Gnome Subtitles 1.7.1 Released! How to Install in Ubuntu 20.04 / 21.10

For adding subtitles to your video, the Gnome Subtitles editor released v1.7.1. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, 18.04, 20.04, 21.10 via PPA.

Gnome Subtitles is a free and open-source subtitle editor for Linux. Without using a heavy video editor app, this simple tool allows to add subtitles & captions to your video with preview, timing synchronization, translation, spell checking support and more.

It has been two years since the last release, Gnome Subtitle 1.7 (and 1.7.1 with quick fixes) was released with support for Enchant 2, AbiWord’s spell-checker with updated API/ABI.

Other changes include:

  • Rewrite GStreamer media playback engine.
  • Fix audio and video playback issues.
  • Update AppData and Desktop files.
  • Subtitle lines displayed on video are now refreshed immediately if changed.
  • And various bug-fixes.

How to Install Gnome Subtitles 1.7.1 in Ubuntu:

NOTE: Due to BUG, the package for Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 20.04 does not launch though works in Ubuntu 21.10.

1. Add Ubuntu PPA.

The software developer maintains an Ubuntu PPA that contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, and Ubuntu 21.10.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. Then run the command below to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pedrocastro/ppa

Type user password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue. You may skip the PPA description since it outdated.

2. Update / Install Gnome Subtitles

After adding the PPA, you may run command below one by one to install the software package:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gnome-subtitles

Or update the package via “Software Updater” if an old version present in your system.

After installation, search for and open the app from activities overview screen and enjoy!

How to Remove Gnome Subtitles & its PPA

To remove the PPA, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal and run command:

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

And remove the subtitle editor via command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove gnome-subtitles