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Most of the popular Kodi video add-ons are capable of downloading subtitles automatically, but sometimes you need more control over the subtitle selection process to get the right one for your videos.

In this guide, we’ll enable subtitles on Kodi using a couple of addons so you can watch all your shows and movies with subtitles in your preferred language.

1. Set up subtitle preferences on Kodi

First, let’s configure the language for the subtitles.

1. Press the cog icon near the top left corner of the screen to open the Settings menu. Open System menu on Kodi using the cog icon

2. Open the Player settings.
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3. Highlight the Language tab and click on Language to download subtitles for. language settings on kodi

4. You can enable multiple languages. Select your preferred languages and click OK to confirm.
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The Default TV show service and Default movie service settings allow you to set your preferred subtitle add-on. We haven’t installed any add-ons yet so we’ll leave them empty for now. You can come back later to set your preferred subtitle add-ons.

Some streams feature multi-language audio tracks, setting the Preferred audio language will automatically select the correct audio track for your language if available.

2. Recommended Kodi subtitle add-ons

a4kSubtitles and SubLoader are two great subtitle addons. Both can grab subtitles from a set of popular subtitle websites, they can find subtitles in many languages, and require no user account (but you can use your own OpenSubtitles account for better results).

2.1. Install a4kSubtitles

A4KSubtitles is a great add-on that supports multiple subtitle services like OpenSubtitles, BSPlayer, Podnapisi, SubDB, Subscene, and Addic7ed.

a4kSubtitles uses the IMDb identifier to find matches for your video, this identifier is usually provided by the streaming add-on. Luckily, a4kSubtitles works with most modern add-ons.

1. Press the cog icon to open the Settings menu. Open System menu on Kodi using the cog icon

2. Press File Manager. Kodi File Manager on System menu

3. Select Add Source. adding source using file manager on kodi

4. Enter on the top box and ak4Subtitles repo on the bottom one. Press OK to add the source. adding source for a4kSubtitles on Kodi

5. Now select Add-ons. Kodi Add-on Browser on System Menu

6. Press on Install from zip file. install kodi add-on from zip file

7. Select a4kSubtitles repo. select a4kSubtitles source

8. Click on to install the repository. installing a4ksubtitles repository zip file

9. Now select Install from repository. Install add-on from repository on Kodi

10. Press on a4kSubtitles Repository. a4kSubtitles repository

11. Select Subtitles. subtitles category on a4kSubtitles repository

12. Click on a4KSubtitles. installing a4kSubtitles

13. Press the Install button to install a4kSubtitles on Kodi. install a4kSubtitles Kodi addon

You’ll see a list of dependencies to be installed along with the add-on, press OK to continue. Now you’re ready to use a4kSubtitles on Kodi.

Check out the add-on’s settings to enable automatic subtitles search, enable/disable subtitle providers, use your own OpenSubtitles account, and more.

2.2. Install SubLoader

SubLoader is a service add-on that automatically finds and downloads subtitles for your content with great accuracy. No need to navigate menus, just play your content and SubLoader will do the rest. This add-on is especially useful if you use subtitles often.

SubLoader uses the IMDb number and filename of your video to find the best match. The more descriptive the filename, the better the chances of finding the correct subtitles.

1. Go to SubLoader’s releases page on GitHub and download the latest version of SubLoader addon on Github

Remember the path for the downloaded zip file, we’ll need it in a moment.

2. Open Kodi and press the cog icon to open the Settings menu. Open System menu on Kodi using the cog icon

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

4. Press Install from zip file.install kodi add-on from zip file

5. Locate the recently downloaded zip file and press on it to install SubLoader. SubLoader installation file

SubLoader is now installed but it uses its own language preferences. Let’s open the add-on’s settings and select our preferred language.

6. Select My Add-ons. My Addons category on Kodi settings

7. Click on  Services. Services installed on Kodi

8. Select SubLoader.

9. Press the Configure button. opening SubLoader settings

10. You can choose up to 3 languages on the Subtitles tab. Press OK to save the settings. setting preferred language for SubLoader

It’s important that you install other subtitle add-ons to use as backup. If SubLoader can’t identify your video, it’ll open the subtitle download dialog and use your other add-ons as fallback.

