- Get the subtitles from Netflix (
.xml dfxp or
.vtt files), YouTube or other sources.
- Convert them into
Get the subtitles:
From Netflix: method 1
You need Google Chrome. not tested on other web browsers
- Open devtools. This is usually accomplished by either:
- Go to Network tab within dev tools.
- Load your movie/episode.
- Select the subtitle you want.
- In devtools sort by name and look for a file with
?o= at the beginning of the name (see image below).
From Netflix: method 2
The information is extracted from this post.
You need FireFox and AdblockPlus Add-On. not tested on other browsers
- Start Netflix and your movie/episode (stream is active!)
- Start AdblockPlus, open blockable items
- Search: dfxp (e.g. >> #.nflximg.com/#/#/########.dfxp?v=1&e=#########&t=######_#####&random=1234567890)
- open the dfxp in a new window
- Save as
- Install youtube-dl (available for Windows, Mac and Linux)
- Download subs from the YouTube URL you like e.g.
youtube-dl --all-subs "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHNfvFOBC0A"
- Subtitles should be downloaded in the same folder were the command was ran. E.g.
NameOfTheVideo VHNfvFOBC0A.ca.vtt, NameOfTheVideo VHNfvFOBC0A.tlh.vtt
- If you are missing a language, check that it's actually available. E.g.
youtube-dl --list-subs "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHNfvFOBC0A"
Convert them into .srt
Get python (tested under python 2.7, 3.3 and newer). If you have mac or linux you may skip this step
- Clone this repository or download
- Run the script in the terminal (
- Input and output directories default to the same directory
to_srt.py is run
-i INPUT_PATH and
-o OUTPUT_PATH for custom file locations
.vtt files in the input directory will generate a converted
.srt file on the output one
- Enjoy! (And star the repo if you liked it ;D)
Why this repository?
VLC player could not reproduce that kind of xml subtitles and I could not find any tool that could easily transform the xml files to a suitable format (e.g. SubRip (
.srt)) in Linux or Mac. I got a request for WebVTT (
.vtt) and did the same.
- More robust file parsing than just some quick and dirty regexes
- Real tests. The way to "test" it now is by running
python to_srt.py -i samples -o samples from the the project's root directory and check the
.srt results (or
python3 to_srt.py -i samples -o samples).
- Create a pip package for this
In no way I am encouraging any kind of illegal activity. Please know your local laws and ask for written permissions from content owners (e.g. Netflix, YouTube) when necessary.