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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 subtitle addons on Kodi

In this section, we’ll learn how to install subtitle add-ons located in the official Kodi repository.

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 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, OpenSubtitles and 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 pick 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] 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 are great for downloading subtitles in many languages.

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.

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.

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.
In this guide, we’re going to install the unofficial Subscene add-on available for Kodi 18 and 19.

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 a4kSubtitles add-on

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

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.

Looking for more add-ons? These are some of the most popular Kodi add-ons for 2020.
 
The Crew Kodi Add-onThe Crew: multi-scraper add-on with lots of features like sports, radio, kids section, and more.
Tempest: great multi-scraper add-on with extra features.
Venom: multi-scraper add-on based on Exodus.
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John
John

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

Penny Bielby
Penny Bielby

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

Radders
Radders

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?

B
B

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
B

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?

Raza
Raza

It always says installation failed when I try to download subtitles

Valerie
Valerie

Where? I can’t see an explanation!

Daniel
Daniel

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 ones on & off.

Thanks1

Petey
Petey

Is there a way to have subtitles come on only when needed as opposed to having them on the whole time?

Petey
Petey

Same here – is there a fix for this?

Mitzi
Mitzi

How to download Dothraki subtitles?

Mike
Mike

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
Nini

Thank you so much for a straightforward explanation with clear photos to guide those of us who are not so computer savvy! ?

Pat
Pat

Is there a way to have subtitles come on only when needed as opposed to having them on the whole time?

Ahmed Kamal
Ahmed Kamal

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?