What is the Use of the .mkv File Extension?

What is the .mkv file extension?

An .mkv file is commonly referred to as a Matroska Video File.? .mkv files are open-source container video files, similar to other popular video formats, such as .AVI, .MOV, and .ASF formats.

.mkv files have the ability to store a limitless number of video, audio and subtitle tracks in a single file. An .mkv file may contain audio files, video files, or both along with the subtitles in a single file.

.mkv file format popularity

The .mkv format was made popular by the anime fan-stubbing community, where users themselves provided the subtitles. Some attributes of this file type that contributed to its immense popularity and usage are:

  • The .mkv file type allowed users to insert multi language subtitles and chapter breaks similar to the ones included in DVDs; into one single file.
  • The ease with which the .mkv file type handles high-definition video.
  • The format supports various types of audio and video codecs.

Names of the programs that can open .mkv files

If you use Windows, you may open an .mkv file using any of the following programs:

  • DivX Player
  • Core Media Player using CDL Plugin
  • CyberLink PowerDVD 10
  • Media Player Classic
  • BS. Player
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player using Matroska DirectShow Pack
  • Matroska Splitter
  • Arpa Kolla Player
  • NERO Show Time using K-Lite Codec Pack
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player

If you use a Macintosh, you may open an .mkv file using any of the following programs:

  • Elmedia Multiformat Player
  • DivX Player
  • Apple QuickTime Player along with the Perian component
  • MPlayer
  • Roxio Popcorn4
  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player

If you use Linux, you may open an .mkv file using the following program:

  • VideoLAN VLC Media Player

If you use Palm, Symbian, or Pocket PC mobile devices, you may open an .mkv file using the following program:

  • CorePlayer Mobile

Is it possible to convert .mkv files to other file formats?

Yes, you can convert .mkv files to other file formats, such as MP4. But in order to do this you need to use a converter program.

How to open .mkv files

If you have a media player that supports the .mkv file format, use it to play .mkv files. If you don?t have an .mkv compatible media player, you may download and install the required codec, if available.

At times, one or more files present in the .mkv file may become corrupt, affecting the playback of the entire file. To fix the issue, we recommend that you use a reliable file extension repair program.