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SQLite SQL Query for iPhone Text Message Backup
-- more info http://aaron-hoffman.blogspot.com/2017/02/iphone-text-message-sqlite-sql-query.html
select
m.rowid
,coalesce(m.cache_roomnames, h.id) ThreadId
,m.is_from_me IsFromMe
,case when m.is_from_me = 1 then m.account
else h.id end as FromPhoneNumber
,case when m.is_from_me = 0 then m.account
else coalesce(h2.id, h.id) end as ToPhoneNumber
,m.service Service
/*,datetime(m.date + 978307200, 'unixepoch', 'localtime') as TextDate -- date stored as ticks since 2001-01-01 */
,datetime((m.date / 1000000000) + 978307200, 'unixepoch', 'localtime') as TextDate /* after iOS11 date needs to be / 1000000000 */
,m.text MessageText
,c.display_name RoomName
from
message as m
left join handle as h on m.handle_id = h.rowid
left join chat as c on m.cache_roomnames = c.room_name /* note: chat.room_name is not unique, this may cause one-to-many join */
left join chat_handle_join as ch on c.rowid = ch.chat_id
left join handle as h2 on ch.handle_id = h2.rowid
where
-- try to eliminate duplicates due to non-unique message.cache_roomnames/chat.room_name
(h2.service is null or m.service = h2.service)
order by
2 -- ThreadId
,m.date
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commented Feb 22, 2017

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commented Dec 26, 2017

I had to divide m.date / 1000000000 in order for this to work. Looks like it was converted to nanoseconds at some point.

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commented Dec 28, 2017

Thanks @SethRobertson, I've updated the gist

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commented Aug 2, 2018

Thanks for this post.
here is a proposition of request allowing to display either the text message or the name of the image.

select m.rowid
,coalesce(m.cache_roomnames, h.id) ThreadId
,m.is_from_me IsFromMe
,case when m.is_from_me = 1 then m.account
else h.id end as FromPhoneNumber
,case when m.is_from_me = 0 then m.account
else coalesce(h2.id, h.id) end as ToPhoneNumber
,m.service Service
,datetime((m.date) + 978307200, 'unixepoch', 'localtime') as TextDate
,case when m.text is null then "file : "||a.filename
else m.text end as MessageText
,c.display_name RoomName
from
message as m
left join handle as h on m.handle_id = h.rowid
left join chat as c on m.cache_roomnames = c.room_name
left join chat_handle_join as ch on c.rowid = ch.chat_id
left join handle as h2 on ch.handle_id = h2.rowid
left join message_attachment_join as ma on ma.message_id = m.rowid
left join attachment as a on ma.attachment_id = a.rowid
where
(h2.service is null or m.service = h2.service)
order by
m.rowid -- ThreadId
,m.date;

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