If you download subtitles for downloaded movies and TV shows, you might have run into the following scenario – the subtitle you are looking for is available but it’s in another language. Needless to say its frustrating when this happens as you’ll have to wait for someone to upload the correct file which could take maybe several days or may (that is, IF someone uploads it at all). Open Subtitle Translator is a handy tool to have in such situations – it’s a small program that can automatically translate a subtitle file from one language to the other. Note that Translation services are powered by Google Translate and you’ll need an internet connection to make it work.

Open Subtitle Translator

The application is written in Java and usage is quite simple. First you need to set the translation language preferences via the Options menu. After that, all you need to do is to load a subtitle file into the app and hit ‘Start Translate’ button. Open Subtitle Translator will translate the file line by line and display results in real time. Once you are done, you can save translated stream as a separate, new subtitle file. Note that sometimes I had to select all lines (Ctrl + A) before hitting ‘start translate’ to get the app to work properly.

Note that this is not a perfect solution. Translation is done by a machine and even Google won’t be able to interpret the meaning of some phrases correctly. Anyway it’s an interesting tool – you can easily check it out as the app does not even require an installation


This software is free and is not bundled with adware or any form of malware.

[Click Here] to download Open Subtitle Translator from SourceForge


  1. xtreme // 11/02/2009 02:00:00 AM  

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  2. Fes // 11/03/2009 01:05:00 AM  

    huh..I think I've tried this app before, didn't work.

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