Introduction: How to Download Subtitles From YouTube

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Many videos on YouTube contain subtitiles on different languages and if you would like to download such video, probably you will need to download subtitiles too. You can download simple subtitiles as well as transcribed with 4K Video Downloader. As a result, you obtain srt. file supported by most of modern video players. Please, follow few simple steps to download the video with subtitles from YouTube.

Step 1: Download and Install the 4K Video Downloader

Download and install the 4K Video Downloader application from the download page. It's available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.

Step 2: Copy the Video Link From the Browser.

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Copy the YouTube video link from your address bar in the browser.

Step 3: Press "Paste Url" Button in 4K Video Downloader Application.

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Press "Paste Url" button in 4K Video Downloader application.

Step 4: Choose the Quality of Video and Subtitles Language.

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Choose the quality of video, specify that you want to download subtitles and select a language. After that, click "Download".

Comments

Stayxox (author)2017-10-12

Hi, i've downloaded this onto mac. I can turn the youtube vid into a MP3 or MPEG movie, but I can't get it to download the subtitles? I have turned on Smart Mode and clicked the subtitles box. What should I do? i'm trying to download German subtitles so that I can copy them into google translate and see what comes up - is this possible?! Thanks!!

DorelY (author)2017-08-07

I have been using 4K Video Downloader in the past but for some reason it stopped to work for me.

I recommend you to check this list all the recommended methods to download YouTube videos with subtitles here:

http://www.megaleechers.com/2017/01/how-to-download-youtube-videos.html

craque (author)2016-10-23

I made a tool on my website that downloads YouTube closed caption
data from videos and exports them to common formats. No need to download
any software, free, no limits, no ads. There's even an API available
for the programmers.

It just pains me to see people installing bloated, ad-ridden, bundled software for no real reason.

http://www.nitrxgen.net/youtube_cc_info/

С.К (author)craque2017-05-27

YOU JUST ROCK !!!

morjax (author)craque2016-12-08

Is there a way to extract the **automatically** generated closed captions for a video?

JuliaW54 (author)morjax2017-03-16

I found this working with Softorino YouTube Converter. The tool downloads videos to iPhone and also a computer, and also fetches the subtitles if you specify this in settings.
Look it up in Google :)

craque (author)morjax2017-01-25

Not using my tool, sadly, and I apologise for not adding that feature. I did plan to add that feature but it adds a big layer of complexity to the whole thing and I got busy with other projects. It's basically a whole different tool required for automatically generated captions. I didn't think it would be so popular, so I may look into it at some point! I'll reply if I ever get around to doing it.

RanR1 (author)craque2017-03-02

hi, i tried to go to your website and it seems like the website is down?

Elania21 (author)craque2017-03-11

Thanks, you're awesome!

freakqnc (author)craque2017-01-19

I tried it with CxE56Aqj7yE YT ID and did not work (no matter the extension I used for the file to generate).

craque (author)freakqnc2017-01-25

Heya. I tested it with the video ID you gave me, it does work, though there are only Italian subtitles available for that one (note that you should submit a full video URL to the form, not just the ID; maybe I'll change that at some point). This tool only shows you what data YouTube provides, it won't provide the captions in English if there are none provided for example.

freakqnc (author)craque2017-01-25

Odd... when I did it wouldn't work. Now it does. Well all is well that ends well ;) Thanks!

craque (author)freakqnc2017-01-26

Strange! I haven't changed anything at all. Maybe information on YouTube's side changed (privacy settings, no captions available, etc.). That's all I can think of. Glad it works now.

ballayer (author)craque2016-12-06

Thank you a lot!! it is awesome !!

