"How to play MKV on Mac? Hi guys. I’ve got some MKV files on Mac, and want to play MKV files on Mac computer. When I try QuickTime, I was told no support of this kind of file. Can you tell me how to play MKV on MacBook pro retina? MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion" – By Ziljian on Apple Support Communities.

Many Mac computer users would ask such kind of questions: how to play MKV on Mac, is there any free MKV player for Mac, QuickTime doesn’t play MKV, etc. It should be noted that even though MKV has been a popular format accepted by many players and devices, Apple has not included it into its native support of QuickTime player. Therefore, if you want to play MKV on Mac, you need to make use of other solutions, like 3rd-party Mac MKV player software or MKV player Mac codec pack.

This tutorial would introduce you different ways on how to play MKV on Mac. You could select one according to your personal requirements.

Part 1: Play MKV on Mac with Free MKV Player Mac

Without doubt, to play MKV on Mac, the best way is to adopt a Mac MKV player. Leawo Free MKV Player for Mac becomes your best choice. With no extra codec pack built, this free Mac MKV player could play MKV files on Mac without any quality loss, allowing you to select desired subtitles and audio tracks as you like.

Here I would like to emphasize the advantages of this program that will impress you. It supports HD video converter to convert 4K/1080P video without quality loss and is able to convert videos between 180+ formats. Speaking of HD videos, this player is fully capable of 4K UHD and 1080 full HD videos playback and ensures the optimum streaming quality. Now we can follow a brief guide to play MKV files on Mac using Leawo Blu-ray Player, one of the best MKV players for Mac and Windows system.

Step 1: Click the Mac download link below to download and install this Mac MKV Player freeware on your Mac computer.

Step 2: Get source MKV files ready. Start this free Mac MKV player software.

Drag and drop source MKV files into this free MKV player for Mac. This Mac MKV player would start playing MKV on Mac immediately.


Step 3: (Optional) Do the playback settings.

During playing MKV on Mac, you could right click and then select subtitles and audio tracks from source MKV file freely. This player features the ability to allow users to do basic settings including subtitles, skin, view mode, contrast etc., as well as advanced settings such as converting Blu-ray/DVD to MKV files without decoding or encoding. This advanced feature is offered in the premium version, which will achieve 1:1 Blu-ray to MKV conversion and is able to remove any disc protection or region codes.


Part 2: Play MKV on Mac with QuickTime by Using Perian

Many Mac users may wonder that whether there is a codec pack for QuickTime to play MKV on Mac, just like that Windows Media Play codec pack or DirectShow Filter Pack for Windows Media Player. The answer is Yes. That is Perian.

Perian was an open source QuickTime component that enabled Apple Inc.’s QuickTime to play several popular video formats not supported natively by QuickTime on Mac OS X. It was a joint development of several earlier open source components based on the multiplatform FFmpeg project’s libavcodec and libavformat, as well as liba52 and libmatroska. It has been mentioned a lot in several big blogs like Lifehacker, Ars Technica and The Unofficial Apple Weblog.

By installing Perian, you could easily play MKV on Mac with QuickTime player, no extra configuration needed. It would automatically enable QuickTime player to recognize and accept several video formats like MKV, WMV, AVI, DivX, etc.

The sad news is that the Perian project managers announced on 15 May 2012 on their website that they are shutting down support for the project. The reason is undeclared. However, in the announcement, they recommended other products, such as Niceplayer, Free Blu-ray Player, VLC or MPlayer OS X. They indicated that Perian’s source code would be posted online for any developer who wanted to continue with the project. One continuation based on the source code is actively maintained but does not support QuickTime for OS X Mavericks or later.

Advisably, you can install QuickTime 7 Pro on newer Mac OS X (Mavericks/Yosemite/El Capitan) as Perian works flawlessly with QuickTime 7.


Part 3: Play MKV on Mac by Converting MKV to QuickTime MOV

Since QuickTime player accepts videos in MOV and MP4 formats, you could also try to convert MKV to MP4/MOV on Mac for QuickTime player so as to play MKV file on Mac with QuickTime. In this way, you don’t need to install 3rd-party Mac MKV player and plug-in for QuickTime. Meanwhile, through converting, you could not only play MKV file on Mac, but also play MKV on iPad, iPhone, and other portable devices or upload to YouTube and blog for sharing. Leawo Video Converter for Mac could help you easily carry this out. It could perform as a professional Mac MKV to QuickTime converter to convert MKV to QuickTime MOV/MP4 on Mac. This video converter is more than just a converter but also a powerful video editor and media player. With it, you can do all exciting editing to the original video and make it your own style, and stream the videos within the built-in player with supreme quality.

Here is a guide to lead you through the program for converting MKV to QuickTime MOV with the help of Leawo Video Converter for Mac.

Step 1: Click the link below to download and install Leawo Video Converter for Mac on your Mac computer. It could run on Mac OS X 10.6 and later versions.


Step 2: Launch it. Under the "Convert" tab, click the "Add Video" button to browse and add source MKV files into this MKV to QuickTime converter for Mac.


Step 3: Click the drop-down box next to the "Add Photo" button and then select "Change" option to set output audio format.


Since you need to play MKV on Mac with QuickTime, you are suggested to select MOV as output format.


Step 4: Edit the source MKV files. This video converter has extra support for editing videos before conversion, including add 3D effects, watermarks, crop or trim videos to adjust the size, and so on. You can perform the settings by clicking on the editing icon next to the video.


Step 5: Go back to the main interface and click the big green "Convert" button. Set output directory in the "Save to" box to save output MOV files after converting. After that, click the bottom "Convert" button on the sidebar. This Mac MKV to QuickTime converter would start to convert MKV to MOV on Mac immediately.


You may follow closely with the conversion progress through the green progress bar. Once it indicates 100% completion, you could then freely import the converted MKV files into QuickTime player for playback. Otherwise, you are welcome to play the files within the built-in media player without bothering to transferring files to other players.

Part 4: Conclusion

If you are a Mac user and have no idea how to play MKV file on Mac, this article is right for you. Like what we have introduced, you may find help from the above three solutions to resolve the issue for playing MKV files on Mac. A beginner may be more interested to simply play the MKV files on a capable media player, such as Leawo MKV player on Mac. It is the most direct way to bypass any trouble caused during the MKV playback on Mac. With this free player, users do not need to spend extra steps to resolve the playback issue because all possible issues have been considered and resolved within this player. For experienced users or tech geeks, they may have the interest to resolve this playback issue from the root. They can definitely go for solution 2, which is to install the codec pack called Perian. This is known as Swiss-army knife for QuickTime. With the codec pack installed correctly, your QuickTime will be able to stream any MKV files smoothly.

You may also seek a workaround to convert your source MKV to MOV, a QuickTime compatible video format. This is also a worthwhile solution to resolve the MKV playback issue on Mac. Typically, you can convert the MKV files to a variety of formats according to your own needs and you may edit the video before conversion to make it more of your style. In this case, you will definitely need a reliable video converter to help. Leawo Video Converter for Mac is absolutely the right choice for you. The processing speed, output quality, and abundant editing features are all incredible compared to rivals in the same category. It is genuinely a valuable program.