If I have a list of YouTube video URLs, how do I search text strings in the English subtitles?

The automatically generated subtitles should be used if possible: use human subtitles if they are available.

  • what do you mean by "text strings" ??
    – user0
    Aug 13, 2018 at 0:19
  • @User0 Search subtitles for text.
    – neverMind9
    Aug 13, 2018 at 9:02
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    so let me put it in other words... you want to search for any given word from subtitles which are part of video uploaded on youtube and all you have is an URL?
    – user0
    Aug 13, 2018 at 12:09
  • @User0 exactly.
    – neverMind9
    Aug 13, 2018 at 14:16
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    well thats not possible at all. you would need to download all subtitles and then run a batch script to find what you need
    – user0
    Aug 13, 2018 at 14:18

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to mass-download subtitles:

youtube-dl.exe -o %%(autonumber)s-%%(title)s.%%(ext)s --all-subs -a feed.txt

  • in a folder where you downloaded youtube-dl.exe create text file feed.txt with content like:


  • run/execute BATCH.cmd by double-clicking
  • wait until cmd window closes (it can take a time - depends on your internet speed)

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