Some popular video addons for Kodi already have automatic subtitles capabilities and that’s great, but some times you need more control over your subtitle selection process to get the right subtitles for your video. In this guide we are going to enable automatic subtitles on Kodi using the AutoSubs service and a couple of subtitle addons so you can watch all your TV shows and movies with subtitles in any language.

If you are using Kodi 17 read our guide How to enable subtitles on Kodi 17 with Estuary Skin.

 

1. Start on the Home Screen by selecting “System”.System option in kodi home screen
2. Then “Add-ons”.Addons option in Kodi settings
3. Now click on “Install from repository”. Install from repository option
4. Select “Kodi Add-on repository”. Kodi official addon repository
5. We are going to install some subtitles addons, click on “Subtitles”.subtitles option on Kodi's official repository
6. There are many providers, install the ones that suits your language needs. “OpenSubtitles.org” offers subtitles in many languages and “Subscene.com” is great for english subtitles.kodi-subtitles-addons
7. Let’s install AutoSubs, Go back one screen and select “Services”.  If you don’t want to use AutoSubs jump ahead to step 9.service option on kodi's official repo
8. Install “AutoSubs” to automatically get the Subtitle Selection Panel every time you start playing a video. AutoSubs service for Kodi media center
9. Now we are going to set the language for the subtitles. Go back to the Home Screen and select “System”. System option in kodi home screen
10. Then “Video”. video settings option on kodi settings
11. Select the “Subtitles” tab and make sure “Settings level” is set to “Standard” or higher.subtitles tab on kodi settings
12. Switch “Preferred subtitle language” to your language. preferred subtitle language on kodi settings
13. You can select more than one language for subtitles, in this case we are going to choose english and spanish. selecting subtitles languages on kodi settings
14. Click on “Default TV show service” and pick one from the ones you installed earlier, do the same for “Default movie service”. selecting subtitles default addon on kodi settings

 

We are all set, now the Subtitles Selection Panel will automatically open every time you start playing a video. When selecting a subtitle file keep in mind the video quality and try to match it with the subtitle file name, this way you’ll have better chances of getting the right subtitles for your video.

 

How to create an OpenSubtitles Account

Since last update, OpenSubtitles requires authentication or you’ll get the following error message: “error searching for subtitles, your open subtitles.org username or password is empty or not valid” or “In order to continue OpenSubtitles.org subtitles service you need to Log In”.

To create an OpenSubtitles account go to http://www.opensubtitles.org/newuser and register, it’s free. Once you have created and verified your account open Kodi and follow these steps:

  • Go to System > Add-ons > My Add-ons > Subtitles and click on OpenSubtitles.org.
  • Press Update to make sure you have the latest version (at least 5.0.16).
  • Then press Configure and enter your username and password.
  • Click OK to confirm.

Now you should be able to get subtitles from OpenSubtitles’ extensive archive.

 

You can stream movies and TV shows on Kodi using 3rd-party addons, let us recommend a couple of our guides to install and configure some of the most popular kodi addons for streaming.

SALTS (Stream all the sources) multi-scrapper addon, supports library integration trough trakt.
Exodus, multi-scrapper addon from the creator of Genesis, supports trakt integration.
Specto, a Genesis fork with the same features but under new management, multi-scrapper, supports library integration and also trakt.
Quasar, video streaming using torrents (peer-to-peer), supports library integration and also trakt.

 

 

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54 thoughts on “Tutorial: How to enable automatic subtitles on Kodi

  • February 25, 2017 at 3:38 am
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    Yes. There is a selection to choose the 1st subtitle right next to where you choose which subtitle service you want in the system menu under subtitles- it is used instead of choosing a subtitle service.

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  • February 17, 2017 at 8:12 pm
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    It seemed ok until you had to try to register. Fuck what a pain, gave up after 15 mins.

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  • February 11, 2017 at 5:43 pm
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    You should update system. You are running an old system. If you don’t want to update try to click get addons, and you should see install from repository on the next screen

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  • February 3, 2017 at 12:17 pm
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    Is there a way to have it automatically pick the first subtitle file available instead of opening the subtitle selection screen?

