Yummy FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the following are available:

Yummy 3

How many bookmarks are supported?

In fact, the number of tags has a far greater impact on performance than the number of bookmarks. You would probably find that 15,000 bookmarks with no tags works better than a small number of bookmarks with 1000 tags.

Having said that, there is no hardcoded limit. In normal use, I have around 7000 bookmarks and that works fine on an iPhone 11 and an iPad Pro.

What happened the Delicious support?

The real question is: what happened to Delicious? After a long period of neglect and sales to various parties, it was acquired by pinboard in shut down. Therefore Yummy no longer supports it.

URL Scheme

Yummy 3.2 supports many more options for URL schemes. There are three main endpoints:

  • yummy://bookmark/open (opens a specific bookmark)
  • yummy://bookmark/add (adds a new bookmark)
  • yummy://tag/tag name, for example, yummy://tag/wandlesoftware will show all the bookmarks tagged with “wandlesoftware”
  • yummy://show/bookmarks (opens the bookmark list screen)
  • yummy://show/tags (opens the tag list screen)

For bookmarks you can add parameters to make them more interesting:

  • url
  • hash
  • username
  • service
  • notes
  • title


Where is the ‘refresh’ button?

You should never need to use it! Yummy uses the background refresh functionality (introduced in iOS 7) so that all your bookmarks are downloaded and available for use before you even launch the app.

It also refreshes when you open the app and every few minutes when you have it open.

If there’s a problem, you can tap the “Force Sync” button under Settings -> Account.

I get errors

Waiting a bit and trying again works most of the time. You might also like to try switch networks, for example from cell to WiFi or vice versa.

Tap the feedback button in the About box if you persistently get the same problem.

What does “Find missing titles” do?

Some bookmarks are saved without a title. This used to happen most often with Twitter links in Delicious. This option tries to fetch the title of these bookmarks where possible.

I didn’t see the error!

Go back to the main menu and look to the top right. If there’s an exclamation mark icon you can tap it and see the last error for each account that you’re signed into.

Saved search

How do I save a search?

Type in your search as usual and press the “Done” button to dismiss the keyboard. Once the keyboard has gone, the “clear” button makes way for a “Bookmark” icon. Tap that to save your bookmark.

How do I access saved searches?

Tap the bookmark icon to the right of the search bar. Tap the search term.

How do I add a search term to the home page?

Bring up the list of search terms (as above). Swipe left on a search, select “Favourite.”

How do I sync searches between devices?

If you use the same Apple ID on both devices, syncing is automatic.

Adding bookmarks

I used the bookmarklet in Yummy 2. Where did it go?

iOS 8 has “share extensions” meaning that you can save a bookmark without launching Yummy at all! From Safari, or any other app that supports the standard, system wide sharing system, just tap the “Save Bookmark” icon.

(Please send feedback using the button in the app if you’d like to see the URL scheme and the bookmarklet adding back.)

Editing bookmarks

How do I edit bookmarks?

Go to the bookmark list. Swipe left on the bookmark. Select “Edit.” From this menu you can also delete bookmarks and mark Pinboard.in links as read.

I can’t edit the URL

Nope. This is not supported in the API.

Viewing bookmarks

The “i” button in the browser leads to an empty screen

Sometimes the bookmark you save has extra characters at the end that’s used for tracking. When you visit the site again a redirect might remove them, which means that the URL and the bookmark no longer match. Unfortunately, there is no way for Yummy to reconcile the two.

Multi-account support

I want to look for bookmarks in a single account

Go back to the main menu and select the account. Searches should now only affect the selected account.

I want to look for tags in a single account

Please let me know why you think this would be useful using the Feedback button in the about box.

Full-Text Search

Where does Yummy search when I use the full text search?

It looks in the title, notes and tags fields.

Why can’t I choose which fields to search in?

In fact, it can, though by default it searches in all fields. You can search in specific fields like this:

tags:word1 title:word2 notes:word3

This search means word1 in the tags field and word2 in the title field and word3 in the notes.

I don’t see my bookmark

Try using a more specific search term. A single search will return at most 250 results.

I want to search for a phrase

"word1 word2"

I want to search for one of two words

word1 OR word2

I want to search for the stem of a word


I want to search for two words that occur near one another

word1 NEAR word2

And you can mix all the above…

For example, “title:apple AND bond NEAR last” finds this tweet in my Pinboard.in library.

These examples don’t work!

Do you have full text search? (If you see the “Tag, name, notes” control under the search box you do not.)

Did you put any key words (NEAR, OR, etc) in upper case?

Bookmark status checking

I don’t see the status!

It also takes some time to process, especially if you have a lot of bookmarks. In general, it attempts to process your most recent bookmarks first but there are a lot of variables and that’s by no means a guarantee.

What does “client error” mean?

The remote server declined to serve a page to Yummy. Typically this is because you have a lot of bookmarks from one site and they’re throttling you; next time the status might refresh correctly. (This is something we’re always trying to improve.)

Other times it’s because a site refuses to serve “bots.”

Either way, you did nothing wrong. It might fix itself the next time Yummy scans the site.

I don’t see a thumbnail!

Not all websites have a thumbnail available. Yummy uses the OpenGraph standard to detect images and if one is not specified none will appear. Many sites, such as The Verge, Ars Technica, Instagram and Kottke do support the format; sadly, many others do not.

In-App Purchases

I bought Yummy “Pro” and now that option has gone!

In Yummy 3.4, we removed the IAP for the extra features — multi-account support, full-text search — and replaced it with a “tip jar.” All the features you had before (plus a few more!) are still present.

I just bought the app, why are you charging me again?

Firstly, there’s no obligation to add to the tip jar. I’d very much appreciate it, but there are no extra features — just my thanks.

But why does a paid app even have a tip jar?

Yummy has been in the App Store since 2008, and I have never released a paid upgrade (in fact, the App Store doesn’t really allow you to do that). That’s over 40 updates, countless new features and a dozen versions of iOS. The app has no adverts, does not sell any of your information.

So, if you feel like you’ve got a lot of value out of Yummy and would like to further contribute towards its future support and development, this is the way to do it.