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
    Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 19:00

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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? Commented Jan 6, 2012 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
    Commented Jan 6, 2012 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. Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 23:14
  • I found it where you said it is ... so I've marked the answer as correct.
    – Safa Alai
    Commented Jan 7, 2012 at 4:48
  • @ioi ... yep I used the picture as my avatar
    – Safa Alai
    Commented Jan 7, 2012 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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    Confirmed in El Capitan
    – Skepi
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 9:24
  • Confirmed in Sierra Commented Sep 4, 2017 at 13:12

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