Free Download MKV Codec Pack for HD MKV Video Playback

Posted by Candice Liu to convert video, convert MKV | Last updated on Dec 5, 2018

"I've got a lot of MKV files which won't play on my Windows Media Player. Is there a codec that will allow the playing of MKV in Windows 10 Movies and TV?"

"I end up having to use divx player plus to watch MKV videos, I would like to just use QuickTime 10, anyone know a free MKV codec package that will take care of this for me."

MKV is open source, vastly outperforming the commercial counterparts, and is used much more for storing off-disc high-quality movie, TV shows, especially anime fansubbing scene, due to the holding of multiple audio tracks, titles, chapters, subtitles, menus, etc. Thus, the chances to get .mkv (matroska) files are extremely high, so is the playback failure, since MKV is not as industry standard as MP4. Accordingly, the demand for MKV codec download has risen in recent years, in a wish to play .mkv video on Mac, Windows or other platforms successfully.

Basic Understanding of MKV Codec

MKV codec is basically designed to offer users compatibility with matroska files without any requirement to install additional software. For example, if you prefer to use Windows Media Player that doesn't support MKV video, you will need to download and install the codec to aid your video player understand how to decompress MKV video.

See also: HEVC codec, best video codec, QuickTime codec

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How to Free Download MKV Codec Pack

You can search MKV codec on Google or software download sites to have a directly matroska codec download link. But the long-winded results can be confusing. Here we list top 3 reliable codec packs for MKV to give them to you.

ffdshow: It is a lightweight directshow decoder and VFW codec for playing most video formats including MKV. ffdshow is a lightweight MKV decode and encode pack with relatively small size, making it a good choice for seekers to download on Windows platform.

K-lite Codec Pack: It combines DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs and tools, needed for encoding and decoding audio and video formats, such as MP4, MKV, AVI, etc. on Windows 10/8/7/XP (64 & 32 bit). You canl deal with the video playback error after downloading and installing the MKV codec pack. The latest version 13.6.0 also supports decoding and encoding HEVC.

CCCP Community Pack: CCCP is another great MKV codec pack we highly recommend if you want clean installs. It is a popular set of codecs that cover a large number of file formats, including MKV file format but free of any bundled nonsense. CCCP Community Pack is especially good for anime MKV playback. But you have to pay attention to this codec pack if you install all the included codecs/decoders as it may cause problem with other video software on your computer. Additionally, there are some other commercial codec packs available to download such as DivX Plus Pack.

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Alternatives to MKV codec: Play MKV File without Installing Codecs

The MKV codec pack can handle video playback error on Mac and Windows. But codec pack usually comes with a bunch of stuff that you don't really need rather than the MKV only, making it heavyweight and CPU consumption. Worse still, codecs are notorious for bundling crapware or even malware that leads to instability of your computer. There are still no codec supporting playing MKV files on mobiles. These are reasons we list using a MKV video converter or free MKV player with built-in support as an alternative to codec download.

VLC play MKV

4. VLC - It is available both for Windows and Mac platforms, where you can open MKV files without any error. VLC is always atop the best free MKV player list and well received for the large number of built-in video codecs including MKV. Note: VLC will stutter or crash or lead to choppy playback of HD MKV file. See how to troubelshoot MKV VLC playback problem >>

5kPlayer play MKV

3. 5KPlayer - 5KPlayer is another great media player software that is updated constantly with an extensive video/audio codec support list, supporting even 8K, 5K and 4K UHD videos.. Now, it ranks next to VLC on Softonic with most downloads, thanks to its ease of use and high quality.

DivX Plus play MKV

2. DivX Plus Player - DivX Plus Player is famous for MKV playback without codec installation. Although it's a commercial software, this tool is worthy of download as it supports up to 8 MKV subtitles and audio tracks, offers audo-generated MKV chapters and is available for you to fast-forward and rewind MKV playback process.

MacX Converter Play MKV

1. MacX Video Converter Pro (Most Recommended)- For those who don't want to install any third-party MKV player or download MKV codec pack, there is a U turn - decode and reencodeMKV to other formats with a video converter, such as MacX Video Converter Pro. Focusing on video format transcoding, it converts MKV to MP4, MOV, AVI, H.264, H.265 etc and vice versa, thanks to the built-in 370+ audio/video codecs, including MKV, so you will free to play MKV on Mac, Windows, TV, iPhone, iPad, Android without any format issue.

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