The MAME development environment for Windows consists of the GCC compiler (by way of MinGW), and the MSYS2 (POSIX/Unix compatability layer), plus various utilities such as Python and Git. It is available as a prepackaged installer, or can be assembled from upstream components.
Source control is handled by github (https://github.com/mamedev/mame.git), so you'll need to check out a copy. Various modules are disabled by default, but can be enabled through arguments when building and may require additional MSYS2 packages to be installed.
If you are installing it in a location other than the default (c:\msys64 or c:\msys32), after you unpack double-click : autorebase.bat
To open a non-posix shell there is the batch file win32env.bat for regular windows console.
Important thing is to setup your git environment first
git config --global core.autocrlf true
And if you are contributor
git config --global user.email email@example.com
git config --global user.name "Firstname Lastname"
Then, to download the MAME source under your Msys2 user's homedir:
git clone https://github.com/mamedev/mame.git
Alternatively, locate your existing source tree (drives are mapped to hidden dirs /c etc. under the virtual root):
And finally to build:
Similar to package managers on Linux like apt-get, yum etc. MSYS2 can automatically update packages for fixes, security updates etc. To update all installed packages to current, from a regular Windows console run the following:
pacman -S bash pacman msys2-runtime --noconfirm --needed
Next, exit the console and restart Msys2.
Finally, once back at the console, execute:
pacman -Su --noconfirm
For a simple MSYS32 terminal use mingw64.exe to start or mingw32.exe.
For more information about Msys2, see MSYS2 Introduction.
If you wish to build with the SDL renderer:
pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-SDL2 mingw-w64-x86_64-SDL2_ttf
pacman -S mingw-w64-i686-SDL2 mingw-w64-i686-SDL2_ttf
If you wish to build with the QT5 debugger:
pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-qt5
pacman -S mingw-w64-i686-qt5
If you with to build the QMC2 frontend or similar:
pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-qt4
pacman -S mingw-w64-i686-qt4
To be able to generate the documentation from the source:
pacman -S doxygen
To be able to use ccache to speed-up (re)compilation
pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-ccache
pacman -S mingw-w64-i686-ccache
Used as build system for some other project that can be handy
pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-cmake
pacman -S mingw-w64-i686-cmake
To build in Windows environment use from build folder:
cmake -G "MinGW Makefiles" .. -DCMAKE_MAKE_PROGRAM=c:\msys64\win32\make.exe
To build in MSYS environment use from build folder:
cmake -G "MSYS Makefiles" ..
If you wish to compile/link with the alternative Clang, go ahead and download STILL EXPERIMENTAL:
pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-clang mingw-w64-x86_64-clang-analyzer mingw-w64-x86_64-clang-tools-extra
pacman -S mingw-w64-i686-clang mingw-w64-i686-clang-analyzer mingw-w64-i686-clang-tools-extra