Unlike other bookmarking apps, Hookmark works not only with web browsers: You can bookmark information in any linkable app. Hookmark even has custom addressing schemes for apps that don’t have their own (such as Apple Notes and Contacts). Plus, you can invoke Hookmark’s contextual window in the linkable apps listed below, enabling you to “hook” (bidirectionally link) their items. The information results from our testing and/or Hookmark customers’. (See also : What’s a Linkable App and Why Does Linkability Matter?).
- 👍 : The app has reliable automation for linking which is used by Hookmark. Those apps are the best apps to use with Hookmark. Linking should work regardless of the language of the app. And their software developers should be commended for supporting linking and automation.
- 🤔 : Hookmark integrates with the app using UI scripting because the app lacks an adequate API for linking (possibly no API).
- 👎. No support. Normally we simply don’t mention an app if there’s no support. But sometimes we do.
- 👍 Arc Browser.
- 👍 Brave
- 👍 Chrome
- 👍 DEVONagent Pro
- 👍 Microsoft Edge
- 👍 Opera
- 👍 Safari
- 👍 Wavebox Browser (Chromium based)
- 🤔 Firefox, Firefox Nightly browser, and Development edition: (all languages)
- 👍 Apple Books app: As described in this post .
- 👍 Bookreader
- 👍 Calibre. See this forum post for configuration.
- 🤔 Kindle app. With DEEP links to the specific page! (English only at the moment.)
- 🤔 MarginNote 3. Before invoking Hookmark, rather than selecting text on the right, select a node in the left navigation pane.
- 👍 Adobe Reader
- 👍 Adobe Acrobat (requires Hookmark 2.2.2 or newer)
- 👍 Highlights – PDF Reader for Research
- 👍 Nitro PDF Pro (previously called “PDFPenPro”) Includes deep linking to PDFs. See Using Hookmark with PDFPenPro. (Also on Setapp)
- 👍 Reader — Augmented Text.
- 👍 PDFoo
- 👍 Preview
- 👍 Skim PDF reader: See Using Hookmark with the Free Skim PDF Reader app: Deep Links!
Some other apps have PDF readers built-in to them with which you can use Hookmark, such as DEVONthink’s PDF reader.
PDF Readers supporting deep linking (to specific selections in a document!)
Hookmark enables you to copy deep links to specific selections in a PDF! Paste the links in your notes, tasks, etc. The links open the PDF at the specific selection in the document! Save yourself time and use these links rather than referring to page numbers/paragraphs in writing. You can even share the links will others who have the same file on their Mac..
- 👍 Adobe Reader (requires at least Hookmark, Big Sur): select an annotation like a highlight before
Copy Markdown Link
- 👍 Acrobat Pro DC (requires at least Hookmark 3, Big Sur): select an annotation like a highlight before
Copy Markdown Link.
- 👍 Nitro PDF Pro: Includes deep linking to PDFs: Using Hookmark with PDFPenPro
- 👍 Free Skim PDF reader: See Using Hookmark with the Free Skim PDF Reader app: Deep Links!.
👍 Bookends also supports deep PDF links. It has its own URL scheme (not interchangeable with other PDF apps.
Hookmark also has a Copy Selection and Link (⌃Q) command that does what you would expect.
PDF readers supporting “Copy Selection and Link”
PDF readers lacking adequate automation
- 🤔 PDFoo supports deep linking, but you’d need to use its
Copy Linkfunction. Not as robust or convenient as Hookmark’s deep links. If they add an API for deep linking we would likely support it. Deep-linking aside, PDFoo works fine with Hook.
- 🤔 PDF Expert by Readdle: it lacks automation; however, you can try this script.
- 👍 CalcTape Paper Tape Calculator. See the Hookmark CalcTape forum topic.
- 👍 Mathematica — neural networks, machine learning, image processing, geometry, data science, visualizations, and others.
- 👍 Math | LibreOffice – Formula Editor
👍 PRE electron versions of RStudio work well with Hookmark. But see next line.
👎 RStudio Electron versions do not yet seem to have automation for linking. We advise against installing the electron version until they provide an API and Hookmark is updated to use it.
- 🤔 Soulver by Acqualia. See forum post.
Reference management software
- 👍 BibDesk: Free LaTeX-compatible Mac bibliography manager app BibTex front-end. See Using Hookmark with BibDesk.
- 👍 Bookends: The recommended reference manager for Mac users. Includes deep PDF links!
