I would like to read old iMessages that are stored on my Mac. I have found the messages as .ichat files and converted them to xml files, but these are still full of markup language. Is there are way to extract the actual conversation from these? (Is each of these files a single message or conversation?)

I would accept a free application that extracts the text, or a series of terminal commands to extract the text. Ideally the output would look something like

Johnny: Did you burn the neighbors' house down?

Sally: Yes, I did burn the neighbors' house down.

but if I can just get the messages themselves that's ok.

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