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ArenaLive [UnitFrames]

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  • World of Warcraft
  • 1,233 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 6.2.0
  • 69,258 Total Downloads
  • Updated 07/15/2015
  • Created 03/04/2013
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  • Release Type: Beta
  • License: Modified General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
  • Newest File: 3.2.2b
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About ArenaLive [UnitFrames]


ArenaLive [UnitFrames] is an unit frame addon that is based on the ArenaLive Spectator UI. Apart from raid boss frames, all necessary frames are included.

You found a Bug or want to suggest a New Feature?

That's great! In order to make it easier to track all bugs and new feature requests, please use the ticket system on curseforge instead of the comments below.

Help localising the addon:

If you want to help making the addon available in your mother tongue, then take a look at the localisation pages on curseforge:


How do I disable the default arena target frames? You'll have to switch them off in Blizzard's regular interface menu. Go to: ESC -> Interface -> Unit Frames and uncheck the "Arena Enemy Frames" checkbutton.

How do I disable the default party member frames? These have to be disabled in Blizzard's interface menu. Go to: ESC -> Interface -> Raid Profiles. On the top right corner of the raid profile menu, there is a checkbutton titled "Use Raid-Style Party Frames", check it. After that you'll be able to hide them in Blizzard's raid frame side bar, just like the regular raid frames.



  • Portrait Types: 2D portrait, 3D portrait or the class icon.
  • Overlay that shows current CC on the unit or particular CDs the unit uses.

Dynamic Icons:

  • Two dynamic icons per frame.
  • Every icon can have a fallback type if the main type is not available for a unit.
  • Icon types: class, race, specialisation (only for player and arena targets), pvp-trinket, racial ability, interrupt, dispel, reaction.


  • Colour Modes: simple green, class, smooth, reaction.
  • Absorb Bars.
  • Heal Prediction Bars.

Statusbar Text:

Set the status bar text yourself using certain aliases for the following things:

  • Full Max Value: %MAX%
  • Abbreviated Max Value: %MAX_SHORT%
  • Full Current Value: %CURR%
  • Abbreviated Max Value: %CURR_SHORT%
  • Health Percentage with 2 decimal digits: %PERCENT%
  • Health Percantage without decimal digits: %PERCENT_SHORT%


  • Indicates if a cast is uninterruptable (cast bar turns blue).
  • Indicates if a cast was successfully interrupted (castbar text will show "Lockout! (<spellSchool>)".


  • Shows the last spells/attacks a unit used.
  • Up to 9 icons can be shown simultaneously.


  • NEW: Apart from party and arena frames, all unit frames can now be hidden while out of combat.
  • OTHER: Updated .toc-file.
  • OTHER: Resting and in combat icons are now two separate icons.
  • OTHER: Added an additional permission under GNU GPL version 3 section 7 to the addon's license so it's compatible with WoW.


  • OTHER: ArenaLive [UnitFrames] is now released under the GNU General Public License version 3.


  • OTHER: Updated .toc-files.





  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that would prevent party target frames from updating correclty.
  • OTHER: Increased width/height of grid lines to 2 pixels, up from 1 pixel, to increase dragging sensitivity.


  • OTHER: Option menu now filters available frames for attachment based on anchor dependency chain.


  • BUGFIX: Health- and powerbars of target-of-target and target-of-focus frames should now update correclty.


  • NEW: Target-of-Target and Target-of-Focus frames can now be enlarged.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that would cause ArenaLive3 [UnitFrames] to crash, if ArenaLive3 [Spectator] wasn't installed.


  • NEW: Added test values for cast bars.
  • NEW: Party frames now reduce their alpha to 0.5, if a party member is not in range or in a different phase.
  • NEW: It is now possble to use larger castbars for arena and party frames.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that would cause a lua error, if the growth direction of a diminishing return tracker was changed.
  • OTHER: Added Ironbark to CC indicator's defensive cooldown list.
  • OTHER: Added Barkskin to CC indicator's defensive cooldown list.
  • OTHER: Added Deterrence (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimaera) to CC indicator's defensive cooldown list.


