I want to be able to export my chat history so I can read it outside of Skype and save it permanently somewhere else. I have seen many suggestion about main.db file in skype directory but unable to find that file in Ubuntu 13.04 or if however i found main.db file so how can i convert in text file.

Please let me know you suggestion.


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You should be able to do the following:

  1. Right click in a chat window → Select All or Ctrl+A
  2. Press Ctrl+C to copy.
  3. Paste it into a file of your choice.

The output will be something like this:

[7:39:36 AM] destiny: pingu pingu
[7:39:46 AM] name: pingu to you as well
[7:39:54 AM] destiny: pingu to everyone
[7:39:55 AM] destiny: i see
[7:40:02 AM] destiny: so pingu to u
[7:40:12 AM] name: ok...?
[7:40:19 AM] destiny: :D
[7:41:08 AM] destiny: pingu 1234
  • That is really obsolete or hadn't been useful in the first place.
    – EugZol
    Oct 17, 2017 at 17:14
  • I don't think Skype never showed the entire log, so this would save only the most recent logs. If you first scroll up to the beginning of the log (which could take a day or two), this might work, but I'm skeptical even then, for large logs. Mar 13, 2018 at 13:37

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