Around 2017, starting from Skype version 8, Skype moved away from its famous peer-to-peer architecture to a client-server system, and started to store conversation history on its own servers only.
Formerly, it used a local SQLite
main.db database to store chats and messages,
which is what Skyperious was originally created to work with - merging chat
histories from different computers into one.
Skyperious still works with existing
main.db files, and can also download
newer messages from Skype online service. But any changes done to the database
no longer affect what is visible in the official Skype program.
Skyperious is a Skype chat history tool, written in Python.
You can open Skype SQLite databases and work with their contents:
Additionally, it doubles as a useful database tool for any SQLite file. Also, a command line interface is available with key functions like exporting, searching, syncing, and merging. The graphical version includes a Python console window.
Downloads, help texts, and more screenshots at https://suurjaak.github.io/Skyperious.
Skyperious can look through user directories and detect Skype databases automatically, or you can select specific files or folders. Once added to the database list, a file can be opened for reading, searching and exporting, or compared with another database for merging.
Searching an opened database supports a simple Google-like
You can use keywords to search among specific authors or chats only
chat:links), or from certain dates only
date:2010..2013-06). Search supports
wildcards, exact phrases, grouping, excluding, and either-or queries.
Skyperious can log into Skype online service and download and save new messages
into the local database file. It can also create a new
main.db database from
scratch, by downloading all available history.
Skyperious can read chat history archives exported from Skype, and merge their contents into an existing database, or create a new database from their contents.
(Skype export is available in Skype client v8.5 under
Settings -> Messaging -> Export chat history from Skype 7.x;
and in Skype web interface under My account -> Export files and chat history.
The result is a
.tar archive containing a
HTML export can download shared photos and embed them in the resulting HTML, if password for the Skype account has been entered in online-page. This can be disabled in File -> Advanced Options -> SharedImageAutoDownload. Image download is also supported in the command-line interface.
In database comparison, you can scan one database for messages not found in the other, and merge all detected messages to the other database. Or you can read and copy specific chats and contacts. You can also merge chat history archives exported from Skype, via Compare and merge -> Select a Skype chat history export archive from your computer.
Skyperious offers a number of options from the command line:
export FILE [-t format] export Skype databases as HTML, text or spreadsheet search "query" FILE search Skype databases for messages or data sync FILE download new messages from Skype online service create FILE [-u user] create new Skype database, blank or from a Skype source merge FILE FILE ... merge two or more Skype databases into a new database diff FILE1 FILE2 compare chat history in two Skype databases gui [FILE] launch Skyperious graphical program (default option) -h [option] show command line help, for option if specified
Skyperious can be minimized to tray, clicking the tray icon opens a search popup.
The program itself is stand-alone, can work from any directory, and does not need additional installation, Windows installers have been provided for convenience. The installed program can be copied to a USB stick and used elsewhere, same goes for the source code. The command line interface only needs Python to run.
Skyperious has been tested under Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux, and reported to work under OS X and Windows 8. In source code form, it should run wherever Python and the required Python packages are installed.
If running from pip installation, run
skyperious from the command-line.
If running from straight source code, launch
skyperious.sh where shell
scripts are supported, or launch
skyperious.bat under Windows, or open
a terminal and run
python2 -m skyperious in Skyperious directory.
Windows: download and launch the latest setup from https://suurjaak.github.io/Skyperious/downloads.html.
Mac/Linux/other: install Python, wxPython, pip, and run
pip install skyperious
The pip installation will add the
skyperious command to path.
For more thorough instructions, see INSTALL.md.
If running from source code, Skyperious needs Python 2.7, and the following 3rd-party Python packages:
If wxPython is not available, the command line interface will function regardless. If other Python libraries are not available, the program will function regardless, only with lesser service - like lacking Excel export or full search syntax.
Python 3 is not supported.
Skyperious includes step, Simple Template Engine for Python, (c) 2012, Daniele Mazzocchio (https://github.com/dotpy/step).
Shared images slideshow in HTML export implemented with jsOnlyLightbox, (c) 2014, Felix Hagspiel (https://github.com/felixhagspiel/jsOnlyLightbox).
Emoticon images in HTML export are property of Skype Limited, (c) 2004-2006, released under the Skype Component License 1.0.
Default avatar icon from: Fancy Avatars, (c) 2009 Brandon Mathis, https://github.com/imathis/fancy-avatars
Several icons from: Fugue Icons, (c) 2010 Yusuke Kamiyamane, https://p.yusukekamiyamane.com
Includes fonts Carlito Regular and Carlito bold, https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Google_Crosextra_Carlito_fonts
Binaries compiled with PyInstaller, https://www.pyinstaller.org
Installers created with Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, https://nsis.sourceforge.io
Copyright (c) by Erki Suurjaak. Released as free open source software under the MIT License, see LICENSE.md for full details.