Download Subtitles For VLC Player Automatically

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Finding subtitles and then retroactively adding them to a video source isn’t all that fun. A much easier solution is to download “vlsub” and grab the subtitles from within VLC player.

Follow the guide below for downloading, installing, and using vlsub for automatically downloading subtitles for video files.

Download the file

Visit the download link below and right-click the page to save as a regular file, under the default extension “lua.”


Where to save the file

The file will need to be saved in the VLC installation folder. Use this reference for your particular OS:
  • Windows (all users): %ProgramFiles%\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\extensions\
  • Windows (current user): %APPDATA%\vlc\lua\extensions\
  • Linux (all users): /usr/lib/vlc/lua/extensions/
  • Linux (current user): ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions/
  • Mac OS X (all users): /Applications/
  • Mac OS X (current user): /Users/%your_name%/Library/Application Support/org.videolan.vlc/lua/extensions/
Because we’re using a Windows x86 version, we’ll pick the first path but change it to include the “x86” path.

Save the file as one with a type of “All Files” to ensure the proper extension is retained.


Alternatively, if you have Windows 7, just download and run the “windows_installer.bat” file for an automated install. Follow the onscreen prompt to install for either all users with an “a” or the current user only with a “c.”


How to use vlsub

Start VLC with a video file and choose the menu item “View > VLSub” or “VLC > Extension > VLSub” if you're using Mac OS X. Click on "Search by hash" or "Search by name,” then select a subtitles file on the list. Click on "Download selection" to get the subtitle file automatically.

The subtitles are downloaded from
Download the vlsub text file or one just for Windows 7