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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 0.124u4

23 Apr 2008

Another update to MAME 0.124 is now available on the Source Updates page. Please note that this release features a major change to the memory system and a new AY-8910 emulator. There are bound to be some growing pains as issues are teased out of these changes. Please report bugs to MAMETesters.

MAME 0.124u3

16 Apr 2008

Getting back on the Thursday schedule, there's a new update to MAME 0.124 now available on the Latest Updates page.

MAME 0.124u2

11 Apr 2008

A new update to MAME 0.124 is now available on the Latest Updates page. Have fun!

MAME 0.124u1

03 Apr 2008

Now available on the Source Updates page.

MAME 0.124a

24 Mar 2008

Take two of MAME 0.124 is now available on the Latest Release page. This update supplants the previous release. If you downloaded a binary previously, you'll need to grab a new one. If you downloaded the sources, you can either grab a fresh copy or apply this patch to the ones you downloaded. You can identify the fixed one in that it reports version 0.124a if you run it with -help, or in the version.c file.

Apologies for the excitement today! :)

MAME 0.124 -- Abort! Abort!

24 Mar 2008

Turns out a seemingly inncouous compiler fix that was included at the last minute in 0.124 busted the sound on quite a few games. For now, the release is recalled. Updated sources and binaries will be posted later this evening.

MAME 0.124

23 Mar 2008

After a long development cycle, MAME 0.124 is now ready for release. Grab it from the Latest Releases page. Have fun!