Working with messages

Conversation history

Once you’ve obtained a conversation, you can call SkypeChat.getMsgs() to retrieve a batch of messages from that conversation. This works similarly to SkypeChats.recent() in that you’ll need to call it repeatedly for subsequent batches:

>>> ch = sk.chats["8:joe.4"]
>>> ch.getMsgs()
[SkypeMsg(id='1453283895457', type='Text', time=datetime.datetime(2016, 1, 20, 9, 58, 15, 341000), ...),
 SkypeMsg(id='1452949957379', type='Text', time=datetime.datetime(2016, 1, 16, 13, 12, 37, 109000), ...), ...]

The first call will retrieve the most recent messages of the conversation, and subsequent calls will fetch older messages. If new messages arrive in the meantime, the next call will give you any as-yet-undelivered messages first, then return to the conversation history:

>>> # 2016-01-20 10:00:00: a new message arrives.
>>> ch.getMsgs()
[# New message returned first.
 SkypeMsg(id='1453284000402', ..., time=datetime.datetime(2016, 1, 20, 10, 00, 00, 84000), ...),
 # Chat history continues...
 SkypeMsg(id='1452949605841', ..., time=datetime.datetime(2016, 1, 16, 13, 6, 45, 927000), ...),
 SkypeMsg(id='1452949581027', ..., time=datetime.datetime(2016, 1, 16, 13, 6, 21, 423000), ...), ...]

Parsing message content

All messages have a SkypeMsg.content field containing the raw HTML code received from Skype.

SkPy provides a number of helper message classes to access rich content. You can check the type of the message with an isinstance() check against the subclasses listed under Messages, such as SkypeTextMsg or SkypeFileMsg.

Text-only messages come with the fields SkypeTextMsg.plain and SkypeTextMsg.markup, the former of which strips out markup tags, whilst the latter replaces them with the Markdown-like syntax used by clients:

>>> msg
SkypeTextMsg(..., type='RichText', content='<b...>Bold!</b>')
>>> msg.content
>>> msg.plain
>>> msg.markup

File and image messages allow you to retrieve the attached file through SkypeFileMsg.fileContent:

>>> msg
SkypeImageMsg(..., type='RichText/UriObject', ..., file=File(name='smile.png'), ...)
>>> import os.path
>>> with open(os.path.join("/tmp",, "wb") as f:
...     f.write(msg.fileContent) # Write the file to disk.

Shared contacts and locations can be similarly retrieved from SkypeContactMsg.contacts and SkypeLocationMsg.latitude / SkypeLocationMsg.longitude.

Sending messages

You can send a message using SkypeChat.sendMsg():

>>> ch = sk.chats["8:joe.4"]
>>> msg = ch.sendMsg("Hello.")
>>> msg
SkypeTextMsg(..., type='Text', ..., userId='fred.2', chatId='8:joe.4', content='Hello.')
>>> ch.sendMsg(SkypeMsg.bold("Bold!"), rich=True)
SkypeTextMsg(..., type='RichText', ..., userId='fred.2', chatId='8:joe.4', content='<b...>Bold!</b>')

Messages are sent in plain text by default – pass rich=True to enable parsing of Skype’s HTML subset. A number of formatting helper methods are provided on the SkypeMsg class.

If you need to correct the text of a sent message, you can send it again and include the message ID under the edit parameter:

>>> ch.sendMsg("Hi!",
SkypeTextMsg(..., type='Text', ..., content='Hi!')

To send a file rather than text, use SkypeChat.sendFile():

>>> with open("/tmp/smile.png", "rb") as f:
...     ch.sendFile(f, "smile.png", image=True)
SkypeImageMsg(..., type='RichText/UriObject', ..., file=File(name='smile.png'), ...)

Set image=True to have Skype generate an image thumbnail preview in the message.

See also

Message formatting – supported HTML markup in various Skype clients.