  • OTHER: Updated version of ArenaLive3 [Core].


  • NEW: Added Spanish localisation. Thanks to curse user minimoncho for localising!
  • NEW: Added Korean localisation. Thanks to curse user jungwan2 for localising! (Localisation misses some phrases)
  • OTHER: Updated German localisation.
  • OTHER: Updated .toc-file.


  • BUGFIX: Texts with non-latin characters in it should now show up correctly again.


  • NEW: It is now possible to toggle display of party frames in parties.
  • NEW: Added a new icon type for dynamic icons called "Defensive Cooldown". It will show a defensive cooldown based on the player's class.
  • NEW: It is now possible to set unit frames clickthrough, preventing the cursor from interacting with them.
  • NEW: It is not possible to disable tooltips for cast history icons and, thus, making icons clicktrough.
  • BUGFIX: Interrupted spells should now again show up with a red X in the cast history.
  • BUGFIX: Resolved an issue that would cause an unregistering of events for the ArenaLive main frame, when using the UnregisterEvent method for event objects that weren't registered for the event.
  • OTHER: Reversed cooldown animation for CC indicator to make it more intuitive.
  • OTHER: Debug messages are now additionally stored in the saved variables per session.
  • OTHER: Added Monks Spear Hand Strike to interrupt cooldowns in spell database.
  • OTHER: Combo points are now shown on the player frame, instead of the target frame.


  • NEW: Added German localisation.
  • BUGFIX: Interrupted spells should now again show up with a red X in the cast history.
  • BUGFIX: Smoke Bomb and Solar Beam are now shown in the CC Indicator
  • BUGFIX: Castbars should now turn blue and start to glow once more, if a player's cast is not interruptible.
  • BUGFIX: Castbars for target and focus frames should now show up again, if the targeted unit already casts when getting targeted by the player.
  • OTHER: Updated spell database to WoD.


  • NEW: Text sizes of player names, health- and powerbars can now be set in the GUI.
  • NEW: Buffs and Debuffs can now be set to click through, so that they won't interact with the cursor.
  • NEW: Buffs can now be filtered to only show buffs you can dispel/spell steal on hostile units.
  • NEW: Buffs can now be filtered to only show buffs cast by yourself on friendly units
  • NEW: Portrait can now be set to a normal 2D portrait of the unit.
  • NEW: Icon cooldowns now also are affected by cooldown reset abilities.
  • NEW: Added a button to delete profiles.
  • BUGFIX: ArenaLive's cooldown count will now be disabled, if Blizzard's native cooldown count is enabled.
  • BUGFIX: It is now possible to set a colour mode for player names in the GUI again.
  • BUGFIX: PvP-Icon is now click through again.
  • BUGFIX: Warlock interrupts should now be tracked correctly.
  • OTHER: Remaining pvp timer text will now be shown on the pvp icon, instead of in an extra tooltip.
  • OTHER: Changed the dynamic icon code to be significantly more efficient.
  • OTHER: Renamed the "Castable Buff" option to Raid Buffs" to make its function clearer.
  • OTHER: Updated version number to be more in line with ArenaLive [Core].


  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that could cause a lua error whenver a successful interrupt was cast.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that would cause the UI reload popup to show up when the PetFrame was disabled.
  • BUGFIX: Readjusted position of Deathknight's runebar.


  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that caused a lua error when an enemy unit is shown for frames with the "Show only Player's Debuffs" feature active.


  • NEW: Diminishing return trackers do now have test values and will be visible when frames are unlocked.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that prevented buff and debuff filters from working correctly.
  • BUGFIX: Adjusted all alternative power bars' position.
  • OTHER: Changed default position and size values for Arena and Party frames' DR Trackers.
  • OTHER: Changed default position of the pet frame.


