want to start using a different service, then there is a lot of choices. 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 relatively quickly by importing the HTML file you exported before. Some solutions are app-specific. Whenever possible, we will try and add this information to our reviews of the Xmarks alternatives below.

15 alternatives to replace Xmarks

You probably heard that LastPass will discontinue Xmarks. Since the servers will go offline as soon as May 1st, this leaves you little time to look for an alternative. However, this won’t be the end: I compiled a list of 15 alternatives to Xmarks that you can use to replace your favorite bookmark sync tool.

The best 6 Xmarks alternatives

First of all, to help you decide, we wrote reviews on the 6 best Xmarks replacements. We listed all of them, linking to their in-depth reviews.

  1. start.me 
    5 out of 5 stars

    Our favorite bookmarking tool is start.me. start.me is a powerful and visual bookmark manager that opens on your new tab page. This way you’ll always have quick access to your favorite sites.
  2. Raindrop.io 
    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Raindrop is a nice bookmarking service for all platforms and browsers. With it, you can save your bookmarks into folders (aka Groups). As a result, you can access your information from any location.
  3. Atavi 
    4.2 out of 5 stars

    Atavi is a free bookmark manager. It allows you to bookmark the websites you need, group them the way you want and sync the bookmarks with any device: PC, laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.
  4. Pinboard 
    4.1 out of 5 stars

    Pinboard is a social bookmarking website developed and run by Maciej Cegłowski. It is a fast, no-nonsense bookmarking site for people who value privacy and speed.
  5. Bookmark Ninja 
    4 out of 5 stars

    Bookmark Ninja is a clean, powerful bookmark manager. Bookmarks are stored on a visual dashboard and can be organized by Tabs and Categories.
  6. Toby 
    3.8 out of 5 stars

    Toby is the new-kid on the block. It’s a browser extension that helps you organize your tabs on every new page. Toby is available on Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.

And 9 more Xmark replacements for you to try

Secondly, there are various less wonderful Xmarks alternatives around. We have looked at many of them. After that, we’ve decided several were worth mentioning, even though they weren’t as good as the 6 I listed above. At some point, we will provide in-depth reviews. For now, just short mentions.

  • EverySync
    Sync your bookmarks across all platforms
  • RoboForms
    Password manager with integrated bookmark manager support
  • Papaly
    A dashboard for your links
  • Diigo
    A versatile and powerful bookmark manager app.
  • Booky
    Another web-based bookmark manager
  • Instapaper
    Save interesting pages so you can read them later
  • GGather
    Collect anything from the Internet and easily rediscover it later
  • Dropmark
    Organize, curate and share bookmarks
  • Pearltrees
    Organize everything

In short, it’s clear that syncing bookmarks for free between Chrome and Firefox is dead in the water. Once upon a time, Xmarks got downloaded no less than 150.000 times a week! But nobody wanted to pay a dime to keep them afloat. It’s a shame, really.

Still, if there’s anything we hope to accomplish here, it’s to prove to you, that are a lot of options out there. Many of them free, or free to try. Some of them wonderful and useful for everyday use. For example, start.me or Raindrop.io.

Why don’t you try your luck? And please let us know what you think: if there’s anything we really like, it’s a discussion about things that matter in life. Even if it’s just a small thing, like a bookmark manager or bookmark sync service.

Meet start.me: our favorite Xmarks Alternative

Screenshot start.me
Sleek opening screen of start.me
5 out of 5 stars

Our favorite bookmarking tool to replace Xmarks, is start.me. It’s a powerful and visual bookmark manager that opens on your homepage or on every new tab page. Once you’ve imported your old bookmarks, you’ll always have quick access to your favorite sites. 

Major advantages of start.me

First of all, it works on all browsers and platforms, without the need to sync your bookmarks. You can access all your bookmarks on a web-page (like my.xmarks.com). Pages are private by default, but you can also easily share them with others.

start.me comes with an elegant design which is totally customizable. As a result, you can determine the number of columns you see, the bookmarks widgets you use to organize everything. So, you need more levels? Even in the free version you can add as many pages as you’d like. Set colors, backgrounds, icons, choose a Dark Theme, if you want to. Also, the interface is really easy-to-use.

Moreover, it has offers great support for bookmarks, with features like bookmark search, import/export, Broken Link Checker.

