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There are some similar question on bookmark syncing, but most answers point to Delicious or Google bookmarks. However, as Chrome doesn't have the Google toolbar, how would those sync? I use several computers and different browsers on them so I would like a easy solution to keep all of the bookmarks in sync on various computers and browsers in the same organizational structure throughout.

Also, I would prefer to have my bookmarks only synced to my account, not necessarily visible to the whole world as on Delicious. Is there any service that could handle this?

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+1 for a good question. I've been wondering about this issue myself. As a user on Mac OSX, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and linux, it's getting awfully tricky to manage bookmarks. –  osij2is Jul 31 '09 at 19:48
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Not cross-browser, hence not an answer but maybe worth mentioning, synchronise using Dropbox: wiki.dropbox.com/TipsAndTricks/… –  Arjan Mar 27 '10 at 12:14
    
@TaiSquared This article maybe of interest addictivetips.com/windows-tips/… –  Simon Oct 4 '13 at 13:00
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Xmarks (formerly FoxMarks) could solve your problem. It can synchronize (privately) bookmarks from Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer.

EDIT: Lifehacker has an update on Chrome supporting bookmark sync

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I'm waiting on Xmarks for Chrome myself. Currently I run it on Firefox and IE (at home and at work) and periodically import bookmarks into Chrome from Firefox. –  pelms Jul 31 '09 at 19:06
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Google just announced plans for Chrome synchronization: arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/08/… –  Tai Squared Aug 3 '09 at 22:58
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Xmarks is cool, but I'm looking for an alternative now that it looks like it's going under. blog.xmarks.com/?p=1886 –  Nogwater Sep 28 '10 at 4:18
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Xmarks was bought by lastpass and continues to be the best to sync across the continents. –  Cawas Mar 23 '11 at 21:32
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"Chrome doesn't have a lot of plugins" is counterfactual, at this moment. –  bukzor Apr 20 '12 at 18:34
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Chrome does have an extension for Xmarks (formerly FoxMarks) now. I just installed it today, and it works beautifully. I had already had an account set up through both Internet Explorer and Firefox, but I recently had switched to Chrome. I was not looking forward to having to find another online synchronization program.

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For 2012, XMarks came back from the grave as part of LastPass. It supports 4 of 5 major browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) but lacks Opera. It's not clear whether this is due to Opera API issues, but there is a little discussion in their forums. Looks like it's free, but you have to subscribe for use with mobile devices/tablets (iDevice, Android, etc.) and a few other features. This is the same strategy used by LastPass. (Disclaimer: premium user of both)

Google Bookmarks may be an option depending on your browser choice and plugin availability. Google Chrome Sync (and possibly plugins for other browsers) may also work; for Firefox I believe it's tied in with the Google Toolbar for Firefox but YMMV by browser.

Delicious may be an option; I used to be a user but have mostly stopped after the headaches with their switchover (I switched to XMarks). I think they were trying to go in a more "social" direction like Digg, et al.

Pinboard is a commercial service (one-time fee) that apparently also uses the Delicious API, so some addons/widgets may be able to work with it instead of with Delicious. Long-term support of those may be questionable if Delicious doesn't still support that API.

UPDATE: For XMarks, I'm not sure what their plans are for IE10, but I'd expect them to only support the Desktop version of IE - there's apparently also a "Metro" version that will not allow any plugins.

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Google Toolbar for Firefox is windows-only :( –  bukzor Apr 21 '12 at 2:19
    
I'll throw in a little more plug for XMarks - I had enabled "Open Tab Sync" but hadn't used it today, but today I logged onto a (Win2k8) terminal server, went to Tools>XMarks>Open Remote Tabs and loaded up all of the reference tabs that I'd opened up earlier on a netbook (KUbuntu 11.10) for something I was working on. Very handy. –  fencepost May 15 '12 at 4:39
    
And a couple of other notes: XMarks lets you use your own server (WebDAV) but only their Firefox plugin supports this. Also, XMarks appears to only encrypt logins by default, so I advise going into the settings and telling it to encrypt everything - at least if you're going to be using it on untrusted networks such as public wifi. –  fencepost Jun 1 '12 at 6:35
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It is now 2012, and Xmarks is still the best solution.
Bought by LastPass, its existence and continuing free status are not any more in doubt.

It now fully supports Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 7-9, Safari 4-5 and Chrome, all available from its download page.

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From The Tech Club: Transmute is a free utility software which will help you to synchronize bookmarks between various browsers, organize bookmarks, convert bookmarks for use in bookmark managers, share bookmarks with others and more. And best of all, it’s free!

