This article covers five excellent free MKV video players that will work on the Mac OS X(EI Capitan/Yosemite included), just get them to enjoy your MKV movies on your Mac with ease.
An MKV file is a free, open source container format developed by Matroska. It can hold different types and unlimited number of video, audio, picture or subtitle tracks in one file. Typically you’ll encounter these with Bluray rips or video exported from an HD stream, and you might have discovered the official Apple QuickTime player doesn’t support an .mkv file natively. Not to worry though, MKV files can be played on a Mac easily, you just need to download a free application or codec that supports playing the high quality video format. Now I’ll share the top 5 free MKV players for Mac (EI Capitan included) with you so you can easily playback the MKV files on your Mac without any trouble.
Top 5 Free MKV Players for Mac OS X
#1. VLC Media Player
The first recommendation is VLC, which will play just about any video or audio file thrown at it and MKV is no exception. Even if you don’t plan on using it to play .mkv movies, it’s a worthwhile app to have on any Mac. Some users report performance issues with playing MKV from VLC, but I’ve had no such problems.
Although MPlayer is not as popular as VLC, it is one of the most widely used video players among the Mac users. It plays mostly the MPEG, VOB, Matroska(MKV), ASF/WMA/WMV, VIVO, QT/MOV/MP4, AVI, Ogg/OGM, RealMedia, NUT, NuppelVideo and much more.
Download the MKV player for Mac OS X from the MPlayer site.
#3. QuickTime + Perian
Perian is a free-source QuickTime addon, which lets QuickTime extend support to a large number of file formats, such as MKV, AVI, DIVX, FLV, GVI, VP6, and more. So if you find your QuickTime player can’t play MKV files in Mac, you can install the plug-in to add extra support for playing MKV in QuickTime.
However, some people find that QuickTime Player 7 can play MKV files better without having to install any plug-ins. In fact, compared with the later version of QuickTime, the earlier ones feature better support of older codecs. So if you don’t mind using the older version, just use QuickTime Player 7 as your MKV player for Mac (mountain lion supported). You’ll find it’s not a bad idea afterall.
#4. Elmedia Player
Elmedia Player which plays MKV and almost any video or audio format on Mac. Elmedia Player presents lots of options to enjoy viewing videos: audio equalizer, video tuner, playback speed
adjustment, etc. In addition to playing local files it offers unique“Open URL” option which allows watching YouTube videos online from the app directly.
#5. Wondershare Player
If you don’t like QuickTime, you can use the most powerful MKV player Mac has to offer; the Wondershare Player. It is a free and user-friendly application, playing any video and audio format file on every platform including Windows and Mac. For those who like one media player for all videos, the Wondershare Player will be the absolutely choice. What’s more, it adds support for subtitle files. You can directly add subtitles to a movie without captions.
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 discovering which is the best for your specific needs.
Additional Tips: How to Play MKV files with Any Player
If you have a lot of MKV files and want to play them on more players like the iPhone, iPad or iPod, you’d better convert the MKV to other formats like the MP4, MOV, M4V or etc. Here, I’ll recommend the Video Converter for Mac (EI Capitan & Yosemite included), which enables you to convert an MKV to any popular video format for various players, devices and applications. For QuickTime, you can convert the MKV to an MOV file that is associated with QuickTime. See more tips below.
Step 1: Drag the MKV files onto the interface.
Step 2: Choose any format or device you want (most popular format or devices are also supported here).
Step 3: Simply hit Convert at the lower-right corner of its interface.