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MKVcleaver is a GUI (Graphical User Interface) for mkvtoolnix, designed to extract data from MKV files. It can be used in a batch mode (loading and extracting data from many files) as well as single file mode. It has a simple GUI interface, but a lot of functionality. MKVExtractGUI. Requires mkvtoolnix / mkvextract .

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File size:5.3MB
Portable version
Old versions available
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  Latest version (July 27, 2016)

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Requires mkvtoolnix.

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Complete Version history / Release notes / Changelog

v Released


* Added video delay placeholder to custom file names
* Audio delay is calculated against video delay when audio delay is not negative
* Added separator and placeholder cleanup when using custom file names
* Removed avdump. VFR check is now done with MediaInfo.dll
* Updated MediaInfo.dll
* MediaInfo full media information is now in a separate window
* Update URL is now set in a DNS record
* Tested with latest MkvToolNix


* Custom file name chapter and cuesheets extraction errors
* Update check would not turn off
* Status bar progress should now work on Windows 10
* Extract button behavior correction when removing tracks in the left pane
* Inconsistent logging when extraction errors occured
* Other minor bug fixes

v Released


* MKVCleaver crashes on WIN 8
* Custom Filename button resizing issues
* Automatic timecode extraction for VFR files
* Log file was overwritten with every extraction is some cases

v Released


* Allow multiple files with the same name, but different paths
* Taskbar progress should work on Windows 8 now
* Fixed path generation logic in h264 to avi conversion code
* Updated links in the Help menu and About menu
* Other minor bug fixes


* Added Custom Filenames with variables
* Added ability to turn off automatic update checks
* Added automatic MkvToolNix detection when it is installed
* Updated MediaInfo.dll
* Other minor changes

v Released


* Drag and Drop fixed.

v Released

* Update notification added. MKVCleaver will display an update menu when an update is available.
* VFR detection is now off by default.
* Moved data files to AppData folder. Files will be moved automatically on the first run (Installer version only).
* Wix is now used to compile MSI files. It is not compatible with previous versions of the installer. Please uninstall previous versions manually.


* WebM detection is fixed.
* Chapter and Tags extraction fixed.
* Other minor bugs fixed.

v Released


* Updated to work with latest MKVToolNix
* Updated MediaInfo dll
* Changed all command and log files to UTF16 Big Endian
* Added OPUS codec
* Added character escaping in MKVToolNix options file for all paths
* Fixed some crashes (the ones I could recreate)
* Minor bug fixes

v Released


* When converting from h264 to avi files were being split at 2 GB mark and that would produce broken avi. Removed size limit on output files.
* MKVExtract option file was being saved in ANSI format. Changed to UTF8.

v Released


* Paths were missing "" thus breaking when spaces were present
* MKVcleaver would not create %UserProfile%MKVCleaver path if it didn't exists
* XML2CellTime would error out when only one file was being converted


* Changed Portable versions to point to the %ScriptDir% for all config and log files

v Released


* WIN 7 Taskbar Icon progress bar added
* Added progress bars inside GUI
* Added session handler. MKVcleaver will restore last used files if it crashes
* Changed from command line to options file when using MkvToolNix
* Added XML2CellTimes converter utility
* Changed track numbering to start with 0 if track # < 10
* Added menu to chose between simple and XML chapters
* MKVcleaver will now remember all options set in the last sessions
* Relocated custom.ini, log and options files to %UserProfile%MKVCleaver directory to avoid UAC problems
* MKVcleaver will now give an error about missing MkvToolNix instead of keeping Extract Tracks button greyed out
* MediaInfo updated to the latest version


* Fixed MKVcleaver 64-bit random crashes
* Max path depth limit is now gone
* GetCodecs tools wouldn't always respond to controls
* MKVcleaver is now compatible with all versions of MkvToolNix up to v 5.8.0
* Some source optimization
* Code optimization
* Other minor fixes...



Extract included files into the directory where MKVcleaver is installed.

This is not a full package. You must have MKVcleaver installed to use this version.


This version is modified to work only with MkvToolNix or newer. Please do not use it if you have MkvToolNix older than

v Released

* MKVcleaver did not output any files even through it reported successful extraction.
* About box caused glitches if OK button was clicked.
* Progress was not calculating properly in Timecodes Only mode


* Added an option to turn off VFR Detection to Settings menu.
* Almost everything is disabled when extracting.
* MediaInfoDLL is updated to the latest version.

v Released

* Fixed "Timecodes Only" not working bug.
* Converted logging to UTF.

v Released

* File names were not cleared from memory after Drag & Drop used.
* Changed Drag & Drop interface to full UTF support.

v Released

* Fixed process termination code for when cancel button pressed
* Fixed logging code for when cancel button pressed
* Fixed typo in the file description


