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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 0.137

11 Mar 2010

Believe it or not, the first official MAME release of 2010 is finally available, so head on over to the Latest Release page and grab yourself a copy!

MAME 0.136u4

04 Mar 2010

MAME 0.136u4 is now available on the MAME Updates page. Next release will be 0.137.

MAME 0.136u3

14 Feb 2010

Happy Valentine's Day. Now you can ignore your S.O. and go play with the latest MAME Update instead. Have fun!

MAME 0.136u2

28 Jan 2010

The second update to MAME 0.136 is now available on the Source Updates page.

MAME 0.136u1

15 Jan 2010

The first update to MAME 0.136 is now posted over at the Source Updates page. Before you compile it, though, you will need to read the whatsnew file and download a new tool chain. Have fun!

MAME 0.136

31 Dec 2009

Happy New Year! MAME 0.136 is now available for download.

MAME 0.135u4

23 Dec 2009

The 4th and likely final update to MAME 0.135 is now available on the Source Updates page. There are a couple of known issues with the games in mitchell.c and konamigv.c, but beyond that, if you see anything bad with this version please report it over at MAMETesters.