4+ Free XMarks Alternatives To Sync Your Bookmarks

logo   4+ Free XMarks Alternatives To Sync Your BookmarksWith XMarks hovering between closing their doors to the public on January 11, 2011, or making the change towards becoming a paid service, you’re probably going to want to export your bookmarks and find a new way to sync your bookmarks elsewhere. XMarks offered a quick and painless way to sync your bookmarks across browsers and computers, running quietly in the background, and was one of the only truly cross-platform, cross-browser options out there that worked like a charm.

There are a few XMarks alternatives out there, that you can use as a replacement to XMarks. None of them are identical to XMarks but rather, have similar options or achieve the same end result.


The first step when making the move from XMarks to another service is to export your bookmarks. Log into your account, go to tools, and select “˜export bookmarks to HTML,’ and make a note of where your bookmarks file is saved.

Export   4+ Free XMarks Alternatives To Sync Your Bookmarks

Google Bookmarks (Firefox & Chrome, Multi-platform)

One option when moving away from XMarks would be to use Google Bookmarks. It has the same end result – saving your bookmarks in the cloud, but using a more direct approach. Rather than working in the background quietly syncing your bookmarks, you manually add your bookmarks to your Google account rather than save them locally. With the use of the Gmarks add-on, the process is quick and easy for Firefox users.

GMarks   4+ Free XMarks Alternatives To Sync Your Bookmarks

Chrome users have this feature built into their browser allowing them to sync their bookmarks automatically to their Google accounts. Import your XMarks bookmarks by logging into your Google Bookmarks account and click on the ‘Import Bookmarks‘ link in the left-hand sidebar.

GoogleImport   4+ Free XMarks Alternatives To Sync Your Bookmarks

Firefox Sync (Firefox, Multi-platform)

Firefox users can install the add-on Firefox Sync which allows you to not only sync bookmarks but also your settings, passwords and other customisations. If you’re using Firefox 4 Beta, you don’t need to install the add-on as the feature is native to the browser. If you’re using an earlier version, the setup process is quick and easy. Sign up for a free account by choosing a username, password, and providing your email address.

Firefox Sync Setup   4+ Free XMarks Alternatives To Sync Your Bookmarks

You will then be prompted to enter a secret phrase of at least 12 characters, and choose your sync settings.

Firefox Sync Setup 2   4+ Free XMarks Alternatives To Sync Your Bookmarks

Repeat the process on each machine you want to sync and your bookmarks, and access all your Firefox data from all of your computers. You can also make use of this feature on the go, using the free iPhone app, Firefox Home (iTunes link), the Maemo app for the N900, or any compatible mobile phone.

Sync2It (Internet Explorer/Safari, Windows/Mac)

Windows and Mac users can make the switch to Sync2It, which works in exactly the same way as XMarks. It will work in the background, automatically backing up and syncing your bookmarks on any computers where you have the program installed. If you’re on your Mac, it will automatically sync your Safari bookmarks, and on a PC, it will automatically sync your Internet Explorer bookmarks.

The Mac version of Sync2It sits in your taskbar, and the only option you have when using it is to force a sync. The Windows version, on the other hand, allows you to access your bookmarks from the taskbar. Sync2It also allows you to subscribe to other user’s public collections listed on their site.

Sync2It Mac   4+ Free XMarks Alternatives To Sync Your Bookmarks

It has to be said, in comparison to XMarks, the web-based version of Sync2It is sorely lacking and navigation is anything but easy. To access your links online, click on “˜View‘ in the sidebar menu.

Sync2It 1   4+ Free XMarks Alternatives To Sync Your Bookmarks

Delicious Or Diigo (Firefox & Chrome, Multi-Platform)

Like Google Bookmarks, there are many other online bookmarking services with toolbars, bookmarklets and add-ons that make it easy to add your bookmarks to your online account, and effectively sync them across different computers, regardless of your OS or browser or choice.

Check out this in depth review of Diigo, which might also convince you not to use Delicious at all.  Diigo doesn’t sync your bookmarks per se, but rather saves them online, and by having the Diigo toolbar installed on each machine, you will achieve the same effect. Diigo makes it easy to import your bookmarks in one click.

Diigo   4+ Free XMarks Alternatives To Sync Your Bookmarks

If you’d rather give Delicious another go, there are a variety of add-ons that make it easy to access your bookmarks from within your browser including a Firefox add-on and a Chrome add-on.