* Added Settings, Tools and Help menus
* Moved all user accessible settings to Settings menu
* Added a tool to manipulate extensions and codecs in custom.ini
* Added a tool to retrieve codecs from matroska files
* Added ability to pass file names to MKVcleaver from command line, Open With or Send To menus.
* Added Help and Donate links to Help menu
* MKVcleaver will update MediaInfo.dll to the latest version

v Released

* Fixed --no-ogg switch problem with mkvtoolnix version

v Released

* Redesigned Drag & Drop code
* MKVcleaver now allows to Drag & Drop mix of files and directories
* MKVcleaver now allows to D&D multiple directories
* Fixed bug where MKVcleaver assumed that all files are located in the same directory when D&D used


* MKVcleaver will now display channel information for audio tracks in the left pane

v Released

* Fixed path generation code
* Fixed path detection when D&D used


* MKVcleaver can now detect errors from mkvextract.exe
* User is notified if errors and/or warnings occurred while extracting
* Added status bar message if extraction finished successfully

v Released

* About Dialog completely redesigned. All links now open with default browser.
* Logging is now enabled and more verbose.
* Log file size can be controlled. Default size is 10 MB (See Help file on how to use)
* All attachments are now extracted to "destination folder<filename>attachmentname.ext"

v Released

* Some internal code changes (does not affect functionality)
* Logging is disabled in this release
* Mkvmerge output is forced to English

v Released

* Fixed: MKVcleaver was not releasing mediainfo.dll handles properly
* Better progress tracking in status bar.
* MKVcleaver will now check if mkvextract.exe and mkvmerge.exe exist in the same folder.
* MKVcleaver will give an error and stop processing if mkvmerge.exe returns error or blank.
* MKVcleaver will give an error and exit if mediainfo.dll could not be loaded.
* MKVcleaver can now shutdown your PC when done.
How to use:
Create a shutdown entry in custom.ini under GUI section. If shutdown=1 then MKVcleaver will shutdown your PC once and turn this setting off, if shutdown=2 then MKVcleaver will shutdown your PC each time after it's done. And, of course, shutdown=0 will turn this off. If MKVcleaver doesn't find shutdown entry, it will assume it's off.

v Released

* MKVcleaver can now be maximized and resized
* Position and size settings are now stored in custom.ini
* Saving of position and size can be turned on and off by pressing Alt+Shift+R
* Track setting are now only reset if information about the files has changed.
* Remove button will be grayed out until at least one file is checked in the left pane.
* Extract button will be grayed out until something that can be extracted is checked in either left or right panes.
* Double right click on a file in the left pane to get detailed info on a file.
* 2-letter language tag can be appended to the end of audio and subtitle tracks.
* Language tag can be turned off and on by right click in the upper right corner of Filename Options box.
* Language tag option is saved in custom.ini file.

Everything else will be added upon either majority requests or my own whim.

Version Released
This version has some fixes:

* Extract button is disabled til mkvtoolnix path is correct and there is at least one file added.
* MKVcleaver will only check if mkvextract.exe exists. No other checks done.
* Remove button will only be enabled if one or more files are checked.
* Path to mkvtoolnix is now stored in custom.ini file. No other settings are saved in this release.
* Settings are not reset, if an error occurred or if the cancel button was pressed and no files were processed. In all other cases settings will be reset.

To DO:

* Fix Get Detailed Info context menu
* Add ability to Maximize

Minor gui fixes. This won't affect functionality.
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All features / Full description

MKVcleaver has the following features:

Drag &amp; Drop support
Per file setting override
Detailed information for each file on demand
File naming options for easy sorting
Language tag for audio and subtitle tracks
Save files to original directory or select a single directory
Raw FLAC output option
Automatic file format detection
Automatic track codec detection
Automatic extension assignment
VFR detection
Automatic timecode extraction for VFR tracks
Timecodes only mode
Custom extensions for any codec
Remembers position of GUI window
Convert H264 tracks to AVI option
Detailed progress of extraction process
Copies needed files into the same directory automatically

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Alternative to MKVcleaver


MKVExtractGUI and MKVE Wizard




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Acronyms / Also Known As

MKV cleaver

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Ha, so it does... I was using an older version before updating yesterday and didn't notice that it says it...


Posted August 23, 2015 by Tylerr. Tool version using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

It already has the option to extract to the same directory as the original files,Output directory(leave blank to extract to the original directory).

Posted August 22, 2015 by johns0. Tool version using OS Windows 10 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Great tool, love that you added options for filenames

i was wondering if you could do the same for directory output

i like to extract files to the same directory as the input ones, would be nice not to have t copy and paste it everytime i start new ones.

Posted August 22, 2015 by Tylerr. Tool version using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

Working great. Extract timecodes, attachments, track, blabla.. very easy.

Though I must edit the source a bit to remove "check version online"
because my inet connection problem which make mkvcleaver launced slower.

Other than that, 10/10 for me.

Posted August 05, 2015 by cicak. Tool version using OS Windows 8
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

I like this tool, although I used MKVExtractGUI before, this one is faster (uses multiple CPU cores) and has a pleasant interface, and a bit more functions. It also has x64 support.
However version doesn't work (at least for me it didn't) with latest mkvtoolnix 7.6.0 (x64), so if you have the same issue (doesn't work and must shut down) stick with v0.6.0.5 which works just fine.

Posted February 19, 2015 by muLineZu. Tool version using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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