How to Play an SRT File

By Stephen Lilley

.SRT computer files are a type of media file that is contains subtitle information. Typically these files are not played on their own, but alongside another type of computer video file. You cannot simply play a .SRT file on your computer. Instead, you must play it while a video file is already playing. To do this, you'll need to use a computer media program that is capable of displaying the visual information from the two different files at the same time. There are many programs that can do this, with many of them being free of charge.

Step 1

Use VLC Media Player. VLC Media Player is a lightweight digital media program capable of playing many different video file formats. To play the SRT file, make sure it and the video file it is associated with are in the same folder on your computer. Then, click on the "Media" drop down menu and click "Open Folder." Select the folder that your SRT file and the video file are in and they will both begin to play in the main VLC Media Player program window.

Step 2

Use MPlayer (see References). MPlayer is a program that operates in a similar fashion as VLC Media Player and is designed for Windows and Linux computers. To play the SRT file, make sure it and the video file it is associated with are in the same folder on your computer. Then, click on the "File" drop down menu and click "Open Folder." Select the folder that your SRT file and the video file are in and they will both begin to play in the main MPlayer program window.

Step 3

Use SMPlayer (see References). SMPlayer is a computer video file playing utility that is available for Microsoft's Windows operating system as well as the Linux operating system, but not the Mac operating systems. To play the SRT file, make sure it and the video file it is associated with are in the same folder on your computer. Then, click on the "File" drop down menu and click "Open Folder." Select the folder that your SRT file and the video file are in and they will both begin to play in the main SMPlayer program window.