Installing SubDownloader on Debian

In my last article I explained how to watch movies on Android from a multimedia server like MediaTomb, and one things I commented was the possibility of use subtitles in the video player. But, where can we get those subtitles from? There are specialized pages that offer different subtitles versions, just by looking up the exact title movie, download it and try it to see if it is synced with the video.

Can’ t this process  be automated? Yes, the answer is SubDownloader, and is what I will explain how to install on Debian.


  1. Edit file  /etc/apt/sources.list to include sid’s repos:
    deb sid main contrib non-free
  2. Update the package list:
    aptitude update
  3. Install SubDonwloader:
    aptitude -t sid install subdownloader
  4. Edit file /etc/apt/sources.list to delete sid’s repos (it’s enough by commenting the line with #):
    #deb sid main contrib non-free
  5. Update the package list one more time:
    aptitude update

Now you can run the program by going to Applications > Multimedia > SubDownloader

Reference: SubDownloader project page


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