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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 0.98u1

16 Jul 2005

The first update to the 0.98 souce base can now be found on the Latest Releases page.

MAME 0.98

10 Jul 2005

New release today, not much changed from 0.97u5. Get it from the Latest Releases page.

MAME 0.97u5

08 Jul 2005

The latest update is now available on the Latest Releases page.

MAME 0.97u4

02 Jul 2005

A new release is available over at the Latest Releases page.

Also, if you check out the Developer Documentation secton, you may notice that I've put up some preliminary documentation on the driver structure. Hopefully over time, others who are familiar with the system will submit some more stuff to add.

MAME 0.97u3

26 Jun 2005

Just released this morning! Get it from the latest releases page.

MAME 0.97u2

20 Jun 2005

The source update to MAME 0.97u2 is now available on the latest releases page.

MAME 0.97u1

09 Jun 2005

The first update to version 0.97 is now available on the Latest Releases page.