First published on June 10th, 2011
Current version from September 25th, 2012
It all began a few weeks ago when I wrote my own small PHP script that could make a backup of text messages from the iPhone SQLite container into a text file - see the original blog post where I published it for everybody to use it on their own.
However, it required a PHP interpreter in order to be run. Despite the fact that this is easy for Unix users and even though I added a download for a small PHP package, it needed modifications to the user's system that might lead to complications.
Therefore I decided to write this very page (and an additional PHP script) that uses my original (small) work to do the same job however online and of course for free. No need to install anything on your machine.
You can now just upload the SQLite container, make adjustments about the settings if desired, and be prompted with the download of the result file of archived text messages. (Note: empty fields will be filled with the default value)
At the moment the size of the iPhone SQLite container is limited to 25MB to avoid massive abuse. Also the other fields are checked for sanity, which might - in rare cases - lead to valid settings being denied (I'm not an expert in this :) ). Please let me know (via mail or blog comment) if you encounter such problems and I will adjust the code.
Don't hesitate to email me about questions or fire away in the new blog post about this page, and also feel free to link to this page or to my blog.
PRIVACY NOTE: The uploaded data is used for automated extraction only, the temporary files are deleted right after the extraction and no personal data is kept on the server.
Have fun using.