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.

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: