For any item posted to Shaarli (called a Shaare), you can customize the following aspects:

  • URL to link to
  • Title
  • Free-text description
  • Tags
  • Public/private status

Adding/editing Shaares#

While logged in to your Shaarli, you can add, edit or delete Shaares:

  • Using the +Shaare button: enter the URL you want to share, click Add link, fill in the details of your Shaare, and Save
  • Using the Bookmarklet: drag the ✚Shaare link button from the Tools page to your browser's bookmarks bar, click it to share the current page.
  • Using apps and browser addons
  • Using the REST API
  • Any Shaare can edited by clicking its Edit button.

The Shaare a new link dialog also allows you to create multiple bookmarks at once (unfold the bulk creation section and add one URL per line).


Tags can be be used to organize and categorize your Shaares:

  • You can rename, merge and delete tags from the Tools menu or the tag cloud/list
  • Tags are auto-completed (from the list of existing tags) in all dialogs
  • Tags can be combined with text in search queries

Public/private Shaares#

Additional filter buttons can be found at the top left of the Shaare list only when logged in:

  • Only show private Shaares: Private shares can be searched by clicking the only show private links toggle button top left of the Shaares list (only when logged in)

Permalinks are fixed, short links attached to each Shaare. Editing a Shaare will not change it's permalink, each permalink always points to the latest revision of a Shaare.

Text-only (note) Shaares#

Shaarli can be used as a minimal blog, notepad, pastebin...: While adding or editing a Shaare, leave the URL field blank to create a text-only ("note") post. This allows you to post any kind of text content, such as blog articles, private or public notes, snippets... There is no character limit! You can access your post from its permalink.

  • Plain text search: Use Search text to search in all fields of all Shaares (Title, URL, Description...). Use double-quotes (example "exact search") to search for the exact expression.
  • Tags search: Filter by tags allow only displaying Shaares tagged with one or multiple tags (use space to separate tags). A plus sign + is optional and will restrict suggested tags to only those starting with the string (example: pr will hint apron and printer but +pr will only hint printer).
  • Hidden tags: tags starting with a dot . (example .secret) are private. They can only be seen and searched when logged in.
  • Exclude text/tags: Use the - operator before a word or tag to exclude Shaares matching this word from search results (NOT operator).
  • Optional tags: Use the ~ operator before multiple tags to search for any one of them (OR operator).
  • Wildcard tag search: An asterisk (*) can be used as a wildcard and will match any number of characters. Wildcards can appear in the middle of a search term or at the end (example: pro*in* will match programming and protein).
  • Untagged links: Shaares without tags can be searched by clicking the untagged toggle button top left of the Shaares list (only when logged in).

Both exclude patterns and exact searches can be combined with normal searches (example "exact search" term otherterm -notthis "very exact" stuff -notagain). Only AND (and NOT) text search is currently supported.

Active search terms are displayed on top of the link list. To remove terms/tags from the current search, click the x next to any of them, or simply clear text/tag search fields.

Tag cloud#

The Tag cloud page displays a "cloud" or list view of all tags in your Shaarli (most frequently used tags are displayed with a bigger font size)

  • Tags list: click on Most used or Alphabetical to display tags as a list. You can also edit/delete tags for this page.
  • Click on any tag to search all Shaares matching this tag.
  • Filtering the tag cloud/list: Click on the counter next to a tag to show other tags of Shaares with this tag. Repeat this any number of times to further filter the tag cloud. Click List all links with those tags to display Shaares matching your current tag filter set.

RSS feeds#

RSS/ATOM feeds feeds are available (in ATOM with /feed/atom and RSS with /feed/rss)

  • Filtering RSS feeds: RSS feeds and picture wall can also be restricted to only return items matching a text/tag search. For example, search for photography (text or tags) in Shaarli, then click the RSS Feed button. A feed with only matching results is displayed.
  • Add the &nb parameter in feed URLs to specify the number of Shaares you want in a feed (default if not specified: 50). The keyword all is available if you want everything.
  • Add the &permalinks parameter in feed URLs to point permalinks to the corresponding Shaarli entry/link instead of the direct, Shaare URL attribute

# examples

Picture wall#

  • The picture wall can be filtered by text or tags search in the same way as RSS feeds


To export Shaares as a HTML file, under Tools > Export, choose:

  • Export all to export both public and private Shaares
  • Export public to export public Shaares only
  • Export private to export private Shaares only

Restore by using the Import feature.

  • These exports contain the full data (URL, title, tags, date, description, public/private status of your Shaares)
  • They can also be imported to your web browser bookmarks.

To import a HTML bookmarks file exported from your browser, just use the Import feature. For each "folder" in the bookmarks you imported, a new tag will be created (for example a bookmark in Movies > Sci-fi folder will be tagged Movies Sci-fi).