XMarks Reviews

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I've used this for so many years I forgot when I didn't. Even is accidents happened those has now become a rule.
This was the no frills, no social, no picture, perfect bookmark backup.

Now days you can't use it together with more than one browser. Even if you turn off Chrome bookmarks, FF or other browsers the bookmarks can suddenly still just disappear or multiply. Or both. Having added bookmarks between noticing this makes it a nightmare, the worst case merging two files with regex.

The largest duplication I ever got was almost 30-thousand.

The webpage is painfully slow making manipulation of bookmarks impossible, interface has not changed. Nor has any tools to manage your bookmarks not been updated.
Deduping doesn't allow you to mark what directory you want too keep and it seems like it select it at random. No way to import/merge bookmarks.

It feels more or less like an abandoned project since NOTHING has happened during all those years.

Summary:
From being THE one has become THE headache.

So sad for such a wonderful solution, in the 90-ies.

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Absolute garbage.

Will mess up your bookmarks, give errors, make duplicates and screw everything up until you lose pretty much EVERYTHING.

Stay away, FAR, FAR AWAY.

Xmarks was great until they ran out of cash and turned it over to Lastpass which made it into a piece of turdball. A complete disaster. Lastpass should just shut this thing down instead of ruining people's data.

There should be an option to rate it NEGATIVE STARS.

Someone below gave the helpful recommendation of using Eversync as an alternative. Please use that instead.

[Edited by jharel2, February 16]

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Repeatedly Disorganizes and Duplicates My Bookmarks

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I used to love xmarks. It synchronized my bookmarks reliably across all four browsers I have to use (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer), with multiple copies of several of them. And it let me select which bookmark sets to synchronize to which browsers, so I could have the full set at home and an appropriate set at work.

I have a lot of bookmarks, organized into a hierarchy of folders. I add to them regularly from multiple locations. When possible, I put the bookmarks directly into the appropriate folder, but sometimes add them to misc. and sort later.

Problems started when I took a job with a company where chrome was the standard browser. Because of this I connected xmarks to 2 copies of chrome (home and work), and logged into gmail from both of them. Chrome has a sync feature, enabled by default, which causes bookmarks to be repeatedly reduplicated when xmarks is also in use.

Folks on the xmarks site were very helpful in identifying this well known problem. I disabled the misfeature on all instances of chrome, rolled back to a good bookmarks set, and thought this would be the end of it. But it was not.

Duplication and misarrangements kept appearing. Some browsers had extra copies of folders which did not appear on the xmarks site, but empty. (E.g. if I had one folder named "linux" with 20 bookmarks in it in one of my browsers, another might end up with 2 folders, one empty and one containing the 20 bookmarks.) Folders were rearranged into different orders on different browsers. Attempts to correct this in one place (often via the xmarks site) resulted in more weirdness in other places (other browsers).

About 3 months ago xmarks become unable to sync my bookmarks. They also could not be edited on the xmarks site. Apparently my account had become corrupted. I figured this was the result of the ever escalating mess I'd been experiencing, and blamed the whole thing on google.

I created a new account on xmarks, exported my existing bookmarks from both the old xmarks account and all of my many browsers, and deduplicated and sorted the resulting mess with the aid of various ad hoc shell scripts, eventually producing a good html file. I then cleared out all bookmarks from one browser, imported the new html file, and set that browser to sync with my new xmarks account. I then gradually moved other browsers to the new account, telling them to allow the server to overwrite any local bookmarks.

All was well for some time. But today I noticed that my bookmarks were once again messed up, both locally and on the xmarks site. I.e. the new account only took 3 months to succumb to bit rot. I have never logged into gmail on any instance of chrome since that problem occurred, and never will. For a long while I never even imported the new bookmarks into chrome, and tried to disable xmarks entirely on all chrome instances.

I think I may have enabled xmarks with the new account on exactly one copy of chrome, last weekend. (It kept giving me popups complaining of xmarks sync errors, without identifying the popup as coming from chrome. I may have given it the new xmarks account while attempting to shut it up.)

I'm now on this site looking for an alternative which will not undo all my organizational work, while still having xmarks' core features

  • works on all browsers
  • allows selection of which bookmarks to sync where

The alternative would be to nuke chrome from orbit - which is tempting, but my current employer writes non-conformant web apps, and there's a key one that only works halfway reliable on chrome. sigh

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EverSync is the best replacement for XMarks, which stops syncing with May 1, 2018

I am convinced, EverSync is the best replacement for XMarks, which is no longer available after May 1, 2018. EverSync is a multi-platform bookmark syncing service, very useful, if you want to sync your bookmarks on more than one browser. Like XMarks did, its service works with browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer or a smartphone app for Android, iOS or Windows Phone.

On April 2nd, 2018 I have registered to a free EverSync-Account on my first computer and did the first bookmarks-sync (as the first step only on this one computer) parallel to XMarks. On my Lumia 640 smartphone with Windows Phone and on my job-computer I first uninstalled the XMarks-FF-AddOn and then installed the Eversync-Firefox-Addon. With EverSync it's very easy to find and delete empty folders and to find all bookmarks. EverySync is a very perfect replacement for XMarks, which I used about several years without greater problems.

Until March, 30 2018, when I got the E-Mail "Support for Xmarks is ending on May 1, 2018" I would have given a rating of 5 stars to XMarks. Because a free bookmark-sync-AddOn for more than one browser is very important for me, I do not like the discontinuing of the XMarks-service. So my new rating for XMarks now is only one star. My rating for EverSync ist 5 stars and my recommendation is to replace XMarks with EverSync.

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it has frequent error which cause data loss which makes Eversync is better alternative

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Trying it... Not liking it.

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I still want to use chrome sync, and it should be capable of delaying synchronization/recognizing duplicates. Maybe put a limit to never sync more than 5 bookmarks at a time unless it's the first sync. Idk, it should be better.

We'll see how much longer I can stand with it.

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Sync is insanely slow, cannot run in the background

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The best you can do is have xmarks sync when you shut down firefox, but even then it's insanely slow, even if your bookmarks haven't changed at all.

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Today users received an email from Xmarks that they're shutting their system down as of May 1st! Local apps will work on your computer. But, they're not going to sync so what's the use of keeping it around?

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Is being discontinued by Lastpass.
Sure, it did lose data occasionally, but it was easy to recover.

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Was very good but... doesn't work the past 12 months (this is March 2018).
Wastes time and gives many buggy error messages across different browsers if you leave it active.
Avoid, unless there is some major update that assures it works.

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useful!

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great plugin for firefox! I've got all my stuff (and i really have a lot of bookmarks, organized and well) on my windows pc, my laptop and my linux installation!

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Used to be great, but now it's terribly bloated

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I used to love Xmarks for synchronizing my bookmarks between Firefox and Chrome (and sometimes Internet Explorer too), but now, sadly, it seems to have jumped the shark. It is painfully slow to synchronize now. I think it is because it has become quite bloated. I hope LastPass fixes this issue soon; otherwise, I'll have to find another place to store my bookmarks.

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Redundant

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Most web browsers now have sync capability built in and xmarks does not seem to be under active development by lastpass.

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