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Novel Adventurer

I have my history set to "forever" but the option for viewing old messages is limited to "1 year".  How am I supposed to be able to view messages older than a year?  If I can't, then what's the point of having a "forever" retention setting?

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Accepted as a solution by NTHRIWZ
‎28-08-2015 11:00

Try SkypeLogView.  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/skype_log_view.html

 

If your messages are still saved on your PC it will show them.

 




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Accepted as a solution by NTHRIWZ
‎28-08-2015 11:00

Try SkypeLogView.  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/skype_log_view.html

 

If your messages are still saved on your PC it will show them.

 




Please note: I do not respond to requests for help via Private Message.
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Have you used Skype on the same computer for more than 1 year? The history is only saved locally on this computer from which you have had the chat.

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Novel Adventurer

Sorry for the uber slow reply.

 

Thanks for SLV.  It's just what I need.  I'll be telling others about this when they need to look at old IMs.

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Novel Adventurer

Thanks.

 

Yes, I've been using Skype forever across at least 7 machines that I can think of offhand and my iPad (at least a couple of times).

 

Of course your reply raises these questions:

  1. Is there something that can concatenate the IM files from more than one computer or is the log file a proprietary format that I need to flip to a text/whatever file just to be able to view/work with it?
  2. What file/file type am I looking for?  As of this moment there are 681 of them in that Skype user branch on this machine.
  3. If the files are saved locally on the machine I was using what happens to them on a tablet or phone?  And does that answer vary depending on it being an iDevice or an Android device?
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All your chat history is only saved locally on your PC in one file – the main.db database file. This file is a standard SQLite database file and can be opened and read by any SQL browser/editor application.

 

It should be possible to move this main.db file from one PC to another but I don’t know about any easy method to merge two or more different main.db database files.

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Novel Tourist

my PC is dead. how can i chek my sky msg


g4pilut wrote:

Try SkypeLogView.  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/skype_log_view.html

 

If your messages are still saved on your PC it will show them.

 




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rosslin93 wrote: my PC is dead. how can i chek my sky msg

You can't. They are gone.

Regards,
Tamim
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Novel Tourist

what if it is a mac?

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134009 wrote:

what if it is a mac?


download SQLite Database Browser

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/38584/sqlite-database-browser

 

and open the main.db file with it

~/Library/Application Support/Skype/tamim/main.db

Regards,
Tamim
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