As tens of thousands of players jump into World of Warcraft Classic, one of the first priorities for many players will be to customize the game to their liking with addons.
Addons have always been a part of WoW, becoming increasingly common over the years since the game’s release, and allow players to do everything from customizing their UI and calculating their DPS to using complicated systems for maximizing their trading efficiency on the auction house.
While long-time World of Warcraft players will undoubtedly be familiar with the process of installing addons, for those who are trying out WoW for the first time with Classic, or are returning to the game after an extended absence, it might not be so obvious.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to install addons for WoW Classic.
Using the Twitch app
Twitch might primarily be a broadcasting platform, but it does offer some other services thanks to the company’s acquisition of Curse, and for World of Warcraft players that means having access to a one-stop shop for all your addon needs.
Gone are the days of having to find add-ons and mess around with folders yourself. In modern World of Warcraft, players can simply use the Twitch app to install and manage add-ons, and this is a convenience that extends to Classic.
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To get add-ons through Twitch, you’ll first need to install the Twitch client if you haven’t already, which can be done via the Twitch website.
Once you have the app installed, you’ll need to navigate to the mods tab and select World of Warcraft, which will let you search for specific addons, as well as browsing the most popular or newest releases.
To access addons for WoW Classic, you’ll need to select the Classic folder from the drop-down menu on the top right-hand side, which by default will be set to the “retail” version of the game.
Step-by-step for installing addons through Twitch:
- Install the Twitch app
- Open the Mods tab and select World of Warcraft
- Select your Classic folder from the drop-down menu
- Browse or search for the addons you want and click install
Doing it the old-fashioned way
If you really want the full Classic experience, or for whatever reason want to install an addon that you can’t find on Twitch, it’s still possible to install them manually.
Find where your World of Warcraft is installed – by default in Program Files, but if you can’t find it you can navigate to it directly through Battle.net via “Show in Explorer” in the Options drop-down in the World of Warcraft tab – and select the _classic_ folder, then Interface, then AddOns. This is where you need to place the files for the addons you want.
Step-by-step for installing addons manually:
- Download the addon you want from a host site
- Extract the files and place them in your WoW Classic AddOns folder: World of Warcraft>_classic_>Interface>AddOns
Using addons in-game
Once you’ve got addons installed, you’ll see an “AddOns” button appear in the lower left-hand corner of the character select screen when you log in. This will open a menu that allows you to enable or disable your addons and, in some cases, their constituent parts.
Add-on settings can also be found in the settings menu while you’re in the game itself, although some changes might require you to re-log in to take effect. Some addons also come with their own menus and settings.
Sometimes you might find your addons become out of date and no longer function correctly, or at all. Assuming the creator is keeping them updated, you can easily download any available updates through the Twitch app if you’re using it, or if you’re not you may need to install a more up-to-date version manually.