When comparing Google Chrome Bookmarks vs Buku, the Slant community recommends Google Chrome Bookmarks for most people. In the question“What are the best ways to organize bookmarks?” Google Chrome Bookmarks is ranked 6th while Buku is ranked 15th.
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Pro Easily accessible
Pro Easy to use
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 Automatic bookmark organizer is unpredictable
The Auto Folders as well as the Suggested Folders features rarely seem to get it right. In one case it creates random folders that have nothing to with the bookmark in question (like creating a folder called McDonalds for a picture that has nothing to do with fast food) in the other it suggests folders that clearly have better alternatives (like suggesting the folder "Linux" instead of "Productivity" for an article titled "Productivity Tools").
Con There's no way to automatically generate thumbnails to pages that were saved without thumbnails
If a site was bookmarked before installing the extension or it was saved without selecting a thumbnail, the only way to get thumbnails to show is to go to every bookmarked item manually and editing it.
Con Poorly designed UX
The extension requires a lot of clicking to save a bookmark to the appropriate folder and navigating folders is unintuitive and confusing. For example, instead of clicking a folder to open it, an arrow next to it has to be clicked, but it can't be done from the initial view as there's no arrow next to the "suggested" folder, instead an "add to folder" button has to be clicked first to access the folder selection menu. Furthermore, a bookmark can't be saved to a folder that's open, the destination folder can only be selected from the folder that contains it.
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.