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Welcome to The Official Site of MAME Development Team

What is MAME

MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. When used in conjunction with images of the original arcade game's ROM and disk data, MAME attempts to reproduce that game as faithfully as possible on a more modern general-purpose computer. MAME can currently emulate several thousand different classic arcade video games from the late 1970s through the modern era.

MAME is free. Its source code is free. Selling either is not allowed.

MAME is strictly a non-profit project. Its main purpose is to be a reference to the inner workings of the emulated arcade machines. This is done both for educational purposes and for preservation purposes, in order to prevent many historical games from disappearing forever once the hardware they run on stops working. Of course, in order to preserve the games and demonstrate that the emulated behavior matches the original, you must also be able to actually play the games. This is considered a nice side effect, and is not MAME's primary focus.

MAME is going open source

20 May 2015

After lot of years being under MAME own license (prohibiting any commercial use) and therefore not open source, we are finally moving towards becoming officially open source project. Idea is to keep core under BSD3 license and rest is up to developers that created code (drivers and devices emulation). (options are BSD3, LGPL2 or GLP2)

Hopefully this will bring more new developers to MAME project and give more life to project itself.

Please note that MAME trademark is still valid the "MAME" name and MAME logo may not be used without first obtaining permission of the trademark holder.

If you have contributed in past and we still did not contact you please contact us at mamedev@mamedev.org.

MAME and MESS 0.161

29 Apr 2015

MAME and MESS 0.161 are now available.

MAME and MESS 0.160

25 Mar 2015

MAME and MESS 0.160 are now available.

MAME Build Tools

28 Feb 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 https://github.com/mamedev/mame.git
Console emulator is based on Cmder, with some small changes in scripts.

For those needed offline download
Download from here : buildtools.7z

For those already having GIT installed
git clone https://github.com/mamedev/buildtools
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

MAME and MESS 0.159

25 Feb 2015

MAME and MESS 0.159 are now available.

MAME and MESS 0.158

28 Jan 2015

MAME and MESS 0.158 are now available.

MAME and MESS 0.157

31 Dec 2014

MAME and MESS 0.157 are now available.