How to Add Subtitles in VLC Media Player

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How to Add Subtitles in VLC Media Player

One of the great features of VLC Media Player; is the ability to add or enable subtitles to videos. While watching a movie, a series, or some other video in VLC Media Player, we tend to turn subtitles on. Subtitles can be a helpful tool; for those who are hard of hearing or want to watch foreign language movies with translations to understand the story.

Some movies come with embedded subtitle files, while others require downloading subtitles from an external source. You can use the built-in tool or search for subtitles on the web; to download subtitles. In this tutorial, we will go through the step-by-step process of adding and enabling subtitles to your videos in VLC Media Player.

Subtitle Formats Supported by VLC Media Player

If you have a question – “What caption formats can I open in VLC Player?” Let me tell you that, in VLC Media Player, you can use several different caption formats. Subtitle files are generally in .srt format. However, there exist other subtitle formats too. Here is the complete list of supported formats:

  • SubRip (.srt)
  • MicroDVD (.sub)
  • SubViewer (.sub)
  • SSA1-5 (.ssa, .ass)
  • JACOsub (.jss)
  • MPsub (.sub)
  • Teletext
  • SAMI (.SAMI)
  • VPlayer (.txt)
  • Vorbis comment (.ogg)
  • Closed captions
  • VobSub (.sub, .idx)
  • Universal Subtitle Format (.usf)
  • SVCD / CVD
  • DVB
  • OGM (.ogm)
  • CMML
  • Kate
  • ID3 tags
  • APEv2

Turn On Encoded Subtitles in VLC

Sometimes some video files come with embedded subtitle files. If the video files have subtitles embedded within the video, you don’t need to download and load the external subtitles in VLC. You can follow the steps mentioned below to enable it.

Step 1: Open VLC Media Player and play the video file.

Step 2: To check whether the video file has embedded subtitles files. Click the “Subtitle” tab in the top menu and select the “Sub Track” option. If you get the subtitle list, select the preferred subtitle file.

Note:- You can also access the subtitle menu by right-clicking on the screen and selecting “Subtitle” from the context menu.

Selecting Subtitle File in VLC Media Player

Step 3: After that, you will get the subtitle in the video area. You can also change the position of the subtitle in VLC Media Player.

Video Playing with the Subtitle in VLC

Now, you can use the below method if the video file doesn’t include any embedded subtitles files.

Add Subtitles in VLC Media Player

If the subtitle is not embedded within the VLC, let’s discuss; how to add a subtitle to VLC. For that, you can follow the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Open the video in VLC and make sure it begins playing. You can use “Ctrl + O” to open the file.

Step 2: From the top menu bar, click the “Subtitle” tab and select the “Add Subtitle File…” option.

Adding Subtitle Files in VLC

Step 3: Browse to the location where your subtitle file is present and hit the “Open” button.

Selecting External Subtitle for Video on VLC

Or, if you want to load the subtitle automatically from the beginning when the video is playing. You can put your movie file and subtitle file in the same folder. Give both those files the same file name. Only the extension will be different. Here is an example:

Movie file name => Avengers.Endgame.mp4

Subtitle file name =>

Making Movie and Subtitle Name Same with Different FIle Extension

Note:- For multiple subtitles for more than one language, use the format (example: or


That’s it; this is how you can add subtitles in VLC Media Player. If you are having syncing issues with subtitles and audio, you can check our linked guide on; how to sync subtitles in VLC Media Player. Also, you can check our guide to download subtitles automatically with VLC. I hope you find this guide helpful. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to write them in the comment section below. I will surely reply to you.

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