Extracting Subtitles from Netflix

Updated 3/18/2018

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.

When I originally wrote this post, it was because I had discovered a way of ripping Japanese subtitles from Netflix, which to my knowledge, no one else had figured out how to do at the time. My method was long and clunky though. But thanks to the help of several users, we have eventually arrived at newer methods that are MUCH easier and better. So now, it is really quite simple to rip subtitles from Netflix, to the point that just about anyone can do it.

Download Subtitles I’ve Already Ripped

I have already downloaded subtitles from over 30 Japanese shows and movies that are available on US Netflix, and you can grab them all here.

 

How to rip Japanese Subtitles from Netflix

Getting the subtitles from Netflix is quite simple now, due to a tool that does all the hard work for us! 

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.

Note: On my system, I have run into some issues where the subtitle downloader will sometimes try to download the subtitle for the previous video that I was looking at. If you run into this issue, this can be resolved by hitting the “refresh” button in your browser after loading a video.

For many languages, especially ones with simple character sets like English and Spanish, the subtitles are downloaded as SRT files. However, for languages with more complex character sets like Japanese, Chinese, or Korean, the subtitles are stored as images. So in order to convert these into a text format, you need to perform OCR (optical character recognition).

To assist in performing this OCR, I have created a tool called PNG2SRT which makes it simple. You can see how to use PNG2SRT here.

New Method (download as text)

There is now a new method of downloading the subtitles directly as text rather than as images. However, the new method doesn’t work on every show. The method listed above will work on any show that has Japanese subtitles, so it is still useful in many cases. You can read about the new method of obtaining subtitles here.

127 thoughts to “Extracting Subtitles from Netflix”

  1. 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:

      https://mega.nz/#!o4snFSrS!iLc2pZGJgir_EO5EgpxBfneCUi6XeWA8ydi6s6TCPog

      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.

  2. 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!

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