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SRT stands for SubRip text file format, which is a file for storing subtitles; This is a Ruby library for manipulating SRT files. Current functionality includes parsing, appending, splitting and timeshifting (constant, progressive and framerate-based).


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'srt'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install srt


You can parse an SRT file with the following code:

  file = SRT::File.parse(""))
  file.lines.each do |line|
    puts line.text.join(" ")

Each line exposes the following methods/members:

  • sequence The incrementing subtitle ID (starts at 1)
  • text An Array holding one or multiple lines of text.
  • start_time The subtitle start timecode in seconds as a float
  • end_time The subtitle end timecode in seconds as a float
  • time_str Returns a timecode string of the form "00:53:35,558 --> 00:53:36,556"
  • display_coordinates Optional display coordinates of the form "X1:100 X2:600 Y1:100 Y2:400"


  part2 = SRT::File.parse(""))
  file.append( "00:53:57,000" => part2 ) # Append subtitles from part2 starting at 00:53:57

The method append can be used to merge two subtitle files into one (e.g. two parts from a 2-cd video). Pass a hash with the key being either the end timecode of the corresponding video of the subtitle being appended to or the timespan between the last subtitle and the end of that video and the value being another SRT::File. The timecodes of the appended subtitles are shifted so they start at the right point in your merged video as well.

Example options for the timespan variant: { "+3.56s" => part2 }


  parts = file.split( :at => "01:09:24,000" ) # Split the file in two at 01:09:24

The method split splits your subtitles at one (or more) points and returns an array of two (or more) instances of SRT::File. By default, the timecodes of the split parts are relatively shifted towards their beginnings (to line up with correspondingly split multi-part video); By additionally passing :timeshift => false you can prevent that behaviour and retain the original timecodes for each split part.

Pass the option :renumber => false to prevent the line sequence number from being reset for a segment.

  parts = file.split( :at => "01:09:24,000", :renumber => false ) # Split the file in two at 01:09:24 but do not reset the sequence number on the second part

Example options for a multi-split: { :at => ["00:19:24,500", "01:32:09,120", ...] }

Optionally, for multi-splitting, you can pass a ":every" option to split the subtitles at a fixed interval.

  parts = file.split( :every => "00:01:00,000" ) # Split the file every 1 minute

Note that the options :at and :every are mutually exclusive, and :at takes precedence.


The method timeshift takes a hash and supports three different modes of timecode processing:

Constant timeshift

  file.timeshift( :all => "-2.5s" ) # Shift all subtitles so they show up 2.5 seconds earlier

Simply pass a hash of the form :all => "[+|-][amount][h|m|s|ms]" Other example options, e.g.: :all => "+1.34m", :all => "0.15h", :all => "90ms"

Progressive timeshift

  file.timeshift({ "#1" => "00:02:12,000", "#843" => "01:38:06,000" }) # Correct drifting-out-of-sync

This example call would shift the first subtitle to 00:02:12, the last subtitle (assuming here that #843 is the last one in your file) to 01:38:06, and all the ones before, after, and in between those two reference points seamlessly to their own resulting earlier or later begin times.

To make this work pass two origin timecode => target timecode pairs, where the origin timecodes can be supplied as:

  • float providing the raw timecode in seconds, e.g.: 195.65
  • "[hh]:[mm]:[ss],[ms]" string, which is a timecode in SRT notation, e.g.: "00:02:12,000"
  • "#[id]" string, which references the timecode of the subtitle with the supplied id, e.g.: "#317"

... and the target timecodes can be supplied as:

  • float providing the raw timecode in seconds, e.g.: 3211.3
  • "[hh]:[mm]:[ss],[ms]" string, which is a timecode in SRT notation, e.g.: "01:01:03,300"
  • "[+/-][amount][h|m|s|ms]" string, describing the amount by which to shift the origin timecode, e.g.: "+1.5s"

So for example: { "00:00:51,400" => "+13s", "01:12:44,320" => "+2.436m" }

This method can be used to fix subtitles that are at different times differently out of sync, and comes in handy especially if you have no idea what framerate your video or the video for which your subtitles were created for is using - you just need to find two matching reference points in your video and subtitles.

Framerate-based timeshift

  file.timeshift( "25fps" => "23.976fps" ) # Scale timecodes from 25fps to 23.976fps

For a framerate-based timeshift pass a hash of the form "[old]fps" => "[new]fps"

This is usually only useful if you have some background information about the designated framerates of your video and subtitles.


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