MKV to Plex- How to play MKV files via Plex

Published on by Chris King

This tutorial will explain how you can enable Plex read MKV files, so that you can play MKV files via Plex without issue.

(Updated 25 Aug, 2016)

MKV to Plex- How to play MKV files via Plex

Plex is a media server application that enables us to share music, movies on TV, PS3, Xbox360, Android, iOS, and other DLNA-certified devices locally via home network connection, or remotely, as long as you have a Internet connection. With the recent introduction of Chromecast for Plex to the general public, I want to play a show I downloaded online which is in .mkv format. The thing is, the MKV file does not show up on my dashboard/tablet app. The MP4 files I currently have shown up with no problem. What are the steps I need to take for the .mkv files to show up on the list? An fix to play MKV via Plex without the issue? Searching from Google and got some recommended solutions.

Possible ways to enable Plex read MKV files:

Solution 1: Make sure the whole file names were being recognized by Plex. For example, if all of my mkv videos are all Sports videos so the names, there were kind of random. To solve it, you can set 'Scanner' as 'Personal Video Files Scanner' and 'Agent' as 'Personal Media'. Plex picks up pretty much any file with that setting.

Cons: I found it’s stuttering on large MKV files Plex.

Solution 2: Download Handbrake and use the default setting in it to convert MKV files to MP4 for streaming to Plex.

Cons: Some guys reflect Handbrake is spamware. Just downloaded it and had to do two malware cleans to get rid of all the shit it put on the computer.

Solution 3: In order to stream MKV files via Plex Media Server without problems, the easy option is to convert MKV to Plex compatible video files. Along with some help from a professional video converter tool like Brorsoft Video Converter(See Top 5 Best Video Converter for Windows Review 2016), it can be done effortlessly.

This video app is professional on fast transcoding MKV to Plex Media Server with MP4 format (the most compatible video format for Plex) without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports MKV videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MXF. MTS, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV .etc. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter Mac is also a helpful app to encode videos for further usage.

Cons: Brorsoft Video Converter is not freeware.

While, if you do not mind to pay $35.95, you can follow the guidance for you to transfer MKV to Plex for streaming, sharing.

[Guide] How to play MKV files via Plex

1. Load original MKV files Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your MKV files to the program. (Drag&Drop function is included.)


2. Select output format Click “Format” and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily.


Tips: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.

3. Start MKV to Plex Conversion Finally, hit the "Convert" button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert MKV to Plex Media Server compatible video files.

After the conversion, click "Open" to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex will recognize, catalog, play and stream these MKV files at ease.

Comment on this post

madeen2 12/12/2014 01:14

Great article! Have you tried downloading the same MP4 to a android device and playing it? I only ask because some handbrake presets will not bring audio to android and im looking for a different converter.
thanks in advance

Admin 12/12/2014 01:26

Handbrake is one of the tool I prefer, but some problems like you mentioned above always let me down. I think the brorsoft video converter I recommended in this post can be a good Android video converter.

Jd 12/06/2014 23:58

All of your pros are actually cons

Admin 12/07/2014 04:08

Thanks your warning. It's a stupid mistake I made. I've fixed it.

obat wasir ambeien 11/28/2014 07:08

nice atricel