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 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 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 December 2018:

  • Exodus Redux:  New add-on based on Exodus, it uses Lambda Scrapers to get sources from file hosting websites.
  • Yoda: 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.
  • Masterani Redux: Subtitled and dubbed anime.
  • Plexus: Live sports using AceStream or SopCast.
  • Sparkle: Search AceStreams on several subreddits, great addition to Plexus.




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LarshowtomediacenterTom JoadAshaToma 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?