Warning

This is the dev documentation for an unreleased 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. Unless you’re specifically looking for this version, you probably want to use the version of documentation called “latest” which is for the latest released version of MPF. That documentation is at docs.missionpinball.org/en/latest.

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.