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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 subtitles addons on Kodi

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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We strongly recommend installing the official OpenSubtitles addon and Subscene2, they are not on the official Kodi repository but they offer a huge catalog of subtitles in many languages. Please read the instructions below to install these add-ons.

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

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 gear icon near the bottom-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 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. Lets 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. Select Addon BrowserAddon browser on Kodi 17 with estuary

17. Then select Install from repository.Install from zip file on Kodi with estuary

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. Most addons scrapping file locker websites for sources will show a truncated filename which makes finding the right subtitle harder.

Install the official OpenSubtitles add-on 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 GitHub page, remember the downloaded file’s location.  official opensubtitles kodi add-on github page

II. 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

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 we just downloaded and click on it to install the add-on.  opensubtitles by opensubtitles official kodi addon zip file

If you want to set the official OpenSubtitles Kodi addon 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 Subscene2 add-on hosts a large catalog of subtitles, but the add-on in the official repository has been broken since the last update of the website. Luckily, there’s an unofficial add-on called Subscene2.

A. Go to the Home Screen and press the cog icon to open the System menu. Open System menu on Kodi using the cog icon

B. Select File Manager. Kodi File Manager on System menu

C. Press Add source. adding source using file manager on kodi

D. Write on the top box and thuongtin on the bottom one. Press OK to continue. installing subscene alternative add-on

E. Go back to the System menu and select Add-ons. Kodi Add-on Browser on System Menu

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

G. Now click on and wait a couple of seconds until the add-on is downloaded and installed. subscene2 kodi add-on

Now you’ll be able to download subtitles from Subscene. You can also install, it combines results from OpenSubtitles and Subscene in a single add-on.

These are some of the most popular Kodi add-ons for July 2019:

  • Exodus Redux:  Based on Exodus, it uses OpenScrapers to get sources from file hosting websites.
  • Venom: Based on Exodus, scrapes sources from file hosting websites.
  • Seren: New add-on written from scratch with very innovative features like playing next episodes automatically, requires Debrid and Trakt accounts.
  • Elementum: High-quality videos using Torrents.

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howtomediacenterHernâniE.SavasLarsTom Joad Recent comment authors

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
Barbara Murray

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
Kev Lee

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


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


Is there a way to have it automatically pick the first subtitle file available instead of opening the subtitle selection screen?

Ahya Yaya
Ahya Yaya

Currently, I also have the same problem… I’ve tried different sub provider, the result is the same… It has gone haywire…


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

Ed G
Ed G

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 on that.

Ed G
Ed G

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
Michael Warwick

I installed as you instructed but it would not load subtitles due to password error. How do I get around this? Thanks


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


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?


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
Mark Daley

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?


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?