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At the moment no you can't see the version, how often? not sure I assume every month? to see if the database is updated check the modified date of the MAME.xml file in the following location \LaunchBox\Metadata\MAME.xml has changed and that should give you a rough idea of the version they are using.

The below threads might interest you I suggested a tool for users to be able to import the latest database based on the mame.exe.

 

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9 minutes ago, Jason Carr said:

Unfortunately, looking at the date of MAME.xml file will not tell you anything about when the MAME metadata was last updated. We do our best to update the MAME metadata every month, shortly after new MAME releases.

New MAME yesterday. ;)

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Hey all, FYI; the latest beta has been modified to no longer require specific MAME version updates on the server, and the full set importer now works well with any modern version of MAME. These features will be out shortly in an official release.

There are also four new files under LaunchBox\ThirdParty\MAME; these files can be manually updated to match a particular MAME version if necessary. They are all used (along with a MAME.xml output from MAME itself) to build the necessary metadata for the importer and the games.

Basically, all the MAME metadata processing is done locally on your computer now instead of on the server, so you'll no longer need to worry about us updating anything on the server in order to update to the latest version.

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On 1/25/2021 at 2:37 PM, Jason Carr said:

Hey all, FYI; the latest beta has been modified to no longer require specific MAME version updates on the server, and the full set importer now works well with any modern version of MAME. These features will be out shortly in an official release.

There are also four new files under LaunchBox\ThirdParty\MAME; these files can be manually updated to match a particular MAME version if necessary. They are all used (along with a MAME.xml output from MAME itself) to build the necessary metadata for the importer and the games.

Basically, all the MAME metadata processing is done locally on your computer now instead of on the server, so you'll no longer need to worry about us updating anything on the server in order to update to the latest version.

Awesome news about the new MAME metadata importer for modern versions of MAME. I guess I can't bug you any more about when the new metadata will be released. Works like a charm.

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Responded to @Joe35car via PM, but to clarify, the MAME arcade full set importer will always prioritize the selected region, even if you choose "skip clones". This will make it pick the best ROM for the selected region to prioritize. It will not just import the parent games. Back when this was all built, in our discussions, no argument could be made for the benefit of importing only "parent" ROMs. Generally, it's best to ignore that and prioritize region and other factors (like officially released versions).

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