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WoW-How To Install AddOns And Best AddOns

How to Install an Addon

Ok, so you have this huge listing of addons, and you're itching to try them out. You've downloaded the .zip file and not sure what to do with it? Follow this simple tutorial!
Because all mods are either in .zip or .rar files, I STRONGLY suggest downloading WinRar because it's highly useful and one of the only programs that can uncompress .rar files (as well as .zip).

# Exit "World of Warcraft" completely.
# Download the mod you want to install.

* Make a folder on your desktop called "My Mods"
* Save the .zip/.rar files to this folder.
If, when you try to download the file, it automatically "opens" it... you need to RIGHT click on the link and "save as..." or "Save Target As".

# Extract the file - commonly known as 'unzipping'.

* Windows XP - It has a built in ZIP extractor. Double click on the file to open it, inside should be the file or folders needed. Copy these outside to the "My Mods" folder.
* WinRAR - Right click the file, select "Extract Here"
* WinZip - You MUST make sure the option to "Use Folder Names" is CHECKED or it will just extract the files and not make the proper folders how the Authors designed
* Mac Users - use StuffitExpander

# Verify your WoW Installation Path.
I know it sounds odd, but there have been many people who actually have TWO installations of WoW on their computer.

* Right click on the WOW Icon on your desktop or quick bar

# Click "Properties"
# Make sure the "Shortcut" tab is selected. Look at the area labled "Target"

* That is where you are running WoW from and THAT is where you need to install your mods.

1. Move to the Addon folder.
* Open your World of Warcraft folder. (default is C:Program FilesWorld of Warcraft)
* Go into the "Interface" folder.
* Go into the "Addons" folder.

# In a new window, open the "My Mods" folder.
# The "My Mods" folder should have the "Addonname" folder in it.

Move the "Addonname" folder into the "Addons" folder.

Your folder/directory structure should look like this:

World of Warcraft

|_ Interface



|_ *AddonName*.toc

|_ *AddonName*.xml

|_ *AddonName*.lua

|_ (possibly others as well)...

Example from my own computer:

# Start World of Warcraft.
# Make sure Addons are installed.

* Log in
* At the Character Select screen, look in lower left corner for the "addons" button.
* If button is there: make sure all the mods you installed are listed, make sure "load out of date addons" is checked, and your Memory Allocation is at least 128 MB or higher.
* If button is NOT there: means you did not install the addons properly. Look at the above screenshots. Try repeating the steps or getting someone who knows more about computers than you do to help. If nothing else works, perhaps addons are not for you.


NOTE About Translations
When you download a mod, please be sure that the mod is compatible with your translation of wow. Some mods only work on the Us versions, while some only work on some of the various European versions. These variations are called "Localizations".

NOTE about Interface Numbers (Out of Date Mods)
when WoW patches, Bliz changes the Interface number. This means that all mods will be "out of date" unless or until the author releases a new version for that interface. Some people go into the .toc files and update the numbers themselves, but I advise against this because it might cause you some confusion when locating possible problems with the patch and the mod. When you log into WoW after a patch, you DO NOT have to delete your interface directory. All you have to do is simply tell WoW to ignore the interface numbers and load all the mods anyway. All you have to do is, while at the "character select" screen, look in the lower left corner and click on the "addons" button. A window will pop up listing all your installed mods.

If you look in the upper left corner of that window (#2 In the above Image), there should be a box that says "Load Outo of Date Addons". You want to CHECK this box. Now simply go into wow normally and all your mods should load. As of the 1.9 patch, you will have to do this after EVERY patch/update that Blizzard posts! If you encounter any problems with a mod after a patch, please be sure to let the author of the mod know so they can fix it.

NOTE about Macs
Thanks Hunterman for the following information
All WoW addons are not platform based and will work on either MAC or PC. However... Macs won't run .exe files. I do know that it is possible to extract .zip files on a Mac using StuffitExpander (If you are getting a "corrupted" error, this means you need to update your version). For extracting RAR fies, simply use the most up to date version of StuffitExpander. Once the files are extracted, find the World of Warcraft folder and from there the instructions are the same as listed above.

If you are running Windows and the .Net Framework, you can try out WoW UI Manager. You simply download the .zip or .rar file, then go into the program, click the "install" button and then chose the .zip or .rar file. It will make sure all the folders and subfolders are sorted properly.
HOWEVER, since this program is hosted off site from Curse, I don't think anyone can give you much support for it. Sorry folks. Use at your own risk.

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Please write your comment.i worked for this topic.
It's a nice topic. Although I don't really think you need a tutorial about installing mods for WoW. It's easy as cake, just put the downloaded mod in the Interface/addons folder and you're done.

But still, nice topic, you spended some time on it Smile

I only use the CT_raidassist, for big dungeons, really like that one.
And Necrosis (lovely warlock mod, contains easy buttons for all spells) and LootLink. LootLink saves all weapons/recipes/armor/misscelanious a database. So you can search for the desired item, and link thme, to see how cool they look, or if you want to see the stats etc...
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