How to automatically download subtitles for movies and TV shows [Tip, Windows, Mac]

Finding subtitles for movies and/or TV shows that you download online is not necessarily a painful task, provided you know where to look. And in most cases, you are likely to be able to find what you’re looking for at sites like OpenSubtitles, Subscene or SubtitleSeeker among others. Be that as it may, getting the right subtitles does involve visiting either/all of these sites and searching for the ones you are looking for. And even if you do find subtitles available for your movie or TV show, it is possible that they are not in the language of your choice. And that could be real frustrating.

What Is Subtitles?

That’s where this cool, free program, aptly called Subtitles, steps in. Subtitles — a program for Windows  XP, Vista, 7, and 8 and Mac — simplifies the process of fetching subtitles to the extent that you do not even need to fire up your browser. All you need to do is just drag and drop your videos into the Subtitles app window, and let it work its magic.

Subtitles Main Screen

How Can It Make My Life Easier?

The best part is that it doesn’t even matter if the file doesn’t have the right name, or what format it is in – Subtitles scours the web and finds the right subs for your video, in the language that you have specified in your preferences.

Another cool feature of Subtitles is that you can drag and drop an entire  folder with multiple video files, and Subtitles will process all of them. This is particularly useful in case of an entire season of a particular show, that you want to get subtitles for, and saves a lot of time and effort that you would otherwise spend hunting for subs for each episode.

Batch Processing Subs

Once the subtitle/s are downloaded, the app automatically places the .srt file in the folder where the source video is located, and even names it exactly, so that it will automatically get loaded once you play the video.

Subs Auto Named And Placed

Lots of languages supported.

Subtitle Languages Supported

And you even get the Subtitle shortcut in the right-click menu, should you want to just process a single file, making the process faster and simpler.

Right Click Menu

And as you can see from the screenshots above, Subtitles supports multiple file formats, so it doesn’t matter what format or codecs your file is using – Subtitles handles them all.


Subtitles is a compact, easy to use program, which is light on system-resources. It is totally free for use with no timed trials or usage limits. While there are other programs which offer similar functionality, like FileBot and VLSub, the ease of usage, simplicity and uncluttered interface which Subtitles offers, combined with the fact that it is completely free, makes it an extremely useful tool for someone who is a movie and TV show fan. Subtitles is available for Windows and Mac, and can be downloaded from the official website.

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