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Dexrex – free tool for archiving your IM conversations


Dexrex is a rather clever freeware tool for archiving your instant messaging and SMS chats. It’s a hosted online application, which integrates with your IM clients via a set of downloadable plugins. Just download, install and start up MSN, AIM, Skype or whatever and the chat will be recorded and stored to the Dexrex servers automatically. You can import old conversations (via a Java applet) and once your chats are stored you have full search facilities available to locate stuff as you need. There are other features too, such as analytical tools and a service for the Blackberry SMS. Nice idea.


  What is Dexrex Dexrex is a secure online personal database for IM conversation. With Dexrex you can archive Instant Messages and search through them, share them, and access them at any time from any computer with an internet connection. Why would I want to save my IM conversations? For a whole bunch of reasons. Maybe you forgot that phone number from the other day. Or you really want to share the video your friend sent you. Or you’re just looking to save your conversations for posterity. Dexrex makes it easy to do any of these. We’ve also built an analytics suite, so the more messages you save, the more tools you can unlock.


  • Thanks for the great post, Nigel! I’m the Evangelist for Dexrex, and just wanted to mention that we’re working on a couple of things to make Dexrex even better. First, we’ve added a number of international carriers for our BlackBerry SMS support. Second, we’re planning to release a Mac version sometime very soon.

    If you or any of your readers want to get in touch with us, just visit We read every email we get, and always welcome user feedback.

  • These services seem to spread. There’s also web service which I’ve tried and there’s no software installation unlike Dexrex…

  • @ Jan: There are a couple of ways that Dexrex is different from Simkl. The biggest is that Dexrex is free, whereas simkl charges $3 per screen name per month. Also, simkl requires you to change your proxy settings in all your IM clients, where Dexrex has one easy-to-run extensions package.

    But really, people should see what’s out there and just go with the one they like best.

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