Install QMC2 Manually, Effortlessly

QMC2 is a full featured graphical MAME frontend. The Ubuntu QMC2 repository is out of date so users of Ubuntu 17.10 and above need to install QMC2 packages manually. Here is how to install QMC2 the manual way, error free.

If you try to build QMC2 by following the official guide you will hit errors caused by missing QT software libraries. The instructions below fix qmake build errors such as Project ERROR: Unknown module(s) in QT: multimedia or Project ERROR: Unknown module(s) in QT: mediakit webkit.

Build time is arout 30 minutes on an an AMD 64 Phenom II Black (4 cores unlocked) system with 4 GB RAM and SSD HD running KDE.

Step 1: Install Necessary QT Libraries

This step will fix qmake build errors for most other packages too i.e. this is not limited to QMC2 build errors.

You might be prompted to agree to the removal of the QT4 Default package. Agree to this. It will not affect other software in the system.

Step 2: Download the QMC2 Source Package

Step 3: Build and Install the QMC2 Packages


This is the main QMC2 app. This provides the MAME software manager.

QMC2 Arcade

This provides an arcade version of the main QMC2 package.


This provides the help files.

Step 4: Update QMC2


QMC2 Updates are released monthly inline with MAME update releases. Do as follows to update your manually installed QMC2 apps once per month..

Repeat Step 3 for QMC2, QMC2 Arcade and QMC2 CHDMAN GUI.

QMC2 References


QMC2 Wiki:


MAME Games: Ultimate Download Guide

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