Addons are relatively easy to install once you have worked out the folder structure of your WoW installation. It’s then just a simple matter of cutting and pasting the folder containing your addon into the WoW AddOn folder.
All addons will – to some extent – consume computer resource and take time to load into computer memory. It’s important, therefore, not to install too many so as not to slow the loading and running of the game client. Once installed, addons need to be kept updated with every new patch of the game, so keeping them to a minimum will cut down on this chore.
Basic Installation Process
- Locate the downloaded addon archive (ZIP file) on your computer
- Extract everything in the archive to a new folder
- Each addon module should be contained in it’s own folder (within the new folder)
- Addons with multiple modules will contain multiple folders
- Locate the folder with the addon name. Select the folder and all other folders at the same level in the directory structure and copy everything to the clipboard.
- Locate your WoW Addon directory:
- Windows Default: C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\
- Mac OS X Default: /Applications/World of Warcraft/
- Locate your WoW Addon directory:
- Windows: World of Warcraft\Interface\AddOns
- Mac OS X: World of Warcraft/Interface\AddOns
- Paste the contents of the clipboard into the AddOns directory
- Once the folder is copied into the AddOns directory the installation is complete.
Less Haste More Speed
Before you start copying and pasting files into the AddOns directory make sure you are familiar with its contents. You’ll notice that all the Blizzard default files begin with the prefix ‘Blizzard_’. WARNING: Don’t accidentally change any of these folders otherwise you will break the default interface.
Checking Addon Installation
Once installed, it’s easy to check if the addon is working:
- Start World of Warcraft and log in to your account.
- On the Character Select screen you should see an AddOns button in the lower-left corner. If you don’t see this button, then it’s likely that the addon wasn’t installed correctly.
- Click the AddOns button to open the AddOns list.
- If you see your addon listed, it’s installed correctly.
Uninstalling an Addon
At some stage, you will want to uninstall an addon. You might be tempted to ‘Disable’ the addon by ‘unchecking’ it in the AddOn List. While this will disable the addon, it still leaves files cluttering up your Addons directory. The best approach is to locate the addon folder in the Interface/Addons directory and delete it along with any associated modules (folders). WARNING: Make sure you don’t accidentally delete any of the Blizzard modules in the process.
Maintaining Your Addons
For addons to function correctly, they should be updated in synch with each major patch release of the WoW client. The WoW client program checks each addon to determine if it is out of date and flags it ‘Out of date‘ in the AddOn List.
There is no guarantee that out of date addons will work; however, many of them run fine, providing there haven’t been major changes to the WoW interface. The out of date check can be overridden by ticking the ‘Load out of date AddOns’ checkbox.
It’s best not to run out of date addons beyond a few minor patch releases as eventually you’ll start to get errors in the code. Most addon authors will eventually update their code and release newer versions of the software. Your best bet is to uninstall of the old addon and install the newer version.
If you are into gold making in any way, then the addon to install is Auctioneer. This is the one I use for my day-to-day trading. My guide Auction House Secrets goes into great detail on how setup and use this addon and describes ways to turn a profit on the Auction House.