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Install Sub-Zero plugin for Plex – download subtitles automatically

Install Sub-Zero plugin for Plex

written by Ciprian May 13, 2017

Plex Media Server is an awesome media server software option. With Plex, you can stream your media on any Plex client device. Additionally, this service organizes your media library in a beautiful interface. We recently showed you how to install Plex server on Windows and Ubuntu Server. Whereas media playback in Plex is great, subtitle support isn't fantastic. However, Sub-Zero lets you download subtitles automatically for Plex. Learn how to install Sub-Zero plugin for Plex. [Read: Setup Plex Server with Odroid C2 – Media Streaming Server]

Download Sub-Zero plugin for Plex

In order to install Sub-Zero plugin for Plex, click Channels section

Plex Channels - Sub-Zero plugin for Plex

Plex Channels

Next, click on the Install Channels button

Install channels in Plex - Sub-Zero plugin for Plex

Install channels in Plex

Click on More… then click on the Metadata Agents section

Plex metadata agents section - Sub-Zero plugin for Plex

Plex metadata agents section

Click on the Sub-Zero icon to open the Sub-Zero plugin information

Click on the Sub-Zero icon - Sub-Zero plugin for Plex

Click on the Sub-Zero icon

Finally, click on the Install button, to finish installing Sub-Zero plugin on Plex.

Install Sub-Zero plugin on Plex Media Server

Install Sub-Zero plugin on Plex Media Server

Configure the Sub-Zero plugin in Plex to download subtitles automatically

You can now configure Sub-Zero in Plex Media Server. So open Plex Media Server and navigate to:

Settings -> Server -> Agents -> Movies -> The Movie Database

Next, enable Sub-Zero subtitles by checking the box as shown in the screenshot below. Also, do the same under the Shows tab to download subtitles for your TV Shows

Enable Sub-Zero plugin in Plex Media Server - download subtitles automatically

Enable Sub-Zero plugin in Plex Media Server

Further, click on the small cogwheel settings icon next to Sub-Zero and configure the subtitle language settings.

configure Sub-Zero in Plex - download subtitles automatically in Sub-Zero

Configure Subtitle languages for Sub-Zero

Then update your library after you configure Sub-Zero in Plex Media Server. Finally, wait until Sub-Zero downloads missing subtitles.

 Configure Sub-Zero plugin for Plex – Wrapping up

Thus, you successfully installed and configured the Sub-Zero plugin for Plex to download subtitles automatically. Furthermore, you may want to monitor Plex Usage with PlexPy. Additionally, you may install PlexPy on Ubuntu to monitor Plex Media Server usage. To further improve your Plex experience, check out our 10 Best Plex Unofficial Channels 2017: Movies, TV Shows, Live TV article.

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chopeta May 14, 2017 - 4:43 am

Nice article but installation is much more simple since Sub-Zero is a Plex official channel and available to install from the official channel directory. No need of github and complications. Thanks for sharing.

Ciprian May 14, 2017 - 8:37 am

Hi Chopeta,

Thanks for the comment. This is just one of the methods for installing Sub-Zero.
After following our guide, besides learning how to install Sub-Zero, a beginner will also learn about the Plex Plugin Folder location and how to install plugins manually in just a few minutes

panni May 16, 2017 - 9:02 pm

Hey Ciprian,

Thank you for your article, author of the plugin here.

I get both your and chopetas points. I’ll have to side with him on this, though. Please include the recommended way of installing Sub-Zero.

Tens of thousands of people are actively using SZ per month. If there’s one thing I don’t need, it’s more beginners on github or the forums, who either have problems doing the manual installation, or didn’t update to the latest version, forcing me to support older versions.

The manual installation is not recommended for new users.

Being in the official channel repository and the resulting easy installation is one of the key reasons why SZ is as popular as it is, and I’ve worked quite a bit to get there.

Thank you!

Ciprian May 18, 2017 - 3:33 am

Hey Panni,

Thank you for the great work on the plugin 🙂
I updated the guide accordingly

Tony Mazeika December 6, 2017 - 6:09 pm

Subzero was working on Stream Daddy until 1 week ago, I have no access to live news channels, local t.v.. What is the fix for Stream Daddy/Koddi system?

AlexCaranha June 28, 2018 - 9:35 am

Very good!

David Peters July 19, 2018 - 1:43 pm

Did you experience having to reinstall the library in order for the subtitles to show on the existing movies you had?

AlexCaranha September 20, 2018 - 3:51 pm

No. it works like a charm. Did you try to restart the plex service?


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