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. Lets install some subtitles addons. There are many providers, install the ones that suits your language needs. Subscene is great for english subtitles.
If you want to install the official OpenSubtitles addon please read the instructions at the end of this article.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 install the official OpenSubtitles addon

OpenSubtitles.org has launched its official addon for Kodi called OpenSubtitles by OpenSubtitles. This new addon doesn’t requires authentication and it gives you access to an extensive collection of subtitles in several languages.

  • Download the addon from its GitHub page or using this link, remember the location of the downloaded file.
  • Go to Add-ons > Add-on Browser (the box icon on the top-left corner) > Install from zip file.
  • Locate the downloaded file and click on it to install.

Don’t forget to remove the old OpenSubtitles addon if you have it installed on your box.

More Info:

 

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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Joe
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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

HowToMediaCenter
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Hi Joe, thanks for letting us know. I’ll update the guide to reflect the new changes.

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

HowToMediaCenter
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Opensubtitles does not ask for credit card info, just email. Check if you are using the correct URL.

selvie.jaos@gmail.com
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selvie.jaos@gmail.com

I have the same problem. Stuck at register? How do you update the system? will that resolve the problem? thanks for your help.

Barbara Murray
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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.

Kev Lee
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It seemed ok until you had to try to register. Fuck what a pain, gave up after 15 mins.

rayn
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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

JCSS
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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?

Ahya Yaya
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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…

christa
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Hey, were you able to find English subtitles? I’m also stuck yet I love watching Spanish shows

Ed G
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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… Read more »
Ed G
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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.

Michael Warwick
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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

Barb
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Thanks so much for uncomplicated instructions!
Extremely easy to follow and it actually worked!

Stamen
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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?

Coco
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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.

Mark Daley
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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?

Schism
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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?

HowToMediaCenter
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Hi, you have to uninstall the Autosubs service. Go to System > Add-ons > My Add-ons > Service and uninstall Autosubs.

John
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Excellent guide thanks. After OpenSubtitles required a login i thought it was all over for subs in Kodi.

Penny Bielby
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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

HowToMediaCenter
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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.

Radders
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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?

HowToMediaCenter
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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.

B
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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.

B
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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?

HowToMediaCenter
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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.

Raza
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It always says installation failed when I try to download subtitles

Valerie
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Where? I can’t see an explanation!

Daniel
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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… Read more »
Petey
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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?

Petey
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Same here – is there a fix for this?

Mitzi
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How to download Dothraki subtitles?

Mike
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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

Nini
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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! 😄

Pat
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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?

Ahmed Kamal
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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?

HowToMediaCenter
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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.

Paul
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Yes you are a genius works a treat narcos is the dogs balls now 👍

Mary
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Thanks

Amirul Uddin
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Thank you for your step by step. Its was straight forward to enable subtitles. Much easier when I thought.

Rosanna
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Best tutorial! Finally after weeks trying to figure it out

Andy Lee
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Great tutorial, thanks a lot!

Corbjn
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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.

Batgirl
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The same thing is happening to me.. I’ve tried but I can’t figure out how to solve it

Linda Monostori
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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?

Lilian
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Can you get subtitles on live tv – BBC/ITV etc

HowToMediaCenter
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No, this will only get subtitles for movies and tv shows on your library or streamed using video addons.

theinkyladybug
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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!

HowToMediaCenter
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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.

Romit
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Thank you… bless you

Peter
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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

Ovande Furtado Jr. (@ofurtado)
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Ovande Furtado Jr. (@ofurtado)

Thanx for putting this together. Very helpful.

Peter Enewoldsen
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What version of KODI are you using, 15.2

HowToMediaCenter
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I believe I was using 15.2 when I took the screenshots but it also works on newer versions.

PF
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Thx!

Rebecca Allison
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Thanks a lot I’m usually rubbish with this stuff but it got me through it with no problem😊😊😊

katia
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Amazing guide!
Thank you.

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