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How to Read a Skype .DAT File

Updated March 23, 2017

A Skype DAT file is a data file for the Skype program that holds "Chatsync" data; you can open it with the free Skype Chatsync Reader program. DAT files are used for analysis of computer forensics by law enforcement agencies to uncover and classify chat information. The Skype Chatsync Reader opens the DAT file in a readable format, and includes date and time stamps on chat conversations, as well as the contact IDs attached to each message.

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  1. Download and install Skype Chatsync Reader from

  2. Right-click on the DAT file to show the context menu.

  3. Click the "Open With" option.

  4. Select the "Skype Chatsync Reader" from the programs list. The DAT file opens in the Skype Chatsync Reader program.

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About the Author

Tammy Clevenger works in the I.T. industry while maintaining creative outlets through film making, writing and audio production. She is a published academic author and is an accomplished and certified Project Management Professional.

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