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  • World of Warcraft
  • 150,574 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 6.0.2
  • 14,374,680 Total Downloads
  • Updated 10/15/2014
  • Created 03/25/2008
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2)
  • Newest File: v1.30.00
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About Atlas

Atlas, a World of Warcraft instance map browser
Copyright 2005 ~ 2010 - Dan Gilbert
Copyright 2010 - Lothaer, Atlas Team
Copyright 2011 ~ 2013 - Arith, Atlas Team

About Atlas

Atlas is an addon for World of Warcraft that includes detailed maps for every instance in the game. Originally, Blizzard neglected to include maps for instances. However, after a number of years Blizzard began to include official maps for some instances. These official maps are in the same hand-drawn style as the built-in world maps. Conversely, the Atlas maps are based on data used by the minimap, which provides a more detailed, accurate, and colorful representation. You can think of this as the difference between a street map and a satellite image.

The core of Atlas is basically an image viewer. However, it's the images that come with Atlas that make it worthwhile - a map for every instance in the game. Furthermore, while the built-in maps mark the locations of some major bosses, Atlas provides detailed and accurate information about all of the creatures, NPCs, objects, and events you'll encounter in each dungeon. General information about each zone is provided as well, including its location, level range, player limit, attenuation requirement, and associated faction. All entrances, exits, portals, and connections are labelled clearly. Because there are so many instances in the game, you can categorize them by type, level, number of players, continent, or expansion.

After installing Atlas, you'll notice a new icon on the minimap that looks like part of a little globe (you can right-click the icon to drag it around the minimap's frame). Click this icon to open up the main Atlas window, which displays the maps and legend. You can alternatively use the slash-command "/atlas". The drop-downs at the top of the window enable you to navigate between the maps. You can also drag the Atlas window around the screen. Lock it in place with the little lock button in the upper-right corner.

At the bottom of the legend is a small text-entry field as well as Search and Reset buttons. Type part of a word or name in the box and click the Search button, and the legend's entries are reduced to only those that match your text. Note that the search is performed only on the entries for the current map, not all the entries in the database. While not so useful for instances with only a few entries like Ragefire Chasm, the search comes in handy when there are a ton of entries, like for Blackrock Depths or the AtlasMajorCities plug-in. If you want to get the whole list back, just click Reset.

Atlas also includes maps of scenarios, battlegrounds, dungeon locations, flight points, and outdoor raid bosses.

Before Installing

  • Any previous versions of Atlas including Atlas' built-in plugins must be deleted prior to installation.
  • Atlas plugins (AtlasLoot, AtlasQuest, etc.) designed for any version of Atlas prior to this one may need to be deleted as they may not be compatible.

How to Install


Atlas has a few simple options, accessible from the Options button in the upper-right corner of the main window, or with the slash-command /atlas options. A few of the settings aren't very self-explanatory so here's some more information about them.

  • '''Auto-Select Instance Map''': detects the instance that you're in when you open Atlas, and then automatically switches to the appropriate map. This feature doesn't work in instances that have more than one map, like Blackrock Spire, Dire Maul, or many of the Outland instances. In this case, Atlas remembers the last map you had open.
  • '''Right-Click for World Map''': makes the World Map open when you right-click anywhere on the Atlas window. This is useful when you want to quickly switch from Atlas to the World Map.
  • '''Clamp Window to Screen''': makes it so that you can't drag the Atlas window off the edge of the screen. The rest of the options are pretty straightforward. The Reset Position button is useful if the Atlas window ever gets dragged completely off-screen and you can't get it back.

Modules and Plugins

Due to the total size of our addon is increasing bigger and bigger since we are having more and more maps, we have heard many users complaining about the download issue, and suggested us to find some workaround.
We have discussed internally and also discuss with Curse team, our final decision is to separate our built-in plugins into individual addon packages (also individual addon projects).

Also, we have moved out the old dungeon maps and re-categorized them based on the expansion set. For example, Burning Crusade dungeon maps are now only available in another addon package.

This provide the flexibility of addon downloading. Users who don't need any specific plugin or expansion dungeon maps can decide not to download them. Or, those plugins and old dungeon maps won't get frequently updated, therefore, users who have download all the Atlas addon packages don't need to download all the packages each time when there is a new release.

3rd Parties Atlas Plugins

Atlas has a built-in plugin system allowing for the easy addition of map packs. In fact, Atlas ships with four of these plugins (for battlegrounds, dungeon locations, flight points, and outdoor raid bosses). If you're interested in making your own Atlas map pack, we suggest you start with one of these four as a guide. You can contact us or post on the Atlas forums if you need help, however we suggest you do as much research as possible beforehand. Furthermore, there are several Atlas plugins that do more than simply provide additional maps.

  • AtlasLoot provides a loot table for each boss
  • AtlasQuest displays the quests associated with each instance.
  • AtlasMajorCities displays each major cities and all the NPCs, merchants, vendors, trainers info
  • Atlas World Events - provide maps and quests information for WoW World Events. Maintained by Arith.
  • Atlas Arenas - provide arenas maps. Maintained by Arith.


