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MKVINFO(1) User Commands MKVINFO(1)

mkvinfo - Print information about elements in Matroska(TM) files

mkvinfo [options] {source-filename}

This program lists all elements contained in a Matroska(TM). The output can be limited to a list of tracks in the file including information about the codecs used.
-c, --checksums
Calculates and display the Adler-32 checksum for each frame. Useful for debugging only.
-s, --summary
Only show a terse summary of what mkvinfo(1) finds and not each element.
-t, --track-info
Show statistics for each track in verbose mode. Also sets verbosity to 1 if it was at level 0 before.
-x, --hexdump
Show the first 16 bytes of each frame as a hex dump.
-X, --full-hexdump
Show all bytes of each frame as a hex dump.
-z, --size
Show the size of each element including its header.
--command-line-charset character-set
Sets the character set to convert strings given on the command line from. It defaults to the character set given by system's current locale.
--output-charset character-set
Sets the character set to which strings are converted that are to be output. It defaults to the character set given by system's current locale.
-r, --redirect-output file-name
Writes all messages to the file file-name instead of to the console. While this can be done easily with output redirection there are cases in which this option is needed: when the terminal reinterprets the output before writing it to a file. The character set set with --output-charset is honored.
--ui-language code
Forces the translations for the language code to be used (e.g. 'de_DE' for the German translations). Entering 'list' as the code will cause the program to output a list of available translations.
--debug topic
Turn on debugging for a specific feature. This option is only useful for developers.
--engage feature
Turn on experimental features. A list of available features can be requested with mkvinfo --engage list. These features are not meant to be used in normal situations.
Turns on GUI mode. In this mode specially-formatted lines may be output that can tell a controlling GUI what's happening. These messages follow the format '#GUI#message'. The message may be followed by key/value pairs as in '#GUI#message#key1=value1#key2=value2...'. Neither the messages nor the keys are ever translated and always output in English.
-v, --verbose
Be more verbose. See the section about verbosity levels for a description which information will be output at which level.
-h, --help
Show usage information and exit.
-V, --version
Show version information and exit.
Reads additional command line arguments from the file options-file. For a full explanation on the supported formats for such files see the section called "Option files" in the mkvmerge(1) man page.

The -v option can be used to increase mkvinfo(1)'s verbosity level and print more information about the current file.
At level 0 mkvinfo(1) will print only the track headers it finds and their types. mkvinfo(1) will exit as soon as the headers are parsed completely (more technical: as soon as the first cluster is encountered). In this level the seek head entries and the cues will not be displayed -- even if they're located in front of the track information.
At level 1 mkvinfo(1) will also print all Matroska(TM) elements encountered for the complete file but the seek head entries and the cue entries. If the summary mode is enabled then mkvinfo(1) will output the frame position as well.
At level 2 mkvinfo(1) will also print the seek head entries, the cue entries and the file position at which each Matroska(TM) element can be found at.
At level 3 and above mkvinfo(1) will print some information that is not directly connected to a Matroska(TM) element. All other elements only print stuff about the elements that were just found. Level 3 adds meta information to ease debugging (read: it's intended for developers only). All lines written by level 3 are enclosed in square brackets to make filtering them out easy.

For an in-depth discussion about how all tools in the MKVToolNix suite handle character set conversions, input/output encoding, command line encoding and console encoding please see the identically-named section in the mkvmerge(1) man page.

mkvinfo(1) exits with one of three exit codes:
0 -- This exit codes means that the run has completed successfully.
1 -- In this case mkvinfo(1) has output at least one warning, but the run did continue. A warning is prefixed with the text 'Warning:'.
2 -- This exit code is used after an error occurred. mkvinfo(1) aborts right after outputting the error message. Error messages range from wrong command line arguments over read/write errors to broken files.

mkvinfo(1) uses the default variables that determine the system's locale (e.g. LANG and the LC_* family). Additional variables:
The content is treated as if it had been passed via the --debug option.
The content is treated as if it had been passed via the --engage option.

mkvmerge(1), mkvextract(1), mkvpropedit(1), mkvtoolnix-gui(1)

The latest version can always be found at the MKVToolNix homepage[1].

Moritz Bunkus <>

the MKVToolNix homepage
2018-12-01 MKVToolNix 29.0.0

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