  • IMPORTANT: Please reset your old ArenaLiveUnitFrames Settings as explained in the addon's description in order to prevent errors.
  • NEW: Unit frame positions can now be changed in the option menu to allow more accurate placement.
  • NEW: Frame constituents like cast bar, cast history and aura frames can now be positioned more dynamically.
  • NEW: Frame borders can now be hidden. The frame design was changed a bit to account for this new feature. It is, therefore, possible that some frame borders do not align perfectly.
  • NEW: Added a Grid consisting of a horizontal and a vertical line to improve frame placement.
  • NEW: Unit frame tooltips can now be enabled/disabled.
  • NEW: All unit frames except for target-of-target and target-of-focus do now have a diminishing return tracker.
  • NEW: Dynamic Icons do now have a fallback option that will be used if the first choice isn't available for a specific unit.
  • NEW: Added tooltips to most option menu items.
  • NEW: A tooltip showing the remaining time flagged for pvp will now be shown when scrolling over the PvP-status icon.
  • BUGFIX: In combat icon for target frame should now be displayed according to target's combat state.
  • BUGFIX: Display of Mage's Counter Spell interrupt will now be reduced by 4 seconds to reflect the 2-piece PvP-Set-Bonus.
  • OTHER: Completely redesigned the option menu to be more intuitive.
  • OTHER: Rewrote the profile system to be more dynamic.
  • OTHER: Updated some spell-IDs in spell database.
  • OTHER: Updated .toc file.
  • OTHER: Redesigned the SavedVariables structure.


  • OTHER: Switched from lua-based font swaps to xml-alternatives for non-latin characters. This should enable European players to see names with non-latin characters correctly.


  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that would set the fonttype to a Taiwanese font for German clients.


  • BUGFIX: Player tooltips should finally show up again, when entering an unit frame.
  • OTHER: Updated CC and DR lists. These should now both be complete.
  • OTHER: Added Taiwanese localisation
  • OTHER: Added German localisation


  • BUGFIX: Fear should now be shown correctly in the cc indicator again.
  • BUGFIX: Tweaked option sliders to fix the strange slider behaviour in 5.4
  • OTHER: Updated .toc file.


  • OTHER: Added many offensive cooldowns to the spell library.
  • OTHER: Updated ArenaLive [Core] to fit the version of the new Arena Live [Spectator].


  • NEW FEATURE: Added the possibility to change border colours for all unit frames.
  • OTHER: Added a range and phase indication for party frames.
  • BUGFIX: Auras should finally grow upwards when positioned above a unit frame.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed an issue were the castbar would disappear during channeled spells.
  • BUGFIX: Healthbar colours are now updating correctly again, when set to "Current Health".


  • NEW FEATURE: Added Korean localisation (thanks to curse user "jungwan2" for the new localisation and "kennethshin" for the old one).
  • NEW FEATURE: Added a small profile menu to copy settings from one character to another. (Log on every character once to copy their frame positions).
  • OTHER: Frame positions are now stored in the addon's saved variables instead of Blizzard's layout cache.
  • OTHER: Added a function to reset target of target's and target of focus' anchors in order to reattach them to their parent frames after moving them separately.
  • OTHER: Further updated the spell database.
  • BUGFIX: The Korean client should now display all fonts with an outline.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed an issue where the faction symbols weren't displayed on arena enemy target frames inside battlegrounds for non english clients.
  • BUGFIX: The unit frames should work with addons like clique once again.
  • BUGFIX: Auras should now grow upwards when positioned above a unit frame.
  • BUGFIX: Blizzard's ComboFrame should now be hidden correctly if the ALUF_TargetFrame is enabled.


