I took a profile picture for Skype using the "Capture a picture from a video camera" button found in the Skype profile dialog. Now I want to use the picture for other things but I cannot find where the picture is being stored. Any ideas?

(OS X Lion 10.7, Skype 5.3)

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    Actually this answer will also be useful for deleting the profile picture, since Skype does not seem to have a delete button once you enter a profile picture. – Safa Alai Jan 6 '12 at 19:00

I've just tried this, and the answer was unexpected...

When I created the image it was stored in the following folder (before Mountain Lion):

~/Library/Images/IChat Recent Pictures

Please note that as per skh's answer, since Mountain Lion (and still valid for macOS Sierra) the images are now stored in the following folder:

~/Library/Containers/com.apple.ImageKit.RecentPictureService/Data/Library/Images/Recent\ Pictures/
  • It could be that it saves it here for everyone, or maybe it is just saving it in the same place that the last captured picture was saved? – David Kennedy of Zenopolis Jan 6 '12 at 21:43
  • True, or it could be I'm using a different version of Skype possibly, or that my picture wasn't a picture from my iSight. Did you use your picture as your avatar? – l'L'l Jan 6 '12 at 21:52
  • @ioi I'm using OS X 10.7 and Skype 5.3 the same as in the question. I clicked "Change Picture" on my profile page in the Skype interface and used the video camera to create the picture. – David Kennedy of Zenopolis Jan 6 '12 at 23:14
  • I found it where you said it is ... so I've marked the answer as correct. – Safa Alai Jan 7 '12 at 4:48
  • @ioi ... yep I used the picture as my avatar – Safa Alai Jan 7 '12 at 4:48

Took me a while to find this, but here's the profile picture directory in Mountain Lion:

~/Library/Containers/com.apple.ImageKit.RecentPictureService/Data/Library/Images/Recent\ Pictures/


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