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  • World of Warcraft
  • 1,323 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 6.2.2
  • 103,817 Total Downloads
  • Updated 09/05/2015
  • Created 02/16/2011
  • 128 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: 4.13

About CompactRaid


Since v2.0 this addon no longer uses the default Raid UI, the reason is simple, it's not useable anymore since wow client 4.3.1. we had no way to maintain a raid frame in the secure way while itself wasn't entirely written in secure codes. So I decided to create my own buttons instead, this offers more flexibility and combat safety, at least the UI no longer mess up when ppl join/leave your raid during combat. So you may treat the old description below as a history, just to show the original motivation of develop for this addon.


I'm not sure how many people have paid real attention on the new raid frame UI came with WOW 4.0 (Cataclysm), if you looked into the source code you would probably find out how much efforts Blizzard UI folks had dedicated in, and how sad it turned out that no one even wanted to touch it. The reasons are apparent: ugly looking, lack of important utilities, and most important, there are a few superior addons out there doing fine for years.

Having said that, being a Blizzard UI, it actually offers some special advantage that other addons never will. For example, it is not restricted by the secure framework so you can manually show/hide raid groups or change unit frame sizes during combat; It is a built-in addon, most of its templates and UI objects are already created before any third-party addons are loaded, use it or not, game resources are occupied regardlessly. If some day this Blizzard's raid UI suddenly turns into something that looks as fashional as whatever you can imagine, and has all advanced features you ever wanted, would you consider giving it a try? Now you probably are going to ask: "Can it?"

CompactRaid is an addon that simply answers "Yes" to your question, it greatly improves the Blizzard's default raid frame UI to make it become compatitive with, if not better than, any other third-party raid frame UI. It currently consists of the following working modules:

Modules integrated in CompactRaid

  • Core module: Wraps all internal framework, provides exported API's for other modules.
  • Artwork module: Enhances the UI lookings, supports LibSharedMedia-3.0, LibSharedMedia-2.0, CWDGMediaPack, you can choose text fonts, status bar textures and background arts from those libraries and apply them to your unit frames.
  • Corner Indicators module: Adds indicators to corners of your unit frames to help you tracking configured auras, supported displaying modes: icons, color dots, numeric texts.
  • Raid Debuff module: Displays bold icons on unit frames to alert critical raid debuffs. Requires raid debuff data module, for current version it's "Cataclysm".
  • ClickSets module: Binds mouse clicks on unit frames to help you quickly cast spells on hovering unit. Supports mouse wheel.

v4.13 - Updated for WoD 6.22, fixed WoD world boss raid-debuff displaying, fixed direction arrow displaying when TomTom is missing, adjusted raid-debuff data for HFC. v4.12 - Fixed a couple of bugs. Changed the way how this addon saves per-toon data so they no longer lose from time to time. v4.10 - Updated for WoD 6.2. v4.02 - Added raid debuff data for 6.x instances. v4.01 - Supports WOW 6.02. v3.83 - Integrated "Direction arrow" into the core module (requires TomTom). v3.81 - Introduced new feature "Show friendly NPC", check it on the core option page will display friendly NPC/bosses like raid members. v3.80 - Updated for 5.4.1 v3.73 - Added some important raid-debuff data for some SoO bosses. v3.72 - Updated for 5.4. v3.70 - Adjusted raid debuff for ToT. Added new feature "group changing". v3.65 - Updated for 5.3. v3.64 - Fixed an error on unit pop-up menu for raid difficulty settings. v3.63 - Adjusted raid debuff for ToT. v3.62 - Fixed a bug which sometimes caused artwork settings not saving. v3.6 - Updated for 5.2, added raid debuff for instance ToT, some minor bug fix. v3.4 - Added RaidDebuff data for MoP instances, includes raid and 5-man dungeons. v3.3 - Updates for MoP, added supports for Monk class. v3.27 - Fixed RaidDebuff and CornerIndicator modules so they no longer generate errors. v3.26 - Fixed a taint caused by interfering Blizzard party member frames. v3.25 - Additional improvements & bug fixes. v3.22 - Some bug fixes including frames not getting updated, raid-debuffs not displaying, dispel symbols not showing up, etc. v3.2 - Updated for 5.0.4. v3.1 - Fixed some minor problems, adjusted some debuff highlights for DS. v3.0 - Almost a complete rewrite from 2.31. v2.31 - More options on raid units sorting, also fixed a problem which causes raid-debuffs don't show up properly in Dragon's Soul. v2.2 - Performance improvements. v2.12 - A hotfix for the CornerIndicator module. v2.11 - Fixed a bug which caused modules not saving profiles properly and generates errors when the player switches talent groups. v2.1 - A complete rewrite, no longer uses Blizz default raid frames which introduced so many bugs since WOW 4.3 v1.6 - Modified for 40300 v1.52 - Fixed all known bugs; frame alpha for out-range units are again 0.4; moved raid target icons to the top, etc v1.5 - Compatible to 4.2 v1.42 - Compatible to WOW 4.10a v1.3 - First release on CurseForge.


