And so it begins… WoW AddOn Sites

Now after stealing a line from the intro of an old WoW Radio show called [Epic], its time to begin.

The post’s topic: AddOns for World of Warcraft.   Or to be more precise where to find em.

THE BIG THREE (The major release sites)

First of all, the Big Three:

Curse (direct link to Curse’s WoW Addons section)


These can be considered the “release” sites as when an author feels the AddOn is ready for the masses, he/she unleashes it via one of those sites.   Mods downloaded from the Big Three can be usually considered to be stable.


Next up, are the development sites.   These sites are where AddOns in development hang out as they mature.   Many mods downloaded from these sites work just fine however they could break when you least expect it, contain strange bugs, lack documentation or have other flaws.

– The beta categories of WoWUI (click the beta tab on the WoWUI front page) and WoWInterface

WoWAce files This a snapshot of the WoWAce SVN “trunk” with all mods packaged as .zip files.   Mods can be usually be considered to be beta quality.

WoWAce SVN (note mods are best downloaded using an SVN client due to the nature of an Subversion repo)  The WoWAce SVN “branches”.   Mods here can be considered to be early beta, alpha or just plain not working.   The “Bleeding Edge” and only rec commended for advanced users.

Google Code You will have to search.  Some projects may have a download page, others you will have click the “Source” button to access their SVN


Now comes lessor known AddOn sites or sites that host specific AddOns or AddOn families.

Cosmos UI – This site hosts the Cosmos UI compilation (one of the very first WoW AddOns).  Some of the mods on this site are Cosmos originals while others are mods that are also hosted elsewhere

Auctioneer – The official site for Auctioneer, Enchrantix and related mods.

CTMod – Another of the pioneer addons for WoW.  Home for all CT Mod AddOns including CT_RaidAssist

Gazmik Fizzwidget – Home of the popular Fizzwidget AddOns (such as Hunter’s Helper, Adspace, etc)

Tekkub – Tekkub’s site houses many small mods plus links to beta versions of those mods.   Plus documentation for the popular mod, Tour Guide, can be found here

Discord Mods – home of the Discord family of AddOns.   All of the latest versions (as maintained and updated by Discord users) are located here as well as forums, documentation and custom UIs.


Finally come the site were users can chat about AddOns and other WoW UI topics, plus obtain help for their UIs.

WoWInterface, Curse, WoWUI, and WoWAce forums (direct links to site forums)

– the Offical WoW forums:  UI & Macros Forum (US) / Interface Customisation (EU)


Another popular way to get mods is via an updater.   An updater will download AddOns and help keep them updated.   Most modern updaters will auto download any needed dependencies and keep the updated as needed.

– WoWAceUpdater:

  • ClickOnce installer (IE, Firefox with the Click Once AddOn), Zip, Forums
  • WoWAce
  • Windows Only, requires the .Net 2.0 Runtime or later.
  • The best known of the the updaters.

– Netherpanel:

  • Java WebStart To start the program without having to open a browser; right click the link and select “Save as…”.  Then save the file (it’s tiny, a few kilobytes) on your desktop or move it into your Start Menu/Dock.  Clicking this file will start Netherpanel.  Forum and info @ WoWAce, Website
  • WoWAce, uploads to WoWRoster and other sites that support UniAdmin/UniUploader.  Other AddOn site support is in the works
  • Windows, Mac OS X, Linux.   Requires Java 5 or 6
  • An up and coming Updater.   Netherpanel has a different UI than the other Updaters that is actually quite nice, the author is improving Netherpanel with feedback from the community.   A Python based plug-in system is in the works.
  • Currently Netherpanel has a bit of trouble with mods that are split up for Load on Demand features.  Such mods include BigWigs and PitBull.  Netherpanel will keep them in one folder rather than splitting them up.

– jWoWUpdater

  • Zip (from Google Code), Forum @ WoWAce, Website
  • WoWAce, WoWInteface, WoWUI, Curse (non WoWAce sites require some user setup)
  • Java based; Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
  • A small, lightweight updater, can auto update itself so you can be sure of having the latest version.

– WoW UI Updater

  • Windows Zip, Mac OS X Disk Image, Source/Linux (needs to be compiled for your distro), Forum, Website
  • WoWAce, WoWInterface, Curse, AuctioneerAddon, GathererAddon, CosmosUI, CTMod, CapnBry, GoogleCode (plus SVN) and AceSVN
  • Python based, numerous downloads are available.
  • Fairly broad based updater.   The author is working with the Netherpanel author to develop a Python based plug-in system for Netherpanel

– WoWInterface UI Manager

  • Zip (Windows), Zip (“Generic”), more information at WoWInterface (follow one of the two provided links)
  • Java based. Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (Mac and Linux should use the generic version), Java 1.5 or later required
  • WoWInterface
  • Simple manager for mods hosted on WoWInterface.   Easy updating from your WoWInterface “Favorites”.  WUM will install any missing “Favorites” (with confirmation).  Other mods require a bit more work to set up initially, however once setup, its one touch updating.
  • It won’t actually overwrite your mods until you give your blessing.  Designed to be fast and secure.   It will compare MD5 hashes to help prevent spoofing or fake AddOns.  WUM will auto backup your AddOns prior to updating.

– There are numerous command line updaters scripted in Python, Perl and other languages.  Check out the Updaters forums on WoWAce

You may want to bookmark this post as I will update in the future as additional AddOn sites come online and old ones die.


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