How to Download Subtitles From YouTube


Introduction: How to Download Subtitles From YouTube

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.

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

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

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

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

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



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    40 Discussions

    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!!


    11 months ago

    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:


    1 year ago

    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.

    15 replies


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

    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 :)

    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.

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

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

    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.

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

    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.

    Thank you a lot!! it is awesome !!

    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.

    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:

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

    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.

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

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

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