5 StumbleUpon Alternative Sites That Still Work to Pass Time

Mihir Patkar Updated 02-02-2019

Are you wondering what happened to StumbleUpon? Sixteen years after it started, StumbleUpon has called it quits. It ceased operations forever on June 30, 2018. But don’t worry, there are still some StumbleUpon alternatives that let you find interesting web pages with the click of a button.


One of the internet’s premier discovery engines, StumbleUpon randomly showed pages liked by others How Does StumbleUpon Work? [Technology Explained] StumbleUpon is one of the most interesting sites on the web. Here's how the stumbling algorithm works and how it chooses which sites to show you. Read More . You could endlessly click the Stumble button till you found something that piqued your interest.

Social networks have made it easier to discover articles, videos, or other links that you find interesting. But if you want a little bit of that randomness back into your life, there are a few choice sites and apps for that too.

1. Mix (Web): StumbleUpon’s Official Alternative

Mix, official StumbleUpon alternative

In a Medium post, StumbleUpon co-founder Garrett Camp said they were encouraging current users to move to their new platform, Mix. Mix even lets you import all your current StumbleUpon favorites, interests, and tags.

Browse around and you’ll find that Mix is like an organized version of StumbleUpon. The web’s best links are curated in one place and presented in your dashboard, based upon your interests. Click a button and the link is added to your Collection, which you can read later on your mobile. The only thing missing is StumbleUpon’s feeling of randomness and serendipity.


Mix apparently has mobile apps for Android and iOS, but I couldn’t get either of them to work. That said, the site works perfectly on a mobile browser, so there’s hardly anything that an app is going to add to that. So turn the site into an app How to Turn Any Website into an Android App in Seconds With this app, it's super easy and quick to make Lite versions of apps, saving you battery life and improving your phone's performance. Read More and use Mix freely.

2. Discuvver (Web): Find a Useful Website You Didn’t Know About

Discuvver, StumbleUpon alternative

StumbleUpon and others like it have always been about interesting links. Utility was never the focus, it was more about passing some time in an entertaining way. Discuvver focuses on useful websites exclusively but adds StumbleUpon’s randomness to it.

Click the “Take me to a useful website” button on the homepage to open a new tab with a random website in it. You can click that button as many times as you want. Discuvver doesn’t seem to run out of suggestions, so go nuts and find some of the most useful websites you didn’t know about 30 Insanely Useful Websites You Probably Don't Know About There are nearly a billion websites out there. We never will get to see them all. So, here's our look at the top thirty websites that you probably don't know about. Read More .

Just remember to keep the Discuvver site open in one tab because there isn’t a button on each new page you visit. You’ll always have to go back to the main site to get that button. This also means Discuvver is a better experience on desktops than mobiles.

3. Stumbl.TV (Web): StumbleUpon for YouTube Videos

Stumble TV, StumbleUpon alternative

Stumbl.TV is a neat way to check out some of those interesting videos that you normally wouldn’t come across on YouTube. Like StumbleUpon, it is completely random, but you can set a few parameters.

For example, you can set how short or long you want the video to be, with a maximum runtime of four minutes. Similarly, you can set how many times the video has already been viewed, so that you can even get some of the weirdest and least viewed YouTube clips Watch YouTube's Weirdest and Least-Viewed Videos on This Site You've seen all of the popular videos on YouTube, but what about the ones that are weird and mundane and have close to zero views? Read More . You can also filter by YouTube categories.

And of course, there are a few tags of the most popular types of videos, but I’d stay away from those. The true randomness of Stumbl.TV is more fun. Learn the keyboard shortcuts too for a better leanback experience.

4. URL Roulette (Web): Give a Link, Get a Link

URL Roulette, Stumble Upon alternative

For a truly random experience, URL Roulette is the place to go. It’s one of the best time-wasting sites when you’re bored 5 Time-Wasting Web Sites for When You're Bored Where do you go to when you're bored? If you are short of ideas, we have five websites which will give you more fun stuff to do on the vast internet. Read More .

It’s a give-and-take experience. Here’s how it works. Go to URL Roulette and paste any interesting link you know of. The site will immediately take you to another such link submitted by someone else. By the time you finish with that, you’ll be ready for another. So again, paste an interesting link and get one more. It’s the same randomness of StumbleUpon, but this time, you feel a part of the community.

If you want a quick list of URLs, subscribe to the newsletter or check out the latest issue. There, you will find the week’s top 10 submitted URLs, so it’s an easy way to get 10 cool clicks without having to submit something for each one.

5. /r/InterestingAsF*** (Web): The True StumbleUpon Successor

sub-Reddit StumbleUpon alternative

The best successor for StumbleUpon comes from Reddit, with a name that has an unfortunate expletive in it. But don’t worry, the content in the IAF subreddit is heavily moderated, and posts with adult content are clearly marked as NSFW.

