Open mkv file

mkv file icon Did your computer fail to open mkv file? We explain what mkv files are and recommend software that we know can open your mkv files.

What is mkv file?

An mkv file extension file extension is used for Matroska Multimedia Container format, which is an open source video format very often used for HD movies. You can open it in almost any media player as the format is largely supported.

mkv file description

The mkv file extension is used for Matroska Multimedia Container, an open standard free Container format, a file format that can hold an unlimited number of video, audio, picture or subtitle tracks inside a single file.

MKV file format is intended to serve as a universal format for storing common multimedia content, like movies or TV shows. Matroska is similar in conception to other containers like AVI, MP4 or ASF, but is completely open source. Matroska file types are MKV format for video (and audio) and mka format for audio-only files.

Matroska is using EBML language. EBML is acronym for Extensible Binary Meta Language. EBML specifies a binary and octet (byte) aligned format inspired by the principle of XML. EBML itself is a generalized description of the technique of binary markup. Like XML, it is completely agnostic to any data that it might contain. Therein, the Matroska project is a specific implementation using the rules of EBML: It seeks to define a subset of the EBML language in the context of audio and video data (though it obviously isn't limited to this purpose). The format is made of 2 parts: the semantic and the syntax. The semantic specifies a number of IDs and their basic type and is not included in the data file/stream.

Software that will open mkv file

VLC media player

One of the most popular multi-platfom multimeda player

VLC media player for Mac

Mac version of the popular VLC player

VLC media player for Android

Android version of the popular VLC Media Player


What file extension actually is?

Simply put, file extensions are the characters after the dot in the file name, so for example filename.mp3 has file extension „mp3“. This helps Windows to identify which program should be used to open the file.

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