When comparing Pinboard vs Buku, the Slant community recommends Pinboard for most people. In the question“What are the best ways to organize bookmarks?” Pinboard is ranked 3rd while Buku is ranked 15th.
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Pro An ad-free site with no third-party tracking
The standard account is $11/year. The pro account ($25/year) provides you:
- A permanent personal copy of every bookmark you save.
- Full-text search of all your bookmarks
- Dead link and error detection
Pro Easy tagging
Pro Easy download of all your data
Pro A searchable archive of all your tweets and favorites
Pro Excellent API
Pinboard has an API that gives you access to all features used in the webapp, so you can build scripts and apps that work against it very easily.
Pro A way to save notes and other snippets of text as bookmarks
Pro Paid service
The service receives direct income from its customers so it is less likely to disappear overnight like so many free services, taking all your bookmarks with it.
Pro Built-in sync of links and favorites from multiple Twitter accounts
Pro Built-in integration with Instapaper
Pro The ability to bookmark by email from your iPhone
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 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 Completion scripts
Handy completion scripts are available for bash, fish and zsh shells.
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.
Pro Extensive search options
Include, exclude, regex, tags, all or partial search terms.
Con Paid service
Costs $11/year. Many features are available elsewhere for free.
Con Unresponsive support
Don't expect a response from their support email. Developer is very active on twitter, perhaps a tweet might work better.
Con CLI only
Buku's interface is logical, but the lack of a GUI will still be off-putting to someone who prefers them over CLIs.
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.