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[With Steps] How to Open MKV Files on Windows and Mac?


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The term MKV should be familiar to you because as a file format, it’s similar to MP4 that can play audio and videos of high quality.

But how to open MKV files, especially on Windows and Mac? How to make it without any setback? You may find the answer with this guide that introduces 5 tools for you to play MKV files.

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In this article:

Part 1: Introducing the MKV File

MKV, or Matroska videos, are versatile multimedia containers widely used for online media content. In contrast to typical formats, MKV files have the unique ability to encompass video, audio, and text within a single file, rather than being exclusively dedicated to audio or video compression.

Part 2: How to Play MKV Files on Windows?

Let’s learn how to open MKV files on Windows first.

1 DivX Player (Works for Mac as well)

DivX Player, created by DivX, LLC, serves as a versatile media player tailored to handle an extensive array of video formats, including top-notch DivX and MKV files. Recognized for its seamless playback, and capability to manage diverse audio and subtitle options, it offers an impressive multimedia experience.

divx player for windows

How to open a MKV file with DivX Player:

Step 1: Download and install DivX Player from the official website.

Step 2: Open DivX Player on your computer, then navigate to File and select Open File....

Step 3: Upload to play the MKV file by clicking Open.

2 VLC Media Player (Works for Mac as well)

This tool is the most commonly seen one that you must know. For video files of different formats, it is compatible with them well. And it is also works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android.

vlc media player

How to open a MKV file with VLC Media Player:

Step 1: Download VLC media player for free from its website.

Step 2: Install and run the software.

Step 3: Drag and drop your MKV file to VLC.

Step 4: It’s suggested to make it your default media player, so that you can directly open any file by double-clicking.

3 Windows Media Player with Codec Pack

As the default media player for Windows, Windows Media Player may not support MKV files. Therefore, if you don’t want to download any other player, and insist on using the WMP, you can install codec packs like K-Lite Codec Pack to enable MKV playback.

windows media player with codec pack

How to open a MKV file with VLC Media Player:

Step 1: Download K-Lite Codec Pack and run the installer.

Step 2: During the installation process, ensure that Media Player Classic is selected as one of the components to install.

Step 3: Launch Windows Media Player on your computer to play the MKV File by uploading the file.

Part 3: How to Play MKV Files on Mac?

Now, let’s learn how to open MKV files on Mac.

1 5KPlayer

5KPlayer, created by DearMob, Inc., is a flexible multimedia player compatible with both Windows and Mac systems that can play various video and audio formats without restrictions.

5kplayer for mac

How to play a MKV file with 5KPlayer:

Step 1: Download and install 5KPlayer on your computer.

Step 2: Launch it and click on the Video tab.

Step 3:Select Open File from the drop-down menu to upload your MKV files.

2 QuickTime Player with Perian

As a Mac user, QuickTime Player should be the player you use in the daily life as it’s the default media player for Mac, but unfortunately it may need additional support to play MKV files. Like the case in Windows Media Player, installing the plugin like Perian can provide the necessary codecs for MKV playback.

quicktime player with perian

How to play a MKV file with QuickTime Player:

Step 1: Download and install Perian by following the on-screen instructions.

Step 2: Open QuickTime Player to add the file you want to play.

Part 4: What to Do When Still Can’t Play MKV Files?

These 5 tools that mentioned can 100% play your MKV files on the condition that the files are acting normally. But what to do when the files get corrupted and you can’t open them through the common methods?

You may need to repair the file first before playing it. And here comes the iMyFone UltraRepair, the all-in-one file repair tool that makes playing files including MKV, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPEG, AVI, FLV and more easily after removing the corruption.

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Key Features:

  • Repair damaged MKV files to retrieve the content and quality.
  • Support to repair files in bulk to save time and effort.
  • Support to repair without file size and number limit of the files.
  • Support to use on both Windows and Mac.
  • Also support to repair MP3, FALC, WAV, Word, Excel, PPT, PDF and more files.

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Step 1: Download and launch the software to chhose Repair tab.

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Step 2: Upload all your corrupted MKV video files, then click Repair.

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Step 3: Preview or save the repaired files.

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This is the end of this article. Hope you can learn better on how to open MKV files on Windows and Mac. All of them can be tried for free. And if you can’t open the file, it’s possible that it’s corrupted and need repairing. At that time, iMyFone UltraRepair is what you need to get the MKV files back!

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