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MKV file format description

Many people share .mkv files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .mkv file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .mkv files.

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.mkv - Matroska Video

The MKV video files are related to Matroska Splitter. MKV file is a Matroska Video container. Matroska is a project to develop an open source multimedia container format similar to Apple's QuickTime, MPEG's MP4 or Microsoft's Advanced Streaming Format.

Matroska Splitter
Video files
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Matroska Video related extensions:
Matroska Stereoscopic/3D Video
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro Video
Magic Lantern RAW Video
DriveCam Video Event
CIF RAW Video File
MPEG-4 Timed Text File

Naturally, other applications may also use the .mkv file extension. Even harmful programs can create .mkv files. Be especially cautious with .mkv files coming from an unknown source!

Can't open a .mkv file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows can't open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.

The .mkv file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

hkv, mkf, mkb, nkv, mov, mlv, mkc, mk, kmv, mv, mmv, mkg, mkd, kv

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

Similar file extensions in our database:

Eyesight IP Camera Video
KaraBox Karaoke Audio
DVD Audio Media Key Block
Magic Lantern RAW Video
MarkDown Document
Sansui Mobile DJ Video

Operating systems

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Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7/8, Windows 10, CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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