Extracting Subtitles from Netflix with Netflix Subtitle Downloader

Article Updated 1/9/2019

I now recommend using the Subadub extension for studying Japanese on Netflix. The information below is still useful if you would like to batch-download subtitles for an entire series.

Having subtitle scripts from TV shows that you are watching is an excellent study aid. Not to mention that they can be used with Subs2SRS to easily import sentences into Anki! These days, many people tend to watch Netflix more than a lot of the traditional media. I’ve also seen numerous people talking about how the Netflix Original “Terrace House” is great for Japanese listening practice, because it is unscripted and captures natural dialog.

How to rip Japanese Subtitles from Netflix

First, you will need to download an addon for your web browser which allows you to run userscripts. One such addon is called ViolentMonkey, and it works with either Firefox or Chrome (as well as some other browsers). There are several other similar addons as well, such as TamperMonkey and GreaseMonkey. These all mostly do the same thing, so just pick one. A simple Google search for any of those titles should easily lead you to a page that lets you install it in your web browser.

Next, you want to install the Netflix Subtitle Downloader. After installing it, you will notice some new options appear inside the subtitle selection menu on the Netflix website. Simply select the subtitle language that you want, and then click on one of the download buttons. It’s that simple! You might need to give it a moment after clicking the button while it begins downloading.

A recent update of this tool now lets it download subtitles for all available languages at once. Subtitles are downloaded in VTT format, and can be converted to SRT or other formats using SubtitleEdit.

129 thoughts to “Extracting Subtitles from Netflix with Netflix Subtitle Downloader”

  1. Thank you again Alan, and thank you Muhammad for those two shows as requested, my in-laws will be very happy! It was very kind of you both to reply so quickly.
    I have the Blu-ray of Dead Set on the way from Germany and was hoping to add Japanese subtitles, but do not have the tech nor savvy to do what is required (I have read and re-read instructions, and have KODI on my Android box but cannot figure it out), and humbly beg for Japanese subtitles wherever possible 😉
    I hope Dead Set will/can be confirmed as available with Japanese subtitles, as there is no Japanese DVD release.

    I did use SubtitleEdit to match Japanese subtitles (from the Google Drive batch) for Black Mirror to the C4 Broadcast version I have, so many thanks again!

  2. Thanks – anyone?
    Also can I please request ‘Dead Set’: Charlie Brooker’s Reality TV Zombie Series (“…is Ideal ‘Black Mirror’ Warm-Up Viewing”) if Japanese subtitles are available on Netflix. I know the programme is on various international Netflix, but not sure about Japanese subtitles being at all (yet) available though.

    And also Japanese subtitles for Better Call Saul Season 4 please.

    1. Here are the Japanese subtitles for Daredevil Season 3 and Better Call Saul Season 4 in VTT and SRT formats:


      Dead Set has no Japanese subtitles yet, if you want to know if a TV series or a movie has Japanese subtitles search this site “unogs . com”, and if you have Netflix account you can use this free VPN “SoftEther VPN” to download the Japanese subtitles from Japan using Netflix Subtitle Downloader, try the VPNs until one of them works for you, they are not fast ones but you will be able to download the subtitles anyway.

      1. I think Netflix has made a change to something on their end, because I can no longer get Japanese subtitles on many of the netflix originals that I used to be able to see them on. It looks like using a VPN might be the only way to get them going forward.

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