The 15 best alternatives to replace Xmarks

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As you know, Xmarks has shut down. But don’t worry, we compiled a list of the 15 best alternatives to Xmarks that you can use to replace your favorite bookmark sync tool.

First selection of Xmarks alternatives

The very best: start.me

Our number one: start.me

To help you decide, we wrote reviews on the six best alternatives to replace Xmarks. 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. It is a more powerful bookmark manager than the rest of the pack, as you can show your links as lists, icons, or even in a cloud view. They offer many advanced widgets, unlimited pages and great sharing options. The free version is great, but with a PRO subscription, you can become even more productive. Read our extended review to learn why we’re so supportive of start.me.

  2. Raindrop.io 
    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Raindrop is a 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 synchronize 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 Xmarks replacements for you to try

There are various less wonderful alternatives for Xmarks 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

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.

6 thoughts on “The 15 best alternatives to replace Xmarks

    • I very much agree with you: Trello is a high-quality product. I personally use it a lot to organize my work and workflows. I don’t really see it as a bookmark manager, though. Could you explain how you see this?

  1. Do any of these alternatives really work with bookmarks on browsers? Bookmarks appear on your bookmarks bar in your browser. These look like web pages with links in them that represent your bookmarks.

    I wish you would make this distinction when you review these alternatives.

    • Interesting, Dean. Your definition of bookmarks appears to be, that they are hyperlinks that appear in your bookmarks bar. However, these very same hyperlinks can just as easily be saved in a webapp, or in a SaaS solution, like the ones we describe here. Technically they are identical. Is it necessary to make a distinction more clearly? I don’t really see it, sorry, but I’m open for a discussion! What did I miss?

  2. I don’t want my bookmarks in the cloud !! If it gets hacked, then someone will know all my links to financials (all my banks, credit cards, 401K, etc), as well as all my personal info (employment info and payroll, unemployment, software update downloads (what I use), household appliances (nest doorbell), internet references, etc). I’m a programmer on mainframes. This whole cloud storage and the associated hacks of stores & financial institutions scares the hell out of me. I DON’T TRUST THE CLOUD!!
    I’d rather have home software that I can use to maintain these various platforms. Example, I use Wondershare MobileGo to backup my phone programs and data to my laptop – no cloud required.

    • Hi Doug, I’m totally with you on this point! I personally wouldn’t trust any stranger out there with my banking details, credit card information and other sensitive stuff. Anything can be hacked, so it’s important to be careful and prudent. Still, there’s a lot of less sensitive information we generate or use while surfing the web, and that’s where these bookmark managers could be practical. That’s my philosophy anyway: they should stick to serving us our own hyperlinks, our RSS feeds, or an occasional shopping list. I’ll check out the solution you mention, as it looks promising!

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