- 👍 Papers 3 (Readcube, formerly Mekentosj): (uses hook://file links which means even if you stop using Papers, your links will work. It works with PDFs that remain on file system.)
- 👍 Zotero: (As of Hookmark’s v. 124 integration.) The “zotxt” Zotero extension is required for integration with Zotero.
Diagramming, graphic organizers, mind mapping, images and photos
- 👍 Adobe Illustrator
- 👍 Adobe InDesign: (With a single document. Its book documents and library are not yet compatible with Hookmark.)
- 👍 Diagrams: A Brand New Diagram Editor for Mac
- 👍 FreeMind – free mind mapping software
- 👍 Freeplane – free mind mapping and knowledge management software. (Freeplane is a fork of FreeMind)
- 👍 iThoughts X Also on Setapp.
- 👍 MindNode: to entire documents (See Using Hookmark with MindNode). Also on Setapp.
- 👍 OmniGraffle Pro
- 👍 LibreOffice Draw – Based on OpenOffice
- 👍 Adobe Photoshop
- 👍 Apple Photos. See Using Hookmark with Apple Photos.
- 👍 Sketch
- 👍 StorySpace
- 👍 Tayasui Sketches On Setapp.
- 🤔 TheBrain. TheBrain app lacks automation but Hookmark has a script for it (English).
- 👍 AirMail
- 👍 Apple Mail
- 👍 Fastmail.com web interface. See also this forum topic.
- 👍 MailMate
- 👍 Postbox Mac app, which has account groups, gmail labels, subscription views, etc. On Hookmark’s forum.
- Mimestream is a new gmail client. We’ve notified them of the importance of linking to emails. Rate the request.
🤔 Email clients that expose non-standard email IDs
The following email apps are supported with qualifications. But please note that the email IDs or URLs they expose are not compliant with RFC 5322 – Internet Message Format. This means the links cannot be shared with others and are not guaranteed to work on different Macs – even of the same user. For linking/bookmarking purposes, it is strongly recommended to use other email software than the three below.
- 🤔 Missive. See the discussion in Hookmark Forum for a script, which we expect to incorporate into Hookmark in May 2022.
- 🤔 Mailplane – Gmail client app
- 🤔 Spark 2 by Readdle (Forum topic. This uses Spark’s email links. It is not yet clear whether these emails can be shared, but Spark users report they can be used across devices of the same user.)
- 👎 Spark Desktop is an Electron app by Readdle which does not meet the automation requirements of the Manifesto for Ubiquitous Linking.
- 👎 Microsoft Outlook: Previous versions had automation for linking. But New versions of Microsoft Outlook are not URL-friendly. See Using Hookmark With Microsoft Outlook. That mentions that Microsoft has pledged that they will have AppleScript in the new Outlook.
Other office apps (spreadsheets, presentations)
- 👍 Apple Keynote
- 👍 Apple Numbers
- 🤔 Apple Contacts : however Apple’s contact IDs are local to the current installation. Unsyncing from iCloud and resyncing can lead Apple to provide different IDs.
- 🤔 BusyContacts: (Currently, in English only)
- 👍 Daylite by Marketcircle
- 👍 JeditΩ: per forum.
- 👍 LibreOffice (Calc, Writer, Impress, Draw)
- 👍 Microsoft Excel
- 👍 Microsoft Powerpoint
Time Tracking, Task managers, Project Management, Calendar apps, and Date-Focused note-taking apps
- 👍 Agenda – Date-focused Note-Taking.
- 👍 Fantastical (Calendar app) dates. See Using Hookmark with Fantastical.
- 👍 GoodTasks – Task Manager with iOS/Mac Reminders & Calendars. Supports linking of Reminders via x-callback-url. Requires macOS Big Sur or later.
Hook to Newand Calendar events linking not yet supported. Also on Setapp.
- 👍 Merlin Project. Professional project management software by ProjectWizards. Full automation as of Merlin Project 8.
- 👍 NotePlan: tasks, notes, and calendar Also on Setapp.
- 👍 OmniFocus by OmniGroup
- 👍 OmniPlan by OmniGroup: (For deep linking to specific content in OmniPlan, see this.)
- 👍 Things by Cultured Code: (but not to areas; one needs to select the Things project title or click in the note note).
- 👍 Timing app by Daniel Alm. See Using Hookmark with Timing App. (Also on Setapp)
- 👍 TaskPaper 3: (Linking to entire documents, as opposed to task filters; however see this topic discussing a user-contributed script for finer-grained linking). On Setapp.
