.MKV File Extension

Matroska Video File

The MKV file extension stands for Matroska Video File. It is an open standard multimedia container which can store video, audio and other digital media data in one file. The MKV file format is used by...

General Information

Title MKV File Extension
Extension .mkv
Full Form Matroska Video File
File Type Video File
Developer Matroska
MIME Type video/x-matroska

File Function

Primary Function Store video
Additional Functions Store audio, subtitles
Features Multi-track, Chapter support

File Characteristics

Quality High
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency No
Editable Yes

Use Cases

High-definition Video Yes
Multilingual Films Yes
Fan Subbing Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Malware injection
Best Practices Antivirus scan, Source verification

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 2002
Latest Update Frequent updates

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .mka, .mks, .mk3d

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
VLC Media Player Free Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS
MKVToolNix Free Windows, Mac, Linux
KMPlayer Free Windows, Mac, Android, iOS