I have downloaded Subliminal which is a program that downloads movie subtitles.But there are several problems: (1) when I test it at the console with a movie that I know has an English subtitle, I get an unsatisfactory response:

alan@alan-Latitude-D530:~$ subliminal -l en la fin du jour.avi
usage: subliminal -l LANGUAGE [LANGUAGE ...] [-s] [-c CACHE_FILE]
                  [-p PROVIDER [PROVIDER ...]] [-m MIN_SCORE] [-a AGE] [-h]
                  [-f] [--addic7ed-username USERNAME]
                  [--addic7ed-password PASSWORD] [-q | -v]
                  [--log-file LOG_FILE] [--color] [--debug] [--version]
                  PATH [PATH ...]
subliminal: error: too few arguments

(2) I loaded a bash script into Nautilus so that I could download subtitles by a right-click on a movie file instead of having to go to a console. But I could not get a successful download!:

 # NAME:         Get_subtitles
 # AUTHOR:       (c) 2014 Glutanimate
 # DEPENDENCIES: subiminal (https://github.com/Diaoul/subliminal)
 # LICENSE:      MIT license (http://opensource.org/licenses/MIT)


 while [ $# -gt 0 ]; do
     subliminal "$MOVIE" -l "$LANGUAGE"

(3) Finally,In another attempt to download the subtitle with a right-click on the movie file, I opened Thunar File Management and loaded a command into its Custom Action:

subliminal -f -l en --%N

Alas, this did not work either!

My objective here is:

(1) make sure that Subliminal actually is working i.e.downloads subtitles

(2) integrate Subliminal with a file system so that it operates with a right-click on a movie file without have to work at the terminal

2 Answers 2


I'm the maintainer of subliminal.

Latest version of subliminal (1.0.1 as I'm writing this) brings a lot of fixes and a brand new command line interface that is much easier to work with and nicer to look.

There is a soon-to-be-released example that integrates subliminal with the Nautilus file manager to add a right click context menu. Screenshot and install instructions are here. It features an automatic download menu, a configuration interface and a manual download interface so you're never stuck with the wrong subtitle.

Don't hesitate to open issues on the bug tracker.

Hope this helps.


I'm using Thunar 1.6.3 in Xubuntu 14.04.1

My custom action is based on Thunar Custom action - download subtitle with periscope

subliminal %F -l en && zenity -–info –-title “Done” –-text “Subtitles downloaded successfully” || zenity –-error –-title “Error” –-text “Subtitles not downloaded successfully”

Note that -l en comes after file name. You can try running the command first before you create the custom action.

Beware when copying from Thunar documentation because double dash -- became single dash - in that documentation.

Zenity is currently not showing any dialog. (I think periscope and subliminal has different return values (just my opinion)).

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