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  • January 9, 2017 at 10:02 pm
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    Currently, I also have the same problem… I’ve tried different sub provider, the result is the same… It has gone haywire…

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  • January 7, 2017 at 11:19 am
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    Hey, were you able to find English subtitles? I’m also stuck yet I love watching Spanish shows

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  • January 6, 2017 at 1:12 am
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    Scratch my last post. I figured it out. I someone hadnt completed the full sign up process on their website. Went back, paid attention to detail and got it done. Now its working somewhat. My only problem now is trying to get the subtitles to match whats being said. Its WAY off for me right now. Also, when “downloading” these subtitles do they automatically erase themselves from where ever they’re at or are they building up on our devices, filling up the drive and require manual deleting later? I have a firestick and we all know theres not much space on that.

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  • January 5, 2017 at 11:37 pm
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    Im having the same problem. I guess it stopped working between the 28th, which was the last time someone said it was working, and now.

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  • January 4, 2017 at 3:11 am
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    I installed as you instructed but it would not load subtitles due to password error. How do I get around this? Thanks

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  • December 31, 2016 at 5:27 pm
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    Thanks so much for uncomplicated instructions!
    Extremely easy to follow and it actually worked!

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  • December 28, 2016 at 12:13 am
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    I followed the tutorial all the way. I want to get french or bulgarian subtitles for english movies, but it only ever finds english subtitles. Any tips?

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  • December 19, 2016 at 2:36 am
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    Subscene has not been working for me for the last couple of weeks. I liked it even better than opensubtitles, but when I try to use it now it says “failed: check log for error” any idea on what this could be? I have uninstalled and reinstalled to no avail.

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  • December 17, 2016 at 2:18 pm
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    I’ve tried all these suggestions but I still get subtitles on all movies and TV shows. I uninstalled the autosub service, gone into audio settings during a show and un-enabled subtitles and saved for all media but still have subtitles on all media. Any idea what the issue is?

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  • December 7, 2016 at 6:03 pm
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    I have a quick question … I’ve uninstalled all of my subtitle services, but the screen that lets me choose a subtitle service is still appearing automatically every time I start watching something.

    Is there a way to turn the automatic overlay off?

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    • December 7, 2016 at 6:10 pm
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      Hi, you have to uninstall the Autosubs service. Go to System > Add-ons > My Add-ons > Service and uninstall Autosubs.

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  • December 4, 2016 at 8:55 pm
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    Excellent guide thanks. After OpenSubtitles required a login i thought it was all over for subs in Kodi.

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  • December 1, 2016 at 8:44 am
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    i have subtitles on tv shows and movies, can you get subtitles on live tv through your kodi box, i am using turk playlist if helps

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    • December 1, 2016 at 9:30 am
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      Hi, I’m sorry but I don’t think is possible to use subtitles on live streams or at least not possible with the method described on this tutorial.

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  • November 30, 2016 at 2:23 pm
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    Hi, followed the ‘How to enable automatic subtitles on Kodi’ all straight forward untiI I came to play a movie.Firstly the sub titles were on permanant, I wanted only when a second langauge was spoken. I tried to change, no good, then reversed the instructions, now I’m left with a wide grey strip top and bottom that I’m unable to remove. This is only on movies not shows nor normal TV. Any ideas?

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    • November 30, 2016 at 2:51 pm
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      Sorry to hear that, subtitles for only foreign language dialogues are hard to find. The gray bars are definitely not normal, try uninstalling autosubs and play something without subtitles to see if that disables the bars.

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  • November 28, 2016 at 9:02 pm
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    No, I can get Spanish subtitles on most of the add ons I’ve tried. I want English subtitles for the Spanish shows. The add ons I have tried say English subtitles are not available. I just wondered if certain add ons would get me a better shot at finding the English subtitles.

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  • November 27, 2016 at 4:12 pm
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    I love watching Spanish shows but am having trouble finding subtItle apps that support English subtitles. Any suggestions? I have tried most of the recommended apps like open subtitles and Subscene. Are there any better suited for Spanish shows?

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    • November 28, 2016 at 10:24 am
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      Not sure if they have Spanish subtitles for Spanish shows but for general Spanish subtitles you could installing Argenteam and subdivx, subtitulos.es was great but it isn’t working for me lately.

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  • November 12, 2016 at 2:31 pm
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    It always says installation failed when I try to download subtitles

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  • October 30, 2016 at 1:24 pm
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    Where? I can’t see an explanation!