SubLoader is a fork of AutoSubs. If you’re using AutoSubs please uninstall it to avoid conflicts between the add-ons.

3. Subtitle addons on the official Kodi repository

You can find more subtitle addons on the official Kodi repository, some of these add-ons require a user account from their respective websites.

A couple of popular add-ons on the official repository are Addic7ed and Subscene Subtitles but you should try as many as you can to find which one works best with your language.

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 Repository.Install 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

5. Let’s install some subtitles add-ons. There are many providers, install the ones that suit your language needs.subtitles addons for kodi

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

If you’re prompted to install dependencies for your selected add-on, press OK and wait a couple of seconds for the process to finish.

4. Downloading and using subtitles

Now that we installed and configured the add-ons, we’re ready to use subtitles on Kodi. Start playing a movie or episode.

1. When playing a video, press the Subtitles button near the bottom-right corner of the screen.enabling subtitles on Kodi 17 krypton with estuary

2. Select Download subtitles…downloading subtitles with Kodi

3. Press on one of the installed add-ons and wait a couple of seconds while the search is done. Then select a file from the list to download the subtitles.
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The video will automatically resume playing as soon as the subtitle file is downloaded.

Looking for more add-ons? These are some of our favorite Kodi add-ons for July 2022.

Please visit our list of the best Kodi add-ons for more information.

The Promise: Free and Premium sources. Based on The Oath, has all the features from its predecessor.
The Crew Kodi Add-onThe Crew: Free and premium sources. Great all-in-one add-on with many extra features for kids, sports, live TV, and more.
Scrubs v2: Free sources. Great add-on specialized in free sources.
Seren Kodi Add-on featured imageSeren: Premium sources. Excellent add-on with great user interface and many innovative functions.
Ezra Kodi addon featured imageEzra: Premium sources. Based on Fen, this add-on has all the great features of its predecessor.
Elementum Kodi Addon featured imageElementum: P2P sources. An exceptional add-on that offers high-quality streams using torrents.
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  • 4 weeks ago

    I have all that is listed above; however there are times when none of them have a subtitle for the movie I’m watching but on the right the subtitle part of the player says “local subtitles available”. How do you access them and where on Kodi do the movies download to if you are only streaming them with the Crew through real Debrid? I’ve read that the subtitles are stored with the video as an .srt file or some other type of file but can’t find them when I get the local subs available.

  • 2 months ago

    why are subtitles not working on kodi 2022

  • 8 months ago

    Bom dia acabei de instalar legendas vou verificar

  • 11 months ago

    Thank you for the step by step that too in pics. I’m grateful to you for the trouble you’ve taken…

  • 1 year ago

    This is the stupidest way to support external subtitles. Using third-party websites via addons which require me to create an account. Because it’s that hard to read them when they are next to the movie like all other softwares do. The subs are not my number one priority but when I need them it’s just stupid to go over this process and the reason why Kodi makes me switch it to another streaming software.

    • 3 years ago

      Thanks for the info! I’m testing Subloader and it’s working perfectly. Subloader add-on automatically downloads the right subtitle for the content playing. Make sure to uninstall Autosubs service to use Subloader.

  • 3 years ago

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

  • 4 years ago

    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?

  • 4 years ago

    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.

    • 4 years ago

      Hi, which addon are you using for subtitles?

  • 4 years ago

    Subtitles for live tv … how to enable

    • 4 years ago

      Downloading subtitles for live streams is not possible. Check if your stream has closed caption (CC)

  • 5 years ago

    Is it possible to view subtitles on live TV?

  • 5 years ago

    thank you

  • 5 years ago

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

    • 5 years ago

      Uninstall Autosubs service and you won’t get the subtitle selection screen when starting a video. Sometimes videos have built-in subs, there’s no way to remove those.

  • 5 years ago

    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 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:

    • 5 years ago

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

  • 5 years ago

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

    • 5 years ago

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