ŁukaszD (author)craque2016-11-24

Thank you! :D

You should make your own instructable here. I needed that to translate captions to my language but was worried about that 4K software as it looks like it contains malware/adware.

quetzalcoatl420 (author)ŁukaszD2016-11-28

Eh.. I use 4K Video Downloader for a long time, for subtitles downloading in particular and can say for sure it has no malware/adware. Install a good antivirus program and check for yourself. There is also a proof on VirusTotal, the last version that was uploaded to the site (4.1) is checked there by quite a number of popular (and not so much) antiviruses:

https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/1394f19ca6daddde...

The info is relevant - the last time the program was checked 10 hours ago (!).

SunT (author)craque2016-11-03

Thanx!!! you've done a really nice job. Very usefull for geting videos into classroom where video's native language is not the classroom's one.

lindafitriani (author)craque2016-11-03

Awesome.... A big thank you!!! it is very easy...

VladG17 (author)2017-03-14

why no one adds Romanian language there too ? :((

Hữu MinhC (author)2017-01-21

I'm wondering if this works with Facebook video too?

NeilF20 (author)2016-07-30

Well, I did this, but although the srt subtitles downloaded, they still won't play with the movie...ARGHHH!!!!

freakqnc (author)NeilF202017-01-19

Try to playback in VideoLan player and go to "Subtitles" and then set the subtitle file using the one 4kVD saved. Hope that helps you. Cheer! ;)

quetzalcoatl420 (author)NeilF202016-11-28

What video player do you use? There can be problems with playing subtitles in default players (such as Windows Media), as well as with VLC, but I download subtitled videos with 4KVD and play them with Media Classic Player, works like a charm! I recommend trying it out.

THGhost2013. (author)2016-10-03

Just when this program couldn't get any more awesome. Thanks!

EyT1 (author)2014-09-05

Hi everyone: http://mo.dbxdb.com/Yang Download youtube Automatic caption.http://mo.dbxdb.com/ Download youtube Closed caption.

DES_Toronto (author)EyT12016-05-13

Didn't work. Error message "Error or Nothing subs.Trying new url,Please!3"

JuliaN9 (author)DES_Toronto2016-07-26

hmm
does it work like this with this URL only?
Anyways, as an alternative you might try this solution: https://softorino.com/youtube-converter/download-...
Its best part is that it saves videos with subtitles already, so you do not need to add 'srt' files manually.

And it's also safe, so don't worry about malware and stuff like this.

JuliaN9 (author)DES_Toronto2016-07-26

hmm
does it work like this with this URL only?
Anyways, as an alternative you might try this solution: https://softorino.com/youtube-converter/download-...
Its best part is that it saves videos with subtitles already, so you do not need to add 'srt' files manually.

And it's also safe, so don't worry about malware and stuff like this.

Trà ĐáC (author)2016-05-15

VERY USEFUL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!

afutin.d (author)2015-04-11

One more online tool for extracting subtitles: http://yt-subs.afut.in/

DES_Toronto (author)afutin.d2016-05-13

Site seems to be offline.

ccsubs (author)2015-09-28

Hey, with http://ccsubs.com it's very easy to download subtitles of youtube videos. Just enter the URL click a button - done. Many different subtitles formats are supported and we're planning to add support for other video sites than youtube soon.

I hope you like my small project: http://ccSubs.com

DES_Toronto (author)ccsubs2016-05-13

Just tried it. Nice. Thanks.

WarrenE (author)2015-06-21

i downloaded a japanese video but it didnt give an english subtitle. is there anyway i can downloaded it? thanks

EyT1 (author)2014-09-05

Hi everyone: http://mo.dbxdb.com/Yang Download youtube Automatic caption.http://mo.dbxdb.com/ Download youtube Closed caption.

UgoUgo (author)2014-08-05

Great app!
I also recommend this one http://www.dvdvideosoft.com/products/dvd/Free-YouTube-Download.htm

tzq33tdq (author)2013-10-24

This is perfect for what I need!!! Thank you for posting this... :)

KevinMiller (author)2012-10-23

Thank you too!

rimar2000 (author)2012-10-17

This can be very useful, thanks for sharing.

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