MKV File Extension

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Matroska Video Format
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What is MKV file?

Files with the .MKV extension contain video images, sounds or subtitles collected in a singular multimedia container. This format provides open specification, established in Russia, in the year 2002, in the Matroska project, led by Steve Lhomme. It is based on a previous format – the MCF multimedia container.

Stored multimedia data may use various (according to the specification: any) codecs, among which, the most popular are:

  • H.264 - AVC Advanced Video Coding,
  • H.265 - HEVC High Efficiency Video Coding

MKV format is popular amongst enthusiasts of movies; finding software supporting it is rather easy, and since 2014, it is supported by Microsoft Windows. MKV files are highly capable of restoring damaged data, and also streaming in HTTP and RTP protocols. The Google’s WebM (2010) is based on MKV, however – it uses only VP8 and VP9 for encoding.

Conversion of a MKV file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the MKV extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of MKV file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from MKV extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to MKV file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the MKV file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the MKV file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the MKV file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the MKV file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the MKV file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the MKV file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

Do you want to help?

If you have additional information about the MKV file, we will be grateful if you share it with our users. To do this, use the form here and send us your information on MKV file.

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