How To Set Up MAME On A Mac

Earlier in the week, we responded to an Ask Lifehacker question about some possible uses for an unused Mac Mini. A few comments wanted to know how to set up MAME on a Mac.

For those unaware, MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. It's a software emulator that can run arcade games like Galaga, Frogger, Pacman - all those games we used to play by sliding a coin into a machine back in the days before we had consoles at home.

There are several MAME applications for the Mac available. We've tracked down a video tutorial and article covering the installation of SDLMAME. There are other MAMEs for the Mac out there but this is the only one we've found that's been updated recently.

Even though the instructions below refer to OS X 10.7, or Lion, FlatFootFox recently posted that the instructions work with Mavericks.

How to Install MAME on Mac OS X v10.7 or Later (SDLMAME) [YouTube] [FlatFootFox]


    OpenEmu is the ONLY emulator you'll ever need. Ever. It's almost a reason in itself to even buy a Mac :-)
    Install the 'experimental' edition for all your MAME arcadey goodness.

    SDLMAME will always be the most up to date version of mame. Because it is mame.

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