How to Play .SRT Files on a Mac

SRT files are external subtitle files for use with digital video files. By default, Mac’s native video application, QuickTime, will not play these subtitle files. A free third-party extension is needed to load the SRT file so that you can read text during a movie. Once installed, QuickTime will automatically play the subtitles, so long as the file is properly formatted.

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You can add subtitles to movies.

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Download and install the latest version of QuickTime from Apple’s QuickTime site. See Resources for a direct link.

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Download and install the Perian QuickTime plug-in. Perian is a free preference pane that allows QuickTime to handle a number of different file formats that the application cannot handle out of the box, SRT subtitle files included.

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Open “System Preferences” via the Apple menu. Click “Perian.” Make sure the option “Load external subtitles” is checked. Close the Preferences window.

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Move the movie file and the SRT subtitle file to the same folder.

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Rename the movie file and the SRT file so that they both have the same name, pre-extension. For example, if the movie file is named video.mov, the SRT file must be named video.srt.

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Double-click the movie file to open it with QuickTime. If you have more than one video player installed on your computer, command-click the movie file and select “Open With... > QuickTime.” QuickTime will load the movie with the subtitles.