When comparing Raindrop.io vs Buku, the Slant community recommends Raindrop.io for most people. In the question“What are the best ways to organize bookmarks?” Raindrop.io is ranked 2nd while Buku is ranked 4th. The most important reason people chose Raindrop.io is:
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Pro Design (UX)
Cross-platform because it's browser based. There are also apps for Mac, Chrome, iOs & Android.
Pro Mobile native clients available
Clients for iOS and Android available that are better integrated than the browser version.
Add tags to bookmarks.
Pro Import bookmarks
Offers a possibility to import bookmarks from browsers.
Pro Export bookmarks
There is also a possibility to export bookmarks.
Pro Regularly updated
Updated with features, yet not with performance.
Importing means that you don't need to start from scratch to try Buku, and exporting means that you don't risk locking yourself in by doing so.Buku allows you to import and export bookmarks from and to a few important formats, including the recently added orgfiile.
Advanced bookmark management is possible, with the right use of Buku's commands.
Pro Fully compatible with firefox bookmarks
Also supports Google Chrome, Chromium, Opera...
Pro Easy to use
Using Buku is easy once you memorize its simple syntax.
Pro Extensive search options
Include, exclude, regex, tags, all or partial search terms.
Pro Completion scripts
Handy completion scripts are available for bash, fish and zsh shells.
Pro GUI webserver available
Buku v3.8 has added a GUI based local webserver to access the bookmarks from the browser.
Pro Quality doccumentation
The Github page for Buku is useful for learning how to use it, and discovering features.
Pro Under active development, responsive team
The project is maintained actively with a rolling ToDo list and the devs encourage feeback and requests.
Pro Checks added for deletion options
Checks have been added for all deletion options in v3.8 to show the bookmarks to be deleted and confirm with the user before actual deletion.
Con Security/Privacy Concerns
Con Slow performance in Safari
Slow to use with delays in response on Safari. Has not been fixed over many years.
Con Quite new company
Time will tell if this product will survive.
Con Subscriptions are non-recurring
You have to resubscribe every month to keep pro which is a real pain.
Con CLI only backend, Bukuserver provides a self-hosted GUI
Con Assumes that you always know what you're doing
Buku doesn't show you what will happen before it performs a command that you input. For example: If you type the command to delete a bookmark, there's no way to see which bookmark is tied to the index that you input before the deletion happens. You need to know yourself by checking with another command. Couple this with the lack of a way to undo actions, and you could end up with a situation where you accidentally delete the wrong bookmark (or worse, range of bookmarks) and find out afterwards, without having any way to know which bookmark was deleted by this mistake (because bookmarks are identified by reassignable indices, not URLs or titles) and no way to undo the damage that was done.
This lack of safety means that you must know exactly what you're doing before using dangerous options like "-d", or you could cause irreversible damage.