Locate Skype Chat History on Mac OS X and Transfer It to Mac or PC

Skype chat history contains all of your instant messages whatever you sent/received from your contacts and also keeps calls records you made or received from others. Now, if you have a plan to change your mac, and want to transfer your Skype chat history from your old Mac to new Mac, then definitely you need to  make a copy of Skype history file first. So, here you find instructions to transfer Skype chat history between Mac computers or from Mac to PC.

See also: Transfer files from OS X Mavericks to Windows 8

Snapshot of the guide:

  • First we find chat history folder location on Mac.
  • Setup Skype on our new Mac and transfer chat history file.
  • You will also see how to transfer history from Mac to PC.

Locate Skype Chat History on Mac


Click on “Finder” icon from the dock of your Mac. From the menu, navigate through “Go” > “Home”.



Go through the folders “Library” > “Application Support” > “Skype”. Then open the folder with your Skype name and from there access the file “main.db” and copy/backup it on your computer.

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Note: You can not normally open this main.db file, but it contains all of your Skype chat history.

Transfer Skype History to New Mac


To transfer Skype chat history from your old Mac to new Mac, first of all you need to get login to your Skype on your new Mac (the Mac on which you want to transfer your chat history). Its required because when a user first time login to Skype on a new machine, Skype creates some user specific folders, which are used to keep a user’s Skype chat history. Anyways, after login to Skype just logout.


Now, you have to copy “main.db” file from source Mac computer and paste it in the same Skype user folder on new Mac, by going through the same folders path written in steps 1,2.


Login to Skype on your new Mac and see you will find all of your Skype Chat history, whatever you have on your old Mac computer.

Transfer Skype History from Mac to PC

Once you have located the main.db file on your Mac (OS X Mavericks, Lion, Leopard, Snow Leopard) copy this history file on a portable device for transferring it to your PC.

Now, on your PC that running one of the following Windows operating systems, Windows 8 / 8.1, Windows 7, XP, Vista, you need to find Skype history folder location.
You can follow this guide to find the location of the Skype chat history folder on Windows and simply copy the chat history file (main.db) here.

You can write use below in comments to ask any question related to Skype chat history.


3 comments… add one
LM January 16, 2016, 12:15 am

I managed to find the library folder, but it only leads me to launch services > com.skype.skypeinstaller
How can I find the chat history that disappeared from Skype?
Thank you!

Katja August 3, 2017, 6:56 am

Hej har virkelig Brug for Hjælp! Kan ikke komme ind på min privat Skype Profil og skal der ind igen for har alle mine private ting :'( og alle mine private venner :'( pls Hjælp! Pls send en email til mig igen eller når i for tid? Håber Virkelig i kan Hjælpe er altid ked af det 🙁 når jeg ser andre skype sammen :'(

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