Skype main.db

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File Format
Name Skype main.db
Ontology
Extension(s) .db
Released 2008

From 2008[1][2] to 2017[3], when a split occured and some versions replaced it with skype.db (see that page for details), the VoIP + chat program Skype stored the most accessible copy of its message and call history in an SQLite database named main.db. Much of the information stored in main.db, and some that wasn't (namely "deleted" messages), was also stored in a directory structure called "chatsync".

Software

  • [1]: Skyperious, an open-source viewer written in Python
    • pip2 name: skyperious
  • [2]: NirSoft SkypeLogViewer, a proprietary freeware viewer
  • [3] Another proprietary freeware viewer
  • [4] Ditto.

Links

References

  1. O'Connor, T.J. Violent Python: A Cookbook For Hackers, Forensic Analysts, Penetration Testers And Security Engineers. Elsevier, 2013. p. 110. IA link
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20080716022445/http://www.skype.com/intl/en/download/skype/windows/beta/ Note the date.
  3. https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/skype/forum/all/where-is-the-maindb-file-for-new-skype/b4d3f263-a97e-496e-aa28-e1dbb63e7687
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