How-to Sync Bookmarks with Foxmarks

Shawn Powers shows you how to sync your bookmarks with the Firefox "Foxmarks" extension.

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Is this where I yell AOL?

Crystal R R Edwards's picture

Because I'm all "me too!" right now. Since finding Foxmarks a handful of weeks ago, my life between 3 platforms on 2 computers has been transformed. I'm very happy to see Shawn covering this topic!

use your own server

Paul Archer's picture

I use Foxmarks on all my machines. (Having all my bookmarks available five minutes after the first login of a new install is way cool.)
But I have issues with storing my bookmarks on another entity's computer--especially since I keep some confidential information in my bookmarks. (No passwords, but the occasional username and maybe a password hint--plus just having my financial accounts bookmarked is enough to point someone in the right direction for phishing.) So I setup my own server and pointed Foxmarks to it. It's just a VM with webdav enabled and a password protected page where my bookmarks.json file lives.
There is one caveat: to be on the safe side, you'll probably want SSL/TLS enabled. This generally means generating a self-signed certificate. No big deal, but you need to navigate to the page and accept the certificate for the site before Foxmarks will be able to use it.

What type of server are we

theillien's picture

What type of server are we talking about? A simple web server?

A simple webserver will do

jaredmoore's picture

Yes, a simple webserver with mod_dav and mod_dav_fs. I did this last night and it was a piece of cake to setup once I remembered to enable mod_dav_fs.

Here's a link on how to configure webdav
Here's a link on how to get foxmarks to sync with your own server

Bad display via your link but OK at YouTube

celem's picture

The Foxmarks video looks terrible when I view it via your embedded feed but perfectly fine if I go to Youtube and view it there. The other videos at are fine, but then they use different feeds. I use ubuntu 8.10 e/w Nvidia version 177 driver on a GeForce 8200 card.

Please go back to the previous streaming meathod.

Thanks for the feedback

Webmistress's picture

I suspect this might be a youtube issue. We have not changed anything about the way we embed youtube videos.

We will definitely consider all our options for video in the future.

Thanks for watching!

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Very useful! Thanks, Shawn!

Ilya's picture

Very useful! Thanks, Shawn!

Anonymous's picture

Umm..what's the advantage of using Foxmarks over, since the latter has been around for a while and there's a Firefox plugin to synchronize the bookmarks there. Additionally, you can share the bookmarks and also find new interesting pages through

Just quicker

Shawn Powers's picture

I like foxmarks because once it's set up, you never need to visit a website, etc. Bookmark a site on one computer, it's immediately available on the next computer you use. The feature is one I rarely use.

Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.


theillien's picture

I'm not big on recursion outside of coding. I hate recursive acronyms and I can't stand the idea of bookmarking a website in order to manage my bookmarks. One less website I have to visit. Plus, if I want to find a website which is about a topic I'm interested in, I'll do a search and sift through the sites I find for the one that satisfies my need. I don't need another site's opinion on what I should be looking at.

Ok I may be biased but...

Carlie Fairchild's picture

I'm digging your new "Linux in a Minute" videos, Shawn. Very nice and I can't wait to see tomorrow's.

Love the 1 minute-ish how-to format.

LJ readers, like it?

Carlie Fairchild is the publisher of Linux Journal.

Favorite Add-On

theillien's picture

Of all the extensions I install to Firefox this is the best I've ever used. I could deal with looking at ads and annoying Flash embeds but don't ever take away my Foxmarks.