Last Updated: 23-Apr-19

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

Install subtitles addons on Kodi

1. Open the System menu by pressing the cog icon on the top left corner of the Home Screen. Open System menu on Kodi using the cog icon

2. Select Add-ons.Kodi Add-on Browser on System Menu

3. Select Install from RepositoryInstall add-on from repository on Kodi

4. Click on Subtitles. (If you’ve installed 3rd party repositories on your system you’ll have to select the official Kodi Add-on Repository first).install subtitles on kodi 17 krypton with estuary skin

5. Let’s install some subtitles add-ons. There are many providers, install the ones that suits your language needs. OpenSubtiles and Subscene are great for subtitles in English and many other languages.
If you want to install the official OpenSubtitles addon read the instructions at the end of this tutorial. subtitles addons for kodi 17 krypton with estuary

6. Click on the Install button. enable subtitles on kodi 17

Set up subtitles preferences on Kodi

Now that we installed a couple of add-ons for subtitles let’s set up the preferred language and default add-on for subtitles.

7. Go back to the Home Screen and open Settings by clicking the gear icon near the bottom-left corner. Open System menu on Kodi using the cog icon

8. Open the Player settings. Player settings on Kodi 17 with estuary

9. Highlight the Language tab and click on Language to download subtitles for.language settings on kodi 17

10. You can select more than one language. Select your preferred languages and click OK to confirm.setting language for subtitles on kodi 17 krypton with estuary

11. Now set the Default TV show service and Default movie service to one of the subtitles addons installed earlier.select default subtitle addon for kodi

12. You’re ready to go. When playing a video press the Subtitles button near the bottom right corner of the screen.enabling subtitles on Kodi 17 krypton with estuary

13. Select Download subtitles… downloading subtitles with Kodi

14. Select a file to download the subtitles. selecting subtitles on kodi 17 krypton with estuary skin

[Optional] How to enable automatic subtitles on Kodi with Autosubs

If you use subtitles often you may find that clicking on Subtitles > Download every time you start a video can be a bit annoying. Lets solve that by installing the Autosubs service.

15. Go to the Home Screen and click on the Add-ons tab.addons tab on estuary skin with kodi 17

16. Select Addon BrowserAddon browser on Kodi 17 with estuary

17. Then select Install from repository.Install from zip file on Kodi with estuary

18. Click on Services. (If you’ve installed 3rd party repositories you’ll have to select the official Kodi Add-on Repository first)service addons on kodi 17 estuary

19. Select Autosubs.enable automatic subtitles on kodi 17 krypton with estuary skin

20. Press Installinstall autosubs on kodi estuary

21. Now that Autosubs is installed the Subtitle Selection Dialog will automatically open when you start playing a video. selecting subtitles on kodi 17 krypton with estuary skin

When choosing a subtitles 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. Most addons scrapping file locker websites for sources will show a truncated filename which makes finding the right subtitle harder.

How to install the official OpenSubtitles addon

OpenSubtitles.org has its own addon for Kodi called OpenSubtitles by OpenSubtitles. This addon doesn’t require authentication and it gives you access to their extensive collection of subtitles in several languages.

I. Download the addon from its GitHub page, remember the downloaded file’s location.  official opensubtitles kodi add-on github page

II. Open the System menu by pressing the cog icon on the top left corner of the Home Screen. Open System menu on Kodi using the cog icon

III. Select Add-ons.Kodi Add-on Browser on System Menu

IV. Select Install from zip fileinstall kodi add-on from zip file

V. Locate the zip file we just downloaded and click on it to install the add-on.  opensubtitles by opensubtitles official kodi addon zip file

If you want to set the official OpenSubtitles Kodi addon as the default subtitles addon follow the instructions on step 11.

If you have problems with the OpenSubtitles add-on please visit the OpenSubtitles add-on thread on their official forum.

These are some of the most popular Kodi add-ons for March 2019:

  • Exodus Redux:  Based on Exodus, it uses OpenScrapers to get sources from file hosting websites.
  • Yoda: Based on Exodus, scrapes sources from file hosting websites.
  • Seren: New add-on written from scratch with very innovative features like playing next episodes automatically, requires Debrid and Trakt accounts.
  • Elementum: High quality videos using Torrents.
  • Plexus: Live sports using AceStream or SopCast.

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Hernâni
Hernâni

Check ou the new SubLoader addon, is working great.
It actualy auto donwload the best subtitle…
https://www.reddit.com/r/Addons4Kodi/comments/bomkq8/automatic_subtitles_sub_loader/

E.Savas
E.Savas

27.04.2019. There Arne NO Subtitles at the moment. Tryed everyting, Can anybody help

Lars
Lars

Is there a way to save a particular subtitle and its offset on a particular movie file I have on my server, or do I have to go through the process every time of downloading the subtitle, figuring out the offset, setting the offset… there should be a way for Kodi to remember the subtitle that goes with a filename, no?

Tom Joad
Tom Joad

subtitles just stopped working on Kodi firestick a couple days ago, and on my girlfriend’s too. Just get error msg. What’s up? Worked fine for weeks.

Asha
Asha

Subtitles for live tv … how to enable

Toma
Toma

Is it possible to view subtitles on live TV?

inky
inky

thank you

Bob De Silva
Bob De Silva

Now that I have installed subtitles, how can I uninstall them as I hate them

Joe
Joe

I thought everyone reading this should know that OpenSubtitles made a custom version of the add-on that works without login. Just search “subtitles by opensubtitles” on Google and find the result from github.com. You can then find the green download as zip button and load this into Kodi via Settings > Add-ons > Install from zip.

Here’s the link hopefully it works:
https://github.com/opensubtitles/service.subtitles.opensubtitles_by_opensubtitles

Mark
Mark

Yes and leaving a credit card details just to get subtitles stopped me registering.