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Top 3 Ways to Play MKV on Mac Catalina/macOS High Sierra/Mojave etc

Posted by Amanda Hu | Last updated: October 12, 2019

How to play MKV on Mac (iMac, MacBook, MacBook Air, etc) successfully in case that Mac's default media player – QuickTime player doesn't natively support the playback of MKV files? Is there any possible way to play MKV on Mac with QuickTime? Certainly there is, 3 best ways to play MKV on Mac are provided here to help you freely play MKV on Mac. Just choose the one you prefer to enjoy your MKV files.

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Solution 3. Play MKV on Mac with QuickTime through Installing Perian Plugin.


Perian is a third party QuickTime component that adds support for a variety of file format including MKV of course. This method is kind of easier than Solution 2 to play MKV on Mac as Perian doesn't require any confriguration. Once you install Perian, it will automatically start playing your MKV, AVI, DivX, etc files inside the QuickTime Player. However, Perian works only on Mac OS X versions earlier than Yosemite since it is not compatible with QuickTime 10. Advisably, you can install QuickTime 7 Pro on newer Mac OS X (Mavericks/Yosemite/El Capitan) as Perian works flawlessly with QuickTime 7. Too complicated? You can try the best free MKV player to play MKV on Mac in the easiest way.

Comparing the 3 solutions to play MKV on Mac mentioned above, it is clear that Solution 1. Play MKV on Mac with 5KPlayer is the best. 5KPlayer can help you to play MKV WMV AVI on Mac without any help like installing plugins and converting file format. What is still better, this MKV player Mac (iMac & MacBook included) will offer you the chance to AirPlay MKV AVI MP4 to Apple TV with better viewing experience.

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