i want search on my skype history is used following link to do so How should I see the skype chat history from the file main.db located at ~/.Skype/SKYPEUSERNAME/?

i have the following configuration

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Skype
  • Please could you better explain as I don't what i have used following configration Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Skype means in this situation! Jul 17, 2017 at 8:10
  • @George I don't no about other things, can you give me idea on that, what other informaltion you need to solve issue. Jul 17, 2017 at 8:49
  • Thanks @Rinzwind but still i could not found any db file of Skype. not even .Skype directory. Jul 17, 2017 at 10:14
  • If there is no main.db does that not also imply your chat history is not stored on your machine? Knowing Microsoft they'd like to store that info on their servers.
    – Rinzwind
    Jul 17, 2017 at 10:18
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    The ~/.Skype folder is for the old version of the Skype client, isn't it? Jul 17, 2017 at 18:15

3 Answers 3


You will find everything inside /home/{user_name}/.config/skypeforlinux/ directory on Ubuntu 16.04. Let me know if it helps.


I found it in


inside this you will see main.db

my system is ubuntu 18.04 and skype version is 8.34, Hope it will help someone

** please make sure hidden files are visible otherwise you will not see .config folder


Config folders are usually hidden in ubuntu, The skype folder is hidden. You need to enable showing them.

Open nautilus (File Manager), press ctrl+h, you will be able to see hidden files/folders. Go to the folder with the name .Skype.

main.db in the below path should have what you are looking for:


ex: .Skype/chudasamachirag

You can view this file in a sqlite application, such as SQLiteStudio. (Select Database> Add a database, and give the path of this main.db file)

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    Did you check this with skype 5 and ubuntu 16.04 or higher? And in case you wonder why I ask: see comments.
    – Rinzwind
    Sep 4, 2017 at 14:17

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