  • NEW FEATURE: Player names will now indicate if a unit is AFK/DND.
  • NEW FEATURE: Added party frames.
  • NEW FEATURE: It is now possible to set the number of shown buffs and debuffs for every frame type (0 disables duffs and/or debuffs).
  • NEW FEATURE: The target frame now shows if your target is in combat or not. (Not completely implemented yet).
  • NEW FEATURE: Added two new categories for portrait overlays: Useful buffs and useful debuffs. The first will only show Fear ward for the moment, whereas the second one currently only shows Unstable Affliction and Vampiric Touch.
  • OTHER: Changes in the option menu are now applied instantly, instead of after hitting the OKAY button.
  • OTHER: Level, in combat and resting display were moved from inside the portrait to the other icons on top of the frame.
  • OTHER: Spec icon for arena frames was moved next to the name of the arena target.
  • OTHER: When a cast is not interruptible, the according cast bar's colour will now switch to blue in addition to the glowing border effect.
  • OTHER: Completely recoded the whole addon's core to be more efficient.
  • OTHER: Lock Frame option was moved to the ArenaLive [Core] Menu tab.
  • OTHER: Added some missing spells to the spell DB.


  • BUGFIX: Names etc. should no show up correctly when playing on korean client.
  • BUGFIX: The PetFrame now shouldn't show up, if it was disabled in the option menu.
  • BUGFIX: Debuffs should now only show the player's debuffs when "Show all enemy debuffs" is unchecked.
  • BUGFIX: Few other Bug fixes were made.
  • OTHER: The system to enable/disable unit frames was completely redone. It should now work as intended.
  • OTHER: It is now possible to disable reverse fill for target, focus and arena enemy frames.
  • OTHER: A new checkbutton was added to make it possible to enable/disable absorb bars without enabling/disabling predicted healing and vice versa.


  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that would cause a LUA error when "Show all enemy debuffs" was unchecked.
  • BUGFIX: Dwarf Race icons should now show up correctly.
  • BUGFIX: 3D Portraits of NPCs should now always update to the portrait position when PortraitType is set to "class" for the target frame.
  • BUGFIX: Spell lock cooldown should now show correctly, if the "Dispel or Interrupt" Icon option is chosen.


  • NEW FEATURE: A diminishing return tracker was added to arena enemy frames.
  • NEW FEATURE: It is now possible to hide Blizzard's player cast bar.
  • NEW FEATURE: Added Clique support.
  • NEW FEATURE: Options menu can now be opened via slash commands: /aluf, /aliveuf, /arenaliveunitframes and /alive
  • BUGFIX: Name colour should now reflect correctly if a NPC was tapped by another player, when set to reaction colour mode.
  • BUGFIX: Arena enemy frames should now behave correctly (again).
  • BUGFIX: Added several spells to the Spell Database for CC Overlay.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that prevented options from the "ArenaLiveUnitFrames" tab from being saved into the SavedVariables table.
  • OTHER: Increased the size of the stealable debuff border to make it easier to spot dispellable debuffs.


  • NEW FEATURE: Frames can now be enabled/disabled according to your wishes.
  • BUGIFX: Arena enemy frames should now behave correctly inside of arenas and should no longer reset their healthbars randomly.


  • NEW FEATURE: Added arena enemy frames.
  • NEW FEATURE: It is now possible to size buff/debuff icons seperately from unit frame scale.
  • NEW FEATURE: It is now possible to size cast history icons seperately from unit frame scale.
  • NEW FEATURE: Added a frame mover to each frame that will show the x and y coordinates of the frame.
  • NEW FEATURE: Focus and target frame icons can now show trinket, racial, dispel and interrupt cooldowns.
  • BUGFIX: Player names should now be shown correctly while using the russian game client.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that would cause the frames to shrink to 0.1 scale.
  • BUGFIX: Unit frames that are unlocked should now show up correctly, even if their unit type currently doesn't exist.


  • BUGFIX: Fixed a bug that prevented Set Focus from being used in the UnitPopup DropDownMenus. This should also solve the RaidFrame taint ArenaLiveUnitFrames was causing sometimes, but further testing is needed on this.


