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File TypeMatroska Video File

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This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.


Video container format similar to the .AVI, .ASF, and .MOV formats; supports several types of audio and video codecs; may also include .SRT, .SSA, or USF (Universal Subtitle Format) subtitles and supports VobSub subtitles from DVDs.

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The Matroska video format has become popular in the anime fan-subbing community (where users create subtitles) since it supports multiple audio and subtitle tracks in the same file.

DivX Player supports MKV files on both Mac and Windows systems. MKV files can also be played on Palm, Symbian, and Pocket PC mobile devices using the CorePlayer Mobile software.

Program(s) that open .MKV files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
File Viewer Lite
CyberLink PowerDVD 15
Nero 2015
DivX 7 for Windows
Media Player Classic
VideoLAN VLC media player
Wondershare Video Converter Pro 8
Mac OS X LogoMac
Roxio Popcorn
Eltima Elmedia Player
ShedWorx Smart Converter
DivX 7 for Mac
VideoLAN VLC media player
Linux LogoLinux
VideoLAN VLC media player
iOS LogoiOS
olimsoft OPlayer
VideoLAN VLC for iOS 2
Pentaloop PlayerXtreme Media Player
Android LogoAndroid
BIT LABS Simple MP4 Video Player
Updated 9/21/2015