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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.

Build tools

16 Feb 2016

MSYS2 based tools are now available for download.

Tools updated to version 2016-02-16, if you have some of previous versions please update.

Since way of handling MAME depending updates is now done using pacman package manager we recommend
you to install clean copy of tools.

MAME 0.170

27 Jan 2016

MAME 0.170 is now available.

Build tools

04 Jan 2016

MSYS2 based tools are now available for download.

Tools updated to version 2016-01-04, if you have some of previous versions please update.

In case you have version from 2016-01-03, just do : git pull in root of your tools to update
scripts, and then check if file usr\bin\sh.exe.old exist, if so rename it to usr\bin\sh.exe
Start your environment and enjoy.

Build tools

01 Jan 2016

MSYS2 based tools are now available for download.
Please follow instructions. For expert users there are some additional steps described.

MAME 0.169

30 Dec 2015

MAME 0.169 is now available.

Please note that for compiling from source you will need GCC 4.9 (MinGW as well) or later, Clang 3.4 or later
or Visual Studio 2013 or 2015

MAME 0.168

25 Nov 2015

MAME 0.168 is now available.

For HLSL fix please download this file

MAME Build Tools based on Mingw64 5.2.0

01 Nov 2015

1. Download install.exe and complete installation. It will take some time to pull up-to-date code
2. Start buildtools.bat (plain cmd) or cmder.exe (fancy console) from installed folder (by default it is C:\buildtools)
3. From time to time run update in order to update tools
4. Download MAME source

git clone
Console emulator is based on Cmder, with some small changes in scripts.

For those needed offline download
Download from here : buildtools.7z (updated to Mingw 5.2.0)

For those already having GIT installed
git clone
This works same as when installed with installer.

NOTE: This compile tools (as previous one) will not work on old PC's without SSE3 instructions