Giphy is a search engine specifically designed for gif files without sound. It started in 2013 and was founded by Alex Chung and Jace Cooke. Today, Giphy also offers users the ability to upload and share gif files.

Language English

Launched 2013
Closed No

Developer Co-founders Alex Chung and Jace Cooke

Country of Origin US America

2013 - [...] Giphy, Inc.

Topic Image SeEn

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Search engine for special file formats

Used SeEn Giphy

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

Saikat Basu (2017): »It is just possible that our grandchildren will be communicating in GIFs only. Okay, that’s farfetched. But, you can be prepared if the animated dystopian future comes true with Giphy. Google does a good job of finding animated GIFs now, but I bet the world still flocks to Giphy through their mobile keyboards. Try it out on the desktop next time.« Source

Zoe Henry (2016): »Co-founders Alex Chung and Jace Cooke launched Giphy in 2013. Over the last three years, the company has served up more than half a trillion GIFs with references to movies, television, sports, politics, and more. It works with most major TV networks and sports leagues, as well as political groups like the GOP and DNC. It also generates promotional content for brands and licenses its API to other businesses for free. « Source

Crunchbase: »Animated GIFs have existed for decades, but there was still no good way to browse and discover the best the web had to offer. And the vision for GIPHY isn’t really just about finding GIFs. It’s a search engine today but soon you’ll see it grow into a community, a platform with a host of features targeted at gif artists, enthusiasts, bloggers, and anyone generally looking to discover or create that next big meme. When the team launched GIPHY at betaworks, it truly was a “hack”, a fun experiment to try and remedy something we felt had been broken for far too long.« Source


Critical points

Features & Functionality


Example results page for "sand": Source

References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN):
Wikipedia (Others): n.a.

Other Sources

Zoë Henry (NOV 1, 2016): How Giphy Climbed to a $600 Million Valuation--Without Generating Any Revenue URL:
Fernando Alfonso III (2013): Meet Giphy, a GIF-lover’s new best friend URL:
Loz Blain (2019): Alex Chung: GIPHY has become the world’s #2 search engine URL:

Created: 2017-05-03