How to Play MKV on Mac? – F2FSoft Mac Video Player

How to play MKV file on Mac [iMac, MacBook, MacBook Air…]?

When you searched this question on internet, there will be lots of related answers. I have one by one tried some ways from internet, showing 4 reliable, safe or easy ways to you after my experiment. Hoping it can really help you.

At the very beginning, we need to figure out what do we need to play MKV on Mac.

On the one hand, we need MKV files.

The Matroska Multimedia Container is an open standard, free container format. MKV in 720p or 1080p are often seen by us.

So how to figure out the format of our video is .mkv or .mp4 or .avi?

1. Double click Computer on your desktop.

computer-button

2. Click Tools and choose Folder Options.

find-file-extensions

3. There will pop up a window, click View. And then, scroll down to the Hide extensions for known file types, last click OK button.

find-files-extension

Tip: Little more information about MKV.

Matroska (MKV)
Filename extension .mkv .mk3d .mka .mks
Internet media type video/x-matroska; audio/x-matroska
Type of format Container format
Container for Multimedia
Open Format? Yes

On the other hand, we need video player for Mac.

When it comes to Mac video players, most Mac fans may be familiar with the Quicktime, which is provided by Apple. I will introduce it and F2FSoft Free MKV Player Software to you.

The first is F2FSoft Free MKV Player Software

Method 1: Free Download F2FSoft Free MKV Player Software on Mac [the easiest way]

Now, we know MKV file is not compatible with most video players, but the F2FSoft Blu-ray Player is an exception, which can be compatible with Mac and Windows and play kinds of video formats.

Here is a list about what the Blue ray player can do for you.

F2FSoft Blu-ray Player software supported video format list

Categories Support Video Formats
Blu-­ray Blu­ray disc, Blu­ray folder, Blu­ray ISO image file (which need a virtual drive to load Bluray ISO image file)
Video MPG, MPEG, MPEG 2, VOB, DAT, MP4, M4V, TS, MTS, M2TS, MXF, RM, RMVB,WMV, ASF, MKV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, F4V, FLV, SWF, MPV, MOD, TOD,QT, MOV, DV, DIF,MJPG, MJPEG, TP, TRP, WebM
HD Video HD AVI, HD ASF, HD H.264/MPEG­4 AVC, HD MKV, HD MOV, HD MPG, HD TS, HD WMV, HD MP4, HD WebM
4K Video 4K MP4, H.264/MPEG­4 AVC, H.265/HEVC, 4K TS, 4K MXF, 4K MTS, 4K M2TS, 4K MKV, 4K AVI, 4K MOV, 4K FLV and 4K WebM
Audio AAC, AC3, AIFF, AMR, AU, FLAC, M4A, MKA, MP2, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA

Step 1: Download the F2FSoft Mac Video Player

This Blu-ray playback software has two versions: Windows and Mac. (I mentioned before)

Download for Windows Download for Mac

Step 2: Open it

You will see Open File and Open Disc buttons on the main interface. Second, click Open File button.

mac-video-player

Step 3: Wait for a second and enjoy your movies

The Second is Quicktime Software (provided by Apple)

The Quicktime can’t play MKV video directly, but MP4 can [I have tried]. So we can change the MKV to MP4 or insert Perian on Mac.

Method 2: Rip MKV to MP4 with F2FSoft Blu-ray Ripper Software

F2FSoft Blu-ray Ripper Software can rip MKV to MP4 fast and safe. At the same time, it also can rip Blu-ray which you can know from its’ name.

Method 3: Plug in Perian

Perian can run on Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, with it, we can play MKV AVI, FLV, DivX and more on QuickTime.

Step 1: search “Perian” in Google, you will see “Perian for Mac”, open it and download the Perian.

perian-for-mac-quicktime

Step 2: once installed the Perian, you can play MKV with the QuickTime.

Tips:

In my opinion, if we metaphor playing MKV ON Mac as get into a room, Perian functions as a window, if you don’t have key, you can use it to get into room while the F2FSoft Blu-ray Player is the key, you can easily open the door with it. The F2FSoft Blu-ray Ripper looks like you broken the door by violence.

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