MKV Codec 1.0

Free software that offers support in opening and playing MKV audio and video files

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  • Works under:

    Windows 8 / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows XP

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    9.6 (1)

MKV Codec is a standard for video container formats to compress and decompress video data for faster transmissions.

Files for Media Players

MKV Codec allows media players to play files with MKV extension. MKV files are similar to MP4 and AVI files. When you have the codec on your media player, you can play MKV videos.


MKV Codec was created with features like fast file seeking, chapter entries, metadata support, and error resilience. You can stream MKV files over various network protocols like HTTP, CIFS, FTP and more.

MKV Codec is distributed for free. It supports Variable Bit Rate (VBR) audio encoding and Variable Frame Rate (VFR) video encoding. It also uses a binary derivative of XML called Extensible Binary Meta Language (EBML). This allows MKV Codec to adapt to new features and functionalities easily.

The MKV Codec can easily provide multilingual subtitles, alternate audio tracks, and chapter points. The metadata can accommodate cover arts, ratings and descriptions. It provides a more comprehensive video player experience than other similar standards.

The codec is easy to install. After installation, you can use your media player to play MKV file like any other media files. However, you need to make sure that your media player architecture is compatible with MKV Codec.


MKV Codec is trying to gain market share. It’s not as popular as MP4 or AVI. However, it’s easy to install and run. So it might be worth trying out to see if the codec gives you better video performance on your machines.


  • Free download
  • Easy to install and use
  • More video and audio features than other codecs


  • Not all media players are compatible
  • Issues can cause crashes

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