I want to save all the subtitles available for this video where there are subtitles available in three languages.

Is there a way to download subtitle files from the video?

Are they .srt files?

I know how to save the video file but I want to use the subtitles with the video offline; any solutions?

Environment: Windows 7 Pro & Internet Explorer 8.


5 Answers 5


Assuming you have Python installed, you can use getyoutubecc, which is a Python script.

Execution is as follows

>> python getyoutubecc Akqkvx407c8

Then keep the video and .srt in the same folder and you should be able to play in VLC.

For a non-technical way try one of the conversion sites such as http://mo.dbxdb.com/, which will download the .srt within a zip.

Open file in menu

Select the track from the zip file

Select the track

And then you should see the subtitles appear

Subtitles at the bottom of VLC screen

For videos with multiple tracks you will have to dig in and save it from .xml to .srt manually, there isn't a ready made tool out there on the web


Where can be en for English, it for Italian and de for German.
<VIDEOID> is the id of your Youtube video.

For some videos, it appears necessary to specify the name of the subtitle track, as seen on the Youtube page of the video, as a third argument:

  • I don't know what Python is! How do I execute? Sorry, I'm a newbie. Can you explain in more detail?
    – verve
    Commented Mar 27, 2012 at 23:04
  • @verve it's a programming language. You can use mo.dbxdb.com to achieve a similar result.
    – phwd
    Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 0:55
  • It seems to work. Well, when the video plays on YT the Eng. subs plays first by default so maybe that's why it's downloading the Eng. subs. How do I download the 2 other languages for the same video? How do I choose to download the other subs?
    – verve
    Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 5:25
  • You use this http://video.google.com/timedtext?lang=<LANG>&v=<VIDEOID> and replace with the id to get an .xml file which then needs to be converted to a .srt
    – phwd
    Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 6:08
  • The new URL is youtube.com/api/timedtext?lang={LANG}&v={VIDEOID}
    – mvark
    Commented Mar 17, 2014 at 14:41

There is an open source utility called 4k video downloader for this task.

4K Video Downloader allows to download video and subtitles from YouTube in the high quality as fast as possible to your computer.

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    – Mmmh mmh
    Commented Aug 24, 2014 at 0:32
  • I dunno...smells like spam somehow...
    – rogerdpack
    Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 1:50

This is a piece of software that downloads all available subs from a YouTube video with one click in .srt format. It has other features as well: http://google2srt.sourceforge.net/en/ .

Thank you phwd for helping but Google2SRT is super-easy to use and exactly what I was looking for.


Alternatively, there's also a Firefox plug-in called YouTube Caption Downloader.


There's an web-based application that will Download the youtube subtitles and give you the option to save as .txt or .srt format called youtube subtitles download

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    it's a 404 these days. I did find this one that seems to be not too spammy (as of today LOL) yousubtitles.com
    – rogerdpack
    Commented Feb 26, 2017 at 2:39

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