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.

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