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Some popular video addons for Kodi already have automatic subtitles capabilities and that’s great, but sometimes you need more control over your selection process to get the right subtitles 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 on Kodi with subtitles in any language.

Install subtitle addons on Kodi

In this section, we’ll learn how to install subtitle add-ons located in the official Kodi repository. Please read Additional subtitle add-ons to install some of our recommended 3rd-party add-ons.

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 17 krypton with estuary skin

5. Let’s install some subtitles add-ons. There are many providers, install the ones that suit your language needs. Podnapisi and BSPlayer are great for English subtitles, Addic7ed is also great for TV Shows.
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6. Click on the Install button. enable subtitles on kodi 17

We strongly recommend that you check out our Additional Subtitles section below, where we’ll show you how to install a couple of great subtitles add-ons that are not available on the official repository like a4kSubtitles, or Subscene.

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 cog icon near the top-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 enable multiple languages. 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

You’re now ready to use subtitles with Kodi. Select a movie or TV show and start playing it.

12. 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] 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. Let’s 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. Open the Addon Browser on the top left corner of the screen. Addon browser on Kodi 17 with estuary

17. Then select Install from repository. Install add-on from repository on Kodi

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.

Additional Kodi Subtitle add-ons

The following add-ons are not available in the official Kodi repository but we really like them because they offer subtitles in many languages and some of them grab subtitles from many sources.

Install a4kSubtitles add-on

a4KSubtitles is a new add-on with support for multiple subtitle services like OpenSubtitles, BSPlayer, Podnapisi, SubDB, Subscene, and Addic7ed. This add-on is compatible with Kodi 19 and Kodi 18.

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

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

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

IV. Enter https://a4k-openproject.github.io/a4kSubtitles/packages/ on the top box and ak4Subtitles repo on the bottom one. Press OK add the source. adding source for a4kSubtitles on Kodi

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

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

VII. Select a4kSubtitles repo. select a4kSubtitles source

VIII. Click on a4kSubtitles-repository.zip to install the repository. installing a4ksubtitles repository zip file

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

X. Press on a4kSubtitles Repository. a4kSubtitles repository

XI. Select Subtitles. subtitles category on a4kSubtitles repository

XII. Click on a4KSubtitles. installing a4kSubtitles

XIII. 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 and you’ll be ready to use a4kSubtitles on Kodi. If you want to set it as the default subtitles addon follow the instructions on step 11.

Install the unofficial Subscene add-on

Subscene.com hosts a large catalog of subtitles, but the add-on on Kodi’s official repository has been broken for a while. This add-on is available for Kodi 19 and 18.

I. Go to jarmo’s GitHub page, and download the zip file.
Download service.subtitles.subscene-kodi18-x.x.x.zip for subtitles in Kodi 18 Leia or service.subtitles.subscene-kodi19-x.x.x.zip for subtitles in Kodi 19 Matrix.
Remember the folder where you downloaded the file, we’ll be using it later.  unofficial subscene kodi add-on github page

II. Go to Kodi and open the Settings 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 you just downloaded and click on it to install the add-on.  unofficial subscene kodi addon zip file

Now you’ll be able to use subtitles from Subscene. If you want to set Subscene as the default subtitles addon follow the instructions on step 11.

Install the official OpenSubtitles add-on

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

This add-on is not compatible with Kodi 19.

I. Download the addon from its OpenSubtitles’ GitHub page, remember the folder where you downloaded the file.  official opensubtitles kodi add-on github page

II. Go to Kodi and open the Settings 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 you just downloaded and click on it to install the add-on.  opensubtitles by opensubtitles official kodi addon zip file

If you want to set OpenSubtitles 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.

Looking for more add-ons? These are some of our favorite Kodi add-ons for September 2021.

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

The Crew Kodi Add-onThe Crew: Free and premium sources. Very popular add-on with many extra features like live sports and more. (Kodi 19 Matrix & 18 Leia)
The Oath: Free and premium sources. Great add-on based on Exodus. (Kodi 19 Matrix & 18 Leia)
Seren Kodi Add-on featured imageSeren: Premium sources. Excellent add-on with great user interface and many innovative features. (Kodi 19 Matrix & 18 Leia)
Venom: Premium sources. Very popular add-on with great features. (Kodi 19 Matrix & 18 Leia)
Elementum Kodi Addon featured imageElementum: P2P sources. An excellent add-on that offers high-quality streams using torrents. (Kodi 19 Matrix & 18 Leia)
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  • 2 months ago

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

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  • 5 months 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.

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    • 2 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.

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  • 2 years ago

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

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  • 3 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?

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  • 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.

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    • 4 years ago

      Hi, which addon are you using for subtitles?

      Reply
  • 4 years ago

    Subtitles for live tv … how to enable

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    • 4 years ago

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

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