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  • October 8, 2016 at 1:23 am
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    I don’t see how to use local subtitles when they are available.

    I have subs set to optional, so I can download them if needed. But if there are locals, I can’t find anything that says how to use them. Esp, once I’ve downloaded some, then notice they don’t work well (way off time). I’ve tried cycling “enable” but that just makes the same subs I downloaded toggle on and off.

    I also tried the audio menu, which shows there are two subs available, but this seems to refer to the last two I downloaded. It doesn’t turn the local ones on & off.

    Thanks1

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  • October 2, 2016 at 5:28 am
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    Is there a way to have subtitles come on only when needed as opposed to having them on the whole time?

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  • October 2, 2016 at 5:27 am
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    Same here – is there a fix for this?

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  • September 28, 2016 at 7:32 pm
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    How to download Dothraki subtitles?

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  • September 27, 2016 at 10:54 am
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    Perfect! No extra bs, just simple easy to understand explanation! Now I can finally understand what they’re saying wen they freaking whisper, or when Statham is talking jibberish lol

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  • September 24, 2016 at 3:03 pm
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    Thank you so much for a straightforward explanation with clear photos to guide those of us who are not so computer savvy! 😄

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  • September 23, 2016 at 7:52 pm
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    Is there a way to have subtitles come on only when needed as opposed to having them on the whole time?

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  • September 23, 2016 at 10:18 am
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    I tried same steps and it works only with English Subtitles. BUT… it doesn’t work with Arabic subtitles as the letters comes like symbols not even Arabic letters :'(
    Any help please?

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    • September 23, 2016 at 10:48 am
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      Sound like a font problem, try changing the Character set of your subtitles. Go to System > Video > Subtitles and change the Character Set to Arabic.

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  • September 18, 2016 at 1:25 pm
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    Yes you are a genius works a treat narcos is the dogs balls now 👍

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  • August 31, 2016 at 1:29 am
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    Thank you for your step by step. Its was straight forward to enable subtitles. Much easier when I thought.

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  • August 8, 2016 at 11:23 pm
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    Best tutorial! Finally after weeks trying to figure it out

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  • July 18, 2016 at 7:33 pm
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    Your guide loses me by Step 3. When I get into Add-Ons under System I don’t have an option to “Install from Repository.” The options listed for me are:

    Check for updates
    Available Updates
    Disabled Add-ons
    Enabled Add-ons
    Get Add-ons
    Install from zip file
    Search

    And that’s it. Not sure why mine is different. Any help you could offer me would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

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    • September 11, 2016 at 4:39 pm
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      The same thing is happening to me.. I’ve tried but I can’t figure out how to solve it

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  • July 14, 2016 at 5:49 am
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    Guys, I have a problem. Whenever I try to Enable or actually Install a subtitle or the AutoSubs, the Installation starts downloading then suddenly stops. Any tips?

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  • July 2, 2016 at 9:44 am
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    Can you get subtitles on live tv – BBC/ITV etc

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    • July 2, 2016 at 11:00 am
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      No, this will only get subtitles for movies and tv shows on your library or streamed using video addons.

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  • June 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm
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    Will this allow movies that are actually SUPPOSED to have subtitles to display them? For example… watched 2 movies yesterday and today that had scenes that were supposed to be subtitled but were not… or does this just subtitle EVERYTHING. ALL the time? Thanks!

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    • June 20, 2016 at 3:40 pm
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      It’ll usually subtitle everything. For non-english parts only you’ll need to download subtitles marked as FPO (Foreign Part Only) or Forced Subtitles but they are a bit hard to find.

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  • June 6, 2016 at 5:41 pm
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    This was great, even with my very limited understanding of the whole system managed to do it without any problems. Thank you so much

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  • May 11, 2016 at 3:09 am
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    What version of KODI are you using, 15.2

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    • May 11, 2016 at 9:37 am
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      I believe I was using 15.2 when I took the screenshots but it also works on newer versions.

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    • July 7, 2016 at 8:01 am
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      Thanks a lot I’m usually rubbish with this stuff but it got me through it with no problem😊😊😊

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  • February 19, 2016 at 12:32 am
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    Amazing guide!
    Thank you.

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