Is there any plugin (or other way), to add support for mkv files in quicklook? In my searches, the way I found of doing it involves installing perian, which I’d really prefer not to do for a number of reasons, one of them being that it’s no longer in development.

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A quick search turned up QLVideo, which I've now installed. It provides limited functionality with mkv (as well as avi, flv, asf, and a few others) including preview screen shots in QuickLook and thumbnails in Finder's GetInfo window. Unfortunately it does not actually play the video.


Sadly, Perian (a brilliant piece of software that I miss dearly) does not work with Apple's new replacement for the QuickTime infrastructure in MacOS.

  • It looks like a promising step in the right direction. Its first commit was 9 months after I’ve opened this question. Unfortunately, like you mention, it does not play the video.
    – user137369
    Dec 15, 2014 at 15:15

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