How to use an SRT file

File Extension SRT - file extension SRT

Files with the extension .SRT are usually used for subtitles in films. Such files are used to translate dialogues in the video file into another language or to present the same language that can be heard in the video to the hearing impaired.

SRT files contain the information needed to display subtitles on the screen during a video. The files can be found on numerous websites where translators provide subtitles as free downloads that can be used with a wide variety of programs. You simply search for subtitles that include the name of the video to see a list of sites that offer subtitles in different languages.

The file extension SRT is typically used to indicate the language used, for example The first part of the file name is the name of the video, the second part contains the language, and the last part the file type.

How to open SRT files

To successfully open SRT files, you must use a multimedia player that supports this technology. In addition, some programs, such as Windows Media Player, do not display the subtitles automatically and you need to configure the program to accept SRT files.

If you're using Windows Media Player, you can open SRT files and view subtitles by installing the DirectVobSub codec, which you can get from any trusted website that offers free codec downloads. After the download, you can use the media player to open SRT files.

If you are not using Media Player with Windows, you can open SRT files with VideoLAN VLC Media Player, CyberLink PowerDVD 12, MPlayer or Aegisub. If you only want to view the contents of an SRT file, you can open it with a text editor such as Notepad by right-clicking on the file. Then choose Open with from the drop-down menu, then choose Notepad from the list or by clicking Search click.

On Mac OS X, you can open SRT files with ObjectifMac D-Subtitler, VideoLAN VLC Media Player and SubCleaner. You can also open and edit SRT files with TextEdit for Mac. Just find the SRT file and click on it to open it with the TextEdit program.

To read SRT files with Linux operating system, you can use VideoLAN VLC Media Player, MPlayer or Aegisub, just like any kind of text editor.

SRT files come from SubRip, software for Windows that is able to extract video subtitles along with the times and convert them into a text file.

This article is about the file extension SRT and is translated into German.