File Extension Library

.MKV File Extension

  • Developer by: Matroska
  • Category: Video Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .MKV file?

.MKV file extension is created by Matroska. .MKV has been classified as Video Files. The format of .MKV file is Binary.

.MKV is Matroska Video File

An MKV file is a video container format similar to the .AVI, .ASF, and .MOV formats. It supports several types of audio and video codecs and may include .SRT, .SSA, or .USF (Universal Subtitle Format) subtitles. MKV files also support VobSub subtitles from DVDs.

The Matroska video format has become popular in the anime fan-subbing community (where users create subtitles) since it supports multiple audio and subtitle tracks in the same file. DivX Player supports MKV files on both Mac and Windows systems. MKV files can also be played on Palm, Symbian, and Pocket PC mobile devices using the CorePlayer Mobile software.

List of all softwares that can open the Matroska Video File
File Viewer Plus
CyberLink PowerDVD 17
Nero 2018
DivX 7 for Windows
Media Player Classic
VideoLAN VLC media player
Wondershare Video Converter Pro
Roxio Popcorn
Eltima Elmedia Player
ShedWorx Smart Converter
DivX 7 for Mac
VideoLAN VLC media player
VideoLAN VLC media player
olimsoft OPlayer
VideoLAN VLC for iOS 2
Pentaloop PlayerXtreme Media Player
BIT LABS Simple MP4 Video Player
Videolabs VLC for Android

How to Open .MKV file on different platforms

Open .MKV File on Windows

  • Right-click a .MKV
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .MKV file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .MKV files" Press "Ok"

Open .MKV File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .MKV file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .MKV File on Linux

Right click on the .MKV file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .MKV File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .MKV file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .MKV File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .MKV files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .MKV files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .MKV files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .MKV file format
  2. You need to check the .MKV file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)