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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, I wrote reviews on the 6 best Xmarks replacements. I listed all of them, linking to their in-depth reviews.

  1. start.me 
    5 out of 5 stars

    My 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. I have looked at many of them. After that, I’ve decided several were worth mentioning, even though they weren’t as good as the 6 I listed above. At some point, I 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 I 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 me know what you think: if there’s anything I 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.

Xmarks will shut down: looking for an alternative?

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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. I 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, I will try and add this information to my reviews of the Xmarks alternatives below.