Time and todo apps that are not link-friendly (Hookmark has work-arounds):
- 🤔 2Do app by Beehive Innovations. For
Hook to Newconsider this script by @SteveLW.
- 🤔 Apple Calendar: copying links and hooking works. “Hook to New > Calendar” is not available. Also, the approach is not guaranteed since Apple does not provide a proper API or its own links.
- 🤔 BusyCal: (Now in any language). For
Hook to New, see this post.
- 🤔 Todoist: Many Hookmark users love Using Hookmark with ToDoist. Use
Focus on Link in Clipboardonce you have a Todoist task in your clipboard.
- 🤔 Trello. You can
Copy Linkand hook items. Quite useful. (Based on UI scripting).
- 👍 Bike: by Hog Bay Software. For deep links, use this.
- 👍 Checkvist – Professional list making tool: (According to this Hookmark forum post, which also mentions caveats).
- 👍 OmniOutliner Pro
- 👍 Outlinely
Finder utilities, extensions and cloud storage
- 👍 Dropbox (Finder extension): (Consider these Dropbox idiosyncracies).
- 👍 Finder. This means regardless of the app, as long as you can select the file in Finder you can use Hookmark with it.
- 👍 HoudahSpot 5 and 6 (& HoudahSpot 4 with possible limitations) (Available on Setapp)
- 👍 Path Finder (Also available on Setapp)
- 👍 QSpace Pro.
- 👍 Trickster: (per forum). (Also available on Setapp)
- 🤔 Forklift: (Currently, in English only)
- 🤔 OneDrive: Works by default if Office App Syncing is off, otherwise see Using Hookmark With OneDrive.
Information managers and bookmarking apps
- 👍 Anybox – bookmark manager
- 👍 Capacities
- 👍 EagleFiler by C-Command-Software : (See Using Hookmark with EagleFiler)
- 👍 DEVONthink 2 Office Pro.
- 👍 DEVONthink 3: (See Using Hookmark with DEVONthink).
- 👍 GoodLinks – bookmark manager. See Using Hookmark With GoodLinks
- 👍 Keep It (by Reinvented Software)
- 👍 Reader from Readwise.
- 👍 Yojimbo
- 👍 Evernote: pre version 10 with automation.
- 🤔 With Evernote 10, Hookmark uses UI scripting because Evernote 10 lacks linking automation. English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Japanese.
Hook to Newis not available due to its lack of automation.
Development and automation tools
- 👍 Base 2 (by Menial)
- 👍 DB Browser for SQLite
- 👍 Eclipse
- 👍 iTerm2 – macOS Terminal Replacement.
- 👍 Ninox Database: (per input from a customer).
- 👍 Quiver: (a note-taking app for developers).
- 👍 Script Debugger
- 👍 Visual Studio Code
- 👍 Xcode
Word processors, text editors, note-taking apps and writing utilities
- 👍 Agenda – Date-focused Note-Taking.
- 👍 Author. macOS Word processor with integrated Concept Map, Fast Citations, & Automatic Export to Academic PDF.
- 👍 BBEdit
- 👍 Camtasia 3
- 👍 Coda 2
- 👍 CodeRunner Available on Setapp.
- 👍 Craft. Requires macOS 11 (Big Sur), works on open docs. See also Using Hookmark with the Craft Mac Writing App. Also available on Setapp
- Drafts: See Using Hookmark with Drafts.
- 👍 Focused app Available on Setapp.
- 👍 Screenwriting Software | Final Draft® Thanks to William Gallagher of 58keys for pointing out it works.
- 👍 iA Writer: (uses hook://file URL scheme, not ia-writer:// due to its lack of automation)
- 👍 Inkdrop: with this plugin. This is proof that Electron apps can be made linkable. The app’s developer just needs to put in a few hours of work.
- 👍 iTextPro: (per forum post)
- 👍 LightPaper
- 👍 MacJournal
- 👍 MacVim
- 👍 Marked2. (Also on Setapp)
- 👍 MarsEdit. (Also on Setapp)
- 👍 Mellel: (just be sure the Palletes window is not open when you invoke Hookmark in Mellel. Or invoke Hookmark via the menu bar window’s “Show Hook” button)
- 👍 MultiMarkdown Composer
- 👍 Nisus Writer and Nisus Writer Pro: (forum):
- 👍 Notebooks 2: (Not integated with the menu bar window).
- 👍 Notenik. For robust notenik:// links, please enable Notenik’s datestamp feature. See Notenik Notenik 9.0.1 – Hooked on Notenik.
