Whatsapp For Android

update WhatsApp Xtract v2.1 - Iphone & Android Forensics [Full Disclosure] ~ Security List Network™


v2.1 (updated by Fabio Sangiacomo and Martina Weidner - May 7th, 2012)

- improved install pyCrypto.bat

- added easy drag and drop possibility with whatsapp_xtract_drag'n'drop_database(s)_here.bat

- (Android Version) added support to fix corrupted android whatsapp database (needs sqlite3, for windows sqlite3.exe is contained in the archive)

- (Android Version) removed wrong extraction of owner in android version

- (Iphone Version) information from Z_METADATA table will be printed to shell

- (Iphone Version) fixed bug in support of older Iphone whatsapp databases

How to use:

You need to copy the whatsapp database.

##On Android, either get this file:


(crypted database on SD card, can be created by starting backup from whatsapp advanced settings: settings - more - Backup Chats)

or these files:

/data/data/com.whatsapp/databases/msgstore.db and wa.db

(for this you need root access. detailed instructions in the bottom of this file. the advantage is that the corresponding contact names of phone numbers will be displayed.)

##On IPhone, get this file:


(You can use an Iphone Backup Tool to get the file, e.g. I-Twin or Iphone Backup Extractor. Make sure to create an unencrypted backup with Itunes, as these tools can't handle encrypted backups. Another possibility are forensic tools like UFED Physical Analyzer.)

Extract this archive (Whatsapp_Xtract....zip) to a certain folder on your computer, e.g. C:WhatsApp.

Copy the database(s) to e.g. C:WhatsApp (on Android, you simply copy the whole folder WhatsApp on SD card to your computer e.g. to C:WhatsApp and then copy the database file from C:WhatsAppDatabases to C:WhatsApp)

You need Python and (for Android msgstore.db.crypt decryption) the PyCrypto library

The easiest way is to install ActivePython (on Windows choose 32bit/x86 version even if you have 64bit windows):


It's available for Windows, Linux and Mac. However in my HowTo, I focus on Windows.

and then run install pyCrypto.bat (contained in this archive)

Now run whatsapp_xtract_android.bat or whatsapp_xtract_android_crypted.bat or whatsapp_xtract_iphone.bat

OR simply drag and drop the database file(s) to whatsapp_xtract_drag'n'drop_database(s)_here.bat

OR whatsapp_xtract_console.bat and then manually specify the input file with one of these commands:


For Android DB:

python whatsapp_xtract.py msgstore.db -w wa.db

OR (if wa.db is unavailable)

python whatsapp_xtract.py msgstore.db

OR (for crypted db)

python whatsapp_xtract.py msgstore.db.crypt

For iPhone DB: (-w option is ignored)

python whatsapp_xtract.py ChatStorage.sqlite

Once finished, your browser will open and show the chats.

The resulting file size of the .html file will be slightly bigger than the size of the

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