Skype SQLite database viewer and merger

Using the program
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Skyperious is a Skype database viewer and merger, written in Python.

You can open Skype SQLite databases and look at their contents: and

Additionally, it doubles as a useful database tool for any SQLite file.
Also, a command line interface is available with key functions like exporting, searching, and merging.
The graphical version includes a Python console window.

Making a backup of the database file is recommended before making any changes. There is an easy "Save as" button for that on the database index page.

Using The Program

Skyperious can look through user directories and detect Skype databases automatically, or you can select specific files or folders. Once added to the database list, a file can be opened for browsing, searching and exporting, or compared with another database for merging.

Searching an opened database supports a simple Google-like query syntax. You can use keywords to search among specific authors or chats only (from:john, chat:links), or from certain dates only (date:2012, date:2010..2013-06). Search supports wildcards, exact phrases, grouping, excluding, and either-or queries.

HTML export can download shared photos and embed them in the resulting HTML. This can be disabled in File -> Advanced Options -> SharedImageAutoDownload.
As shared photos are kept on the web, Skyperious needs to ask for Skype account password on HTML export. The password is only used for retrieving the images, and is not retained.
Image download is also supported in the command-line interface.

In database comparison, you can scan one database for messages not found in the other, and copy all detected messages to the other database. Or you can browse and copy specific chats and contacts.

Skyperious offers a number of options from the command line:

  export FILE [-t format]    export Skype databases as HTML, text or spreadsheet
  search "query" FILE        search Skype databases for messages or data
  merge FILE1 FILE2          merge two or more Skype databases into a new database
  diff FILE1 FILE2           compare chat history in two Skype databases
  gui [FILE]                 launch Skyperious graphical program (default option)
More information on search syntax and command line interface.

Skyperious can be minimized to tray, clicking the tray icon opens a message search popup.

The program itself is stand-alone, can work from any directory, and does not need additional installation, Windows installers have been provided for convenience. The installed program can be copied to a USB stick and used elsewhere, same goes for the source code. The command line interface only needs Python to run.

Skyperious has been tested under Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux, and reported to work under OS X and Windows 8. In source code form, it should run wherever Python and the required Python packages are installed.

If running from pip installation, run skyperious from the command-line.
If running from straight source code, go to Skyperious directory, and launch where shell scripts are supported, or launch skyperious.bat under Windows, or open a terminal and run python skyperious/


Skyperious has been built using the following open-source software:

Installers created with Nullsoft Scriptable Install System 3.0b1,

Emoticon images in HTML export are property of Skype Limited, © 2004-2006, released under the Skype Component License 1.0 .

Default avatar icon from: Fancy Avatars, © 2009 Brandon Mathis,

Several icons from: Fugue Icons, © 2010 Yusuke Kamiyamane,


(The MIT License)

Copyright (C) 2011 by Erki Suurjaak

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The software is provided "as is", without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and noninfringement. In no event shall the authors or copyright holders be liable for any claim, damages or other liability, whether in an action of contract, tort or otherwise, arising from, out of or in connection with the software or the use or other dealings in the software.