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2017 Top 5 Best MKV Player for Mac

Karolina Miller
Karolina Miller

Karolina Miller is an editor for VC Studio. From video/audio downloading to DVD creating and converting, she knows them all. And she likes sharing her thought and solution about multimedia.

Do you have videos in MKV format? Can you open the MKV videos on Mac Sierra or El Capitan? In general, the Mac QuickTime Player can't play the MKV videos properly due to incompatible issue. Want to find a powerful MKV player for Mac for playing MKV files on Mac? Here we list 5 practical MKV players that works on any Mac OS X to help you watch MKV videos on Mac computer. Check it below and choose one you like.

Part 1 Top 5 Best MKV Player for Mac

No.1 Best Open Source MKV Player for Mac – VLC

Currently, many people consider VLC as the best player on earth. This is because it can play almost any file format, download and play YouTube videos, convert media files, support various different platform, etc. VLC is a great MKV player for Mac which offers full compatibility with MKV format as well as the video and audio streams in MKV container. So, it means you don't need to install any extra codecs or filters to play MKV files. Additionally, you can manage multiple videos, audios and subtitles in a MKV container well with VLC player.


• Packs with many advanced features.

• Too complicated to handle for a regular user.


No.2 Most Beautiful MKV Player for Mac – MplayerX

MplayerX is definitely another good choice for playing MKV videos on Mac. It works well with MKV file and its performance is excellent too. Actually, its interface closely matches QuickTime Players black minimalist theme. The most attractive feature about this MKV player for Mac is its efficient and novel playback control on the Macbook touchpad.


• Use a lot of system resources so it might crash occasionally.

• Cannot edit videos or embed subtitles to MKV videos.


No.3 Easy-to-use Free MKV Player for Mac – DivX Player

Divx Player for Mac is also a powerful media player for Mac which compatible with MKV videos perfectly. It has a lot of professional features such as FF/RW that can help you access chapter in each video, better organization through playlists, advanced audio playback and an in-built Recently Watched playlist for making sure that you can start from where you left off. Also, it can play as a video converter to finish easy video conversion.


• Get all software pack downloaded on Mac by default.

• Pay for the upgrade for this Mac MKV player

DivX Player

No.4 More Than Just MKV Players for Mac – XBMC/Kodi

XMBC/Kodi is another good MKV player to play MKV video on Mac. This media player is developed to be an all-in-one platform for viewing pictures, watching videos, and playing music. You just need to copy the MKV video files to the Movies directory in the local folder. Then you can find and watch them within XBMC quickly.


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No.5 Most Compatible MKV Player for Mac – QuickTime with Perian

Perian is a third-party Quick Time component which add supports for amount of video formats including MKV to Apple's QuickTime Player. It can be installed and set as a preference panel easily. After installation, there will be nothing extra required to use. Now you can open the MKV videos with QuickTime Player at will. But it might not be a good solution due to the disadvantages below.


• Stop update since 2012

• Cannot edit videos or embed subtitles to MKV videos.

QuickTime with Perian

Part 2 How to Compress Video with Professional Video Compressor

Sometime, these MKV player for Mac will encounter some issues like stuttering, no audio, loading file all the time, etc. To solve these questions, there is an efficient way to help you play any MKV videos on Mac smoothly. All you need is a Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate which allows you to convert MKV to MP4, M4V, MOV, etc. These formats are supported natively by QuickTime on Mac. And you don't need to worry about the video quality because it can preserve the original quality after conversion. Now follow the solution below to learn how to play MKV on Mac free of any issues.


Step 1. Free download the MKV video converter on Mac and run it on your computer. Click "Add File" icon to load the MKV videos

Step 2. Select output format you want on "Output Format" section. QuickTime supports formats include AVI, M4V, MOV, 3GP, etc.

Step 3. Now click on "Convert" button to start converting MKV files for playing on Mac QuickTime.

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Really thanks for reading through this recommendation of the best MKV player for Mac. Hope you can make the most suitable choice according to your situation.

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