How to Edit Files with the .srt File Extension

What is the .srt file extension?

A file with the .srt file extension is commonly referred to as SubRip Subtitle File. These .srt files are used by various video playback programs to display subtitles of movies. The .srt file format is supported by several video formats, such as DVD and DivX and subtitle creation software.

Typically, the complete name of a .srt file is governed by the language of the subtitle. For instance, if the subtitles are in the English language, the .srt file will be named <>.

It is interesting to note that .srt files do not store any video data but are a simple text file. Besides containing the text of the subtitle of the movie, .srt files also store information, such as the time each subtitle will be displayed.

As .srt files are nothing but text files, you can easily open them using text editors, such as Notepad or WordPad.

How to view or edit .srt files in a text editor, such as notepad

  • Right-click the .srt file you want to view in notepad and click Properties.
  • Click the General tab.
  • Click the Change button.
  • In the Open with dialog box, select Notepad.
  • Select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file option listed at the bottom of the Open with dialog box.
  • Click the OK button.
  • Double-click the .srt file to open or edit it in Notepad.

Names of the programs that can open .srt files

If you use Windows, you may use any of the following programs to open a .srt file:

  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player
  • SubRipper
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player using VobSub plug-in
  • CyberLink PowerDirector 8
  • CyberLink PowerDVD 10
  • BSPlayer
  • Any Text Editor

If you use a Mac operating system, you may use any of the following programs to open a .srt file:

  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player
  • SubCleaner
  • D-Subtitler
  • Any Text Editor

If you use Linux, you may use the following program to open a .srt file:

  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player

Are there any other file types that also use the .srt file extension?

Besides SubRip Subtitle files, the names of other file types that use the .srt file extension are listed below:

  • Siemens Mobile Phone C60 Sound File
  • Sagem Ringtone Format
  • Omron CX-Supervisor File
  • Skymap Data File
  • SDR99 Speech Recognition Task Speech Recogniser Transcript

I receive a file type error when attempting to open a .srt (SubRip Subtitle) file ? what could be the cause and how do I fix the error?

Damaged or corrupt file openers of the Windows system are a common cause of file type errors. To repair the issue and open the desired file, we recommend you use a reliable file helper software.