Ultimate List of Websites and Software to Download Subtitles For Movies and TV Shows

Written By Sam on 22 November 2010

There are many chances that you come across a very good which is in a different language and this is where Subtitles will help you a lot to understand the movie. For those of you who are unaware of Subtitles – “Subtitles are textual versions of the dialogs in movies that are usually displayed at the bottom of the screen. Subtitles help viewers who cannot understand the spoken dialogue or who have accent recognition problems”. If you are looking for Subtitles for Movies or TV Shows then you can try out different websites that offer you subtitles in different languages. Apart from the websites there are also numerous applications that will help you to download subtitles with a single mouse click.

Best Sites to Download Subtitles

If you are looking for some of the best sites to download subtitles then you can check out the below websites. Most of these websites contain subtitles in major languages like English, Arabic, Brasilian, Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and many more. On most of the sites all you have to do is just download the subtitles file and use it with your favorite player like VLC Media Player.

Open Subtitles

OpenSubtitles.org is my personal favorite when it comes to subtitle downloads. I prefer Open Subtitles as it has got more than 1 Million subtitles for you to download. Open Subtitles support different subtitle formats including “MicroDVD Alpha (sub)”, “SubRip (srt)”, “SubViewer 2.0 (txt)”, “Advanced SubStation Alpha (ssa)”, “SAMI Captioning (smi)”, “MPlayer2 (mpl)” and “TMplayer (tmp)”. Open Subtitles contains subtitles for all the latest Movies and TV Shows and you can download subtitles for all AVI, DivX and XviD video files. Moreover Open Subtitles features Open Subtitles MKV Player which allows you to easily download and upload subtitles from OpenSubtitles.org servers.


Subscene is my other favorite website to download Movie and TV Show subtitles. Subscene features an integrated forum where users can upload their subtitles. This helps us to request subtitles for latest movies in different languages. At Subscene subtitles are available in different formats like .srt, .sub, .txt, .ssa and .smi.


At Moviesubtitles.org you can find subtitles for the most popular Movies and TV Shows. Subtitles are available in multiple languages for all your DivX/XviD movies. The site has got more than 60k subtitles in different languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Greek, Arabic and More. Moviesubtitles also features latest subtitles added and top downloaded movie subtitles.


AllSubs.org contain more than 3 Million subtitles for around 850k Movies making it one of the biggest subtitles database on the Internet. AllSubs has got subtitles for virtually all the movies ever produced. At AllSubs you can also find all the TV series subtitles grouped by series name and season.

Subtitles Box

At SubtitlesBox.com you can find subtitles for your favorite movies. You can download free subtitles for Movies in different languages. All you have to do is just search for a movie using the blue search box in the upper part of the site and once the search completed you’ll be displayed with a list of movies. Pick the right one for you by clicking on its name and then Download Subtitles.

If you prefer downloading subtitles from websites you can also try out the below websites.

Best Software to Download Subtitles

If you prefer to use some application which helps you to download subtitles then checkout the below tools. There are tools like “Subtitles“, “Sublight“, “SubDownloader“, “SubtitleDownloader” and more.


Subtitles is a simple freeware application that helps you to find subtitles for movies. After installing Subtitles all you need to do is right click on the movie file, choose a language from the selection and just click. Your web browser will open up, displaying a perfect set of subtitles for you to download. Subtitles doesn’t search for the movie name while looking for subtitles and instead calculates the checksum. If it doesn’t already have that particular checksum stored in its database, it automatically looks for it elsewhere on the internet.


Sublight helps you to easily search and download movie subtitles. Sublight is free application for searching and downloading movie subtitles directly from Windows. Sublight supports manual and auto search modes. In the auto search mode you can locate the video file and Sublight finds the subtitles based on the file name. In the manual mode you can feed the Movie Title, Year etc to download the subtitles. Moreover you can use Sublight to download subtitles for your favorite TV shows by providing the Season and Episode numbers. Once subtitles are displayed you can click on any of the subtitle to play the Movie with that particular subtitle.


SubDownloader is a program for automatic download/upload subtitles for video files (DIVX,MPEG,AVI,VOB,etc) and DVD’s using fast hashing. SubDownloader features a simple and user friendly interface to help you easily find the required subtitles. SubDownloader is available for Windows, Linux and Mac.


Apart from the above applicatins, you can try out splayer which features Smart Subtitle Search. This feature allows you to search for subtitles for a movie automatically from the web. You can even upload a subtitle from your computer for others use.

How To Play Movies With Subtitles

So once you have downloaded the subtitle file the next step is to watch the Movie with the subtitles.

Play Movies With Subtitles in VLC Media Player

If you are using VLC Media Player you can just drag and drop the subtitle file on to your movie to display the subtitles. Alternatively you can rename the subtitle file to the name of your movie and VLC will display the subtitles for you. Also you can open a subtitle file from Video->Subtitles Track->Open File

Play Movies With Subtitles in Windows Media Player

If you use Windows Media Player then you need to first install DirectVobSub. Once DirectVobSub is installed just goto Play->Captions and Subtitles->On if available. Alternatively you can right click on the movie then “Lyrics, Captions and Subtitles” -> “On if available”

Play Movies With Subtitles in DivX Player

If you are using DivX Player then you can just rename the subtitle file to the name of your movie and DivX Player will display the subtitles.

How To Burn Subtitles to Movies Permanently (Hard Coding Subtitles)

If you are looking to encode your movie with subtitles then you can try out VirtualDub.

  • Download and Install VirtualDub
  • Download Vobsub and during installation select VobSub for Virtualdub and TextSub for Virtualdub and AviSynth under Plugins
  • Open VirtualDub, Go to File->Open Video File and select the AVI.
  • Now go to Video on menu bar, select Filters and click Add button, select TextSub and click OK.
  • In TextSub settings click open button and add the  subtitle file.
  • Now process and save your movie using your favorite compression codec.

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