  • NEW FEATURE: Added Target-of-Target frame
  • NEW FEATURE: Added Focus frame
  • NEW FEATURE: Added Target-of-Focus frame
  • NEW FEATURE: Added Pet frame
  • NEW FEATURE: Added Absorb bars
  • NEW FEATURE: Frames are now scalable in the options menu
  • BUGFIX: It is now possible to target units by clicking on their unitframe
  • BUGFIX: Added several spells to the filter list for the castHistory


  • Currently includes Player and Target frame
  • First Beta release

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  • #277

    Please Vadrak1, thousands of peole as well as I have been looking for an answer to this question after watching GCDTV Arena Tournament. Nobody seems to read / understand the question correctly.

    Question: How do we get the same NAMEPLATES (not unitframes) as shown in spectator mode of ArenaLive? The class colors, icon, and CC's / things like warrior going into defensive stance above their HP bars on their NAMEPLATES. Sorry for the caps, but everyone seems to confuse nameplates with unitframes.

    I have been looking all over google / forums for an answer to this question, but to no avail. It is NOT TidyPlates nor is it Platebuffs + Lose Control. WHAT IS THIS NAMEPLATE ADDON? And if this is not an addon, but just a feature in spectator mode - please make this addon right meow! You don't even understand how many people are looking / wanting this. It'd be a wise move! Thanks :D

  • #276

    Is there anyway to remove a class bar like a boomkin eclipse bar? Would love to know if its possible. it just gets in my way since i use a seperate addon for it. Thanks.


  • #275

    If anybody is interested, I backported this addon to WoW TBC 2.4.3 and WoW WOTLK 3.3.5a.
    The TBC version is based on the last MOP version of ArenaLive, the WOTLK version is based on the patch 6.2 version of ArenaLive.

  • #273

    LOVE this addon, tried shadow unit frames and x-pearl and they both had too much stuff attached to them.  My question is:  is it possible to make the player frame fade out or disappear completely while out of combat?  This option would be a HUGE improvement to the overall clean appearance of our screens while not engaged in combat.

  • #274

    I had a bit of time and liked the idea, so I've added it in my local build today. I'll upload it soon.

  • #272

    Vadrak, first off, thank you for the work you've put into these addons.

    I started using your UI addon not long ago... and there's only one thing bothering me, I'm apparently not able to remove the Name/Level of the portraits, which is overlaping with the cast bars when I try to make the Party/Arena frames a bit more compact, is there a way to do it? If not, please consider adding this feature in next updates.

    Thanks in advance. =P 

    Last edited by Gonnasapyou on 7/1/2015 5:17:03 AM
  • #271

    Hello everyone,

    just wanted to let you know that I currently do not have much time to work on the addon. So, for the coming weeks, I'll only provide bug fixes, if necessary, but new features will have to wait until I've more time. Probably some time around August I'll be able to get back to working on the unit frames.

  • #269

    Is it possible to disable dyanamic icons?

  • #270

    No that is currently not possible.

  • #265

    There seems to be a problem with my target UI it keeps showing the same thing no matter what i target) it is some level 90 person with half health) and i cannot get it to change..

    Last edited by Scottd9 on 6/12/2015 4:25:43 PM
  • #266

    Getting same problem......

  • #268

    The level 90 chars are test values during config mode (i.e. the frames being unlocked). The idea is that you are able to see how the frames will end up looking, as soon as you change things in the option menu, even if you currently do not have a valid target, party members, arena targets etc.

  • #267

    i figured out that you have to hit the lock botton in the menu and everything will show up normal.

  • #263

    is there any way to show the group number when in a raid?(like the default unit frames do)

    Last edited by goldman1337 on 6/6/2015 6:01:21 AM
  • #264

    Not yet, but I might add that as it should be easy to implement.

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