XMarks is a website and browser extension designed to keep track of all your bookmarks and make them easily searchable. The site was acquired by LastPass in 2010 and will be shutting down on May 1st, 2018 after more than 12 years in service.
- Bookmark sync across browsers
- Searchable bookmarks
- Site info built into your bookmarks
- Open tab sync (Premium-only)
- Mobile bookmark access (Premium-only)
- Backup & restore bookmarks (Premium-only)
- Quick way to sync bookmarks across browsers
- Available for most modern browsers (IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari)
- Backup & restore your bookmarks to keep them safe
- Site info built directly into the bookmarks
- Shutting down May 1st, 2018
XMarks is a website designed to keep your browser bookmarks synced across all of your browsers. Plenty of people do work in one browser while using another for personal stuff. Maintaining bookmarks across browsers was a hassle without XMarks. XMarks started life as a FireFox extension called Foxmarks before eventually being ported to other browsers like Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer. The primary benefit of this extension over any browser's bookmark feature is that XMarks stores site information about your bookmark, so you can more easily identify why you bookmarked a site. XMarks also pioneered better search for bookmarks when you have hundreds that you haven't correctly categorized. If you could remember a snippet about the website, the captured site info gave you more information to link to your search term. It seems like an essential feature now, but when XMarks was introduced back in 2006 browser bookmark search was non-existent. XMarks helped you better organize your bookmarks by suggesting tags based on the content of the site info. This organizational feature was better than most browsers at the time since most just kept a list of bookmarks and didn't allow you to categorize your bookmarks into folders. As the world grew more mobile focused, XMarks also allowed mobile access to bookmarks across separate browsers. However, the feature was designed to be tied into its paid subscription for the service. Premium access to XMarks cost $1 a month and was available to users up until LogMeIn decided to shut down the service on May 1st, 2018. XMarks also offered a secure password sync feature briefly, but after the service was acquired by LastPass in 2010, it was retired in favor of LastPass' in-house password protection service. Since that acquisition, XMarks and its browser extensions have been on life support. Overall the usefulness of XMarks as a service has waned over the years with Mozilla and Google incorporating some of its features into their browsers as default settings.