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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 0.101u4

30 Oct 2005

Things should be almost fully back to normal now. Grab the latest update and check it out.

MAME 0.101u3

24 Oct 2005

Get the latest release here.

MAME 0.101u2

17 Oct 2005

Get the latest release here. Many of the problems from the last release are fixed; some still have not yet been looked at. Continue to report bugs.

MAME 0.101u1

13 Oct 2005

Yes, a new update is available. Check it out! Just be warned: this update will break some stuff. Make sure you report anything unusual to MAME Testers ASAP.

MAME 0.101

08 Oct 2005

MAME 0.101 is now available for download.

MAME 0.100u4

06 Oct 2005

Latest release is now available.

You may also notice a new page over on the left: MAME Licencees. We have been working to come up with a set of guidelines to allow arcade hardware manufacturers to include MAME plus some legal ROMs with their hardware. Read this page to find out the details and which manufacturers have already agreed to work with us.

MAME 0.100u3

29 Sep 2005

Latest version is now available.