How to Play MKV on Mac OS X (Sierra Included)


1. Play MKV on Device+
  1. 1.1 Play MKV on Apple TV
  2. 1.2 Play MKV on Samsung TV
  3. 1.3 Play MKV on Sony TV
  4. 1.4 Play MKV on LG TV
  5. 1.5 Play MKV on PS3
  6. 1.6 Play MKV on Xbox One
  7. 1.7 Play MKV on Xbox360
  8. 1.8 Play MKV to iPhone
  9. 1.9 Play MKV to iPad
  10. 1.10 Play MKV on iPod
  11. 1.11 Play MKV on Android Phone
  12. 1.12 Play MKV on Nexus 7
  13. 1.13 Play MKV in VLC
  14. 1.14 Play MKV in Windows Media Player
2. Convert MKV to Other Format+
  1. 2.1 Convert MKV to MP4
  2. 2.2 Convert MKV to MP3
  3. 2.3 Convert MKV to WMV
  4. 2.4 Convert MKV to M4V
  5. 2.5 Convert MKV to AVI
  6. 2.6 Convert MKV to AVI Online
  7. 2.7 Convert MKV to FLV
  8. 2.8 Convert MKV to DVD
  9. 2.9 Convert MKV to MOV
  10. 2.10 Convert MKV to VOB
  11. 2.11 Convert MKV to DivX
  12. 2.12 Convert MKV to MPEG
  13. 2.13 Convert MKV to MPEG2
  14. 2.14 Convert MKV to MPEG4
  15. 2.15 Convert MKV to XviD
  16. 2.16 Convert MKV to 3GP
  17. 2.17 Convert MKV to M2TS
  18. 2.18 Convert MKV to AVCHD
  19. 2.19 Convert MKV to H264
  20. 2.20 Convert MKV to TS
  21. 2.21 Convert MKV to VCD
3. Convert Other Format to MKV+
  1. 3.1 Convert M4V to MKV
  2. 3.2 Convert VOB to MKV
  3. 3.3 Convert RMVB to MKV
  4. 3.4 Convert MP4 to MKV
  5. 3.5 Convert WMV to MKV
  6. 3.6 Convert MOV to MKV
  7. 3.7 Convert DVD to MKV
  8. 3.8 Convert M2TS to MKV
  9. 3.9 Convert AVI to MKV
  10. 3.10 Convert Bluray to MKV
  11. 3.11 Convert FLV to MKV
  12. 3.12 Convert AVCHD to MKV
  13. 3.13 Convert OGM to MKV
  14. 3.14 Convert MTS to MKV
  15. 3.15 Convert WTV to MKV
4. Edit MKV & Other Tips+
  1. 4.1 Extract Subtitles from MKV
  2. 4.2 Add Substitles to MKV
  3. 4.3 Add SRT to MKV
  4. 4.4 Compress MKV Video
  5. 4.5 Reduce MKV File Size
  6. 4.6 Cut MKV Files
  7. 4.7 Edit MKV Metadata
  8. 4.8 MKV No Sound
  9. 4.9 MKV Video Player for Android
  10. 4.10 MKV Converter for Mac
  11. 4.11 MKV Player Mac
  12. 4.12 2D to 3D MKV Converter
  13. 4.13 Remux MKV
  14. 4.14 MKV Encoder
  15. 4.15 Convert MKV to FCP Mac
  16. 4.16 Stream MKV to TV with Chromecast
  17. 4.17 Import MKV to iMovie
  18. 4.18 Windows DVD Maker MKV

Many QuickTime users just realized that they can't play the MKV or HD MKV files in their Mac OS X (Sierra included). What's the matter? QuickTime player doesn't support the MKV or HD MKV files natively. So, is there any possible way to play an MKV file with QuickTime? Of course there is. Apart from QuickTime, there are various options for you to make it to play MKV file on Mac.

Before heading to the detailed ways to play MKV on Mac, we'd better learn MKV format first. Actually, it's a free, open source container format that holds different types and unlimited number of video, audio, picture or subtitle tracks in one file. For instance, there might be an .avi file contained within an .mkv file. In short, an MKV file is not associated with a single player like QuickTime, which clearly explains why you fail to play MKV files in Mac.

Part 1. Convert MKV to Other Mac Supported Formats

If you have a lot of MKV files and want to play them on other Apple devices like iPhone, iPad or iPod, you'd better convert MKV to MP4, MOV or M4V. Here, I'd like to recommend you Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate, which enables you to convert MKV to over 1000+ popular video format for various players, devices and applications.

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In this case, you can convert MKV to MOV format, which is associated with QuickTime. See the detailed steps below.

Step 1 Directly drag your desired MKV files onto the interface, or click + Add Files to browse your Mac and load the MKV to the program.

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Step 2 Click the Inverted triangle icon icon beside Convert all tasks to: to get the full list of output format, go to Video > MOV and choose a video resolution in the right.

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Tips: You can also choose MP4 or M4V format, anyway, you can choose any format or device you want (most popular format or devices are also supported here).

Step 3 Hit Convert All at the lower-right to start converting MKV videos. When the MKV conversion ends, you can click the Output folder in the bottom to get the converted .mov file. Now you can freely play MKV files with QuickTime without any hassle.

Part 2. Convert MKV with Online Video Converter Tool

Here is an easier way. No need to install any programs. Just go to and convert MKV video online.

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  1. Open the site and click on Video from its Control Panel located on the left side.
  2. Click on File > Browse button to add your MKV file.
  3. On Target Format, click on the down arrow and search for MOV or other format.
  4. Click on Convert Now to initiate MKV conversion. Once finished, you can find the converted MKV files under Conversion Results.

Part 3. Install Perian Plugin

Perian is a free, open source QuickTime component that adds native support for many popular video formats like the MKV. When you've had Perian installed, you have to quit QuickTime completely and then restart it. Note that you don't realy close the QuickTime Window, actually it's still running in the background. Since only that way, QuickTime can update its format and encoding library.

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