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Subliminal - Subtitles, faster than your thoughts

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Subliminal is a python library to search and download subtitles. It comes with an easy to use CLI (command-line interface) suitable for direct use or cron jobs.


Subliminal uses multiple providers to give users a vast choice and have a better chance to find the best matching subtitles. Providers are extensible through a dedicated entry point.

  • Addic7ed
  • OpenSubtitles
  • Podnapisi
  • TheSubDB
  • TvSubtitles



Download english subtitles:

$ subliminal -l en -- The.Big.Bang.Theory.S05E18.HDTV.x264-LOL.mp4
1 subtitle downloaded


Download best subtitles in French and English for videos less than one week old in a video folder, skipping videos that already have subtitles whether they are embedded or not:

from __future__ import unicode_literals  # python 2 only
from babelfish import Language
from datetime import timedelta
import subliminal

# configure the cache
subliminal.cache_region.configure('dogpile.cache.dbm', arguments={'filename': '/path/to/cachefile.dbm'})

# scan for videos in the folder and their subtitles
videos = subliminal.scan_videos(['/path/to/video/folder'], subtitles=True, embedded_subtitles=True, age=timedelta(weeks=1))

# download
subliminal.download_best_subtitles(videos, {Language('eng'), Language('fra')}, age=timedelta(weeks=1))



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