MKV like other container format AVI, MP4 can store various video, audio, picture or subtitle tracks inside a single file. Typically you’ll encounter these with Blu-ray rips or video exported from an HD stream. While, you might have discovered MKV files won’t open in a standard movie player app. No worry though, MKV files can be played on a Mac easily, you just need to download a video player application or codec that supports playing the high quality MKV video format.
In this page, I will cover five excellent free MKV Player for Mac, some are just general movie player apps and some are full-fledged media center applications that will do far more than just playing HD video formats. Ultimately which is the best is up for debate, but since they’re all free there is no reason not to try them all and discover which is best for your specific needs.
The first recommendation is VLC, which will play just about any video or audio file thrown at it and MKV is no exception. It’s a worthwhile app to have on any Mac.
XBMC is another good app to play MKV video, it’s simple interface focuses on media use and it makes a great media console in general. To get the most out of XBMC, copy any MKV video files to the Movies directory in the users home folder and you’ll be able to quickly find them within XBMC.
Plex is very similar to XBMC and works as well. Although it is generally a great media center app, the most recent update took a strange turn and the interface is more confusing than it needs to be. Nonetheless, it still plays MKV files quite well, if you’re going to use it drag and drop the MKV video onto the Plex icon to load the movie, otherwise trying to navigate through Plex’s confusing new menus will likely leave you frustrated and lost.
Perian is a third party Quick Time component that adds support for a huge variety of video formats (including MKV) to Apple’s very own QuickTime Player. It’s easy to install and sits as a preference panel, and once it’s installed there is nothing extra required to use, just open the once unsupported videos in QuickTime Player. Perian is quite good, but some users encounter strange issues with OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion, so this may not be the best solution until Perian gets updated with full support for the latest versions of Mac OS X- Mavericks.
I hadn’t used MPlayerX before, but after several of our readers recommended it in the comments I downloaded the app and gave it a try. Low and behold, MPlayerX works wonderfully to play MKV files, and the interface closely matches QuickTime Players black minimalist theme. Performance was excellent too. This is definitely another worthwhile choice for watching HD video on the Mac, and it’s available free on the Mac App Store. Thanks to everyone who recommended this, this may be my new favorite video player!
Generally, those video player apps can help you to open and view MKV movies on Mac. But some issues still exist: Some users report performance issues with playing MKV from VLC;
Perian can’t support Mavericks 10.9 that means you can play MKV on Mavericks successfully;
More than user claimed that MPlayerX player is not working on OS X Mavericks
Anyhow, if these MKV player for Mac still can’t help you play MKV on Mac(Mavericks) smoothly, an alternative way is to convert MKV to a Mac most compatible format like QuickTime.
In this case, a versatile video converter is in need. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is such an excellent program that combines video converter, video editor, video player. It is fully compatible with all Mac OS. With it, you can convert MKV videos (HD MKV) to Mac playable files MOV, MP4 with fast speed and high quality. Apart from MKV, it can also convert various other popular video formats including AVI, VOB, WMV, etc to Mac compatible video/audio formats. Read on to have a look at how to convert MKV videos to Mac friendly video.