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How to Download YouTube Subtitles with 3 Methods

YouTube is a huge hub for many videos of varieties, covering movies, tutorials, and speeches, etc. The best part is that you can share and download those resources free. And when you download YouTube videos, very often you need to acquire the video subtitles as separate SST or SRT files for further studying or editing. So, in this guide, we will show 3 ways to extract and download YouTube subtitles.

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Method 1: Download Subtitles in SRT/ASS from YouTube using VideoProc Converter

Basically, VideoProc Converter is a video processing tool with simple editing features. But owing to its built-in downloading engine, we can also use it for YouTube subtitle downloading, and more.

  • - Download subtitles from YouTube videos and other 1000 + UGG sites separately or in batch
  • - Extract subtitles from MKV, MP4, MOV, AVI, DVD Video, etc.
  • - Add hardcode subtitles and embed SRT ASS files to any videos without quality diminishing
  • - Guaranteed for stable performance, user privacy and security
  • - One-stop video processing program to cut, trim, merge, resize, rotate, deshake, denoise videos, etc.

You can download it now and acquire YouTube subtitles by following easy steps.

Step 1: Launch VideoProc Converter

Hit Downloader > Add Video. Now you come to the Recorder panel of VideoProc Converter.

Step 2: Analyze Video Information

Paste the YouTube URL to VideoProc Converter analysis box and tap Analyze. Then select the desired output property from the available YouTube video resolution, format, and size information listed up. The information of this video is now being analyzed by VideoProc Converter, and it will be shown in seconds.

Step 3: Select the Target Subtitle Language

Click Search and choose the language you need, including English, Japanese, German, Turkish, etc. Select the needed subtitle language.

Download YouTube Video with Subtitles
Download YouTube Video with Subtitles

Step 4: Download YouTube Videos with Subtitles

Click Done > Browse to choose the video/audio output folder, and then click download. The output folder will pop up once it finishes downloading.

Step 5: Import the Downloaded YouTube Video to VideoProc Converter

Click Back and then hit Video. There you click +Video to import the downloaded video.

Step 6: Download Subtitles from YouTube Video

Click Export Subtitle, and there you can choose the export it as an SRT or SST file. Click Done and then hit Run. You will acquire the subtitles in seconds.

Download YouTube Subtitles
Download YouTube Subtitles

Tip: You can reset the start and end time of your video to download subtitles of the specific duration.

Method 2: Download YouTube Subtitles via an Online Tool

There are also some online tools which can help us with YouTube subtitle downloading as TXT or SRT format. Here we take SaveSubs as a recommendation.

Step 1: Paste the URL of a YouTube Video to SaveSubs. And hit the button of Extract&Download.

Step 2: Go to English subtitle, and choose a format, SRT or TXT. Then it starts downloading.

Tips: You can scroll down to download dual subtitles or translated subtitles (by Google Translate) in SRT format.

Download YouTube Subtitles in SaveSubs
Download YouTube Subtitles in SaveSubs

Step 3: Open and check the subtitle file downloaded online.

Method 3: Download YouTube Subtitles Directly within YouTube

Another quick way to download YouTube captions to text can be done within YouTube. But this method is only available when there are subtitles auto-generated by YTB or closed captions uploaded by the YouTuber. Otherwise, you cannot find the Open Transcript option in the tutorial.

Step 1: Open a video on YouTube.

Step 2: Open the transcript of the YouTube video.

Click the 3-dot icon under the playback window. And hit Open transcript. Then you can find the transcript beside the video. You can toggle the timestamps to copy a pure text.

Open YouTube Video Transcript
Open YouTube Video Transcript

Step 3: Select them all and copy the transcript as a text.

Copy YouTube Transcript
Copy YouTube Video Transcript to a Text


Most online YouTube subtitle downloaders save YouTube subtitles solely. If you want both YouTube videos and subtitles, multifunctional desktop software VideoProc Converter exactly meets your needs. It saves files from more than 1000+ video sites and extract multilingual subtitles in SRT or ASS format in just a few clicks.

Disclaimer: We do not advocate downloading or converting authorized or copy-protected media content. Any commercial or illegal use of YouTube subtitles and videos is strictly forbidden.


Reuben Zaback

Hi, I'm Reuben Zaback and I've been an award-winning editor of Digiarty for four years. Writer by day and reader by night, I share programs reviews and tutorials, multimedia solutions, latest tech trends, devices tips, etc. I geek out over Apple products, sports cameras, drones, gadgets and always look to learn something new. My spare time is dominated by sports rehab and part-time study.

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