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Mac OS X El Capitan: Best Free MKV Players To Download

Mac OS X El Capitan: Best Free MKV Players To Download

MKV files are generally high quality videos like HD videos or Blu-ray videos that have been compressed. Generally MKV videos won’t open up in a standard application and you need to download a MKV plater for the movie to open. We’ve created a list of the best MVK players for Mac you can download for free so you can start watching those MKV videos. Some of these softwares are focussed as a MKV player, while others are media applications that can do all more than just run MKV files on Mac OS X El Capitan.

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The most popular MKV player on a Mac is VLC. This application will almost play any video or  music file in addition to MKV files. There has been am upgrade to the software with a recent release of VLC 2, and even if you don’t plan on using it to play .mkv movies, it’s a worthwhile app to have on your Mac OS X El Capitan. Overall it’s a great app and is recommend as one of the best MKV players currently available.



Just like XBMC, Plex has a great UI for MKV videos. The reason that this is one of the best MKV players for Mac is the ability to quickly drag and drop files to start playing on your computer. The recent update of Plex made the software a little more confusing to navigate, but it’s still great MKV videos player and should be tested out.



Perian is a third party Quicktime component that adds support and allows you to play MKV files on your Mac. You can easily download this MKV extension for Quicktime on your Mac and the extension will sit as a preference panel. After you have installed Perian, you don’t need to do anything extra to watch MKV files. This app is a great MKV player for Mac using Quicktime. It’s recommend to be running the latest version of Mac OS X El Capitan to make sure there is nothing wrong with the software.


XBMC is a wonderful MKV player for mac to download. It has a simple user interface and MKV videos look amazing on the video player.  To get the most out of XBMC, copy any MKV video files to the Movies directory in the users home folder and you’ll be able to quickly find them within XBMC.



MPlayerX is not as popular at VLC, but it’s still a highly recommend application that will play MKV audio and video files on a Mac. MPlayerX plays MKV files on Mac like Quicktime with it’s black minimalist theme. This MKV player has a great overall performance and is highly recommend for those who enjoy watching high quality content on their Macs. You can download this app for free from the Mac App Store.

Everyone has their own favorite MKV player to watch videos and TV shows on a Mac. For general versatility, VLC is a must-have app for all computer users, MplayerX is really giving it a run for it’s money, but for overall media center functionality XBMC is great.


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