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  • 608 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 5.2.0
  • 15,741 Total Downloads
  • Updated 03/12/2013
  • Created 09/16/2011
  • 151 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Inactive
  • License: MIT License
  • Newest File: 1.0.7
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About AdvancedIconSelector

AdvancedIconSelector is a complete replacement for the standard Blizzard macro / equipment set icon selector. It has a built-in search feature and an optional keywords library to make finding the right icon for your new macro or equipment set as easy as conjured mana pie!

This addon has several goals:

  • To make the icon selector dialog resizeable, so you can see more icons at once.
  • To allow searching by icon filename.
  • To allow searching by addon-defined keywords (like "fire" or "cat").
  • To make its icon selector available to other addons via its shared library

The keyword library that comes with AdvancedIconSelector specifies search terms for the 1200+ icons which can be used for macros and equipment sets. This library does not load until it's needed, so you don't have to worry about it adversely affecting your loading time. (it usually takes less than 0.1 seconds anyway)


If enabled, AdvancedIconSelector will automatically replace the standard Blizzard icon dialogs. You can also type /icons or /ais to browse all the icons available.

If you hover your mouse over an icon, you'll see that icon's ID, filename, as well as which spells make use of it!

You can also filter the icons displayed by typing into the search box. You can use terms like AND, OR, and NOT to better specify what you're looking for - for example, you might search for "cat" to search for all cats, but then refine your search to "cat AND NOT cata" to get rid of all the bogus "Cat"aclysm items that appeared when you searched for "cat". (AND OR NOT can also be specified with , ; ! respectively (and whitespace means AND)... the previous search could also be accomplished with "cat !cata")


  • You can search by spell name! Try typing "arcane intellect"
  • Most icons have color keywords. Try searching for "blue" to view all icons where blue is a prominent color!
  • Many icons have element keywords. Try searching for "fire"!
  • Be careful of substrings - searching for "holy" also yields the results for "unholy" as well!
  • To do pattern matching, place an = in front of a search term: "=%d%d%d" will find all icons that have 3 consecutive digits in the filename or keywords (see for more information)
  • There's no way I can ever enter every single word you could ever think of for every single icon, so you're gonna have to be a little smart about your searches:
    • Use simple keywords whenever possible: "explosion" is more likely to come up with results than "exploding" or "exploded". "flame" or "fire" is better than "flaming". "skull" is better than "skeletal".
    • Use unambiguous terms: "fire" will provide much more helpful results than "magic"... and what I think of as magic may differ from what you think of as magic.
    • Extremely subjective terms like "scary" are very rarely included.
    • I tried to only include keywords like "mouth" if they're significant to the icon, as opposed to including it on every single icon that has a face. Therefore, searching for dull terms like "hair" may yield no useful results since there are no icons where the hair is really emphasized.

Other notes:

  • NOT is processed before AND is processed before OR. Parenthesis are not currently supported.
  • Patterns are matched against LOWERCASE filenames and keywords and cannot contain spaces.
  • Keywords I've added are optimized out if they're part of the filename or another keyword. If a keyword you think should be there is not, check first that it's not part of something else. (i.e., "dead" might not be a keyword if "undead" is part of the filename)
  • Spell data is nearly, but not entirely complete. Most notably missing are hunter pets, mounts, companions, and profession specializations.
  • If you also install AddonLoader (, this addon won't even load until you open the character or macro frame! I highly recommend it, as it may help in the delayed loading of other addons as well!
  • If you're an addon developer, the internal library can be used to provide its searchable icon selection GUI to your own addon (regardless of whether or not this addon is installed)! See AdvancedIconSelector\Libs\LibAdvancedIconSelector-1.0\Readme.txt for details on how to do this.

Check out my other addons:

  • ActionSwap 2 -
    Allows you to triple-spec effectively by swapping out sets of action bar items, glyphs, and even keybindings! (combine it with Talented, which swaps talents!)

Please leave your feedback here on Curse!

v1.0.7 (March 12, 2013)
- Updated for WoW version 5.2

v1.0.6 (September 24, 2012)
- Major keyword library update for Mists of Pandaria.

v1.0.5 (August 29, 2012)
- Added Mists of Pandaria compatibility.

v1.0.4 (March 29, 2012)
- Guild bank tab support added.
- First half of a massive keyword update, adding tons of new keywords for item icons.

v1.0.3 (February 5, 2012)
- Entering a new search parameter now properly scrolls to the top.
- Updated keywords for added / changed icons in recent patches.

v1.0.2 (December 2, 2011)
- Fixed an error that was occurring when creating a new macro (please report such errors when you encounter them!  I can't fix them if I don't realize they are happening!)
- Fixed an issue where the (dynamic) text was being displayed where it shouldn't have been.
- The search text is now cleared upon opening icon windows.

v1.0.1 (November 29, 2011)
- Added support for WoW version 4.3
- The number of icons that can be used for macros and equipment sets has been significantly increased by Blizzard (though most of the new icons currently lack keyword data).  It is now possible to add a fishing pole icon to your fishing equipment set!  Yay!
- Also thanks to Blizzard, spell icons for your class are now gathered at the very top of the macro icon selector to make them easier to find.

v1.0.0 (September 17, 2011)
- Initial release of AdvancedIconSelector


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  • #28

    Thank you!!! omg thank you!!

