Gnome Subtitles, an open source subtitle editor for Gnome

about Gnome Subtitles

In the next article we are going to take a look at Gnome Subtitles. This is an open source subtitle editor that we can find available for the GNOME desktop. This program is based on Mono, and supports the most common text subtitle formats, in addition to having a preview of the video we are working on, timing and subtitle translation. Gnome Subtitles is free software licensed under the GNU General Public License.

If you’ve never heard of this program before, just say that it is a subtitle editor for the Gnu / Linux Gnome desktop. East supports most text-based subtitle formats and offers features such as subtitle translation, timing and frame synchronization, as well as built-in video preview features. This simple tool will allow us to add subtitles and captions to our videos, without the need to use heavier video applications.

General characteristics of Gnome Subtitles

program preferences

  • This program supports popular subtitle formats such as SubStation Alpha, Advanced SubStation Alpha, SubRip and MicroDVD, among others.
  • We meet again a user interface WYSIWYG, which will allow us to work with words in bold, italics and underlined. It also has the options to do and undo.
  • We can also carry out timing operations, header editing, and working with subtitle encoding automatically.
  • In newer versions, they have been added preview, timing, code selection, and subtitle merge or split options.

gnome subtitles working

  • We will be able sync times and frames.
  • The program has video preview built-in.
  • We can make use of some keyboard shortcuts to work comfortably.

These are just some of the features of this program. They can know all of them in detail in the project website.

Install Gnome Subtitles on Ubuntu

First of all, it must be said that Due to an ERROR, the version 1.7.1 of the package for Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 20.04 available in the repository does not start, although it works in Ubuntu 21.10. The creator of this program has already uploaded an update to version 1.7.2 that solves this problem.

As I said, the developer of this software maintains a PPA for Ubuntu containing the latest packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, and Ubuntu 21.10. We can add this to our system by opening a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and executing the command in it:

add gnome subtitles repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pedrocastro/ppa

After adding the PPA, if the list of available software in the available repositories is not updated, we can execute this other command:

sudo apt-get update

When everything is updated we can execute the following command to install the software package:

install gnome subtitle

sudo apt-get install gnome-subtitles

After finishing the installation, we only have find the application launcher to start the program.

gnome launcher subtitles

Solution to startup error in Ubuntu 20.04 / 18.04

If you use Ubuntu 20.04 or 18.04, when you try to start the program you will find an error like the following:

start error

As of today version 1.7.2 has not yet been installed via APT, so I opted to download the package manually. We can take the package according to our architecture from the repository from the creator of the project. This can be downloaded using the web browser or by opening a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and executing the command in it:

download version 1.7.2


After the download, we can install the package Discharged:

install version 1.7.2

sudo dpkg -i gnome-subtitles_1.7.2-1ppa1~bionic1_amd64.deb

If the above command shows dependency errors, We will solve it with the command:

install dependencies

sudo apt install -f

After installation, we can start the program using the program launcher or by typing in the terminal the command:



For remove the PPA that we use for the installation, it will only be necessary to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and execute the command in it:

delete repository

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:pedrocastro/ppa

The next step will be remove this subtitle editor using the commands:

uninstall gnome subtitles

sudo apt-get remove gnome-subtitles; sudo apt-get autoremove

It can be obtained more information about this program in the project website or in your repository in Gitlab.

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