The community at IAF shares links of all kinds, whether it’s a video, an image or GIF, an article, or a whole website. Sort them by latest or top posts, go for the more controversial ones, or browse in any pattern you want. You won’t be disappointed with the collection here, as the moderators do a great job of regulating the quality of posts here.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a true randomizer here, but given how regularly IAF gets updates, you won’t need it. And as always, you can also use Reddit’s “Random” button to find interesting things 8 Interesting Subreddits I Found Using Reddit's "Random" Button Everyone loves Reddit, and if you don't then it's just because you haven't found the right subreddit! There's one in there for everybody, and it's one of the Internet's largest communities. Reddit is at the... Read More .

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  1. Jeremy A Moats
    July 24, 2019 at 2:43 am

    I used to spend hours every week randomly stumbling through the Stumbleupon website. Amazing and sometimes pathetic joys and let downs of website creativity. It was awesome.

    As Stumbleupon proved, there is GOOD website design, AMAZING conceptual interactivity, and an endless swath of human intellectual property and design. Format and variety mad the site alluring and successful.

    The mark of horrible, wasteful, boring, and tedious design is and its ilk - endless, unsorted, unsortable, random nonsense clustered in lists with no rhyme nor reason for any two of these to be connected.

    I visited MIX and even signed up but after 10 minutes of TRYING desperately to make it in any way customizable or interesting, I gave up. I'm not even bothering to delete my account, because there's no point. It's a truly awful and pathetic design. Nothing to do with Stumbleupon. You should remove it from this list and only have an anecdote about its existence as a side note with NO LINK.

    The rest, I'm off to explore and check out. Because Stumbleupon was there for those of us who were just plain bored, uninspired, and had too much time on our hands. Stumbleupon inspired, livened our days, made us laugh, and brought that rare diamond in the rust to the fore, in an innovative and fun way. I'm hoping one of these alternatives can come close.

  2. Li
    June 12, 2019 at 10:08 am

    sThis list seems a joke, as it starts with... Mix.
    Maybe it's a commercial list.

    StumbleUpon began Mix, and died just at the same time. Mix is a joke. Mix is bad.
    Mix doesn't have the great features for discovering sites that StumbleUpon had.
    Seeing Mix in this list make me think this list is not serious. The person who made it didn't actually used the site it describe. What a joke. Really Makeusof disappointed me! And Mix is an horrible firm, that erases the bookmarks we collected for years. Thank you Mix!!! Never trust them! Keep away for this firm!

  3. Heather
    March 2, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Mix is nothing like StumbleUpon except for list creation, which was probably the least unique aspect of the former site. The best thing about StumbleUpon, which made it addicting, was the like and dislike buttons that would help the app figure out what you were interested in viewing. Everyone I knew who used it could Stumble for hours through content that was catered to their interests. Particularly interesting pages were saved, but that feature was far less significant. I tried Mix for a few minutes and realized it was a more boring version of Pintrest. I would probably pay to get StumbleUpon back. So far it’s been entirely irreplaceable.

  4. Paul Jordan
    February 5, 2019 at 2:26 am

    Mix is nothing like Stumbleupon. It's insulting for them to try and tell us it is. I would pay for them to bring back Stumbleupon. Preferably if it was done by someone else because I really don't feel like giving money to those aholes after what they've done.

  5. Keld Fink Christensen
    November 13, 2018 at 2:06 am

    Mix sucks! Give us stumble Upon back!!

  6. Michael Chernoff
    August 30, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    I miss both the randomness of stumble upon and the diversity of topics.
    The best stumbleupon alternative needs to have
    A) a diverse array of topics you can select from (Mix does not have this. It looks like it has only 10 topics to choose from, Stumbleupon had many more if you include the subtopics)
    B) randomness (mix does not feel like it provides randomness when you use it)
    C) A means of submitting interesting links. (Unless Mix wants you to use it as your browser, which is unlikely to catch on, I do not know how to get an app to do this unless you give it permission to harvest your bookmarked links from other browsers)

    If mix had kept the diverse set of topics you could go through (I loved anime and programming tutorials, and math tutorials), and if it had both the randomness (which was by far the most valuable thing stumble upon had) and the ability to submit links (this app does not seem to do that, or is there a way to allow for that). Unless Mix expects you to use the app AS your browser, or does something like download your bookmarks and their tags to build up its database, there is no foreseeable way for it to get to be as useful as stumbleupon.

    Find me something better.

  7. mike
    August 9, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    I lasted 2 1/2 minutes on Mix then deleted it. I want Stumbleupon

  8. Sherman
    August 5, 2018 at 2:56 am

    Bring back stumble. I’ll even pay a fee. Seriously.

  9. SP
    August 1, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    MIX is a pile of crap, and StumbleUpon was an awesome site.

    • Samson Gosul
      July 19, 2019 at 9:21 am

      Totally agree. Well i have an alternate for you guy.
      and that is
      Hope it helps

  10. Bladewalker
    June 7, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I absolutely hate Mix. Stumbleupon was far preferable. Mix lacks cohesion, depth, and doesn't allow for varied interests. It has too few to hold my interest. I won't be using it. Garrett Camp screwed the pooch on this one.

    • greg
      July 30, 2018 at 1:34 am

      totally agree - i hate mix and will not be using it either