Ask HN: Does anybody still use bookmarking services?

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  • linkding

    Self-hosted bookmark service

    Yup, I use a self hosted version of [1]


  • copy-as-org-mode

    A Firefox Add-on (WebExtension) to copy selected web page into Org-mode formatted text!

  • Scout APM

    Less time debugging, more time building. Scout APM allows you to find and fix performance issues with no hassle. Now with error monitoring and external services monitoring, Scout is a developer's best friend when it comes to application development.

  • promnesia

    Another piece of your extended mind

  • grasp

    A reliable org-capture browser extension for Chrome/Firefox

  • Yacy

    Distributed Peer-to-Peer Web Search Engine and Intranet Search Appliance

    I have started doing something completely different than using bookmarks. I set up yacy[1] on a personal, internal server at my home, which I can access from all my devices, since they are always on my wireguard vpn.

    Yacy is actually a distributed search engine, but I run in 'Robinson mode' as a private peer, to keep it isolated, as I just want a personal search of only sites I have indexed.

    Anytime I come across something of interest, I index it with yacy, using a a depth of 0 (since I only want to index that one page, not the whole site). This way, I can just go to my search site, and search for something, and anything related that I've indexed before pops up. I found this works way better than trying to manage bookmarks with descriptions and tags.

    Also, yacy will keep a cache of the content which is great if the site ever goes offline or changes.

    If I need to browse, I can go use yacy's admin tools to see all the urls I have indexed.

    I have been using this for several months and I am using this way more than I ever used my bookmarks.


  • ssh-bm

    An ssh bookmarking program

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  • Shaarli

    The personal, minimalist, super-fast, database free, bookmarking service - community repo

    What you're looking for is Shaarli =>

    There's a whole community of "shaarlist" in France, you can also fuse several shaarli in a "river"... Some rivers are my 2nd HckrNws when I want to read something.

  • my-awesome-template

    git-bookmarks template

    * easy to access from the phone e.g. telegram

    These are my bookmarks and this is the template

    it's not perfect but it cover my needs ;-)

  • alfred-my-mind

    Alfred workflow to search through my notes and bookmarks

    My bookmarking service is Alfred workflow I wrote:

    It searches through links in my wiki:

  • knowledge

    Everything I know

    My bookmarking service is Alfred workflow I wrote:

    It searches through links in my wiki:

  • zotero

    Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

    I use Zotero for this now. I have a bunch of sub-collections (e.g. technical, interesting, fitness, etc.) and when I see a webpage I like I use the plug-in to save to Zotero. Better than a bookmark because it also saves a snapshot of the webpage, and, I can easily cite it if I'm writing a document.

  • LinkAce

    Your self-hosted bookmark archive. Free and open source.

    I use self-hosted [linkace][1]. It is similar to Shaarli but has a little nicer interface.


  • ArchiveBox

    🗃 Open source self-hosted web archiving. Takes URLs/browser history/bookmarks/Pocket/Pinboard/etc., saves HTML, JS, PDFs, media, and more...

    ArchiveBox documents how to automatically archive links from your browser history:

  • spyglass

    A personal search engine, crawl & index websites you want with a simple set of rules

    A bit different, but I've been building something similar that runs locally:

    You create some rules for topics you want to index and it'll go out and crawl them. Searching through it is a global hotkey away.

  • Shiori

    Simple bookmark manager built with Go

    This is the one I'm leaning towards using as well. (Though was a close second.)

    Linkding uses SQLite as the database, which for self-hosting is such a huge win. It doesn't do much in the way of local archiving, but the interface looks so incredibly clean.

    I haven't tried this yet, but since I have "HTTP Shortcuts" (wonderful Android app) already installed I really appreciated the ability to be able to send bookmarks from my phone easily without installing anything new:

  • osmosmemo

    Turn GitHub into a bookmark manager

    I use a browser extension to store bookmarks in GitHub

  • Toshi

    A full-text search engine in rust

    I do something similar, though I index the page myself via a little browser extension I wrote. I click a button, the content gets POSTed to a server that throws it in Toshi[1]. I hacked it together on a Saturday, and it's been pretty handy; as you describe, much more useful than any bookmarking approach I've tried before.


  • filum

    I use Pocket quite a bit.

    I've also recently cobbled together a CLI tool that lets me save discussion threads on Reddit, HN and Stack Exchange. Very much a beginner-level project but here it is in case anyone is interested:

  • programming-math-science

    This is a list of links to different freely available learning resources about computer programming, math, and science.

    For some types of bookmarks I started to use a GitHub repositories with a markdown document in them. Those are my bookmarks collected mainly through HN:

    - A list of freely available articles, tutorials, book about programming, math and science:

    - A list of open source games:

  • open-source-games

    A list of open source games.

    For some types of bookmarks I started to use a GitHub repositories with a markdown document in them. Those are my bookmarks collected mainly through HN:

    - A list of freely available articles, tutorials, book about programming, math and science:

    - A list of open source games:

  • pinprick

    Pinboard bookmark mailer

    I use the API to send myself a daily email with a combination of random and anniversary bookmarks:

    I find it a good way to keep in touch with past bookmarks and do some light maintenance.

  • OneTab-Night-Mode

    Little theme for the onetab page to make it less eye raping.

    Thanks for the recommendation. This is going to change my life.

  • goggles-quickstart

    Educational material to learn about Goggles and how to create your own.

    Not sure if you noticed this bubble up on HN earlier in the week but this might be helpful.

    It's not bookmarking as much as site-marking, and then having your own search engine based on that collection.

    Figured it was worth mentioning.

  • bookmarks

    My personal DIY bookmarks app (by blakewatson)

    I’ve been a Pinboard customer since 2010 and I subscribed to the archival service several years. But archival seems to have stopped on my account. I think I emailed once but never received a reply (which I’ve heard is common). I love the philosophy of Pinboard and I also like Maciej. That said I recently decided to roll my own bookmarks tool with Wayback Machine archival capability.

  • xBrowserSync

    xBrowserSync browser extensions / mobile app (by xbrowsersync)

  • cli-bookmarker

    A portable command line bookmarking tool that allows fuzzy search and configurable launchers.

  • yacy-it

    Add browser pages to your local YACY index

    I really liked this setup. The only point of friction for me was adding the links to the index via the crawler everytime. So I created a Firefox Extenstion to do it directly from the address-bar.

    If someone is interested, you can download it from here:

    Limitation: It currently supports only YaCy running on localhost and unprotected. You might have to configure CORS as outlined here ->

  • YaCyIndexerGreasemonkey

    Greasemonkey script to index visited websites with the YaCy P2P search engine.

    I had trouble with that, I ended up using this userscript

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