Warning

This is the documentation the latest work-in-progress version of MPF!

This is the documentation for MPF 0.56, which is the “dev” (next) release of MPF that is a work-in-progress. This is probably ok, and means you’ll be on the latest, cutting-edge version of MPF.

However, if you want a more stable version, select the v:stable version from the lower-left corner of this page, which is the most recent version that is not getting new updates.

If you are new to MPF, we have recently rewritten the installation process which only applies to this “latest” 0.56, so you probably want to stay here because the prior installation process doesn’t work on the latest OS and Python versions.

Using MPF without physical hardware

It’s possible to run MPF even if you don’t have a physical pinball machine attached to your computer. This is great if you’re just starting out, or if you want to work on your MPF config when you’re not around your pinball machine.

MPF achieves this through “virtual” platform interfaces, of which there are two options:

Video about developing your game without hardware:

Note that if you want to use MPF without a physical pinball machine, you probably also want to use the MPF Monitor which is a graphical tool that lets you interact with lights, switches, and pinball mechs in MPF which works nicely with the smart virtual platform.