This article explains what an SRT file is, how to edit or create your own, which programs can play the file with the video, and how to convert this file to another subtitle format.

What are SRT files?

The file with the .SRT extension is the SubRip Subtitle file. These file types contain video subtitle information such as the start and end timecodes of the text and the number of consecutive subtitles.

It’s important to note that SRT files themselves are just text files to be used with video data. This means that the SRT file itself does not contain any video or audio data.

How to open SRT . files

File SRT

Any text editor can be used to open SRT files as they are just plain text files. You can peruse this list of the best free text editors on the Internet for some options, or consider using a dedicated SRT editor like Jubler or Aegisub.

However, the most common reason someone would want to open an SRT file is to use the file with a video player so that the subtitles will play with the movie.

In that case, you can open the SRT file with programs like VLC, MPC-HC, KMPlayer, MPlayer, BS.Player or Windows Media Player (with the VobSub plugin). The SRT format is also supported for YouTube videos, which means you can even use subtitles for one of your YouTube videos.

For example, when you open a movie in VLC, you can use the menu Subtitle > Add Subtitle File to open the SRT file and have it play with the video. A similar menu can be found in all the other video players mentioned above.

Some media players may not be able to open the SRT file unless the video is already open. To open an SRT file without video, just to see the text, use one of the text editors mentioned above.

See’s article for how to change the default program for a specific file extension in Windows, if your SRT file is opening in a program other than the one you want. However, keep in mind that since most video players that support SRT files may have a special menu to open it, like with VLC, you may have to open the program first and then import the SRT file instead of just double-clicking. it.

How to convert SRT . files

Some of the above SRT editors and video players can convert SRT files to other subtitle formats. For example, Jubler can save an open SRT file to an SSA, SUB, TXT, STL, XML, or DXFP file, all of which are different types of subtitle formats.

You can also convert SRT files online at sites like and Subtitle Converter. For example, can convert SRT files to SCC, MCC, TTML, QT.TXT, VTT, CAP and many others. You can batch convert and even convert SRT files to multiple formats simultaneously with these tools.

SRT files are just text files, not video or audio files. You cannot convert SRT to MP4 or any other such multimedia format!

Still can’t open the file?

If you cannot open your file in the ways described above, double check the file extension. Some files use similar extensions, even though the formats are unrelated. SRF and HGT are a few examples.


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