  • #29

    You're welcome! =D

  • #26

    thanks for a usefull addon!

  • #27

    Glad you're enjoying it! =D

  • #25

    Okay, Mists of Pandaria compatibility update is posted!  I haven't added keywords for the new icons yet, though I hope to have many more entered by the time Mists actually releases on September 25th.  Check back then for updates!

  • #23

    Any chance of a 5.0 update?

  • #24

    Just posted it!  Sorry for the delay. =)

  • #21

    Love the addon ... love the Guild Bank support ... one small question.

    I can't find the icon for "Folded Obsidium".  I tried under bar, ore, fold, obsidium, etc. with no luck.  Are some icons just not available?

    Couple of other minor things:
    - also could not find Anvil or Forge icons
    - Elemenium Bar was under the keyword "Pyrium Bar" 

  • #22

    Thanks for the feedback.  You'll find that several tradeskill icons don't yet have keywords - in order to get guild bank support out as soon as possible, I've only finished half of the tradeskill items, and anything without keywords will have to be matched by filename.  In the next release (about a month from now), I will add keywords to the remaining tradeskill items.

    As for "Folded Obsidium": it's actually a weapon icon, which explains why I missed it.  I've been skipping weapons and armor in exchange for finishing the more useful tradeskill icons first.

    As for the anvil icon: it looks like Blizzard forgot to provide this icon via their API!  It should have a filename of "trade_blacksmithing", but it's simply not present.  I can't do much about this until Blizzard makes the "trade_" icons show up in their API.  Also missing are the profession icons for tailoring, enchanting, mining, alchemy, etc.

    As for the forge icon: "Spell_Fire_FlameBlades" shows up when I type "forge"... isn't this the icon you're looking for?

    "Elementium bar" is an icon that I simply hadn't gotten around to entering yet.  The icon is misnamed "inv_misc_pyriumbar", which is why you only find it when searching for "pyrium".  I have no control over the filename, but I will add keywords so that it also shows up under "elementium bar".

    I hope this helps... if you ever can't find the icon you're looking for in the future, just look up the item / spell / profession on, then click on its icon (possibly twice) - it'll tell you the filename you need to search for.  If it doesn't show up in AIS when you search for it, then Blizzard probably didn't provide that icon through their API.

    I'll also check for the next release whether I can hardcode some of the missing icons.  Just 'cause they're not listed doesn't necessarily mean they're not useable... so we'll see.  Thanks for letting me know they weren't there - I hadn't actually noticed until you brought it up!

    - Darthyl

  • #19

    There ya go!  Guild bank support and tons of new keywords for even better search results! =D

  • #17

    Love this man! saw it on Wowinsider highlight!! I've been looking/asking for this for years thank you.

  • #18

    Thanks!  I'm glad you like it!

  • #16

    Good news, everyone! (said like Prof. Putricide, of course!)  I've got a guild master character now, so the guild bank icon selector should be replaced in the next release!  Unfortunately, most of the item icons still don't have keyword data (you can still search by filename).  Now that ActionSwap 2 (triple-speccing addon which uses AdvancedIconSelector) has been released, though, improving AIS is once again my top priority!

    I plan to add keywords to the most signature items first, such as dusts, potions, herbs, and other consumables / mats - things you'd be most likely to use for a guild tab.  I'll leave the basic weapon and armor icons for last since there are a _lot_ of them.  Only 6,620 icons to go! ... *wipes sweat from brow*

  • #10

    ...I think I love you.

    But seriously, I just spent about 15 mins fruitlessly trying to find the Move To pet command icon in the default macro thing, because you can't #showtooltip pet commands. I then discovered and installed your addon and found the icon in about 2 seconds!

    Thank you for making such an awesome addon! I can see so many icons and actually find the things I want and it's wonderful and amazing and perfect :D

    If you do manage to get the guild bank tab thing going, it'll be even more awesome, but it's already going to save me so much time as it is. Thank you!

  • #11

    Thanks a bunch!  I'm glad you like it so much! =D

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