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Welcome to The Official Site of MAME Development Team

What is MAME

MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. When used in conjunction with images of the original arcade game's ROM and disk data, MAME attempts to reproduce that game as faithfully as possible on a more modern general-purpose computer. MAME can currently emulate several thousand different classic arcade video games from the late 1970s through the modern era.

The source code to MAME is available for development and learning purposes. Most of it is free and open source.

The main purpose of MAME is to be a reference to the inner workings of the emulated arcade machines. This is done both for educational purposes and for preservation purposes, in order to prevent many historical games from disappearing forever once the hardware they run on stops working. Of course, in order to preserve the games and demonstrate that the emulated behavior matches the original, you must also be able to actually play the games. This is considered a nice side effect, and is not MAME's primary focus.

MAME Build Tools based on Mingw64 5.2.0

01 Nov 2015

1. Download install.exe and complete installation. It will take some time to pull up-to-date code
2. Start buildtools.bat (plain cmd) or cmder.exe (fancy console) from installed folder (by default it is C:\buildtools)
3. From time to time run update in order to update tools
4. Download MAME source

git clone
Console emulator is based on Cmder, with some small changes in scripts.

For those needed offline download
Download from here : buildtools.7z (updated to Mingw 5.2.0)

For those already having GIT installed
git clone
This works same as when installed with installer.

NOTE: This compile tools (as previous one) will not work on old PC's without SSE3 instructions

MAME 0.167

28 Oct 2015

MAME 0.167 is now available.

MAME 0.166

30 Sep 2015

MAME 0.166 is now available.

MAME 0.165

26 Aug 2015

MAME 0.165 is now available.

MAME 0.164

29 Jul 2015

MAME 0.164 is now available.

MAME 0.163

24 Jun 2015

MAME 0.163 is now available.

MAME 0.162

27 May 2015

MAME 0.162 is now available.

MESS is now integral part of MAME and will be distributed as such.

Thanks to everyone that contacted us regarding licenses for their part of project
we have managed to cover more then 96% of source to be under some of open source license.
We are still in the process of contacting past contributors in order to sort this out.
If you have contributed and we have not contacted you yet, please contact us

Note that output XML is changed so rom managers and frontends need to get updated too.