Yahoo Messenger Chat Archive Decoder - gHacks Tech News

Yahoo Messenger Chat Archive Decoder

Users of Yahoo's Messenger program need an Internet connection and the Yahoo Messenger sign in data for the account to access the chat history. That's problematic if the Internet is down but information need to be accessed, or if the account needs to be accessed without the sign in information at hand.

Yahoo Archive Decoder may be the solution in this cases. The free program can display the Yahoo Messenger chat history on a local computer system even if there is no Internet connection. Even better, it displays the chat history without the need to supply the Yahoo Messenger login first.

yahoo messenger chat history

The program is fully portable. Just unpack it after downloading it from the developer's site. First thing that needs to be done to display the chat history is to click on the Open Profile Folder button at the lower left of the screen. This opens a standard file browser. Just locate the Yahoo Messenger profile directory:

  • Windows XP users: %ProgramFiles%\Yahoo!\Messenger\
  • 32-bit Windows Vista or Windows 7 users: %LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\
  • 64-bit Windows Vista or Windows 7 users: %LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\Yahoo!\Messenger\

Yahoo Archive Decoder will automatically detect the usernames and conversation partners. The left sidebar displays all conversation partners and dates, the right larger area the actual chat history of a specific day with the selected user.

Simple Yahoo Messenger Archive Decoder is a Free Software that allows user to read the Yahoo Messenger Archive without having to connect to the internet or without providing the password for that account.

Normally, you must be logged in to Yahoo! Messenger (using your or someone's password) to view the Message Archive. But by using the SIMPLE YAHOO MESSENGER DECODER you can read and search the archive without having to provide that information. This way you can read your archive if you forgot your password, or have no internet access at that moment, or monitor your children conversions.

The software works not only with profiles in the Yahoo Messenger profile folder. It can also display the chat history from backup folders for instance.

A registration at the developer site is required before the software can be downloaded. That's a nuisance. Check out the application's page at the developer site for additional information about the Yahoo Messenger chat history revealer.


We need your help

Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.

We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.

If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:

Previous Post: «
Next Post: »


  1. Paul Oue said on February 7, 2011 at 8:39 am

    will this work remotely or do i need to install this at the persons pc?

    1. Martin said on February 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

      It only works locally as far as I know

Leave a Reply

Check the box to consent to your data being stored in line with the guidelines set out in our privacy policy

Please note that your comment may not appear immediately after you post it.