How to Install WoW Addons

  1. Exit World of Warcraft completely

  2. Download the addon you want to install

    • Make a folder on your desktop called “My Addons”
    • Save the .zip/.rar files to this folder.
    • If, when you try to download the file, it automatically “opens”, you need to RIGHT click on the link and “save as…” or “Save Target As”.
  3. Extract the file – commonly known as ‘unzipping’ – Do this ONE FILE AT A TIME!

    • Windows
      • Windows XP 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 Addons” 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
      • StuffitExpander: Double click the archive to extract it to a folder in the current directory.
  4. Verify your WoW Installation Path

    • That is where you are running WoW from and THAT is where you need to install your addons.
  5. Move to the Addon folder

    • Open your World of Warcraft folder. (default is C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\)
    • Go into the “Interface” folder.
    • Go into the “AddOns” folder.
    • In a new window, open the “My Addons” folder.
    • The “My Addons” folder should have the “Addonname” folder in it.
    • Move the “Addonname” folder into the “AddOns” folder.
  6. Start World of Warcraft

  7. 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    • If button is there: make sure all the addons you installed are listed and make sure “load out of date addons” is checked.
    • If the 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.