  • LibDataBroker (LDB)
  • Titan Panel
  • myAddOns


Authors Team

  • Arith - Project Manager
  • dubcat - Artist
  • Dynaletik - Co-author
  • Resike - Co-author
  • Lothaer - Contributor


Atlas is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).<br>
For the full license text please see: gpl-v2-enUS.txt


We are looking for volunteers to help on translating Atlas. Many of our previous translators now seldom play WoW. If you are interested in helping translating Atlas, please visit our forum: or contact Arith to get some more details.
Currently Atlas has been translated into following languages:

  • German
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Russian
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese

And we are welcome anyone who would like to help on translating our addons into Korean, Portuguese, and Italian.

v1.30.00 (Oct. 15 2014)
- Update libraries: LibAboutPanel, LibDataBroker-1.1, LibBabble-SubZone-3.0, LibDialog-1.0
- TOC update to support WoW 6.0

v1.26.02 (Sep. 17, 2013)
- Restore back the simple search feature
- Added Atlas_MapSeries array and new feature, when an instance have series
  map, additional button will appear so that user will be easier to switch
  to other maps
- Enhance Atlas_GetBossName() to lookup minibosses' name
- Enhance dungoen list to show difficulties based on the dungeon's recommended
  minimum level the player's level
- Map updated:
    - Siege of Orgrimmar
- Translation update
    - deDE (Dynaletik)
    - esES/esMX (maqjav)
    - frFR (Khiria)
    - zhCN/zhTW (ananhaid / Arith)
    - ruRU (StingerSoft)

v1.26.01 (Sep. 12, 2013)
- Fix the issue that CheckModule will always through a warning window
- Fix the issue while clicking the Option button the first time won't lead you to the Atlas option panel
- Translation minor update to correct the description on how to drag the minimap button

v1.26.00 (Sep. 09, 2013)
- TOC update to support WoW 5.4
- Map added:
    - Siege of Orgrimmar
- Translation update
    - deDE (Dynaletik)
    - zhCN/zhTW (ananhaid)
    - ruRU (StingerSoft)
- Bugs fixed:
    - Fixed a bug which shown 1.22.01 update info every time
- Minor enhancemnet:
    - Codes cleanup


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  • #2617
    Posted 5 October 2013 #2614

    Bolino, yes I understand. The auto-selection was designed quite long time ago. And I agree we can somehow improve it.

    While you are already inside one instance, I believe our codes serve very well in guessing where you are and then provide the map you need.

    While you are outside the instance, the current design indeed is trying to "guess" what you may be interested. In your example, you might be manually select one instance map from Panaria; but once you closed Atlas, and then open it again, it will show Ragefire Chasm, quite annoying...

    I will see maybe add one checking to only enable the auto-selection while one is inside the instance.


  • #2612

    When will there be a full package download on the Google code site? I had to manually edit the toc files for the other modules to get them to work

  • #2613

    For full package, please switch to Google Drive here:

  • #2610

    Hi Arith,
    the variables in file Atlas.lua, in function Atlas_MapRefresh, line 592 and 602 are global.



  • #2611

    Sorry, which two lines? I have slightly change the codes so...

    You mean like :

    name, typeID, subtypeID, minLevel, maxLevel, recLevel, minRecLevel, maxRecLevel, expansionLevel, groupID, textureFilename, difficulty, maxPlayers, description, isHoliday = GetLFGDungeonInfo(base.DungeonID);

    I should change it to local, thanks for bringing this uo.


    I am curious what has been affected.

  • #2608

    Just a short note to say THANK YOU for putting work into a FREE addon that is VERY HELPFUL and EASY to use.  Did I mention it's FREE?

    So here's to hoping that all the whiners and complainers about a popup that takes about .7 seconds to close will get some perspective in their lives.





  • #2609

    Thanks garvn8r.

    Yes the addon is made for free. And we have many volunteers who contribute their valuable hours to make the addon better. I believe this include anyone who gave us feedback, positive and negative, in anyway the feedback is also valuable.

    It's actually interesting that to come here to post the complain also will take several seconds, maybe more. I know some other users just won't talk, doesn't want to spend any additional time to here to share how s/he feel.

    That's why i think any feedback is valuable.

    Thanks you everyone.

  • #2606

    Thank you for fixing the bug with the login popup so quickly! I was going to uninstall until the fix came through, but it's already here.  :)

  • #2607

    Sorry about the trouble.

  • #2603
    Ditto. Very annoying!
  • #2602

    ok about the not installed addons for atlas. we really dont need a popup telling us that the stuff is not installed. if you feel like adding a worthless function such as this please set it to off by default so we dont get the message when the game decides to not save our settings to turn it off.

    Last edited by viper2042 on 9/10/2013 10:50:52 PM
  • #2605

    Sorry about that, issue will be fixed in next release.

  • #2601

    Minor annoyance: the popup telling of missing modules is back and, despite disabling it in the settings, returns upon relog.

  • #2599

    This 1.26 version is not showing up on curse client. Is it listed as a release or beta?

  • #2600

    It shold be there, and this version has been marked as Release.

    Please check again, if problem still there, try contact Curse team to see what's going on.

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