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How do I download videos from YouTube with subtitles / captions?

I'd tried by using youtube-dl, with --write-srt --str-lang flags but I always get:

WARNING: video has no closed captions.

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Well, does the video have closed captions? I cannot reproduce this issue for videos that have the CC sign available. Which video are you trying to download? Does it work with this one? –  slhck Oct 7 '12 at 20:31
Yes. Have the CC sign. For video that you have posted it worked fine. But for all that I had tried before it does not work, e.g for this video: youtube.com/watch?v=RHy9_RQbrnQ I get: WARNING: video has no closed captions unlike as you can see into youtube page. ` –  Jack Oct 8 '12 at 0:29
See exaclty what I have tried: python youtube-dl --write-srt --srt-lang en http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHy9_RQbrnQ [youtube] Setting language [youtube] RHy9_RQbrnQ: Downloading video webpage [youtube] RHy9_RQbrnQ: Downloading video info webpage [youtube] RHy9_RQbrnQ: Extracting video information [youtube] RHy9_RQbrnQ: Downloading video subtitles WARNING: video has no closed captions –  Jack Oct 8 '12 at 0:31

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Make sure the video you're trying to download has actual subtitles uploaded from the owner.

For example, the one where it fails only offers automatic captioning, which works by analyzing the speech in the video and then transcribing it on the fly:

However, what you want is a video that has "real" captions. Those can be downloaded easily.

For example:

youtube-dl --write-srt --srt-lang en 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHy9_RQbrnQ'
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Is there no way to download the one translated by youtube? –  Jack Oct 27 '13 at 21:11
Not that I'm aware of, no. There appear to be some programs for downloading subtitles (like Google2SRT mentioned in the other answers), but those are all for the "real" closed captions. –  slhck Oct 27 '13 at 22:01
@Jack: youtube-dl has since added an option "--write-auto-sub" (at least in version 2014.09.22.1). I didn't try it, but that may be what you were looking for. –  Tim Landscheidt Nov 11 '14 at 1:11

If you want a free, easy-to-use program with a simple GUI, there's Google 2 SRT.

It detects all the available languages and converts to SRT, SSA or SUB.

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I was also searching this and I found a great solution....you can download the video + subtitle language you want as well...

check the following link....


It's really work for me....great piece of software...

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Link only answers are often closed. Can you add some detail from the posted video to improve the answer? –  Dave M Dec 12 '13 at 14:00

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