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Small tool to display chats from the Android msgstore.db database (crypt12)
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WhatsApp Viewer

Small tool to display chats from the Android msgstore.db database.

How to use

  1. You need root access to your phone. If you don't know what it is: Wikipedia
  2. Download your WhatsApp database and key files:
  • /data/data/com.whatsapp/files/key
  • /data/data/com.whatsapp/databases/msgstore.db
  • /data/data/com.whatsapp/databases/wa.db
  1. Open WhatsApp Viewer
  2. File -> Open -> Select file
  3. Select msgstore.db in the folder "extracted"
  4. Leave account name empty, is was used for older versions of WhatsApp (crypt5)
  5. Optional: If you want, you can import contact names from the wa.db file

Command line support

"WhatsApp Viewer.exe" -decrypt12 msgstore-2016-10-22.1.db.crypt12 whatsapp.cryptkey12 decrypted.db

You cannot see bigger images because only thumbnails are stored in the database.

Build (using Bazel)

# Replace with your Visual Studio installation directory
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2019\BuildTools\VC\Auxiliary\Build\vcvarsall.bat" x86_amd64
# Unfortunately, I don't know a way to handle resource files inside the bazel script yet
rc.exe -fo resources\Resources.res resources\Resources.rc

bazel build //:whatsapp-viewer


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