What is a .MKV File And How To Open It – Matroska (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .mkv extension, but you have never seen this extension before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .mkv file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .MKV file?

The .MKV file extension stands for Matroska Video File. The developer of this file extension is Matroska. The format of this video related file is binary.

What to know

There are currently 12 software that can open the .mkv file on 4 platforms.

How to open a .MKV file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .MKV file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .MKV file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .mkv file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the HandBrake software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use Microsoft Movies & TV, Media Player Classic, VideoLAN VLC media player, KMPlayer, MPlayer, Wondershare Video Converter Pro and HandBrake software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .MKV file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the HandBrake software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .MKV file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .mkv file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the HandBrake software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Roxio Popcorn, Eltima Elmedia Player, ShedWorx Smart Converter, MPlayer, VideoLAN VLC media player and HandBrake.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .MKV file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the HandBrake software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .MKV file on Linux

To open the .mkv file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the HandBrake software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is VideoLAN VLC media player, MPlayer and HandBrake.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .MKV file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the HandBrake software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .MKV file on Android

There is easy way to open the .mkv file on Android.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .MKV file in the download folder

First of all you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

To open the file, you will need to download the Videolabs VLC for Android software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. You could also download the BIT LABS Simple MP4 Video Player and Videolabs VLC for Android software. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

Still cannot open the .MKV file?

If you cannot open the .MKV file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .MKV file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .ml – Robin Milner, .ml20 – Ramiro Polla, .mlb – Avanquest Software, .mlb – Microsoft, .mlc – Microsoft. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .MKV file with the HandBrake, Microsoft Movies & TV, Media Player Classic, VideoLAN VLC media player, KMPlayer, MPlayer, Wondershare Video Converter Pro programs on Windows, HandBrake, Roxio Popcorn, Eltima Elmedia Player, ShedWorx Smart Converter, MPlayer, VideoLAN VLC media player programs on Mac, HandBrake, VideoLAN VLC media player, MPlayer software on Linux and Videolabs VLC for Android, BIT LABS Simple MP4 Video Player software on Android.