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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.


07 Apr 2005

Welcome to the official MAME development team site. This site is intended to be the official communications channel for the development team.

At the moment, this site is in "beta" mode in order to get feedback on the new license and the other info that appears on the left-hand side. Note that most of the text from the old license didn't really belong in a license, and is now a separate document called About MAME. If you have feedback, please use the contact form to send it to the appropriate place.

What you will find here:

  • announcements of official releases
  • links to the official source code distribution
  • information on the MAME license and trademark
  • links to useful MAME-related sites
  • a means of contacting the team and some of the individual developers

What you will not find here:

  • binary distributions of MAME
  • message boards
  • chat rooms

For that kind of stuff, go to

Hopefully this site will help end some of the confusion over how to contact the team and where the official releases come from.