Application highlights: Penguin subtitle player for adding subtitles to online videos

I must admit it. I am addicted to subtitles. It helps me fully understand the conversation, especially if some conversations use different accents or use different languages.

This has led to the habit of watching online videos with subtitles.

Although streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime provide subtitles for their content, not all websites are the same.

I often find interesting content on YouTube, Dailymotion or other websites. This becomes a problem because in most cases these videos have no subtitles.

The good news is that you can watch any online video content with subtitles, and in this article I will share this ingenious tip.

Watch any subtitled online video with a penguin subtitle player

What is a subtitle player?

The open source video player you use allows you to add subtitles. Players like VLC allow you to download subtitles automatically.

But they are video players whose main task is to play videos.

On the other hand, the subtitle player has only one task, that is, playing subtitles. confused? Let me explain.

The subtitle player basically provides an interface where you can add a subtitle file and play the subtitles with a semi-transparent background. The trick here is that the player will always be visible on top of any other application.

So even if you are running the subtitle player while using the website, it will still be visible. In fact, this is the trick for watching any online video with subtitles.

Penguin subtitle playerPlay external subtitles on YouTube videos

All you have to do is find suitable subtitles from online websites such as OpenSubtitles and add them to the subtitle player. Now open the website where you want to watch the video. Play in full screen (if this option is available), then the subtitles are like part of the video itself.

Penguin subtitle player for Linux

Install Penguin Subtitle Player

Penguin is a free and open source subtitle player. It works on Linux, macOS and Windows.

If you are using an Ubuntu-based distribution, you can use this PPA to easily install the Penguin subtitle player.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install penguin-subtitle-player

For other Linux distributions, Windows and macOS, you can download the installer file from SourceForge:

Download Penguin Subtitle Player

Using Penguin Subtitle Player

After installing the application, find and launch it in the menu. You will see this interface:

Penguin subtitle player interfacePenguin subtitle player interface

If you have downloaded the .srt subtitle file, you can add it to the player by clicking the folder icon.

Add subtitles to the penguin subtitle playerAdd subtitles to the penguin subtitle player

You can play / pause subtitles and skip them to a new time. This helps adjust video subtitles.

Adjust subtitles in the penguin subtitle playerAdjust subtitles in the penguin subtitle player

You can also adjust the appearance of subtitles and subtitle players.

Configure Penguin Subtitle PlayerConfigure Penguin Subtitle Player

You also have the option to change the font, font size and color of the subtitle text. You can also increase or decrease the transparency and color of the background.

Configuration options in the Penguin subtitle playerConfiguration options in the Penguin subtitle player

You can also resize the subtitle player interface and move it anywhere on the screen.


There are a few things to keep in mind when using the Penguin subtitle player.

Not all video files and subtitle files are made to each other. Caption synchronization is a common issue, so you must make sure that the downloaded captions are best for the video you want to play.

Most video players, even video players embedded in websites, can use the spacebar to pause and play videos. Unfortunately, there is no keyboard shortcut to pause the Penguin subtitle player. In other words, you cannot pause the video and subtitle player with a single keystroke.

With this configuration, you should be set to watch online videos with subtitles.

I hope you enjoy this beautiful little open source application. Let me know if you find it useful.