Export encrypted wechat message history from android

License: GPL-3.0

Language: Python

Keywords: android, wechat

Dump WeChat Messages from Android


WeChat(微信), as the most popular mobile IM app in China, doesn't give users any method to export well-formatted history message. This tool can parse and export WeChat messages on a rooted android phone.

Right now it can dump messages in text-only mode, or generate a single-file html containing voice messages, images, emoji, etc.

NEWS: WeChat 6.0+ uses silk to encode audio. The code is updated.

NEWS: WeChat 6.3 uses a new avatar storage. The code is updated.

HELP NEEDED: Starting from May 2016, the first 1KB of all emojis in resource/emoji are encrypted. Right now I'm using emoji URL which covers most of them.

If you are good at cryptography / reverse engineereing, or you work at Tencent, feel free to contact me or help take a look. It is also possible to recover the image without knowing the first 1KB (just have to detect chunks without knowing metadata), but I don't have time to do that either.

If this tools works for you, please take a moment to add your phone/OS to the wiki. If it doesn't work, please leave an issue together with your phone/OS/wechat version.

How to use:


  • requests
  • python-PIL
  • PyQuery
  • pysox
  • pysqlcipher
  • numpy
  • csscompressor (suggested, optional)
  • adb and rooted android phone connected to a Linux/Mac OSX/Win10+Bash.
  • Silk audio decoder (included; just run ./third-party/compile_silk.sh)
  • gnu-sed

On Debian/Ubuntu systems, these dependencies can be installed via:

sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb python-requests python-pil python-pyquery python-numpy libsox-dev libsqlite3-dev libsqlcipher-dev
pip install --user pysqlcipher csscompressor
pip install --user --pre pysox

Get Necessary Data:

  • Get the decrypted WeChat database and the avatar index:

    • Automatic: ./android-interact.sh db-decrypt
    • Manual:

      • Figure out your ${userid} by inspecting the contents of /data/data/com.tencent.mm/MicroMsg on the root filesystem of the device. It should be a 32-character-long name consisting of hexadecimal digits.
      • Get /data/data/com.tencent.mm/MicroMsg/${userid}/{EnMicroMsg.db,sfs/avatar.index} from the device, possible ways are:
        • ./android-interact.sh db
        • Use your rooted file system manager app
      • Get WeChat uin (an integer), possible ways are:
        • ./android-interact.sh uin, which pulls the value from /data/data/com.tencent.mm/shared_prefs/system_config_prefs.xml
        • Login to web wechat, get wxuin=1234567 from document.cookie
      • Get your phone IMEI number (a positive integer), possible ways are:
        • ./android-interact.sh imei
        • Call *#06# on your phone
        • Find IMEI in system settings
      • Decrypt database, will produce decrypted.db:

        ./decrypt-db.py <path to EnMicroMsg.db> <imei> <uin>

    NOTE: you may need to try different ways to getting imei & uin, because things behave differently on different phones. Some phones may have multiple imei, you may need to try them all. See #33.

    If the decryption doesn't work, maybe try the version of sqlcipher in legacy. If things still don't work, you can try the password cracker to brute-force the password.

  • Copy the WeChat user resource directory /mnt/sdcard/tencent/MicroMsg/${userid}/{emoji,image2,sfs,video,voice2} from the phone to the resource directory:

    • ./android-interact.sh res
    • You might need to change RES_DIR in the script if the default is incorrect on your phone.
    • This can take a very long time. Some manual ways to do it faster:

      • If there's enough free space on your phone, you can log in and archive all required files via busybox tar with or without compression, and use adb pull to copy the archive. Note that busybox is needed as the Android system's tar may choke on long paths.
      • Alternatively, you can use pipes. This is slower, but doesn't require any free space on your phone.

        # This will copy the whole 'MicroMsg' to the current directory:
        adb shell 'cd /mnt/sdcard/tencent &&
                   busybox tar czf - MicroMsg 2>/dev/null | busybox base64' |
            base64 -di | tar xzf -
      • What you'll need in the end is a resource directory with the following subdir: emoji,image2,sfs,video,voice2.

  • (Optional) Download the emoji cache from here and put it under resource/emoji. This will avoid downloading too many emojis during rendering.

    wget -c https://github.com/ppwwyyxx/wechat-dump/releases/download/0.1/emoji.cache.tar.bz2
    tar xf emoji.cache.tar.bz2


  • Parse and dump text messages of every chat (requires decrypted.db):

    ./dump-msg.py decrypted.db output_dir
  • List all chats (requires decrypted.db):

    ./list-chats.py decrypted.db
  • Generate statistical report on text messages (requires output_dir from ./dump-msg.py):

    ./count-message.sh output_dir
  • Dump messages of one contact to html, containing voice messages, emojis, and images (requires decrypted.db, avatar.index, and resource):

    ./dump-html.py "<contact_display_name>"

    The output file is output.html.

    Check ./dump-html.py -h for using different paths.


Screenshots of generated html:


See here for an example html.


  • Attack the emoji encryption problem
  • Use pipes by default to copy a directory from android
  • Fix rare unhandled message types: > 10000 and < 0
  • Better user experiences... see grep 'TODO' wechat -R



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