MKV File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a MKV file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .MKV files.

What is a MKV file?

A .MKV file is a Matroska Video file. MKV stands for Matroska Video Stream and is a video file format. The name "Matroska" is derived from the Russian word for "nesting doll" because MKV files can "nest" several multimedia files into one single file. This type of file is often referred to as a "container" file.

MKV files are container files that are similar to the .mov and .avi formats. MKV files are able to support a variety of audio and video codecs. The format for the MKV file format was based on the Extensible Binary Meta Language, which is a binary derivative of XML. MKV files allow for unlimited storage of multimedia streams in one single file. MKV files commonly contain multimedia content, such as movies and TV shows.

How to open MKV files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension MKV for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different MKV openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension MKV

While we know of one file format using the .MKV file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .MKV file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of MKV files. Remember, different programs may use MKV files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
Free File ConverterFree File ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
GOMPLAYERGOMPLAYERUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MKV-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with MKV-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!