How to configure Hook to automatically add bookmarks to Instapaper

Here’s a first draft of "How to configure Hook to automatically add bookmarks to Instapaper. We’ll follow up soon with a web page on it, which I will mention here.

  1. In Hook’s Services Preferences Tab, click the “+” button to add an account.
  2. choose Instapaper
  3. enter your Instapaper name and password. Per the dialog box: “Hook uses your credentials (username, password) to obtain an Instapaper authentication token key and secret. Hook does not store your password. It only stores the token key and its secret.” This is how Instapaper works.
  4. Click the “enable” button.


  1. There’s no Reveal Page in Instapaper yet
  2. there’s no tagging of Instapaper webpages

The Instapaper app itself is not linkable. They don’t have an API for linking. So you can’t invoke Hook in Instapaper. Moreover, Instapaper assigns a unique ID to each page it caches.

Advantages of Hook over traditional Instapaper and Pinboard clients

  1. Hook automatically works across browsers, no need to install a browser extension or use a bookmarklet.
  2. Hook adds bookmarks as part of your normal Hook-bookmarking operation, you don’t need to manually “add bookmark to Instapaper/Pinboard”
  3. Hook supports simultaneously/effortlessly bookmarking to multiple bookmarking SaaS and GoodLinks. So if one of the services goes down, you will still have access to your content.

Please note, Hook will not add a bookmark to itself or other software if you merely open Hook’s contextual window on a web page (or other item). You need to perform an operation that involves bookmarking:

  1. Copy Link, ⌘C
  2. Hook to Copied Link ⌘V
  3. hooking items together via menu bar icon, or
  4. Add Bookmark ( ⌘D)

And in the case of GoodLinks, when you invoke Hook on its cached web page, you will see the same hooked items as you would when you invoke Hook on the external web page itself. (If Instapaper provides an API [feel free to ask them], we will gladly support Instapaper app. Pinboard caches pages but does not provide a user visible version as far as I know, it’s just for search.)

See also Universal, Effortless, Contextual, Linked Bookmarking – Hook.

The title of this post says Pinboard instead of Instapaper.

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If the Instapaper panel shows a green Online indicator presumably that means the access token was successfully retrieved?

I don’t know if this is a bug, but using the global shortcuts doesn’t seem to trigger adding to Instapaper. I have to open Hook and then copy to get it added.


thank you will look into it.

Thanks for pointing it out. For the record we fixed it in a release subsequent to your note.

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