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Original author(s)Jonas Drüppel, Roland Grenke, Daniel Taschik
Developer(s)Mobile Motion GmbH
Initial releaseNovember 14, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-11-14)
Operating systemiOS, Android
Available in20 languages[1]
List of languages
English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Turkish

Dubsmash is a New York-based video sharing social media service application for iOS and Android.

Founded in Germany by Jonas Drüppel, Roland Grenke, and Daniel Taschik,[2] the company relocated from Germany to Brooklyn in 2016.[3] On December 13, 2020, Reddit announced it had acquired Dubsmash.[4]

Using the application, users can choose an audio recording or soundbite from movies, shows, music, and internet trends and record a video of themselves dubbing over that piece of audio.


Dubsmash allows users to videotape themselves while lip syncing over audio clips including sections of songs, movies, and famous quotes. Users can upload their own audio, and can add colour filters and text animation to their recordings. Users have to save their clips to their devices and can then send them via other messaging applications.[5][6]


The app's had previously made two other apps which were not as successful. Their last app prior to Dubsmash was called Starlize, which aimed to allow users to create music videos. Finding out that this app was too complex for users, the creators decided to move on to shorter length videos with an emphasis on ease of use, creating Dubsmash.[2]


Within a week of the app's launch on November 19, 2014, it had reached the number one position in Germany, later reaching the same position in over 29 other countries.[2] As of June 2015 it had been downloaded over 50 million times in 192 countries.[5]

Data breach[edit]

On February 18, 2019, Dubsmash had a data breach; over 162 million accounts were compromised and its database was put for sale on the Dream Market. Passwords were stored as PBKDF2.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dubsmash on the App Store". iTunes. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Steve O'Hear (13 January 2015). "Video Selfie App Proves To Be A Smash Hit". TechCrunch. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  3. ^ Hu, Cherie. "Dubsmash Is Far From Dead -- But Can It Really Survive Its Second Life?". Forbes.
  4. ^ Staff (December 13, 2020). "Reddit Welcomes Video Platform Dubsmash to Team". Upvoted. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Hannah Jane Parkinson (5 June 2015). "Dubsmash: the viral app turning mimes into memes is singing – and winning". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  6. ^ Ravin Sampat (27 January 2015). "Lip-synching goes viral: the rise of Dubsmash". BBC News. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  7. ^ Swati Khandelwal (February 18, 2019). "Hacker Breaches Dozens of Sites, Puts 127 Million New Records Up for Sale". TheHackerNews. Retrieved February 18, 2019.

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