Finally, besides bookmarking, it provides a lot of extras, like support for RSS Feeds, Notes and Images. The embed widget allows you to embed any external webpage into your dashboard.

Rating start.me

Features:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Usability:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Mobile support:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Performance:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Customer support:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

Pricing

  • Free with a PRO subscription for extras
  • The basic version is free (and promised to be free forever). It includes all the features of the product.
  • The PRO subscription costs $20/year. It adds extra widgets and a broken link checker.

More info

Raindrop.io is a visually appealing Xmarks alternative

Screenshot raindrop.io
Screenshot raindrop.io
4.5 out of 5 stars

Raindrop.io is an online bookmarking service for all platforms and browsers. It’s not text based, which is a great relief! We really like their Moodboard option to view bookmarks. Also, with Raindrop you can save your bookmarks into folders. You can access these bookmarks from any location. Continue reading

Pinboard is fast but boring

Pinboard.in

Pinboard

4.1 out of 5 stars

Pinboard is a social bookmarking website developed and run by Maciej Cegłowski. It is a fast, no-nonsense bookmarking site for people who value privacy and speed. Also, since this product there is only one developer with explicit opinions you can follow on Twitter, you’ll choose a service with a face. A sympathetic Tweeter, we could add.

Still, what you see once you decide to try it out, is not very visually appealing. Cegłowski has a sense of design that’s just borderline boring. Sure, it’s fast and reliable, but there’s only text there — nothing else. And, as for new services: we haven’t seen a lot of them lately.

So, this is what do you get: no background image, but tagged bookmarks. No ads, no tracking. A pricing model that’s not prohibitive. Plus: reliable access for all platforms and browsers. It doesn’t do a million things but focuses on bookmarking.

This Xmarks Alternative is not free to try or use. For $11/year, you will receive access to the ad-free bookmark manager. For a few dollars more, Cegłowski lets you archive your bookmarks. You also get a full-text search and a dead link checker.

If you are looking for a no-nonsense bookmarking solution, this is is the right choice! 

Rating Pinboard

Features:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Usability:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Mobile support:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Performance:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Customer support:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

Pricing

  • $11/year for a Regular account
  • $25/year for an account with support for Archiving
  • No free version available

More info

List of Xmarks alternatives…

Still on our List of Xmarks alternatives: Everhelper
Still on our List of Xmarks alternatives: Everhelper

On this website, we wanted to offer you a collection of all the alternatives to Xmarks we could find. We decided to cover the best ones, like start.me, with a longer review. Hopefully, they are helpful. The other options we decided to put on a but waiting list. We will review this list of Xmarks options later. Here’s a selection:

  • EverySync (https://everhelper.me) – Sync a lot of data across all platforms.
  • RoboForm (https://www.roboform.com) is a password manager with integrated bookmark manager support. While they emphasize their security features, the integration with bookmarks makes it a clear Xmarks alternative.
  • Papaly (https://papaly.com) – A dashboard for your links. This bookmark manager is text-based. It feels a bit less modern in its approach. Still, it’s a versatile system for anyone looking to organize a lot of links. No other widgets available, by the way.
  • Diigo (https://www.diigo.com) is a powerful knowledge system. It saves your bookmarks but also lets you annotate websites and PDF’s. Power users could do worse!
  • Booky (https://booky.io) – Another web-based bookmark manager
  • Instapaper (https://www.instapaper.com) – Save new articles so you can read them on mobile devices.
  • GGather (https://ggather.com) – Collect anything from the Internet and read it later.
  • Dropmark (https://www.dropmark.com/) – Organize, curate, and share bookmarks.
  • Pearltrees (https://www.pearltrees.com) – Organize everything.

If you can’t wait to see new reviews, try this site: Newtabalternatives.com. A great read!

Export your bookmarks from Xmarks

Yes, the 1st of May has passed. Xmarks is no longer available. If you want to export your bookmarks, you’re probably too late. This is the screenshot we got when we tried to verify the information in this article:

Xmarks can't be reached.
Xmarks can’t be reached.

So, we’re very sorry, but Xmarks is no longer available anymore. We hope you haven’t lost any valuable data, and that you’ve made a backup of your bookmarks!

What follows is an excerpt of our guide to export data from your Xmarks account, to save it for posterity. After all, it was a great service, once.

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 Xmarks
What to do with the Xmarks HTML export file?

Once you have exported your bookmarks, you see 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, this reads something like Import bookmarks.

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