You can read what Bookie is here, but here's the long and short of it:

Bookie is an application which keeps all your bookmarks on a central server so that you can access bookmarks from anywhere on the web.

The server is written in Java, and uses XML-RPC to communicate to clients. There's also a client written in Swing, which is pretty functional. The current goal is to get the Mozilla client back into shape given the existence of a working server.

To get the server running on your machine, download the file here. You should start the server with java -Dlog4j.configuration=info.xml -jar server.jar in a directory for Bookie usage. No database is required, as Bookie will create its own database if it doesn't find one. It will start on port 9000 by default, but you can specify the port on the command line. JDK 1.4 with the -server option is recommended, as the I/O performance is MUCH faster than 1.3.1.

To get the java client running, download the file here. Unzip the client in a new directory, and execute it with one of the scripts or java -jar client.jar.

When the client starts up, it will present you with a connections box:

There is an example bookmark server at To connect to the test server, please enter as your URL. Please do not use a normal password: most of Bookie's traffic is not encrypted, and you may be vulnerable to packet sniffing. Also note that there is no expectation of privacy on this server. Although I intend to keep all bookmark information private, I reserve the right to look at any and all data on the server for debugging purposes.

Suggestions and comments are welcome. If you have any problems with the above instructions, please e-mail me at the address below.

Will Sargent <>