The 15 best alternatives to replace Xmarks

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 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. 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, 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.

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 from 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:

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.
  • 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. This one is still online, but their latest update was from 2016.
  • 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!