It would not be wrong to say that Skype is a blessing in our lives. It has made staying in touch simple and hassle free, with its easy access and international recognition. Its users range from friends and family working hard to stay in touch to multi-nationals using it for the very crucial conference calls. It has come with additional features like group video calls and status and profile picture updates for Skype accounts. Truth is nothing said is enough for the benefits of Skype.
Another feature of Skype is the chat that it provides, it could be pictures shared, or memorable messages exchanged by your loved ones which you would not want to lose. Sometimes the chat is more important information, especially for businessmen and traders who would not for example want to lose important price quotes.
So your chat history is saved in a single file which is “ main.db”. You will be able to locate this data base file in the Skype user folder. Click on to Windows Start menu and type %appdata%\skype in the Search/Run box, press Enter or the OK button. You would be able to view the Skype settings folder which includes a folder with your Skype user name. Open this folder and in this folder you should locate this main.db file (don’t worry if the name is just main, but with Data base description in the Type column). So for geeks and tech guys, main.db is a standard SQLite database which you can access using any SQLite browser application.
However, you can also use the free application which goes by the name SkypeLogView especially designed to read Skype data. Using the application couldn’t be easier. It works at your convenience on any version of Windows, starting from Windows 2000 and going up to Windows 2008. Installing Skype is not necessary to use this utility. You would only require the original log files created by Skype, they could even be on an external drive. Basiacally, SkypeLogView converts these log files created by the Skype application, and demonstrates the information regarding chat messages, incoming/outgoing calls and file transfers made by the respective Skype account.
SkypeLogView does not need any lengthy installation process or additional dll files. To start using it, all you need to do is simply run the executable file – SkypeLogView.exe in the situation where Skype is downloaded on your system, SkypeLogView automatically detects the last used or modified account, and downloads the logs from it. If, however you would like to view the logs of another account, you can select the option of “Select Logs Folder”.
You can select one or more items from the logs list, and then copy them to the clipboard, or export them into text/html/csv/xml file.
For app lovers there is a new, remarkable app Skyperious. With Skyperious you are able to open local Skype SQLite databases and browse through their contents at ease, explore all contacts and messages, sort out and export chat histories, even have a look at the chat statistics.