The online sources told me it is in a main.db file under my Skype username under the user folder. However, for the windowsapp win10 version of Skype, I cannot find either a folder named after my skypenmae, or a file called "main.db" in my entire drive.

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Are there anything I did wrong?

Someone suggested that the chat history is now fully online, which is not true because I can still view my full skype chat history when offline.


There is neither main.db nor skype.db in my folder. There is a "database.db" under the "\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.SkypeApp_kzf8qxf38zg5c\LocalCache\Roaming\Microsoft\Skype for Store\databases". The "LocalState" folder is empty in my case.

  • Use this SQLite DB Browser to view the contents of the db file you found, that file may just be the logs you've been looking for. sqlitebrowser.org Aug 16, 2020 at 3:25

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Skype definitely has a copy of chat history online, as well as on your local computer. You can log into Skype online and download your chat history.


On your local computer, newer Skype versions (Microsoft Skype for Windows 10) store the local chat history in a 'skype.db' database file. This location was posted in 2018, and may have updated since then, but it should be very similar if you look in the Packages directory.

%localappdata%\Packages\Microsoft.SkypeApp_kzf8qxf38zg5c\LocalState\<Skype Name>\skype.db

skype.db is a standard SQLite database file and can be opened by a suitable SQLite browser.

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You can use PowerShell to locate any files with the extension .db within a directory if you are having difficulty locating the file. Here is an example, run on the C:\Users directory, which might need to be changed to ProgramData or Program Files. As is, you can just paste this into PowerShell to check the Users folder.

Get-ChildItem -Path C:\Users -Recurse -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue -Filter *.db | Where-Object { $_.Extension -eq '.db' }
  • In my version (newest win10 appstore Skype), there is no file named "skype.db". I did find another db file in the directory but it is 0KB.
    – High GPA
    Aug 14, 2020 at 8:30
  • What was the name of the db file you found and at which path? I pulled that information about the database file from Microsoft, who owns Skype now. They are going to be your best resource for information on Skype specifically. Aug 14, 2020 at 14:04
  • Hi, there is no skype.db. Actually, there is a "database.db" under the "\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.SkypeApp_kzf8qxf38zg5c\LocalCache\Roaming\Microsoft\Skype for Store\databases". Your source could be the Feb 2019 microsoft post. The LocalState folder is empty in my case.
    – High GPA
    Aug 15, 2020 at 0:59
  • On this blog post from just a few days ago, this person found a file called main.db, in Program Files/WindowsApps/Microsoft.Skype... and also outlines several steps for finding and removing chat history. stellarinfo.com/blog/… Aug 15, 2020 at 12:48
  • Thank you for that link. I uploaded a screenshot. There is no "main.db" in the folder suggested by that blog post.
    – High GPA
    Aug 16, 2020 at 2:26

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