Where Are Log Files in Skype?

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Where Are Log Files in Skype?
Skype allows you to talk to other people through your computer. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Skype is a voice-over-Internet protocol client that also includes support for file transfers, video chatting and instant messaging. By default, it saves a log of every conversation you have. The location of this directory varies depending on your operating system. It is generally linked to the user name with which you sign in to the computer and Skype.

Apple OSX

To find your Skype log files on OSX, open Finder and navigate to your user directory. In Terminal, this can be accessed by typing "cd ~" and hitting enter. In this directory is a folder called "Library," and within that is another folder called "Application Support." Skype creates a directory called Skype within this that contains application settings as well as log files. Logs are located within a directory identified by your user name, in the form "johndoe/Library/Application Support/Skype/johndoe".

Microsoft Windows

In older versions of Microsoft Windows such as Windows 2000, Skype log files are stored in the "Skype" directory of the "Program Files" folder. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, it is located in the "Users" directory located on the main hard drive of your computer and identified by your name. Within that directory, you can find AppData\Roaming\Skype; the Skype folder contains a directory identified by your user name that contains the log files.


Skype on Linux stores log information within the user directory in a folder called ".Skype"; this folder is hidden by default. You will need to enable the viewing of hidden files in your file browser or use the terminal to navigate to the directory. Once you have done this, you can gain access to the log files stored on your computer by browsing to "~/.Skype/" and the opening the directory that is your user name.

Changing Log Duration

If you're concerned about hard drive space or security, you may want to limit the amount of time Skype saves logs for or disable the feature entirely. To do so, open up the Skype options menu and find the "Privacy Settings" tab on Windows or Linux or the "Chat" tab on OSX. On that tab, find "Keep history for" which is normally set to "forever." You can change this option to save log files for a shorter duration or disable entirely to prevent Skype from keeping logs.

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