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Initial release2014
Operating systemiOS, Android, Windows Phone, Web
TypeSocial networking

happn is a location-based social search mobile and web application that allows users to like or dislike other users, and allows users to chat if both parties liked each other (a match). The app is used as an online dating application.[1]


Happn was founded by Didier Rappaport, Fabien Cohen and Antony Cohen.[2] and developed by FTW & Co. In July 2014, the app had 40,000 daily users.[3] In January 2016, happn had 10 million users.[4]

The number of subscribers remained stable between 2018 and February 2019: around fifty million users were then registered in around forty countries around the world, including nearly four million in France and nearly one million in Paris.[5][6] The company then employed more than one hundred people.

In July 2021, Didier Rappaport left the company following the publication of an article by Mediapart[7] exposing allegations of sexual behaviour and harassment towards his employees (70 testimonials from the company’s current and former employees).

In 2021, the company launched a web version.[8]

Features and use[edit]

The focus of Happn is to match users based on locations where they've crossed paths.[9]

The application is compatible with Android, iPhone,[10] Windows and web browsers.[11] The app uses a feed based upon the location of users' phone, listing possible matches.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Barrie, Joshua (February 10, 2015). "The French dating app that lets you track down people you passed on the street seems like a stalker's dream". Business Insider. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  2. ^ Chaturvedi, Anumeha. "French dating app Happn off to a good start in India". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2021-07-04.
  3. ^ a b Dillet, Romain (July 16, 2014). "Happn Is A Dating App Powered By Real Life Interactions". TechCrunch. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  4. ^ Roof, Katie (January 19, 2016). "Dating App Happn Reaches 10 Million Users, Adds Voice". TechCrunch. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Saint-Valentin : quel bilan pour l'appli de rencontres Happn ?". Les Echos (in French). 2019-02-14. Retrieved 2022-07-22.
  6. ^ Gonzalez, Romain (2019-03-10). "" Le dating est un fait social reconnu "". Le Point (in French). Retrieved 2022-07-22.
  7. ^ Cebron, David Perrotin, Hugo Boursier et Valentin. "Accusé de violences sexuelles, le patron de Happn quitte l'entreprise". Mediapart (in French). Retrieved 2021-07-04.
  8. ^ "happn post on LinkedIn: 2021 throwback".
  9. ^ "This map shows the tube's Happn hotspots". Timeout. July 10, 2018.
  10. ^ Bromwich, Jonah (December 31, 2014). "A Dating App, Happhin, to Find a Match Nearby". The New York Times. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  11. ^ Eaton, Kit (January 27, 2016). "Video Feature: Finding a Valentine, With a Tap or a Swipe". The New York Times. Retrieved October 9, 2016.

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