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DATs Supported by DATVault

DATVault is under continuous development and new DAT sources may be added at any time. DATVault currently supports the following DAT sources:

Group Key Name Description Source
[T-En]Collection [T-En] Collection English fan translations for several systems. Includes CD audio hacks, speed hacks, and color enhancements. Updated frequently.
DatsSite Scene Releases Custom DATs for console scene releases Site
DatsSiteCust Redump - Custom Custom DATs for specialty compression formats not used by redump.org (WUX / NKit / nNASOS) Site
Dominater01 Dominater01 Various language translations and hacks for several systems. Updated periodically.
EMMA EMMA Italian Dumping Team Arcade dumps that are not associated with a particular emulator Site
FBNEO FinalBurn Neo DATs from the FBNeo nightly builds Github
HBMAME HBMAME DATs exported directly from the HBMAME executable using -listxml Site
MAME MAME - Official DATs exported directly from the MAME executable using -listxml Site
MAMEHash MAME - Software Lists Software List XML files from the MAME hash folder Site
NoIntro No-Intro DATs that strive for the cleanest version of each game. No hacks or fan translations. Focuses primarily on cartridge based systems. Generally the best set to use for emulator frontends like Launchbox for most consoles. Site
NoIntroPC No-Intro - Parent/Clone Parent/Clone DAT variations. Content is almost identical to the standard No-Intro DATs. Site
PD-HBMAME Pleasuredome - HBMAME DATs to accompany Pleasuredome HBMAME torrents Github
PD-MAME Pleasuredome - MAME DATs to accompany Pleasuredome MAME torrents Github
RAINE RAINE DATs exported directly from the RAINE executable Site
ReDump Redump DATs that strive for the cleanest version of each game using strict dumping methods. Focuses only on disc-based systems. Site
Singles Singles Various DATs that don't fall under any other category. Generally these are smaller niche projects.
Snaps Progetto SNAPs DATs for MAME artwork. The PD MAME Extras DAT is based primarily on Progetto SNAPs. Site
WHDLoad Amiga WHDLoad DATs for Commodore Amiga hard disks compatible with the WHDLoad application. Forum

Why are many ROMs duplicated across DATs?

DATVault provides many collecting and storage options depending on your preferences. Because there are many options, there's also overlap in the ROMs present across DATs. For example:

  • MAME and HBMAME DATs are available in different variations for merged, split, and non-merged archive preferences
  • MAME and HBMAME DATs are available from both the official executables as well as provided as custom DATs that can be used to match Pleasuredome torrents
  • MAME Software Lists are available as separate DATs or as a single combined DAT
  • No-Intro DATs are available in standard format and parent/clone format
  • Many ROMs are simply datted by multiple groups

What DATs should I use?

There are several options available for some of the most popular DATs. Most people would not want to use every DAT available. Its best to choose the DAT for a given set that best fits your needs and preferred way of storing your ROMs. The tables below outline the DATs that have multiple options and when you might want to choose a particular DAT variation over another:

MAME ROMs and CHDs
Collection Option Description
MAME ROMs ListXML Best if you want to store ROMs and CHDs in the same parent directory. You can choose how you want your ROM sets merged using directory settings. If you use this option you can collect both ROMs and CHDs with a single DAT.
Merged The sets are forced into merged archives. The Official and PD versions should be identical.
Non-Merged The sets are forced into non-merged archives. The Official and PD versions should be identical.
Split The sets are forced into split archives. The Official and PD versions should be identical.
BIOS Devices This is special DAT just for BIOS ROMs. These ROMs are included in ListXML, merged, non-merged, and split sets as well.
MAME CHDs ListXML Best if you want to store ROMs and CHDs in the same parent directory. You can choose how you want your ROM sets merged using directory settings. If you use this option you can collect both ROMs and CHDs with a single DAT. The DAT contains internal hashes for CHDs which means verification is done on the CHD contents, not the CHD file itself.
Merged The sets are forced into merged directories. The DAT contains internal hashes for CHDs. The Official and PD versions should be identical.
Merged dir2dat The sets are forced into merged directories. This is a custom DAT from Pleasuredome and contains the external hashes for the CHD files. This dir2dat option is particularly useful for Rollback CHDs where you want to ensure the correct CHD version for the rollback is collected.
MAME Software List ROMs Hash Folder The separate “MAMEHash” DAT group contains a copy of all XML files in the hash folder of a MAME install. These DATs contain both ROMs and CHDs. This option is useful if you want precise control over where and how the ROMs and CHDs for each supported system are stored. This option is also useful if you would like to see exactly what supported systems are updated with each MAME release.
Merged The sets are forced into merged archives. All Software List XMLs are combined into a single DAT. Best if you like to keep MAME software lists in the exact default structure MAME expects. The Official and PD versions should be identical.
Split The sets are forced into split archives. All Software List XMLs are combined into a single DAT. Best if you like to keep MAME software lists in the exact default structure MAME expects. The Official and PD versions should be identical.
BIOS Devices This is special DAT just for BIOS ROMs. These ROMs are included in “MAMEHash” group, merged, and split sets as well.
MAME Software List CHDs Hash Folder The separate “MAMEHash” DAT group contains a copy of all XML files in the hash folder of a MAME install. These DATs contain both ROMs and CHDs. This option is useful if you want precise control over where and how the ROMs and CHDs for each supported system are stored. This option is also useful if you would like to see exactly what supported systems are updated with each MAME release.
Merged The sets are forced into merged directories. All CHDs from Software List XMLs are combined into a single DAT. The DAT contains internal hashes for CHDs. The Official and PD versions should be identical.
Merged dir2dat The sets are forced into merged directories. All CHDs from Software List XMLs are combined into a single DAT. This is a custom DAT from Pleasuredome and contains the external hashes for the CHD files. This dir2dat option is particularly useful for Rollback CHDs where you want to ensure the correct CHD version for the rollback is collected.
MAME Artwork and Extras
Collection Option Description
MAME Artwork and Extras PD Extras Contains most content found in the Progetto SNAPs DATs plus a few non-artwork MAME extras such as samples.
PD Multimedia Supplemental content to go along with the MAME Extras. Most content is also in Progetto SNAPs.
Progetto SNAPs Source for most MAME extras and multimedia. If you collect the Extras and Multimedia DATs you may not find much value in this set, and vice versa.
HBMAME ROMs and CHDs
Collection Option Description
HBMAME ROMs ListXML Best if you want to store ROMs and CHDs in the same parent directory. You can choose how you want your ROM sets merged using directory settings. If you use this option you can collect both ROMs and CHDs with a single DAT.
Merged The sets are forced into merged archives. The Official and PD versions should be identical.
BIOS Devices This is special DAT just for BIOS ROMs. These ROMs are included in ListXML and merged sets as well.
HBMAME CHDs ListXML Best if you want to store ROMs and CHDs in the same parent directory. You can choose how you want your ROM sets merged using directory settings. If you use this option you can collect both ROMs and CHDs with a single DAT. The DAT contains internal hashes for CHDs which means verification is done on the CHD contents, not the CHD file itself.
Merged The sets are forced into merged directories. The DAT contains internal hashes for CHDs. The Official and PD versions should be identical.
Merged dir2dat The sets are forced into merged directories. This is a custom DAT from Pleasuredome and contains the external hashes for the CHD files. This dir2dat option is particularly useful for Rollback CHDs where you want to ensure the correct CHD version for the rollback is collected.
supported_dats.txt · Last modified: 2021/11/25 19:00 by johnsanc