File Extension/MKV
alphabetical list of extensions

File extension .MKV

File description

MKV file format is multimedia data container extension. It is also known as Matroska Multimedia Container file.

It was created to store unlimited number of audio, subtitles and video files in one single MKV file. It is considered as a universal format for storing movies, TV shows and other multimedia data. It is an open standard file format. It can also contain other data related to the video data including chapter points and multilingual subtitles along with metadata which can include cover art, description, ratings and other information. The video is encoded according to VP8 standard and audio is encoded in Vorbis audio format.

Description of the problem
If you have on your computer a .MKV file that you cannot open, you are in exactly the same situation as thousands of other people who have similar problems with this or any other unknown file.

There may be several reasons why you cannot open the file with .MKV extension. Directly on this website you can find a solution of the most common problem with the .MKV file – that you do not have on your computer the appropriate program to open the file.
Solution
From the list below, select the appropriate program, install it and double click on the icon of a file that did not want to open - the problem with the .MKV file extension should be solved. However, if this does not happen, go back to the website to learn about other possible causes of the error, which have been described at the bottom of the website.
Category
Video Files
Developer
Matroska
Popularity
StarStarStarStar
Last updated
July 16, 2014
File name: Matroska Video File
Programs that will open this file:
Windows
Windows
ALLPlayer ALLPlayer
Any Video Converter FREE Any Video Converter FREE
Aoao Video to Picture Converter Aoao Video to Picture Converter
BS.Player BS.Player
ConvertXtoDVD ConvertXtoDVD
DASHEncoder DASHEncoder
DivX DivX
FFmpeg FFmpeg
Free Studio Free Studio
Freemake Video Converter Freemake Video Converter
HDConvertToX HDConvertToX
KMPlayer KMPlayer
Media Player Classic Media Player Classic
MediaCoder MediaCoder
Miro Video Converter Miro Video Converter
MPlayer MPlayer
Nero Nero
PowerDVD PowerDVD
SUPER SUPER
VLC media player VLC media player
Winamp Winamp
Windows Media Player Windows Media Player
WinX Video Converter WinX Video Converter
Mac OS
Mac OS
Bino Bino
DivX DivX
Elmedia Player Elmedia Player
MPlayer MPlayer
Plex Media Center for OS X Plex Media Center for OS X
QuickTime Player QuickTime Player
Smart Converter Smart Converter
VLC media player VLC media player
Wondershare Video Converter Wondershare Video Converter
Linux
Linux
Bino Bino
MPlayer MPlayer
Totem Totem
Transcoder Transcoder
VLC media player VLC media player
Xine Xine
Android
Android
VLC media player for Android VLC media player for Android
iOS
iOS
OPlayer HD OPlayer HD
Remember!
The .MKV file extension can correspond to several not related file formats. If there is more than one file format with the .MKV extension, you will probably find most of them at this website. Remember that you need to download a program to support a particular file type. So first look through the entire contents of the website to select a program to support just the file you have.

Other possible reasons why your .MKV file does not want to open

In addition to the problem described above, i.e. the lack of the appropriate application to support the .MKV file, there may be several reasons that cause problems with opening and operation of the data format:

1. Incorrect version of the installed application

A quite common problem is the lack of application in the appropriate version. Even if you have an application, with the help of which you should open the .MKV file, you may have a problem with it because of its version. Perhaps in previous versions the application has not yet supported the .MKV file, so download the update and check again.

2. Incorrect .MKV file association with the program

If you have already installed the appropriate application, and it is the correct version, the file may not open correctly, because the operating system does not have information that this program supports the file. So you need to "show" which program the computer should use. To do this:

  • Right-click the .MKV file
  • Go to the "Open with" - then "Choose default program ..."
  • Locate the appropriate application
  • Click "OK"

3. The file is corrupt

It also happens that the file you want to open is corrupt and therefore there is no such possibility. In this situation, you should find its different version, or ask a person from whom you got, to send it again. You can also try to find more informations about this file extension here.