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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 0.147u2

30 Oct 2012

MAME 0.147u2 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.

MAME 0.147u1

08 Oct 2012

MAME 0.147u1 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.

MAME 0.147

17 Sep 2012

MAME 0.147 is now available.

Let the games begin

21 Aug 2012

We're pleased to announce our new publicly-facing MAME/MESS SVN server located at: svn://

When contributing code, please base your changes on the latest code found on the SVN server.

We will continue to create patches and releases as before, but our hope is that this will provide better communication with end users and potential contributors.

New tools

20 Aug 2012

We introduce a new toolchain which contains mingw tools based on GCC 4.6.3 Obtain these new packages from the Development Tools page.

For those interested in building frontends based on QT4, there are update packages at:

For 64 bit tools
For 32 bit tools

read the included file 'README.Qt-add-on' for installation instructions

MAME 0.146u5

20 Aug 2012

MAME 0.146u5 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.

MAME 0.146u4

30 Jul 2012

MAME 0.146u4 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.