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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 0.99

05 Aug 2005

The source is now available here. Look for binary updates to show up around the web shortly.

MAME 0.98u4

04 Aug 2005

Now available on the Latest Releases page.

MAME 0.98u3

31 Jul 2005

The latest update to MAME 0.98 is now available on the Latest Releases page.

MAME 0.98u2

21 Jul 2005

Get the latest update from the Latest Releases page!

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.