Install/Upgrade GNOME Subtitles on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

GNOME Subtitles is an easy-to-use subtitle editor for Linux. It allows you to add subtitles and captions with preview, timing synchronization capabilities (including language translation), spell-checking support, and more options that are only possible in this simple tool!

The interface of GNOME Subtitles includes emphasis styles such as bold/italic or underline applied automatically when needed alongside multi-level undo & redoes, making it the perfect choice if minimalism isn’t really what matters most here…

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install or upgrade your existing GNOME Subtitles using PPA for Pedro Castro, endorsed by the GNOME Subtitles team.

Update Ubuntu System

Update your Ubuntu operating system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Import PPA GNOME Subtitles

As mentioned at the start of the tutorial, to successfully install GNOME Subtitles’ latest version, you will need to import the PPA for Pedro Castro.

Use the following terminal command to begin the import process.

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

Once imported, run an update on APT.

sudo apt-get update

Install GNOME Subtitles

With the PPA now imported, you can begin installing using the following command.

sudo apt install gnome-subtitles

Example output:

Install/Upgrade GNOME Subtitles on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Type Y, then press the ENTER KEY to proceed and complete the installation.

Once installed, check the installation version installed using the APT-CACHE Policy command.

apt-cache policy gnome-subtitles

Example output:

Install/Upgrade GNOME Subtitles on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

As above, you have installed GNOME Subtitles successfully using the PPA repository.

Launch GNOME Subtitles

With the installation complete, you can run GNOME Subtitles in a few different ways.

First, while you are in your terminal, you can use the following command.


Alternatively, run the gnome-subtitles & command in the background to free up the terminal:


However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open with the path: Applications > Search > GNOME Subtitles.


Install/Upgrade GNOME Subtitles on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Once open, you will arrive at the default launch screen.


Install/Upgrade GNOME Subtitles on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Update GNOME Subtitles

To update the application, run the APT update command in your terminal:

sudo apt update

If one is available, use the upgrade option:

sudo apt upgrade

Note this will update all packages (recommended), for example, to upgrade the gnome-subtitles package itself.

sudo apt upgrade gnome-subtitles

Remove (Uninstall) GNOME Subtitles

To remove the software from your system, run the following command in your terminal.

sudo apt autoremove gnome-subtitles --purge -y

Next, remove the PPA from your system as it is no longer required.

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:pedrocastro/ppa -y

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install GNOME Subtitles Editor on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

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