Delicious   4+ Free XMarks Alternatives To Sync Your Bookmarks

To import your bookmarks to Delicious, log into your Delicious account, go to your settings and select ‘Import bookmarks.’

DeliciousImport   4+ Free XMarks Alternatives To Sync Your Bookmarks

What service are you going to use to replace XMarks? Let us know in the comments.

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Gouthaman Karunakaran

Nice post. I have already started using the Chrome Sync that is natively built into the browser. BTW, I read that XMarks is saved after all!

Aibek

saved? they are not closing down?

Gouthaman Karunakaran

Yes. They are saved. Check out this article that reports it – http://goo.gl/LKmu

Anand

I never thought of any alternative other than xmarks till now…xmarks made me life easier.thanks xMarks

gpeasy

It’s sad that Google and Mozilla can’t make a cross-browser cross-platform sync and Xmarks could.

I know, they think if they do that then you will use the other browser. . . well, it works in the opposite also. The browser I don’t use might actually get used if you wold sync with my other browser’s info. . . besides. . . don’t both Mozilla and Google want to get rid of everyone else?

Then make the two best open-source browsers talk to each other!

Josh Fox

Actually, Google Chrome/Chromium is largely based on Firefox from the start. Granted, they aren’t borrowing anymore code, but I don’t see Google not returning any favors. The two have always worked well together and I think that will still be the case for a while.With syncing between the two browsers, they probably didn’t work on that too much yet because there are already other services that will work with both browsers on multiple platforms. They use different bookmarks structures, so the options would be either something generic, such as delicious or xmarks, or something really smooth like either Chrome Sync or Firefox Sync. The smoother of the options would take considerably more work and collaboration on both sides of the fence.

gpeasy

It’s sad that Google and Mozilla can’t make a cross-browser cross-platform sync and Xmarks could.

I know, they think if they do that then you will use the other browser. . . well, it works in the opposite also. The browser I don’t use might actually get used if you wold sync with my other browser’s info. . . besides. . . don’t both Mozilla and Google want to get rid of everyone else?

Then make the two best open-source browsers talk to each other!

radrick

What about Zinkmo?

http://www.zinkmo.com/

radrick

What about Zinkmo?

http://www.zinkmo.com/

Josh Fox

Actually, Google Chrome/Chromium is largely based on Firefox from the start. Granted, they aren’t borrowing anymore code, but I don’t see Google not returning any favors. The two have always worked well together and I think that will still be the case for a while.

With syncing between the two browsers, they probably didn’t work on that too much yet because there are already other services that will work with both browsers on multiple platforms. They use different bookmarks structures, so the options would be either something generic, such as delicious or xmarks, or something really smooth like either Chrome Sync or Firefox Sync. The smoother of the options would take considerably more work and collaboration on both sides of the fence.

Ku

The Opera browser comes with free bookmark sync (to Opera servers), nothing to install.

dave

Xmarks blows this list away and it seems they’re here to stay (fingers crossed!)

DivinoAG

Small mistake on the article: Chrome Sync does NOT sync with Google Bookmarks. Instead what it does (for some bizarre reason) is to sync with Google Docs, where it creates a folder for Chrome, and it’s also where it syncs your browser preferences.

There are some quite good extensions to keep your bookmarks accessible on Google Chrome tho. If you have imported your old links into Google Bookmarks, and still have them organized as folders (i.e. you have labels such as “arts:music:radio”), you should install YAGBE – Yet Another Google Bookmarks Extension, which allows you define which character is used to separate nested labels (on my example, the colon), and display your bookmarks as a tree, just like GMarks on Firefox.

If you have been organizing your bookmarks with labels, the way Google intended, then I recommend the SimpleGoogleBookmarks extension. It will display a full list of all your labels, allowing you to select one or more of them, and see the resulting filtered list of bookmarks below.

Both extensions are very fast and stable.

DivinoAG

Small mistake on the article: Chrome Sync does NOT sync with Google Bookmarks. Instead what it does (for some bizarre reason) is to sync with Google Docs, where it creates a folder for Chrome, and it’s also where it syncs your browser preferences.

There are some quite good extensions to keep your bookmarks accessible on Google Chrome tho. If you have imported your old links into Google Bookmarks, and still have them organized as folders (i.e. you have labels such as “arts:music:radio”), you should install YAGBE – Yet Another Google Bookmarks Extension, which allows you define which character is used to separate nested labels (on my example, the colon), and display your bookmarks as a tree, just like GMarks on Firefox.

