The save-an-article service Pocket is useful, but it's also proprietary and tracks you.

There's a privacy-friendly free open alternative called you can use instead.

They have an official instance where you can sign up, suitable for non-technical users:

There's also a project website which tells tech users how to self-host their own instance:

You can follow Wallabag on here at:


@switchingsocial @wallabag Peut-etre que la fondation Mozilla rendra un jour le service open-source :) (vu que ce sont les nouveaux propriétaires)

@sirchamallow @wallabag

I hope so, but Mozilla bought it over two years ago and still haven't open sourced it :(

It is very strange behaviour indeed.

@switchingsocial @sirchamallow @wallabag
That's simple not true. Here is the #FLOSS code:

As such, Pocket is not proprietary. At least the client is not. From looking at the repos, I guess there was no server code inside of it. (But AFAIK it is also not built for self-hosting, so it would be largely useless.)

@rugk @sirchamallow @wallabag

I tried to ask about this before posting, as that github page did seem to indicate it was open source.

But as they didn't release the server code, that's quite a large problem?

@switchingsocial @wallabag
that being said, it also has some downsides:

- the user interface can be slow in some cases
- mobile clients on iOS are not really reliable

I do not know how the situation on android currently is, but if you only need a web/desktop only solution it is quiet usable.

@switchingsocial @wallabag My Kobo e-Book reader has built-in Pocket Sync, but nothing else. Another good example for how device manufacturers are making it harder and harder to escape these proprietary services

@switchingsocial @wallabag Also it is ironically owned by #Mozilla, who bought Pocket because "it provides people with the tools they need to engage with and share content on their own terms, independent of hardware platform or content silo, for a safer, more empowered and independent online experience.”

That really sounds like "open source and self-hosted" to me, but apparently it doesn't

@Sturmflut @wallabag

Wish we knew why Mozilla never open sourced it, they've had two years to do so :blobthinking:

@wallabag I guess they will need it to be able to change their business model from driving search traffic to their partners to showing ads in their products and offering paid services to end users.

Pocket could have both ads and a premium subscription. And it's already integrated in many apps and devices.

@switchingsocial @wallabag +1 for Wallabag. I also have some PoC code up for interacting with it.

@switchingsocial @wallabag I found I like #Wallabag so much, that I was willing to subscribe to their official instance, even though I could fairly easily self-host it.

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