How to open MKV. If you are here now and reading this tutorial, you most likely just downloaded a mkv file de Internet and have no idea how to watch it. If things are really like this, you need a little help understanding how to open mkv.

Don't worry, this is a very easy problem to solve. So take about five minutes to read this tutorial, and I'm sure you'll be satisfied in the end.

How to open MKV step by step

Before I give you all the explanations of the case, I want you to understand what we are talking about.

The files MKVIf you don't know, they are advanced multimedia containers that are used more and more frequently to distribute high quality compressed videos (often with multiple audio tracks and subtitles).

Therefore, to open MKV it is essential to install a multimedia player on the PC capable of "digesting" this type of file correctly and possibly configure it as the default multimedia player to perform this operation (so that the MKV files are opened with it by simply double clicking on its icon).

 Would you like to know how to open MKV not only on your PC but also on your mobile phone and tablet? Again no problem. So much for Android as if to iOS There are excellent media players that can play all major video file formats including MKV.

Open MKV on PC

One of the best programs to open MKV on PCs is without a doubt VLC. If you've never heard of it, it's a free, open-source media player that can play all major video formats (and audio files) 'natively', that is, without the need for codecs or other external resources.

In other words, just install it and go!

VLC is available for Windows PC and for Mac OS X (but also for Linux).

VLC on Windows

If you own a Windows PC and are interested in understanding how to open MKV with VLC, the first step you should take is downloading the software on your PC. To do this, connect to the program's website and then click the orange button Download VLC.

Then wait for the software download to start and complete and open the media player installation package vlc-2.2.3-win32.exe ) and click first on yes, Then in to accept. as siguiente three times in a row, then up on install and to conclude the Finalize.

Mission accomplished!

Now you just have to wait for the VLC window to be visible on the desktop, press continue, select the article Open file of menu media and choose the MKV video you want to play.

Commands to pause playback, scroll through different points of the video, adjust volume, etc. They can be found in the toolbar located at the bottom of the software window.

To set VLC as the default player and have it start automatically when you double-click an MKV file, please do as follows: right click on any MKV video, select item your property from the menu that appears click the button cultural, present in the window that opens and expands the menu other apps. Finally select VLC media Player and click on the button first apply and then to accept  guidance on save the changes.

VLC on Mac

If you use a Mac and want to open MKV with VLC only to start downloading the app by connecting to its official website and clicking the orange button Download VLC, as I have already explained in the previous lines.

When the download is complete, double-click on it to open the file you just downloaded (e.g. VLC-2.2.3.dmg ) and drag the player icon to the folder of applications OS X acting from the new window that opened on the desktop.

Now start VLC on your Mac by activating the Launchpad and clicking on the player icon, going to the folder applications and double clicking on the VLC icon or   typing VLC  in the search and clicking on the first result in the list.

Then click on the button open  in answer to the question "VLC" is an application downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it? and wait for the program window to be visible on the desktop.

Once this step is completed, to open MKV with VLC on your Mac, click on the item office hour attachment at the top left of the menu bar, select Open file … and choose the video you want to play.

Just like on a Windows PC, the commands to pause the playback, move through the different points of the video, adjust the volume, etc. They can be found in the toolbar located at the bottom of the program window.

However, to set the program as the default media player, you must click on any file in Mac format and press the key combination cmd + i in the keyboard.

In the video properties window that opens, expand the field To open with: select VLC from the drop-down menu that appears at the bottom and click the button Change all to apply the changes. Now every time you double click on an MKV video it will automatically play with VLC.

Open MKV on mobile phones and tablets

Are you interested in how to open MKV from your Android mobile phone or tablet or use the iPhone o iPad?

Well, keep in mind that, as I mentioned at the beginning of this guide, it is not only a possible operation, but it is also very simple. To be successful, it is enough to resort to the use of special applications that allow you to do this, some are free, others for a fee, but all very valid and capable of satisfying the most varied needs.

Below you will find what, in my opinion, are the Best Apps on the market to open MKV from mobile devices.

  • VLC - Well yes, VLC is also available for Android and for iPhone and iPad! Its mobile version is not yet as complete and functional as the desktop version, but in the free sphere it still has its voice. The application supports network streaming, hardware decoding (only for a selected number of devices), and can play all major video file formats.


  • Infuse - Most likely the best media player currently available on iOS. Unlike the vast majority of video players available on the App Store, it supports audio in DTS and DTS-HD formats. It also allows you to stream and download videos over the local network, download cover art and multimedia information from the Internet, and support hardware decoding (which results in low power consumption). battery). The application is free in its basic version, which however allows you to open very few types of video files, and among these there is no MKV. Therefore, to open MKV with Infuse, you must unlock the full version of the application that can be obtained by purchasing an in-app application for 9,99 euros.


  • BS Player FREE - It is undoubtedly one of the best free players for Android devices. BS Player FREE allows the playback of videos on the local network, hardware decoding and is capable of "digesting" almost any type of video. Its interface is a bit "dated" but it is a minor problem.


  • Oplayer HD Lite - It is another excellent player thanks to which you can open MKV on iPhone and iPad. The application is free and can play almost all videos in MKV format without problems, but it displays an advertising banner at the top of the screen (it will be removed, if necessary, by an in-app purchase of 4,99 euros).