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Sunday, June 24, 2007

How To Record Skype Calls: A Mini-Guide

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Are you looking for a way to easily record your Skype calls? Then you are in the right place. In today's mini-guide you will find many useful resources and tools that will help you do that in the simplest way ever.

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The possibility to record Skype calls is not among the features currently provided by the popular VoIP software. However, there are many third-party products (sometimes also available as "add-ons" on the official Skype site) that easily integrate with Skype and let you not only record calls, but also chats, voicemails and sometimes video calls.

In this mini-guide I list a number of tools that help you record Skype calls as .mp3 files and let you store them on your computer. Most of them are available only to Windows users, but others also work on Mac computers or independently of the operating system you are using.

As always, this list does not intend to be the most complete available on the Internet: I am sure there are many tools that I did not include and that's why I kindly invite you to point me to other tools and resources by using the comments section at the bottom of this article.



PowerGramo is a program that allows you to record and replay any Skype call easily and simply. You can record incoming calls, outgoing calls or both, save your recorded calls securely and share them with friends. You can export the recording as either .wav or Ogg file. As a registered Pro Edition customer, you are entitled to record multiple call people conferences and also record local and partner's voice into two separate tracks. The basic version is free, while the single Pro Account License costs $24.95.




PrettyMay is an add-on for Skype that allows you to record and replay any call in a very easy way. You can save your chats in MP3 audio format and also listen to the same background music with friends while conversating with them. PrettyMay also enables you to share your recordings with your friends. In addition, you can set PrettyMay to answer calls and chats for you when you are away or you don't want to be disturbed. PrettyMay requires download and it is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Free to use.


KishKish SAM ***DEAD


SAM can record all your Skype conversations for your business needs or for later reference. One funny things is that you can check the stress level in the voice of the caller in these recorded conversation and detect lies (but only with the authorization of the caller). In addition, KishKish SAM will pick up calls in case you are away from your PC, play a greeting message and the classic "beep", so the calling party will leave a voice recorded message. Free to use.




Evoca offers an easy way to record Skype calls: Add the Evoca contact to Skype, start a call and click to add the Evoca contact as a member to the call. Once you are done, simply hang up, or remove the Evoca contact from the call, and you will find the recording in your Evoca account. The first time you use the service, you will be prompted to create an account. You will have 15 minutes of free recording, after that you need to sign up for a Pro account.




HotRecorder for VoIP is an advanced tool that allows you to easily record, play, store and convert voice communications held over the Internet. It works very well with Skype and you can convert the proprietary .elp format in which the recording is created into .mp3, .wav or .ogg files. HotRecorder also records conversations from GoogleTalk, AIM and other popular VoIP tools.




Pamela for Skype is some kind of personal digital assistant for Skype that allows you to do many things, such as recording your calls into .mp3 files, recording your text chats and also record video calls for future references. The basic version is free and lets you record 15 minutes of every conversation. You can also try out one of the three premium plans available.


eCamm Call Recorder


Call Recorder provides Mac users with an easy way to record Skype calls and podcast interviews. In fact, Call Recorder can automatically transform your audio or video calls into QuickTime movies. Users can record and save your voicemail messages and add time indexed notes to recordings. All calls are converted into .mp3 format.




Skylook is the new, ultimate Skype add-on, allowing no-fuzz-around recording of any voice call you make into a standard .MP3 file. Skylook perfectly integrates into Windows PCs Microsoft Outlook by adding its own toolbar and mini-set of foolproof options. Skylook lets the end user select whether all calls made through Skype are to be recorded, and whether these need to include both you and the other parties as well. You can try it free for 14 days.




CallBurner is a tool that records Skype calls. You can also set it to record each side of the call to a separate file. CallBurner also converts Skype voicemails to MP3 or WAV and features a anti-drift technology keeps both sides of the call in sync. CallBurner is available for a free 14 day trial.




Freecorder is a software program that's especially handy for recording Skype calls. You can pause and resume recording and automatically eliminate silence. Freecorder saves recordings as MP3 files and you can manually or automatically name recordings. It is available for free trial (however, in unpaid mode, you are limited to 30 minutes of audio and 2 minutes of Skype recording.)



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Readers' Comments    
2011-02-15 09:56:27


I agree with Bill. I personally recommend Supertintin after proving that its worth the purchase. I had a different recorder before but that recorder never failed to piss me off. Good thing I've found Supertintin.

2010-12-14 11:40:55


the list is kind of old.

try this one: Supertintin

2010-04-22 07:38:20


What for me,for record Skype i prefer use IMCapture for Skype.It's prog for record audio and video calls.I like this simple prog.

2010-04-22 04:56:45

Replay Telecorder

Try Replay Telecorder for recording Skype Video AND Voice calls. It's a 100 digital recorder, which means no fussing with hardware or video capture windows.


2010-01-17 16:44:04


A new great tool to record Skype calls and chats directly to Gmail - G-Recorder (

2009-10-30 00:48:27

Paul Andrews

VodBurner for Windows (released today) records Skype video, and also has a post-production editor to make a single video containing both sides, suitable for upload to YouTube - see

2009-01-12 14:50:54

Lenare Smith

My two penny: a rel=nofolow href="http://voipcallrecording.comSkype_Call_Recorder"SkypeCallRecordera.
Free, simple and well working tool for skype audio recording (only win version avaliable atm)

2008-11-18 08:48:42


I want to recomend u SkypeCap, coz it's so easy to use!
Actually, My work is closely related to connecting a lot of people, and I have a LOT of conferences in Skype.
Just one "Click" on a button, and I'll never miss important information.
I've got it Here:

2008-07-23 04:58:31

Jack May

I recommend PowerGramo. I have been using it for recording skype interviews for years. It works well. Now the new version includes an offline audio recorder that is also very useful for professional users, and it make PowerGramo even more worth the price.

2008-02-25 03:17:39


Try out Call Graph at Free and easy to use.

2007-07-10 03:37:49

Jurgen Wolff

This is just a tip of the hat to say thanks for this useful guide--and the others you've done.

2007-06-28 15:34:49

Creativity Cafe

I have been using Enncam Conference Recorder. Its an amazing and transparent product, that works well, effortlessly and without a problem at the push of a button. Well designed. I have their other products too that are also great!

2007-06-25 12:26:39

Murem Sharpe

Thanks for featuring Evoca - the new Skype recording services partner! Evoca is the only Skype web services partner that allows you to create and host your recordings online, right from within the Skype client (no SW download required). The Evoca Skype Call Recorder is a “contact” you easily add to your call. You can then share/post it via email, blog or website or simply download the MP3 recording to your PC. Skype users can get started right away at

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