wallabag is an open source project that allows me to capture web pages, much like Pocket and Instapaper. Unlike most other read-it-later type services, you can host your own wallabag instance on your own server or a shared server. wallabag includes features and an ecosystem that may not be quite as developed as its commercial competitors, but seem more than adequate.
wallabag – it’s wallabag, not Wallabag – lets you use it on their server for free. I don’t know how they do that, there are no ads, this is generous of them. I used their hosted wallabag to check it out and make sure that it met my needs. I was disappointed that it would not successfully import my 900+ articles that I’ve saved to Pocket/Instapaper over the past few years. But it seemed to work just fine for adding new articles.
This is what I was looking for:
- easy to add a page from Firefox, both on my desktop and on my phone
- an Android app or a very good mobile-friendly web app
- full-text search and tags
- options for exporting and sharing articles in various ways
- ability to integrate with services like IFTT so that I can move articles into other services, like Evernote
- all under my control, not at the whims of some company that could fold or decide they need to make more profit or support the latest UI trend
wallabag meets all of these needs and more.