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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 0.97u4

02 Jul 2005

A new release is available over at the Latest Releases page.

Also, if you check out the Developer Documentation secton, you may notice that I've put up some preliminary documentation on the driver structure. Hopefully over time, others who are familiar with the system will submit some more stuff to add.

MAME 0.97u3

26 Jun 2005

Just released this morning! Get it from the latest releases page.

MAME 0.97u2

20 Jun 2005

The source update to MAME 0.97u2 is now available on the latest releases page.

MAME 0.97u1

09 Jun 2005

The first update to version 0.97 is now available on the Latest Releases page.

MAME 0.97

02 Jun 2005

MAME 0.97 is now available for download. Check out the Latest Releases page for the source, or for precompiled binaries (may not be available right away).

MAME 0.96u4

30 May 2005

The diff update to MAME 0.96u4 is now available on the Latest Releases page.

MAME 0.96u3

24 May 2005

A new diff has been posted to the Latest Releases page.