Light Video Player to download subtitles automatically

Which one is the most lightware video player ?

I watch usually normal videos, with not so high resolution…

Referring to the hardware resources used tell me please do you recommend me a video player which comes with the most common codecs included, or is it possible to use a fast way in Linux to download/install the video and audio codec that I need for the video which I am trying to watch?

If this is possible how can I find in Linux the video codec which I need to see the video?

One of the most important option included would be to search and download subtitles for the video which I am watching to (would be better to search on more subtitles websites).

Thank you.

In my opinion it is not a duplicate of Programs to download subtitles for videos because the question is about a light video player with the subtitles download feature included too.

Asked By: XPDIN


I would advice you to use VLC, it’s light with many codecs. Install it:

 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install vlc browser-plugin-vlc

To learn how to get subtitles in VLC watch this video

You need to install a VLC extension called VLSub.


  • click on the download
  • save the archive and extract the file “vlsub.lua”
  • create a directory “extensions” at this location and put the file “vlsub.lua” inside ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions/
Answered By: Maythux

If light on resources is your top priority, you can run your videos in a terminal with mplayer, no GUI == less resources

mplayer /path/to/my/video

Note: You don’t have to type the videos name every time, just type mplayer and drag the videos icon on to the terminal.

To choose a custom resolution, swap the -x and -y values for your resolution. -fs starts the video in fullscreen.

mplayer /path/to/my/video -fs -x 1280 -y 720

Some other use full perimeters include -nosound to run muted and sub /location for loading sub titles.

mplayer /path/to/my/video -nosound sub /location/of/sub/titles

To get a list of peramiters type mplayer in a terminal or go this page for a full manual.

I highly recommend a frontend to set up your video options, even if you don’t want to use it for playback, I like smplayer

sudo apt-get install smplayer

Heres a quick explination of auto subs, but it must be set up in smplayer I could not find any shell commands for this

From the menu go to -> Subtitles -> Find Subtitles on A “Find Subtitles” dialog box will appear. In the Options, set the proxy settings if you are using any. From here

It will automatically search for subtitles on and display a list of available subtitles. Select any one from list and download that.

For codecs, all most users will ever need (and you should already have) is

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
Answered By: Mark Kirby

SMPlayer has this option too, as said here too.

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Answered By: cipricus
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