This short article describes simple to follow steps on how to install a Cross-platform tools for Matroska MKVToolNix on ubuntu system. With these tools one can get information about (mkvinfo) Matroska files, extract tracks/data from (mkvextract) Matroska files and create (mkvmerge) Matroska files from other media files. Matroska is a new multimedia file format aiming to become the new container format for the future. All steps are performed on a command line only.

To begin installation of MKVToolNix on a ubuntu system first check what version of ubuntu you are running:

$ cat /etc/issue

From a following list pick a line with best fits your Ubuntu version:

7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon":
deb ./
8.04 "Hardy Heron":
deb ./
8.10 "Intrepid Ibex":
deb ./
9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope":
deb ./
9.10 "Karmic Koala":
deb ./
10.04 "Lucid Lynx":
deb ./
10.10 "Maverick Meerkat":
deb ./

Now become a root user:

$ sudo bash

So for example if my Linux Ubuntu version is 10.10 the following command will add an appropriate MKVToolNix repository into my system:

# echo 'deb ./' >> /etc/apt/sources.list

In the next step we need to download GPG key:

# wget -q

Insert mkvtoolnix repository key into an apt key-ring:

# apt-key add gpg-pub-moritzbunkus.txt

Update your locale package list:

# apt-get update

and as a final step install MKVToolNix package:

# apt-get install mkvtoolnix

The installation of MKVToolNix is now completed and following commands are now available to your disposal:

mkvextract    mkvinfo       mkvinfo-text  mkvmerge      mkvpropedit

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