This small Linux/macOS software is designed to help you quickly find and download subtitles for your favorite videos!
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Introduction is a small software written in python, built to help you quickly find and download subtitles for your favorite videos. It can be used as a nautilus script, or as a regular application working under GNOME or KDE desktop environments. You can also use it in full CLI mode (Command Line Interface) on your NAS, Raspberry Pi, macOS or wherever you want to bundle it really!

The subtitles search is done by precisly identifying your video files by computing unique movie hash sums. This way, you have more chance to find the exact subtitles for your videos, avoiding synchronization problems between the subtitles and the soundtrack. But what if that doesn't work? Well, a search with the filename will be performed, but be aware: results are a bit more... unpredictable (don't worry, you will be warned! and you can even disable this feature if you want).

The subtitles search and download service is powered by Big thanks to their hard work on this amazing project! Be sure to give them your support if you appreciate the service provided, they sure need donations for handling the ever growing hosting costs!


  • Use a GNOME/GTK or KDE/Qt GUI depending on your favorite desktop environment.
  • Or just use the CLI! Great for automation, and it works on Linux and macOS.
  • Query subtitles in more than 60 different languages for documentaries, movies, TV shows and more...
  • Query subtitles in multiple languages at once.
  • Query subtitles for multiple video files at once.
  • Detect valid video files (using mime types and file extensions).
  • Detect correct video titles by computing unique movie hash sums in order to download the right subtitles for the right file!
  • If the video detection fails, search by filename will be performed as backup method.
  • Download subtitles automatically if only one is available, choose the one you want otherwise.
  • Rename downloaded subtitles to match source video file. Possibility to append the language code to the file name (ex:


  • python (version 2 or 3)
  • zenity (only for GNOME based desktop environments)
  • kdialog (only for KDE based desktop environments)
  • common unix tools: wget & gzip (subtitles downloading), ps & grep (GUI autodetection)


Quick installation as a nautilus script, under GNOME 3 desktop environment:

$ git clone
$ mkdir -p ~/.local/share/nautilus/scripts/
$ cp OpenSubtitlesDownload/ ~/.local/share/nautilus/scripts/
$ chmod u+x ~/.local/share/nautilus/scripts/


You can browse the project's website at
You can browse the project's GitHub page at
Learn much more about installation and configuration on its wiki at


  • Emeric Grange maintainer
  • jeroenvdw for his work on the 'subtitles automatic selection' and the 'search by filename'
  • Gui13 for his work on the arguments parsing
  • Tomáš Hnyk for his work on the 'multiple language' feature
  • Carlos Acedo for his work on the original script

License is a free software released under the GPL v3 license


Start subtitles search

Download selected subtitles

Enjoy your subtitled video! Enjoy your subtitled video!

What if multiple subtitles are available? Just pick one from the list! Multiple subtitles selection