Quassel saves all logs into the database, it never forgets backlogs unless you delete a buffer. You can either scroll back in chat windows as far as you like, or you can use a tool to dump or view the logs in plaintext format.
this tool (written in Python) dumps quassel logs to a file. Currently it exports mIRC format.
You can get it at
it is rather self-explanatory, telling you if something went wrong. you can run it with
default database path (ok for most unixes)
python dumplog.py -u username -n network -c "#channel" -o channel.log
custom database path (Windows etc.)
python dumplog.py -d "C:\Quassel\quassel-storage.sqlite"
show users in quasseldbpython dumplog.py
show networks for quassel user johnpython dumplog.py -u john
show channels for network Freenode for user johnpython dumplog.py -u john -n Freenode
dump channel #quassel on network Freenode for user john to file quassel.logpython dumplog.py -u john -n Freenode -c "#quassel" -o quassel.log
Limitations / Known Issues
nasty charset conversion takes place, gonna be fixed soon
topics will only be properly parsed with English logs, need to talk with Sput/EgS about that ;P
dumplog currently only handles sqlite databases, for postgres support, a somewhat hacky but working script is available at this github mirror
this tool is not maintained by quassel staff, contact Gentle on Freenode for bugs or feature requests
A webbased Quassel-Search-Engine for Quassel IRC
Snapshots and git version tracker can be found here: http://m4yer.minad.de/quassel/
this tool is not maintained by quassel staff, contact m4yer on Freenode for bugs or feature requests
Windows - Portable quasselsuche¶
This is the same quasselsuche as above, pre-packaged for Windows with a web server (mongoose) and php. Just extract and run start-search-server.bat. No install required and no traces are left outside the extracted directory. Further info and instructions are available at readme.txt in that package.
- Note - If you don't know your username/password, run show-password.bat
Current version is 1.1 (updated 2012-08-19): portable-quassel-backlog-search-v1.1.7z
- Note - The above package is 9 MB since it includes php. If you already have a local copy of php (zipped package for windows), you can download a smaller package (180 KB) to which you would need to extract php yourself: portable-quassel-backlog-search-v1.1-NO-PHP.7z
this tool is not maintained by quassel staff, contact Avi Halachmi (avih on Freenode) for bugs or feature requests
With this bash script you can search your quassel database from the command line and get the output as a csv file/right in your terminal. You can get the script at Github
Requirements: Gnu awk, sqlite3 backend
How to use: Add yourself to the group "quasselcore" and then just run the script normally by doing "./quasselsearch <options>"
The available options are :
Usage : quasselsearch.sh (n|c|t|e|s|o|q|d|f)
-t start date in the format "YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS"
-e end date in the same format as above
-s search term
-o output file
-q quassel user defaults to $USER
-d quassel database location , defaults to /var/lib/quassel/quassel-storage.sqlite
-f Change the time format, all formats that are accepted by the "date" command are allowed.
All the arguments are optional. Although if you run it without any arguments you would print out your whole backlog from all buffers.
./quasselsearch.sh -n karan -c #quassel -t 2015-04-20 -e 2015-04-30 -o logs.txt -s quasseldroid
this tool is not maintained by quassel staff, use the github page for bugs or feature requests
Since the tool uses sql to extract stuff, it could possibly work on postgresql cores too, if you do give it a try please inform me at karan 90 at g mail.c om (no spaces) so i can update the code. Thanks.