What are MKV files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a MKV file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or 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
We have identified four MKV openers that are compatible with this specific type of MKV file.
Programs that open Matroska Video files
Last updated: September 29, 2023
Various apps that use files with this extension
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.
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