How To : Addons
5 quick and easy steps to install your WoW addons the right way!

By following our easy-to-follow guide, you’ll ensure that your addons are properly installed!

1. Get a popular Extraction Program

Although both Windows and Mac devices have built-in programs for extracting .rar and .zip files, most people prefer other extraction programs. Here are the best and most popular ones for both operational systems:


  • 7-Zip

  • Winrar

  • WinZip


  • File Juicer

  • Stuffit Expander

2. Turn off (log out of) World of Warcraft

Before you even begin to think about downloading addons, you have to exit your WoW client! This is essential because your addons won’t load if you’re trying to install them while the game is running.

3. Find and download the desired addon/s

Search for the specific addon here as these are go-to WoW addons. After you’ve found your addon, download it. Note that the file will download to your default folder for downloaded files, but you can always download the addon/s to your Desktop to locate it more easily.

4. Extract i.e. unzip the addon files

After your addon has been downloaded, you’ll want to extract it into the actual Addons subfolder of your World of Warcraft folder. Now, keep in mind that there’s a folder or folders inside each addon .rar or .zip file. Don’t mess with these! Simply extract the entire file with everything in it as it was.

Now the default location of the game varies depending on the OS.

Location on Windows:

  • C:\User\Public\Games\World of Warcraft\ is where the game is at by default and you need to extract the addon/s to C:\User\Public\Games\World of Warcraft\Interface\AddOns\

Location on Mac:

  • Macintosh HD/Applications/World of Warcraft/ is the folder of the game and you’ll need to extract the addon file/s to Macintosh HD/Applications/World of Warcraft/Interface/Addons/

And here are some details concerning the extraction process for Windows and Mac users:

Extracting an addon on Windows:

  • WinZip – Click “1-Click Unzip” then select “Unzip to PC” from the toolbar beneath the Unzip/Share tab and select the AddOns subfolder of the game (IMPORTANT: Ensure that the “Use Folder Names” option is checked!).

  • 7-Zip – Click “Extract” and choose the AddOns subfolder of your World of Warcraft folder.

  • WinRar – Click “Extract To” and again – select the Interface\AddOns subfolder from the World of Warcraft directory.

Extracting an addon on Mac:

  • File Juicer – Drag the compressed addon file/archive and drop it into the AddOns subfolder of the game’s directory to extract it.

  • Stuffit Expander – Double-click the addon file/archive and Stuffit Expander will automatically extract it in the current folder.

5. Check if the newly installed addon works

Launch your WoW client, log in, and hit the AddOns button located in the lower-left part of the Character Select Screen. This will open all installed addons and you can verify if the one you just installed is there. If it’s not, then double-check that you’ve extracted the addon file to the correct folder (\World of Warcraft\Interface\AddOns\).


Note : 
To load out of date AddOns log into World of Warcraft and on your Character Select Screen in the lower left corner in a button labeled AddOns. Clicking this pulls up all your AddOns installed.

At the top you will see a Load out of date AddOns. Checking this will tell the game to load those AddOns that are not currently updated.
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