If you have been organizing your bookmarks with labels, the way Google intended, then I recommend the SimpleGoogleBookmarks extension. It will display a full list of all your labels, allowing you to select one or more of them, and see the resulting filtered list of bookmarks below.

Both extensions are very fast and stable.

INTERFAVE

Try out Interfave.com as an alternative to XMarks or other Syncing/Sharing options. Interfave lets you easily create a free account and save our favorites into lists that you can easily share or mark private for yourself.

It doesn’t matter what browser you use, what platform, or even where you are. You can always have your favorite places close at hand and organized the way you want.

INTERFAVE

Try out Interfave.com as an alternative to XMarks or other Syncing/Sharing options. Interfave lets you easily create a free account and save our favorites into lists that you can easily share or mark private for yourself.

It doesn’t matter what browser you use, what platform, or even where you are. You can always have your favorite places close at hand and organized the way you want.

Aibek

here is a nice tutorial, http://blog.makeitwork.com/xmarks/

Aibek

here is a nice tutorial, http://blog.makeitwork.com/xma

Anonymous

For ease of use and visual impact, you can’t beat Only2clicks (http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/only2clicks/). I use it as my home page on Windows, Linux and Android machines. Categories become tabbed pages of thumbnail shots of your bookmarks, and you can add notes to individual bookmarks.

Penny

I have both Firefox and IE on my computer. I had THOUGHT that when I was asked to sync, my favourites would appear both in Firefox Bookmarks and IE Favorites. Now I see that not to be the case. Is there a way of ensuring that ALL are on both?

Livefortechnology

If you are strictly a windows user concerned about syncing your IE bookmarks simply use the new Microsoft Windows Live Mesh and check the one option to sync favorites. It does a great job and as much as I used xmarks I can also attest to the major problems syncing IE favorites bar web slices and feed icons. Also, once the announcement was made that xmarks was going to discontinue service I uninstalled and it became clear that xmarks uses the users DATA as it’s sync log and not an external database – opening any .url file once xmarks is uninstalled reveals several sections and worse favicons entries pointing to local xmarks files that did not exist – I had to write a fairly complex script to parse all my IE favorites and remove all xmarks leftovers. Now the syncing with Live Mesh is clean with none of the issues of favicons, webslice and feed urls that was experienced with xmarks.

Guest

You could also use http://www.BookMarkPlus.net

Guest

You could also use http://www.BookMarkPlus.net

jschall

For ease of use and visual impact, you can’t beat Only2clicks (http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/o… I use it as my home page on Windows, Linux and Android machines. Categories become tabbed pages of thumbnail shots of your bookmarks, and you can add notes to individual bookmarks.

Versatile

I support using Google Chrome and the way it syncs to my Google Documents. This is the best way to keep my bookmarks updated, especially if I am using google chrome portable.

Linuxser

When you’re using different browsers there is no real alternative to Xmarks and becomes good example of how companies do not care customers (or fans) at all.
Companies just want to protect the eggs and screw the customer.
How much can take to save Xmarks for a big internet boy like GG or MSFT? Just a few pennies. Development cost is higher than buy an already developed products and change it.
But this ideas can’t live inside manager’s mind where the big deal is to get the big monopoly.
You like chrome? well you have to stay with chrome. You like Firefox? well you have to stay with Firefox, You like Opera or IE? well you have to stay with because we’re not going to support another browser.

Linuxser

When you’re using different browsers there is no real alternative to Xmarks and becomes good example of how companies do not care customers (or fans) at all.
Companies just want to protect the eggs and screw the customer.
How much can take to save Xmarks for a big internet boy like GG or MSFT? Just a few pennies. Development cost is higher than buy an already developed products and change it.
But this ideas can’t live inside manager’s mind where the big deal is to get the big monopoly.
You like chrome? well you have to stay with chrome. You like Firefox? well you have to stay with Firefox, You like Opera or IE? well you have to stay with because we’re not going to support another browser.

Gouthaman Karunakaran

Yes. They are saved. Check out this article that reports it – http://goo.gl/LKmu

Patriziaf

To sync bookmarks (not just import) there is a beta at bookmark.com
You must give your email and wait for an invitation.
Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox on Mac and Windows and different phones (iPhone, android, blackberry, Nokia).

Anand

I never thought of any alternative other than xmarks till now…xmarks made me life easier.thanks xMarks

Alexhans

Thanks for the list… But the best thing is that I found out xmarks isn’t closing yet! :D

nm

I agree – I was very disappointed when I found out they were closing.

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