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How to download YouTube subtitles as text

There is no doubt that YouTube has conquered the online video world. A bottomless source of content, music, videos, playlists, channels, plus your own potential path to fame. One of the small "grains of salt", one might say, is the lack of ability to download videos and subtitles. Non-copyrighted videos can be downloaded with a program such as Free Video Downloader. To download YouTube subtitles, we've gathered some methods (manual, online, offline) and tools (web tools, software) to help you.

Preparations Before Download

Before you download YouTube subtitles, you have to check and ensure that the video you want to download has subtitles. 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.


Another thing before you download YouTube subtitles is to copy the video URL. It’s quite essential for next steps.

All preparations have done. Let’s get start downloading. This article will recommend 3 popular methods for you to choose.

Web Service

1. Copy and paste the YouTube video URL

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2. Click “Download” and wait for results

3. Choose the subtitle format you need. By the way, you can also download bilingual subtitles.


Sub Software

If you want to have a permanent tool on your desktop, VideoProc is one of the options. It is a powerful video editing and conversion application with many features, but let's stay on topic. Thus, it can extract subtitle files (.srt or .ass) from videos with embedded subtitles. Please note that it can only do this for videos on your hard drive, not YouTube/Vimeo/Facebook clips. Therefore, please download a video beforehand. The process takes several steps.

1. Download VideoProc for Windows or Mac, install and activate it. Then Launch it.


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

Automatic Transcription

Sometimes maybe you cannot find the “CC”, therefore, you need to edit subtitles by yourself. But, thanks to the AI technology, we have many automatic transcription services. For example, Autosubtitle Online. This online auto-subtitle generator can help you to auto generate subtitles. Let’s learn how to use.

  1. Copy YouTube video URL and paste it into Autosubtitle Online Platform.
  2. Waiting for video recognizing.
  3. Choose video source language and click “next” button.
  4. Waiting for auto generation.
  5. Edit and amend subtitles.
  6. Save and export subtitles or videos.
  7. Download subtitled videos.

If you don’t want to edit subtitles word by word, you can try an automatic subtitle generator. Here is a recommend.

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