- 👍 nvALT: (Currently, in English only; without “Hook to New”)
- 👍 nvUltra: Integration notes.
- 👍 Obsidian. See Using Hookmark with Obsidian.
- 👍 Strike On Setapp.
- 👍 Sublime Text (Plugin required to make pasted links clickable.)
- 👍 Textastic
- 👍 TextMate
- 👍 Tinderbox
- 👍 Typora
- 👍 UltraEdit
- 👍 VNote
- 👍 Voodoopad note-taking app by Primate Labs: See forum
- 👍 Apple Notes: (See Using Hookmark with Apple Notes).
- 👍 Microsoft Word
- 👍 Pages
- 👍 TextEdit
The following note-taking apps are not link-friendly as defined by the Manifesto for Ubiquitous Linking. However, Hookmark has work-arounds to let you link to their content.
- 🤔 Day One. This app lacks an API. However, an approach to controlling it via Keyboard Maestro has been proposed by a contributor on the Hookmark forum. … Requires Keyboard Maestro.
- 🤔 FSNotes “Respects open formats like GitHub Flavored Markdown”. Release notes on Hookmark’s forum.
- 🤔 Microsoft OneNote Mac app. Uses
Notebooks menu > Pages submenu > Copy Link to Page menu item.
- 🤔 The Archive
- 🤔 Ulysses: (Your mileage may vary. If you really want to use this app, please contact the app’s developer requesting they support minimal AppleScript. See this post).
- 🤔 Bear writer: (Any language.)
- 🤔 Scrivener: (Supports deep-linking to particular documents in Scrivener’s binder. Uses Scrivener’s
x-scrivener-item:URLs rather than
News readers are not designed to open URLs. The reciprocal http(s) link back to the copied address will be opened in the default application (typically a web browser).
Media players, Audio-video editors
- 👍 Garage Band
- 👍 QuickTime Player. Get deep links to the specific timestamp in a media file! See Using Hookmark with Apple’s QuickTime Player.
- 👍 ScreenFlow
- 👍 Spotify: (capture a link to the track which is current playing (rather than simply selected in the user interface)).
macOS Utilities (misc)
- 🤔 Mela
- 👍 MoneyDance by The Infinite Kind
- 🤔 Notion. See Using Hookmark with Notion.
- 🤔 Slack: (Links to/from current Slack or DM channel. To link to a particular Slack message, get its URL directly from Slack per forum.)
- 🤔 Deliveries for Mac ~ Junecloud. Per Forum.
- 🤔 Accordance
Hookmark can be used to link any web page to almost any other resource!
There are Electron apps that are merely wrappers around a web app, such as the following where you can simply use the web app. Or you can copy their items’ URLs using the UI of the apps and feed them into Hookmark using
Hook to Copied Link, for instance.
What to do if your favorite app is not listed above as 👍
There are likely many other apps than those listed above that work ‘out of the box’ with Hookmark that are not mentioned here. We frequently discover new ones. If you know your favorite app works but is not listed here, please let us know.
Apps of type 🤔 lack an API. That means communicating with them is not as robust. In some cases, Hookmark simply does not support
If your favorite app is not yet linkable, in many cases it is possible for CogSci Apps Corp, or Hookmark users, to add scripts in Hookmark’s Scripts preferences to make the app linkable. But if the app is not currently sufficiently scriptable, you may wish to contact the app’s developer to request they make their app scriptable (or support the appropriate x-callback-url’s.)
Many Mac apps are discussed on the Hookmark forum. Please search for your app there.
Language and internationalization
The Hookmark display language is currently only English.
Unless otherwise noted, apps marked as 🤔 (UI-scripted) might require the macOS display language to be English. However, we are gradually updating all UI-scripted integrations to be available in all languages. E.g., Bear writer app and Busy Cal currently work in all languages.
If your macOS language is not listed for your favorite apps and you’d like support let us know.
We are not responsible for other app developers (including Apple) who cease to support their software or make them unfriendly to URL automation.
The definition of “compatibility” is different for certain applications. For instance, apps like browsers are read-only, so they don’t require a “scripting interface” for creating new objects. News readers and some information managers return addresses (http:// or https://) that they cannot handle. When accessing web addresses, typically macOS invokes a web browser. Some apps may be URL-friendly and yet not yet linkable via Hookmark without configuring scripts in Hookmark. Hookmark Pro is highly configurable: users can augment Hookmark to make Hookmark work differently with any app.