How to get VLC to download subtitles automatically

By | October 10, 2014

VLC is the most popular media player which can play almost all kind of media formats. If you want to play an video file which your usual media player cannot play, you can play it with VLC and it can play and no codec is required as well. VLC also features subtitle feature where you can load the subtitle file for the video file. But here the problem is it doesn’t find and download the subtitle automatically. Here I am going to explain how to make the VLC player to download the subtitles automatically.

How to get VLC to download subtitles automatically

VLSub is an extension for VLC which can search and download subtitles from website called using the hash or name of the videos playing currently.

  • Download VLSub from here and extract the compressed file. You will find vlsub.lua file in the folder.
  • For this you need to have VLC already installed on your computer and the next thing you need to do is move the vlsub.lua file to the VLC extension folder.
    In Linux, the extension folder is at ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions
    cp vlsub.lua/usr/lib/vlc/lua/extensions/

    For Windows, copy and paste file to

    For MAC OS X

  • Open the VLC  media player and load the video. Under the view menu, you should see VLSub option.
  • Now in the VLSub window, you can choose the subtitle language and add the title of the movie. Click search by name button to fetch all the subtitles from You can use search by hash button where it will calculate the hash for video and find subtitles that matches for this hash.
  • When you find the match in the list, highlight and click download section. It will prompt to select the location to download the subtitle file. Once it is done, you will be able to load the subtitle file in VLC media player.

Author: Peter Jacksonn

Peter, the most experienced in The Tech Bulletin team is a professional blogger and interested in reviewing the gadgets, giving solutions for technical queries. He covers the consumer electronics section along with latest apps and games.+Peter