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.  Click the Add-ons tab on the Home Screen.  addons tab on estuary skin with kodi 17
2. Open the Addon Browser by clicking the little box  icon on the top left corner of the screen. Addon browser on Kodi 17 with estuary
3. Select Install from repository.Install from zip file on Kodi with estuary
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. 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 read the instructions at the end of this tutorial, OpenSubtitles offers subtitles in many languages. subtitles addons for kodi 17 krypton with estuary
6. Click on the Install button. enable subtitles on kodi 17

 

Set up subtitles on Kodi

7. Now we are going to set up the preferred language for subtitles. Go back to the Home Screen and open Settings by clicking the gear icon near the bottom-left corner. Kodi system settings on estuary skin
8. Select Player SettingsPlayer 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 use the Subtitles button near the bottom right corner of the screen to select and download your subtitles. enabling subtitles on Kodi 17 krypton with estuary

 

[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. .

13. Go to the Home Screen and click on the Add-ons tab.addons tab on estuary skin with kodi 17
14. Select Addon BrowserAddon browser on Kodi 17 with estuary
15. Then select Install from repository.Install from zip file on Kodi with estuary
16. 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
17. Select Autosubs.enable automatic subtitles on kodi 17 krypton with estuary skin
18. Press Installinstall autosubs on kodi estuary
19. 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.

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

If you want to search for subtitles before playing a video you can install the Context Menu addon for OpenSubtitles, it only works with OpenSubtitles.

Don’t forget to remove the old OpenSubtitles addon if you already installed it. The OpenSubtitles addon available on the official Kodi repository requires an OpenSubtitles account to work. You can read more about the official OpenSubtitles addon on OpenSubtitles’ forum.

 

These are some of the most popular Kodi add-ons for October 2018:

 

 

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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

HowToMediaCenter
HowToMediaCenter

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

Mark
Mark

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

HowToMediaCenter
HowToMediaCenter

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