4 Best Linux Apps for Downloading Movie Subtitles

Are you facing difficulties in getting subtitles of your favorite movies, especially on major Linux desktop distributions? If so, then you are on then right track to discover some solutions to your problem. In...

Are you facing difficulties in getting subtitles of your favorite movies, especially on major Linux desktop distributions? If so, then you are on then right track to discover some solutions to your problem.

In this post, we shall run through some excellent and cross platform applications for downloading movie subtitles. Note that the list below is not prepared in any definitive order but you can try out the different applications and find out which one works best for you.

Suggested Read: 10 Best Open Source Video Players For Linux in 2015

That said, let us move to the actual list.

1. VLC Media Player

VLC is a free, popular, open source and importantly cross-platform multimedia player, it can run on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It practically plays everything from files, discs, webcams devices and streams, and VLC is also feature rich and highly extensible through addons and to download movie subtitles, users can install addons such as VLSub and Subtitle finder.

Suggested Read: Install VLC Player in Linux Debian, Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Suggested Read: Install VLC Media Player in RHEL/CentOS 7/6 and Fedora 24-20

2. Subliminal


Subliminal is a powerful, fast terminal based tool and Python library used for searching and downloading movie subtitles. You can install it as a typical python module on your system or isolate it from the system by using a dedicated virtualenv. Importantly, it can also be integrated with the Nautilus/Nemo file managers.

Visit Homepage: https://github.com/Diaoul/subliminal

3. SubDownloader

SubDownloader is also an excellent and cross-platform application for downloading movie subtitles on Linux as well as Windows.

It ships in with the following remarkable features:

  1. No spyware
  2. Searches folders recursively
  3. Enables downloading a whole folder of movies with a single click
  4. Supports multiple international languages coupled with many other minor features

Visit Homepage: http://subdownloader.net

4. SMPlayer

SMPlayer is another free, cross-platform GUI fork of popular Mplayer media player, that works on Linux and Windows operating systems. It comes with built-in codes for nearly every video and audio formats you can imagine. One of its notable features is support for subtitle download, it searches and downloads movie subtitles from www.opensubtitles.org.

Suggested Read: Install Latest SMPlayer in Linux Systems

At this point, you surely must be aware of good Linux applications for downloading movie subtitles. Nonetheless, if you know of any other superb applications for the same purpose that have not been mentioned here, do not hesitate to get back to us through the feedback form below. We shall be pleased to include your suggestions in this editorial.

Posted by wiredgorilla