Top 5 Best MKV Players for Mac 2016-2017

Olga Weis

MKV is a very popular container format for video files. It supports a lot of video/audio codecs. The Matroska format is popular with various kinds of HD videos, but the drawback is that it is hard to play MKV in QuickTime Player or iTunes on Mac. That's why users start searching for an alternative MKV player Mac.

Here we lined up the best Mac MKV players that will help you play MKV on Mac nicely. So let's have a look at the list of MKV Video Players for Mac OS X.

Elmedia Player

1. Elmedia Player

Elmedia Player is a free MKV player Mac. This MKV player offers you a user-friendly and customer-oriented Matroska video playback experience. With a friendly interface, it lets you play MKV on Mac easily, and actually a vast variety of other file types is supported too. This free MKV player for Mac uses computer resources in a smart way. Subtitles for MKV files are loaded automatically and this player even lets you edit subtitles, i.e. choose the preferred language or set up encoding, size, font color, etc.

Free MKV player Mac
Free MKV player Mac

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The PRO (paid version) allows making screenshots of any moments in the movie or even converting the whole video into the series of screenshots and save them as TIFF, PNG, GIF. It also allows you to create bookmarks of certain moments of a movie (Playback-> Bookmarks -> Bookmark Current Position). Oh, and in PRO it is a perfect video downloader.

VLC Media Player

2. VLC Media Player

VLC player actually offers a wide support for MKV format: it is a great MKV player offering full compatibility with Matroska as well as full support for most video and audio streams you will find in an MKV file. All of this means that most probably there will be no need to install any extra codecs or filters, depending on the streams. With VLC you can manage MKV video's multiple video/audio/subtitle tracks conveniently.

Somehow, VLC Player could use a more user-friendly interface, and even though it is packed with advanced features, it is still too complicated to handle for a regular user. Once you drag an MKV video on a VLC playlist, there is no way to change its position. Note that VLC does not willingly accept Blu-ray Disc and RM video which is also kind of disappointing.

Mac Blu-ray player

3. Mac Blu-ray player

Mac Blu-ray Player can be put in this list as a Free MKV Player, which is absolutely compatible with all Mac OS. It is an easy app with pretty interface and layout. With high MKV decryption capacity, this player can offer a remarkable MKV experience. It supports a lot more video formats: AVI, DVD, Blu-ray, Video CD, MOV, FLV, WMV, MPEG, RMVB, MP4, MP3, WMA, AAC, AC3, etc.


4. MPlayerX

MPlayerX supports MKV files well and provides you with excellent performance. Its interface closely resonates with QuickTime Player's black minimalistic style. It is definitely a fantastic choice for watching HD videos on Mac. And just as previous players, MPlayer can also play AVI, MOV, RM, MPEG, DVD, etc.
The disadvantage of this player though is that it uses a lot of system resources and may also crash occasionally. And there is no way to edit videos or embed subtitles to MKV videos.

Aimersoft Video Converter for Mac

5. Aimersoft Video Converter for Mac

Aimersoft Video Converter for Mac is an excellent piece of software that unites video converter, editor, player and downloader.
Aimersoft Video Converter for Mac offers an alternative way to play your MKV videos on Mac - you can convert MKV to QuickTime supported MP4 or MOV. Actually it also allows you to convert MKV to M4V, AVI, WMV, ASF, FLV, etc.

So here was a little article on the best MKV Players for Mac OS X, which will hopefully help you decide which one is the best option for you.