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I have many movies without subtitles, is there a program to find the right subtitles for them?

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I use totem's inbuilt subtitle downloader, always works for me. – Gaurav Butola Jun 7 '11 at 14:35
@GauravButola - does it still work? I cannot see the subtitles myself. Is it supposed to download subs in a specific folder? – cipricus Mar 14 '13 at 10:47
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You can use subdownloader Install subdownloader or to install in shell sudo apt-get install subdownloader which is very good to download subtitles for any type of movie/series.

After downloading/installing it the program should be in the Sound & Video section in the applications panel. If you are using Unity by default just press SUPER and type subdownloader and press enter.

When you open the program it will automatically log in to opensubtitles and just search for the movie you want to find the subtitles for or the folder where the video or videos that you want to search the subtitles for. Then select the language for them and download. It will automatically put it in the folder where the video is, renaming it to the video name and enjoy. Open the video with VLC and you should be able to watch the movie with the subtitles.

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Great, starting with the download of the subtitles for my own collection, thanks. ^^ – user19437 Jun 7 '11 at 4:49
No problem. Enjoy. It saves me a lot of time actually. – Luis Alvarado Jun 7 '11 at 4:50
doesn't do much more than smplayer – cipricus Mar 20 '12 at 19:38
I like the way I can download multiple subtitles files from multiple languages for multiple videos. So basically I select a folder with 50 movies, select for example, spanish, english and french language for all and just click to download them all with the correct name and format. In the cases of smplayer and the vlc subtitle plugin I can only do it with the video I am watching. One subtitle at a time basically. – Luis Alvarado Mar 21 '12 at 2:15

You can also try to install smplayer which provides subtitle downloading natively.

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You can go to 'Subtitles' --> 'Find subtitles on'

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and get a list of all the available sub files.

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The files are downloaded and saved instantly along with your movie file ;-)

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  • SubDownloader is a great program, already described in other answers here. (It downloads multiple files for multiple videos from a certain folder that can be selected in a directory-tree pane. Can also search subs for a selected single file video.)

But instead of a separate program, the player itself may be used to search and download subtitles for the playing video:

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  • VLSub can find and save subtitles in the video folder, and was recenty updated and improved.

  • Subtitle finder can find and display subtitles but (the "official" version) cannot save them. For improved version, see below.

An advanced version of Subtitle Finder was published on this blog; with contributions from AbrahamVanHelpsing (see my question here, answered here) and from the user mederi, the script would now save the subtitles as mentioned; it is not on the VLC-addons page just yet. The download link is this.

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Try subliminal, which downloads from multiple providers. It has all the features of other software suggested in this thread, but fares much better at detecting movie titles and finding quality subtitles.

You might need to run several passes on a given folder to find all subtitles, recursively.

It also detects embedded subs (mkv..), skips files which already have subs in your language of choice, and automatically renames the subs files to match video file names.

Also, I made a gist and an action, for the Nemo File Manager (can be converted to use Nautilus), that adds a context menu option to automatically download English movie subtitles.

Nemo action to download subtitles automatically

It's available here:

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Features of Subdownloader are:

  • No spyware, no adware
  • Fast hashing algorithm (27 GB movies/7 seconds)
  • Recursive folder search
  • Autodetect language of the subtitles
  • Upload entire series subtitles in less than 1 minute
  • Many more…

SubDownloader : Ubuntu subtitle Downloader

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