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With the Shadowlands pre-patch hitting live servers soon, you may be looking for convenient ways of keeping your addons up to date, so here are two addon managers that you may like.

WoWUp Addon Manager

WoWUp is an addon manager for World of Warcraft that currently works just for Windows, but they have a Mac app in the works as well. After installing the app, it will track all versions of WoW (Retail, PTR, Beta), and you can update your addons with a single click of a button. You don't need to locate anything, and the automatic addon detection will do all the work for you.

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You can even search for new addons across multiple addon providers (GitHub, CurseForge, WoWInterface, TukUI) for a quick and easy install. With all the features, we think this is the best Addon Manager for WoW you can currently get.

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You can download WoWUp's Windows app here and check out their FAQ for more details.

Ajour

Ajour is an addon manager with a strong focus on performance and simplicity. It is entirely ad-free, open-source, and respects privacy. It manages addons for both Retail and Classic WoW by fetching updates from both CurseForge and TukUI.

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The good news is they have both Windows and macOS versions of the app. The bad news is you need to locate the game's directory manually, and the app does not download new addons for you and just updates the already-installed addons.

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Download Ajour: Windows / macOS

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They should have also included CurseBreaker! It is a command line tool that takes a little getting used to, but it works so well and is very lightweight. Works on both Mac and Windows. I have been using it for ~6 months now and am completely satisfied with it.

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13 minutes ago, nihiloi said:

They should have also included CurseBreaker! It is a command line tool that takes a little getting used to, but it works so well and is very lightweight. Works on both Mac and Windows. I have been using it for ~6 months now and am completely satisfied with it.

I didn’t include it because it has too many extra steps to be worth it for the average player.

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2 minutes ago, Hangnail said:

Isn't Twitch any good anymore?

Twitch has sold CurseForge to Overwolf, so I am not sure for how long the app is going to work.

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2 hours ago, Stan said:

I didn’t include it because it has too many extra steps to be worth it for the average player.

I've just installed CurseBreaker, was pretty simple.

Download it, copy paste it into the wow folder as with Ajour, run it, type import, then update, done. 

Granted I have a bit of experience with this but was that easy. Also added it to run on startup, which will be good for Ajour too, as guessing that won't do it itself.

  • When you've copied the programme into the wow directory, copy it again in the new location
  • Press windows key (looks like windows logo, between alt and ctrl on the bottom left) and R together, brings up the run box
  • type "shell:startup" and it'll open a new folder
  • right click, and choose paste shortcut

Done, when you start the PC, it will start Ajour/Cursebreaker (w.e you add tbf) for you. For CB, if you don't press anything it auto updates all your addons.

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1 hour ago, Stan said:

Twitch has sold CurseForge to Overwolf, so I am not sure for how long the app is going to work.

Good to know! I'll check out these 2. Thank YOU!

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On 9/30/2020 at 7:30 AM, Stan said:

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With the Shadowlands pre-patch hitting live servers soon, you may be looking for convenient ways of keeping your addons up to date, so here are two addon managers that you may like.

WoWUp Addon Manager

WoWUp is an addon manager for World of Warcraft that currently works just for Windows, but they have a Mac app in the works as well. After installing the app, it will track all versions of WoW (Retail, PTR, Beta), and you can update your addons with a single click of a button. You don't need to locate anything, and the automatic addon detection will do all the work for you.

screen-1.png

You can even search for new addons across multiple addon providers (GitHub, CurseForge, WoWInterface, TukUI) for a quick and easy install. With all the features, we think this is the best Addon Manager for WoW you can currently get.

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You can download WoWUp's Windows app here and check out their FAQ for more details.

Ajour

Ajour is an addon manager with a strong focus on performance and simplicity. It is entirely ad-free, open-source, and respects privacy. It manages addons for both Retail and Classic WoW by fetching updates from both CurseForge and TukUI.

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The good news is they have both Windows and macOS versions of the app. The bad news is you need to locate the game's directory manually, and the app does not download new addons for you and just updates the already-installed addons.

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Download Ajour: Windows / macOS

Ajour actually does now have a catalog feature where you can download and install new addons.

 

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1 minute ago, Dratikus said:

Ajour actually does now have a catalog feature where you can download and install new addons.

 

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That probably came with the latest update. You're linking Version 0.4.1, whereas for the article, I used Version 0.3.3 of the manager.

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