Download YouTube captions

Tips and or Tricks

Posted by Katie McLaughlin on September 19, 2015

The automatic transcription of YouTube vidoes is pretty amazing, and sometimes histerical at times.

However, if for some reason you want to get a raw copy of the automatic (and possibly manual) youtube captions, you simply use the TTS_URL key of the yt and append some magic URL parameters: &kind=asr&fmt=srv1&lang=en.

The following JavaScript will automatically redirect you to the xml file of the transcription:

    if(yt.config_.TTS_URL.length) window.location.href=yt.config_.TTS_URL+"&kind=asr&fmt=srv1&lang=en"