Search and Download Subtitles in VLC: with VLSub Extension

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In this article I will show you how to search and download subtitles with VLC (video lan codec).

VLSUB is a VLC extension that searchs for subs by video hash or imdb title and downloads them from

It can be used in a lot of languages, like: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and many more.

1. Create ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions:

$ mkdir -p ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions

2. cd to ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions:

$ cd ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions

3. Click here to download VLSub from here.

Restart VLC and you will see VLSub under the VLC View Menu:

Search for subtitles via video hash or IMDB ID, select the language you want the subtitles to be in, then click “Go”. VLSub will try to find all matching subtitles and display a list:

Select one subtitles and press OK. VLSub will now download the selected subtitle file and rename it to match your video, making it ready for viewing in VLC.

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