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Buku is a powerful bookmark manager written in Python3 and SQLite3. It’s a flexible command-line solution with a private, portable, merge-able database along with seamless GUI integration.

It can auto-import bookmarks from your browser(s) or fetch the title and description of a bookmarked URL from the web. You can use your favourite editor to compose and update bookmarks. With multiple search options, including regex and a deep scan mode (particularly for URLs), it can find any bookmark instantly. Buku can look up the latest snapshot of a broken link on the Wayback Machine. There’s an Easter egg to revisit random forgotten bookmarks too! Buku is too busy to track you: no hidden history, obsolete records, usage analytics or homing.

Key Features:

How To Install Buku In Ubuntu ?

For the installation in Ubuntu we need pip3 so we have to install pip3 first :

How To Install Buku In Ubuntu 21.04 Linux ? $ sudo apt install pip $ sudo pip3 install buku

You can also install buku from your package manager. If the version available is dated try an alternative installation method.

How to uninstall Buku ?

The process is similar just change remove with uninstall :

# How to uninstall buku ? $ sudo pip3 uninstall buku
Code language: PHP (php)

How to update buku ?

When installing buku with pip3 the repositories are added automatically so you don’t need to do anything.

Usage :

usage: buku [OPTIONS] [KEYWORD [KEYWORD ...]] Bookmark manager like a text-based mini-web. POSITIONAL ARGUMENTS: KEYWORD search keywords GENERAL OPTIONS: -a, --add URL [tag, ...] bookmark URL with comma-separated tags -u, --update [...] update fields of an existing bookmark accepts indices and ranges refresh title and desc if no edit options if no arguments: - update results when used with search - otherwise refresh all titles and desc -w, --write [editor|index] open editor to edit a fresh bookmark edit last bookmark, if index=-1 to specify index, EDITOR must be set -d, --delete [...] remove bookmarks from DB accepts indices or a single range if no arguments: - delete results when used with search - otherwise delete all bookmarks -h, --help show this information and exit -v, --version show the program version and exit EDIT OPTIONS: --url keyword bookmark link --tag [+|-] [...] comma-separated tags clear bookmark tagset, if no arguments '+' appends to, '-' removes from tagset --title [...] bookmark title; if no arguments: -a: do not set title, -u: clear title -c, --comment [...] notes or description of the bookmark clears description, if no arguments --immutable N disable web-fetch during auto-refresh N=0: mutable (default), N=1: immutable SEARCH OPTIONS: -s, --sany [...] find records with ANY matching keyword this is the default search option -S, --sall [...] find records matching ALL the keywords special keywords - "blank": entries with empty title/tag "immutable": entries with locked title --deep match substrings ('pen' matches 'opens') -r, --sreg expr run a regex search -t, --stag [tag [,|+] ...] [- tag, ...] search bookmarks by tags use ',' to find entries matching ANY tag use '+' to find entries matching ALL tags excludes entries with tags after ' - ' list all tags, if no search keywords -x, --exclude [...] omit records matching specified keywords ENCRYPTION OPTIONS: -l, --lock [N] encrypt DB in N (default 8) # iterations -k, --unlock [N] decrypt DB in N (default 8) # iterations POWER TOYS: --ai auto-import from Firefox/Chrome/Chromium -e, --export file export bookmarks to Firefox format HTML export Markdown, if file ends with '.md' format: [title](url) <!-- TAGS --> export Orgfile, if file ends with '.org' format: *[[url][title]] :tags: export buku DB, if file ends with '.db' combines with search results, if opted -i, --import file import bookmarks based on file extension supports 'html', 'json', 'md', 'org', 'db' -p, --print [...] show record details by indices, ranges print all bookmarks, if no arguments -n shows the last n results (like tail) -f, --format N limit fields in -p or JSON search output N=1: URL; N=2: URL, tag; N=3: title; N=4: URL, title, tag; N=5: title, tag; N0 (10, 20, 30, 40, 50) omits DB index -j, --json [file] JSON formatted output for -p and search. prints to stdout if argument missing. otherwise writes to given file --colors COLORS set output colors in five-letter string --nc disable color output -n, --count N show N results per page (default 10) --np do not show the subprompt, run and exit -o, --open [...] browse bookmarks by indices and ranges open a random bookmark, if no arguments --oa browse all search results immediately --replace old new replace old tag with new tag everywhere delete old tag, if new tag not specified --shorten index|URL fetch shortened url from tny.im service --expand index|URL expand a tny.im shortened url --cached index|URL browse a cached page from Wayback Machine --suggest show similar tags when adding bookmarks --tacit reduce verbosity, skip some confirmations --threads N max network connections in full refresh default N=4, min N=1, max N=10 -V check latest upstream version available -g, --debug show debug information and verbose logs SYMBOLS: > url + comment # tags PROMPT KEYS: 1-N browse search result indices and/or ranges O [id|range [...]] open search results/indices in GUI browser toggle try GUI browser if no arguments a open all results in browser s keyword [...] search for records with ANY keyword S keyword [...] search for records with ALL keywords d match substrings ('pen' matches 'opened') r expression run a regex search t [tag, ...] search by tags; show taglist, if no args g taglist id|range [...] [>>|>|<<] [record id|range ...] append, set, remove (all or specific) tags search by taglist id(s) if records are omitted n show next page of search results o id|range [...] browse bookmarks by indices and/or ranges p id|range [...] print bookmarks by indices and/or ranges w [editor|id] edit and add or update a bookmark c id copy url at search result index to clipboard ? show this help q, ^D, double Enter exit buku
Code language: PHP (php)

Examples :

You can find examples how to use buku from: Here


In this article we reviewed and installed buku bookmark manager on Ubuntu Linux.

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