Where and how can I view my skype logs (Chat and Voice history)? Does it get saved somewhere in PC by default? Can I choose a folder location myself to start saving voice and chat history?

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how can i view skype logs?

There are plenty of third-party tools for that: Skyperious, SkypeBrowser, any SQLite browser & many others

Does it get saved somewhere?

Yes, that's the (incomplete) list of possible locations from SkypeBrowser website:

On Windows 7, 8, 10:


On Windows XP:

C:\Documents and Settings\<WindowsUserName>\Application Data\Skype\<SkypeUserName>\main.db

On Mac OS:

~/Library/Application Support/Skype/<SkypeUserName>/main.db

On Linux:


Also on Windows 10: (updated 2019-05-07)


Can i choose a folder location myself to start saving voice and chat history?

I don't know any way to do this


As of April 2017 and the new Skype for Windows 10 (Skype UWP - Universal Windows Platform), the main.db file has moved to


with %localappdata% being C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local

Source: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/skype/forum/skype_win10-skype_startms/skype-app-data-folder-missing-directs-me-to/e4ecb6ca-f64d-4983-b768-727237638fb2


Skype profile data (including contacts, chat & voice history, etc...) is saved in %AppData%\Skype\<skype username> which will typically be c:\Users\<windows username>\AppData\Roaming\Skype\<skype username> on a Windows Vista/7/8 system.

The databases are in SQLite3 format and will require an SQLite viewer to properly view them.

I'm not aware of any user-friendly way to change the location of Skype profile data, but it can be redirected to any location using symbolic links (for advanced users only).


Normally it will be stored at main.db file for windows operating system

the default path for Windows XP:

C:\Documents and Settings\<windows user>\Application Data\Skype\<WindowsUsername>

the default path for Windows 7+:

  1. Close Skype

  2. Navigate to run command

  3. type %appdata%\skype

  4. Navigate to your user name (skype username)

  5. you could find all the info at main.db file

Hope it helps


There is a neat tool SkypeLogView. It is old but works like charm.

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    Seem it's not fully functional cause on my machine it don't load messages after 09.01.2018 (9th January 2018)
    – userlond
    Commented Nov 7, 2019 at 8:41

It used to be possible to export your message history from a database file on your PC using various tools, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. You can't access the chat history on your PC in a recent version of the app but you can download it from Skype Online.

  1. Go to Skype's data export tool and sign in with the proper account.

  2. Select "Conversations" and click "Submit request".

    Skype's data export tool

  3. Wait for the export to complete. This can take a while depending on the amount of logs you have.

  4. When the export is complete, download it. It will be available for 30 days.

    An available export

  5. The data will be downloaded in a .tar archive. Use a software such as 7-zip to extract the contents. You might see "Unexpected end of data". That's normal.

    7-zip's extraction results

  6. Open the messages.json file with a decent JSON viewer. I've found browsers are generally good for this.

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