Top 5 MKV Players of 2017 | Play MKV on Windows

MKV format is a widely used video format, because it can contain multiple video/audio tracks and people love it. The first question comes to our mind is how to play MKV files on Windows 10/8.1/7? A number of Windows users would like to download a third-party MKV video player featuring compact UI, solid performance and practical functions. Since the market is crowded with all sorts of video player software, it becomes a little hard mission to single out one program you really need. But, the roundup of top 5 MKV players of 2017 here can do you a big favor.

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2017 Best 5 MKV Player Software for Windows

On the basis of playback test, reviews/votes from geeks and feedback from users, we conclude the following five programs as 2017 best MKV players for Windows 10/8.1/7.

1. 8K Player (Windows & Mac)

8K Player

8K Player (Mac version) is a new fast-emerging media player for Windows 10/8.1/7. With a plain but elegant design, it has the formidable ability to play MKV video with extremely simple operation. Built-in all MKV video and audio codecs, it totally supports MPEG-4, H.264 with HD quality and 4K/8K HEVC/H.265 video formats. Moreover, it is 100% free and clean without adware, spyware, virus and any other malicious stuffs.

Not only MKV, it can play video media files in MP4, AVI, FLV, HEVC, AVCHD, WMV, VOB and all video formats with 8K/5K/4K UHD/1080P HD/SD quality, audio music media files in MP3, AAC, M4A, APE, FLAC and other audio formats, as well as regular and copy-protected Blu-ray DVD discs/folders and ISO files It comes with all useful setting options you may need, like selecting audio/subtitle track, adding bookmark, making gif, taking snapshot, recording screen, video looping, etc. and so on. Moreover, it keeps updating to meet users’ new needs, for example, play video media files on new Windows 10.

Limitation: This best MKV media Player is free. But the free version of this MKV movie player will output gif with watermark and won’t play Blu-ray (disc/folder/ISO). While the paid version ($0.99 to Feb 8th, 2017) do not have such limitations and it is worthy to pay for.

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2. VLC Media Player (Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix…)

VLC Player

VLC is a highly-acclaimed free and open-source multimedia player. It is fully compatible with MKV format and supports most video and audio streams in your MKV files on Windows 10/8.1/7 without third-party codec packs installed.

Limitation: Many people give the response that the interface of this MKV media player is too complicated to handle. And while playing MKV videos, you may meet some terrible conditions such as subtitles cannot completely show on the screen or the MKV video cannot smoothly play or can’t hear the sound of MKV files at all.

3. KMPlayer (Windows only)


More than a top MKV Player for Windows, KMPlayer is versatile player software supporting a wide range of container formats covering MPEG-4/2/1, MP4, WMV, FLV, AVI, 3GP, QuickTime, VCD and DVD. Apart from playing general videos, it supports 3D and 4K UHD movies/videos. You can freely set up your libraries to achieve better media playback experience. And It is also worth highlighting that it is able to adjust the playback screen with respect to your screen.

Limitation: KMPlayer is definitely a powerful free media player, but it is also ad-supported. Although the latest version of KMPlayer is compatible with Windows 7/8/10, it is suggested to use it on Windows 7 (32 bit) computer for grabbing the best performance.

4. BS.Player (Windows, Android)


BS.Player is another best MKV player for Windows 10/8.1/7 which specializes in playing video and audio in MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, MP3, AAC, AC3, WMA etc. instead of dealing with poor computer capabilities or running around looking for a proper setting and codec. Also, it has very low CPU and RAM requirements

Limitation: What bothers users is that it may ask you to install BSPlayer ControlBar for subtitle download instead of removed attached adware in old versions.

5. Dimo Video Converter Ultimate

Dimo Video Converter Ultimate

Although with the help of MKV codec, you can play your MKV files on many media players such as Windows Media Player, Zoom Players and so forth, under most conditions, it is not necessary for you as you may only want to play one type of MKV file. Moreover, with MKV players, you can only play MKV files smoothly on your computer, you can’t still make full use of the MKV players on mobile devices, TV, VR, editors, game consoles, etc. because of the incompatibility issue.

Therefore, the best solution is to convert MKV to any other you want, so that you can play MKV files in any player, application and device etc. To do it, you can use Dimo Video Converter Ultimate (Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac) to perform video conversion and preview your source MKV as well for free. For example, it’s a good solution to convert MKV to MP4 for playback on most of devices.

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Step 1: Import MKV files by directly dragging files to this program.

Step 2: In the "Select Format" pane, select your wanted format by clicking the Format or Device icon to open its output format list.

Step 3: Hit the Start button of the main interface.


All of the top-notch media players above have the features they are proud of. Just free download a media player according to your own needs. Don’t hesitate to give these best free MKV media players a chance – you will have nothing to lose.

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