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Welcome to The Official Site of the MAME Development Team

What is MAME

MAME is a multi-purpose emulation framework.

MAME's purpose is to preserve decades of software history. As electronic technology continues to rush forward, MAME prevents this important "vintage" software from being lost and forgotten. This is achieved by documenting the hardware and how it functions. The source code to MAME serves as this documentation. The fact that the software is usable serves primarily to validate the accuracy of the documentation (how else can you prove that you have recreated the hardware faithfully?). Over time, MAME (originally stood for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) absorbed the sister-project MESS (Multi Emulator Super System), so MAME now documents a wide variety of (mostly vintage) computers, video game consoles and calculators, in addition to the arcade video games that were its initial focus.


The MAME project as a whole is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License, 2 (GPL-2.0), since it contains code made available under multiple GPL-compatible licenses. A great majority of files (over 90% including core files) are under the BSD-3-Clause License and we would encourage new contributors to distribute files under this license.
Please note that MAME is a registered trademark of Gregory Ember, and permission is required to use the "MAME" name, logo or wordmark.

MAME and MESS 0.157

31 Dec 2014

MAME and MESS 0.157 are now available.

Help us improve MAME

15 Dec 2014

Our official roadmap is here and some of things listed are already implemented or in works. But we would like your input on these matters. So feel free to add new ideas by creating issue.

MAME and MESS 0.156

26 Nov 2014

MAME and MESS 0.156 are now available.
Please note that from now on we will create release every last Wednesday in month.

Moving to GITHUB

20 Oct 2014

Our repo is now available at
You can use GIT client, clone with git clone
Or you can still use SVN client, svn co mame

MAME and MESS 0.155

15 Oct 2014

MAME and MESS 0.155 are now available.

New tools

08 Sep 2014

We introduce a new toolchain which contains mingw tools based on GCC 4.9.1 Obtain these new packages from the Development Tools page.

MAME and MESS 0.154

23 Jul 2014

MAME and MESS 0.154 are now available.