.MKA File Extension

Matroska Audio

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What is an MKA file?

An MKA file is an audio file saved in the Matroska multimedia container format. It supports several types of audio compression algorithms, including MP3, AAC, and Vorbis. MKA files are typically used for storing voice recordings and songs.

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Screenshot of a .mka file in VideoLAN VLC media player
MKA file open in VideoLAN VLC media player

You may encounter an MKA file in a variety of ways, including downloading audio from the Internet or receiving audio recordings from co-workers, family members, or friends. While MKA files are typically used to save songs, they may also be used to save whole albums in one file. The MKA format allows individual audio tracks to be divided into chapters and also supports lyrics or .SRT subtitle transcriptions to be embedded into an MKA file.

Matroska multimedia container format

The Matroska multimedia container format is open source and was originally released in December 2002. The container format can store any number of video, audio, image, and subtitle tracks.

The files that utilize the Matroska container format use different file extensions depending on the data they contain. Matroska files that only store subtitle data use the ".MKS" extension and files that store video data (and possibly audio and subtitle data) use the ".MKV" extension. Audio files stored in the Matroska container format use the .mka file extension.

NOTE: The Matroska name comes from the Russian Matryoshka doll that contains numerous smaller, nested dolls of the same shape.

How to open an MKA file

You can open MKA files with various audio players. In Windows, you can open MKA files with Microsoft Media Player, which is bundled with Windows. In macOS and Linux, you can use the cross-platform MPlayer and VideoLAN VLC media player applications to play MKA files.

How to convert an MKA audio file

Various programs can convert MKA files to other audio formats. You can use File Viewer Plus in Windows to convert MKA files to .MP3 or .M4A files. You can also use the cross-platform VideoLAN VLC media player to convert MKA files to MP3, .FLAC, and .OGG Vorbis Audio files.

Programs that open MKA files

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