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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 0.135u3

10 Dec 2009

A new update to MAME 0.135 is now available. Expect one more update, and then hopfully a 0.136 just before the year is out.

MAME 0.135u2

29 Nov 2009

Time to wake up from the post-Thanksgiving coma and consume a new MAME update instead.

MAME 0.135u1

19 Nov 2009

After a short hiatus, the first update to MAME 0.135 is now available for download on the Source Updates page.

MAME 0.135

31 Oct 2009

And as promised, MAME 0.135 has been released.

MAME 0.134u4

24 Oct 2009

One more update to MAME 0.134 is now available. Barring any significant issues, expect MAME 0.135 soon.

MAME 0.134u3

12 Oct 2009

The third update to MAME 0.134 is now posted.

MAME 0.134u2

03 Oct 2009

Check out the Source Updates page for the latest update to MAME 0.134.