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Home > Tips > How to Download YouTube Video to MKV Format (Multiple Solutions)

How to Download YouTube Video to MKV Format (Multiple Solutions)

Multiple solutions to download YouTube videos to MKV format are provided in this article. Each solution will help you download YouTube Video to MKV very easily in different situations.

by Lane |Dec 06,2018..


Before we talk about how to download YouTube Video to MKV format, let’s see what is MKV and what advantages it has. 

MKV file is a file with the .MKV file extension. It is also known as Matroska Video file. It's not an audio or video compression format but a video container much like MOV and AVI. The difference between MKV and the other video containers is that MKV can incorporate audio, video, and subtitles into a single file - even if those elements use different types of encoding. That's also why you need to learn how to download YouTube Video to MKV format. 

Now let's go straight forward to the following part to learn how to download YouTube Video to MKV.

Download YouTube Video to MKV with IOTransfer

To download YouTube Video to MKV, IOTransfer is the most recommended tool. Because it includes a online video downloader and a video converter under the same module, you don't need any other software for downloading videos and other software for converting them to the most popular file formats, including MKV. Below are the detailed steps to convert a YouTube Video to MKV:

Step 1: Download and install IOTransfer 3 > launch IOTransfer 3 > go to the “VIDEOS” tab at the top.

Step 2 (optional): Click on “Downloader” in the list on the left > click the YouTube icon on the right panel to go YouTube website directly > find any video you would like to download > copy the video link from your browser > paste the link to the URL box in IOTransfer > click the Download button to download the video to your PC and iOS device. 


If you already have the YouTube videos on your PC, please skip Step 2.  


Step 3: Click on “Converter” in the list on the left of VIDEOS tab > click the Add Files button to import the YouTube videos you want to convert. MP4 is the default output format, scroll downward to find the MKV format.


Step 4: Click the Convert Now button to begin converting your YouTube videos to MKV format.

If you want to directly import the converted YouTube videos to your iOS device, you just need to tick the "Automatically transfer the converted video into your iOS device" option before clicking the Convert Now button. If you forgot to tick that option before converting, you can go to the Finished part to transfer the converted file to your device.


Download YouTube Video to MKV Online

If you don't want to download and install any program, you may try the online converter. Here we recommend two websites for you to convert YouTube Video to MKV: ConverFiles and Online Convert.


Step 1: Go to website

Step 2: Choose a local file by clicking Browse to open a downloaded YouTube Video on your computer. Or copy the link of the video you would like to download from YouTube and paste the link into the box after “ or download it from”option.


Step 3: Click the triangle icon beside “Output format”, scroll down to find and select Matroska Video File (.mkv).


The Input format will be selected automatically. If it is not correct, you can manually correct it.


Step 4: Click the Convert button to convert it.

The time it may take is varied due to the different size of the original files.


Step 5: Upon successful completion of the conversion, you will receive a download link for the converted file. Just follow the on-screen prompts to open the download page.


Step 6: Click the download link to save the video in MVK to your computer.

(If you have trouble downloading this file, try "right-clicking" on the link and selecting "Save Link As" or "Save Target As".)


Online Convert

Online Convert also supports different formats including MKV. The steps are as below:

Step 1: Open Video file converter website.

Step 2: Select Convert to MKV on the left category.

Step 3: Click Choose File to upload a local YouTube Video file.

Step 4: Click the Start conversion button below.


Step 5: Wait until the uploading and conversion processes are completed. Then the download normally will automatically start in a couple of seconds. If not, you can click on the download link or the Download button below to download it.


This online solution can help to download YouTube Videos to MKV on PC in a convenient way. However, it also has some disadvantages, such as there might be some ads, it cannot save the MKV files on PC and iOS devices at the same time, and it has a little more steps to process.  

Bouns Tips: How to Import MKV Files to iOS Device with IOTransfer

IOTransfer, as an all-in-one iOS device manager which makes it much easier to manage the iOS device's contents on a computer, can help you get YouTube Video MKV files easily both on your PC and iOS devices. After converting the videos on your PC, you can also use IOTransfer to import the MKV files to your iOS device if you need.

Step 1: Free download IOTransfer (skip this step if you've already install this program).

Step 2: Connect your iOS device with a USB cable.

Step 3: Go to MANAGE tab > Videos > click Import after IOTransfer recognizes your iOS device.


Step 4: Find the converted file on your computer and begin to transfer it. After it completes, you can enjoy the video file on your iOS device.

The Bottom Line

By comparing the IOTransfer solution and online solution about downloading YouTube video to MKV format, it can easily get the idea that each of them has its own pros and cons. IOTransfer is very simple and easy to use, and it is also able to be used for iOS devices. The disadvantage is that you need to download this third party program first. While the online solution is without downloading any third party tool, but it is a little more complicated and only used for PC.

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