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Features of Transmute:

  • Extensive Browser Support : Transmute supports all of the major web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Apple Safari, Chromium, Flock and Konqueror!
  • Easy to Use : A streamlined interface makes Transmute very accessible.
  • Automatic Backups : By default Transmute will timestamp and back up your bookmark collections before changes are made, providing extra safety.
  • Cross-Platform : Transmute supports Windows using the Microsoft .NET Framework. However, Transmute will also run on Windows, Linux and Mac via use of the Mono Framework!

Downside: doesn't sync between computers/online. Though you could have Firefox sync with the Google Toolbar and have your other browsers sync with Firefox.

But else here's a Mashable overview of 25+ ways to sync your bookmarks.

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Not being both cross-browser and cross-computer kills it for me. Also, I'd want it to automatically run in the background. –  Nogwater Sep 28 '10 at 4:28
    
I like it - xmarks always seems to give me sync problems.. folders not deleting, bookmarks disappearing.. this is good because it gives full control. Thanks :) –  MorganTiley Jun 28 '12 at 19:50
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Firefox 3.5 now has weave which is nice, but only for Firefox.

The main thing I like most is that you can run your own weave server.

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Nice, but too bad they did not yet claim a domain name for the online access, which is currently kix.in/misc/weave. (And its password requirements are quite strict. I guess my quite secure password was rejected as it was only 7 characters; next it also wanted a passphrase. Well, privacy matters of course...) –  Arjan Mar 27 '10 at 12:12
    
Also, it currently still seems to be impossible to delete an account, and hard to just delete its associated data: groups.google.com/group/mozilla-labs-weave/browse_thread/thread/… –  Arjan Mar 27 '10 at 12:28
    
What are you babbling about? Weave can simply be found at mozillalabs.com/weave and I have it installed on my own server. Completely deleting everything is very trivial. –  Niels Basjes Apr 28 '10 at 21:39
    
That project seems dead, or at least renamed. –  bukzor Apr 20 '12 at 18:35
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You can add a bookmark from Chrome to Delicious by dragging a link up to your Bookmarks Toolbar. Take a look here.

Or you can create a link in Chrome with the following link manually:

javascript:(function(){f='http://delicious.com/save?url='+encodeURIComponent(window.location.href)+'&title='+encodeURIComponent(document.title)+'&v=5&';a=function(){if(!window.open(f+'noui=1&jump=doclose','deliciousuiv5','location=yes,links=no,scrollbars=no,toolbar=no,width=550,height=600'))location.href=f+'jump=yes'};if(/Firefox/.test(navigator.userAgent)){setTimeout(a,0)}else{a()}})()

Then you can go to the delicious.com site to navigate to your bookmarks. I created a link for this to:

http://delicious.com/[USERNAME]
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Isn't that just one way: browser to delicious.com, not the other way around? –  Nogwater Sep 28 '10 at 4:29
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Unfortunately 'bypassing' the problem is not ideal for me in that I use the bookmark toolbar extensively, in fact I've organized all my favourites into multiple menus on that bar, a simple HTML file just doesn't cut it.

Here's my solution. Chrome will allow you to directly import bookmarks from Firefox if you delete all the bookmarks off of Chrome, and it will also automatically sort the aforementioned toolbar almost like it is in Firefox. This works reasonably well for me in that Firefox is my primary browser, and I only use Chrome occasionally. You'd think that Chrome would have the import button (not the HTML import) available all the time, and that it would check for duplicate entries when import, but oh well.

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Bypass the problem: create an HTML page of links, and make that the home page of each browser.

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Since Firefox, Chrome and Opera (not sure about Safari) has their own sync services, it might be not a good idea for using third-party services. So you should use one of those for your primary synchronisation service and plugins for using this service in other browsers.

The article Ars examines Chrome and Firefox bookmark sync protocols is a good start for writing Firefox synchronisation or Chrome synchronisation plugins.

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Can you give some reasons why it's not good idea to use 3rd party services? –  Olli Mar 26 '11 at 14:22
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You can also try Diigo, which is similar to delicious, and lets you save your bookmarks and access them elsewhere with internet connection.

It has a toolbar for Firefox (at least) and for other browsers, or if you don't like toolbars, you can also use bookmarklets.

Nowdays, is my favorite way of saving bookmarks. I reallized it is unneficient to save about everything i like as a browser bookmark, because it also tends to slow down the browser. For me, it is better to now keep them in the cloud, and Diigo does that just fine (it is similar to Delicious but with some other features you may find useful).

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