How To Download Youtube Subtitles in 2020

How To Download Youtube Subtitles

YouTube has conquered the online world, undoubtedly. A bottomless source of content, music, videos, playlists, channels, plus your own potential gateway to fame. One of the tiny “grains of salt”, one could argue, is the lack of ability to download videos and subtitles.  To download YouTube subtitles, we have collected ways (manually, online, offline) and tools (web utilities, software) to help you out.



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  • Option 1: Desktop software (VideoProc, Google2SRT)
  • Option 2: Save subtitles manually (YouTube transcript)




Any of the forthcoming methods should begin with these brief steps, since it is universal and will help to avoid typical errors.

1. Check for subtitles in the video. Before downloading the YouTube subtitles, make sure whether they are available are not. To do this, check if the “CC” button is available at the bottom under a  video. The absence of it means that it will be impossible to get subtitles.

2. Copy the page URL. Select the full page URL, then right-click it and choose Copy.

3. Select a method for captioning from our list. We have selected the best services, programs, and tips to get subtitles.

Download Subtitles for Youtube Videos in 2020

Option 1. Special software.

If you’d like to have a permanent tool on a desktop video proc is one of the options. It is a potent video editing and converting application with lots of features, but let’s stay on topic. and then it can extract subtitle files from videos that have it embedded. Note that it can do this only for videos on a hard drive, not YouTube/Vimeo/Facebook clips. Therefore, download a video beforehand. The process takes a few steps:

1. Download Video proc for Windows or Mac, install and activate it. Launch it.

2. Go to the YouTube Downloader section and Add Video. VideoProc will analyze video info in a few seconds. Now Select the subtitle language and click on Done to download a video.

3. Choose the Video tab, upload your video, then double-click Export Subtitle in the toolbox on the bottom (Rotate, Trim, GIF, etc.).

4. Select subtitle format and click Run (round blue button in the bottom right corner). Now you see a file in a folder on your computer, which you may now use as you please.

Google2SRTis an alternative, along with dozens of similar programs (VLC, SubDownloader, DVDVideoSoft, etc). It is a free utility that is quite functional, despite the fact that it is still in beta testing. In addition to URLs, it also recognizes XML lists. It has 11 interface languages and an auto-translation feature. Unfortunately, the source file is available only in SRT format. So to download subtitles do the following:

1. Download the application using this LINK and install the program. If it shows the JRE error message, Download and installs Java.

2. Launch Google2SRT, paste a URL in the Google Subtitles field, and press Read.

3. Press Browse to select the folder to save the subs too. within the table you can see detected subtitles, toggle those subs you want to download and then click Go.

4. Open the selected folder to find a subtitle file.

Option 2. Download YouTube subtitles manually.

#1. Using the YouTube feature (Transcript). In YouTube itself, there’s a way to obtain text subtitles directly on the page of a certain video. It makes it easy to get to the source of the sub, but a bit difficult to copy text. So here’s what you do.

1. On the page with video, click the button for advanced options. It is located in a row of additional buttons under the video and looks like three horizontal dots.

2. Click Open Transcript to open a special window with subtitles on the right.

3. Click on the options button at the top to turn timestamps ON or OFF, and change the language (if necessary) in the lower-left part of the window.

4. Select all text in the transcription window, as in a simple text document (left click).

5. Copy the text and paste it into any document to save afterward.

#2. Using Chrome Developer tools. This method should be used only if all the previous ones were unsuccessful. It allows you to get text subtitles, yet with more time and effort than with other methods. Also note that for correct results it is best to open a video in a new tab.

1. In Google Chrome, on the video page, press F12 to open the developer tools.

2. Select the Network tab and click to enable subtitles (CC button).

3. In the table, find the line name beginning with “timed-text” and click on it to display the hierarchy of subtitle elements.

4. Then in the hierarchy of the elements, open the Events section and select the subsection “0” and there select “segs” where the “0” subsection must be clicked. This will be the first line of subtitles, copy it into a separate text document.

5. To get the next line, repeat step 4, changing only the subsection digit to the next digit (0, 1, 2,3,4…)

Have Any Doubts or Not able to resolve the issue. Please comment on your queries in the comments below and we will solve your issues. Also if you found any other way to resolve the issue please comment below



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