i just thought you could see if someone is invisible in skype, if you just delete (reset) his profile picture. Because i know if you install skype on a new device the profile pictures are saved only if he is online (or invisible). That means if i just want to so if someone is invisible you just delete or reset his profile picture and if you see after a few seconds his picture again = he is invisible.

BUT... i don't know where the contact picture are saved on on my mac (running mountain lion). I just couldn't find theme... so if you know where they are saved, would it be great.

  • Skype's files are stored in ~/Library/Application Support/Skype but there are no icon visible. They are probably embedded in a binary file. Apr 14, 2013 at 11:47

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On Skype 6.3.xx the avatars are stored in

~/Library/Caches/com.skype.skype/(your skype name)/SKAvatarCache

in TIFF format. You can view them by in Preview by opening Terminal and running

open ~/Library/Caches/com.skype.skype/(your skype name)/SKAvatarCache/(name of the file)
  • What version of Skype are you running? Looks like the first path I found are leftovers from an old version of Skype, but I'm not sure how old.
    – Ian C.
    Apr 14, 2013 at 4:54
  • Skype version
    – Ruskes
    Apr 14, 2013 at 7:59

The avatars are cached in ~/Library/Application Support/Skype/AvatarCache.

To access this, open a Finder window, hit Cmd+Shift+G to bring up the "Go To" dialog, copy and paste that path in to the dialog and hit enter. You'll see a directory full of .jpeg images -- those are the avatar images for your contacts.

Edit: Buscar's answer is correct. These appear to be left over from a very old version of Skype.

  • thx for the fast answer but i couldn't finde a file called AvatarCach i only have files like my username and other files but no AvatarCach
    – user47370
    Apr 13, 2013 at 21:41
  • It's a directory. And make sure you spell it correctly. ;)
    – Ian C.
    Apr 13, 2013 at 21:46
  • i did exactly what you said but than it says "The Folder can't be found" (i don't know if it is important but i am running mountain lion)
    – user47370
    Apr 13, 2013 at 22:11
  • I do not have that AvatarCache on my MBA 10.8
    – Ruskes
    Apr 13, 2013 at 22:12

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