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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 and MESS 0.154

23 Jul 2014

MAME and MESS 0.154 are now available.

MAME and MESS 0.153

07 Apr 2014

MAME and MESS 0.153 are now available.

MAME and MESS 0.152

24 Dec 2013

MAME and MESS 0.152 are now available.

MAME and MESS 0.151

05 Nov 2013

MAME and MESS 0.151 are now available.

MAME and MESS 0.150

17 Sep 2013

MAME and MESS 0.150 are now available.

MAME 0.149u1

23 Jul 2013

MAME 0.149u1 is now posted to the Latest Updates page.

MAME and MESS 0.149

11 Jun 2013

MAME and MESS 0.149 are now available.