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  • #108

    Just wanted to say thank you for all of your hard work. This is by far one of the best addons i have used in my 6 years of playing, even just being raid frames. Keep up the good work!

  • #104

    Yay!! I think I love you, /hugs!! 


  • #102

    I've posted CompactRaid v3.2 (for MoP 5.0.4) on CurseForge and waiting for approval, once it's done you'll be able to download it here.

    This is mainly a quick fix for 5.0.4 with a few additional changes:

    1.  Tooltips can be anchored to either unit frames or Blizzard default position (the bottom-right corner of your screen).
    2. Toolbox buttons can now be turned shown or hidden.
    3. The Raid debuff module can now maintain instances for all tiers(Classic, TBC, WotLK, Cataclysm, MoP), extra options have been added in, but at this moment only Cataclysm debuffs are available, more data for the rest tiers will be populated when I get some free time. 

    It' was quite a rush to fix such a multi-module addon within 2 hours without comprehensive debug & test, so yeah, enjoy it and let me know if anything goes wrong. Wink

  • #106

    Hey. Seems to be working like a charm, though i have not yet been able to test the debuffs.

    I found 1 "new" thing, and that is that as druid it shows icon of mark of the wild up all the time, and it takes an important spot from the abilities i do try to monitor. Is there a way to turn of displaying a single buff? I tried using "hide all buff icons" but that ofc also removed those i wanted to see :) Would be lovely to have an option for that. Otherwise all looks good so far!

  • #110

    The problem has been addressed, a fix will come soon.

    Oops, I was replying Bloodymary88 regarding the problem which causes unit frame contents not getting updated properly under some certain circumstances, it seems that in 5.0.4 the game-event system is no longer the reliable source to notify updating, I need to put a internal timer to check unit GUID periodically.

    Last edited by Abinn32 on 9/7/2012 9:57:32 AM
  • #107

    It's the same for priests power word: Fortitude,and it's for only the buff that you have applied.
    (Even if corner indicators are disabled).
    Also one thing that i noticed is that i was in party with 3people,@some point it showed that the one out of range was next to me,while the guy next to me was out of range.
    When i would target the one that was out of range in my raid frames it would target the one next to me.
    Simple reload fixed the issue,
    Tho like 30min later when one of them left the group and the other one went offline
    It showed the one that had left group as he was still in group and it didn't show the offline guy at all.
    It didn't give any errors tho.
    (I got a screenshot in case you want it)

  • #105

    Thank you <3

  • #103

    Great news! Really looking forward to getting my good old healing ui back! 

  • #101

    Yay, crosses fingers that you get a chance to fix this soon, I hate limping along w/default raid frames or suffering thru all the complicated stuff for setting up another frames addon. /hug

  • #96
    Be patient

    I've received like a hundred messages in the past few days requiring an update for MoP, I cannot reply to every particular sender so I'll post a general response here and hope everyone sees it.

    First of all I'd like to thank you for supporting CompactRaid, and I'm glad that such a tiny project is so much welcomed, to be honest, I wasn't expecting this.

    Then to the point, I have to apologize for the delay of the update for MoP, due to some national reason, every major patch(TBC, WotLK, Cataclysm) had a significant delay (usually 2-4 weeks at least) on release date in China, and I don't see any thing that is going to make difference this time. So MoP won't go live in China anytime earlier than late September, until then, I have no solution to update this addon.

    That being said, I'll keep checking & collecting infomation of MoP and do whatever I could to shorten the developing time it will take after release of MoP. Meanwhile, please be patient.

    Thanks alot.

  • #98

    Right now 5.0.4 is open for download in my region and is hopefully going online on next Tuesday, should that being the case, an update for 5.0.4 is just around the corner, we'll see...

  • #100
    Quote from Abinn32 »

    Right now 5.0.4 is open for download in my region and is hopefully going online on next Tuesday, should that being the case, an update for 5.0.4 is just around the corner, we'll see...

    You can go to PTR and update it.

  • #99

    This is wonderful news, Abinn.
    I only started using CR recently, but it quickly moved to the top spot as an excellent addon for myself and a few others in my guild.

    I look forward to the update. ^-^ 

    Kalsam of Adelante - Arthas US (Protection Paladin)
    Alts: Frizniera (Frost Death Knight);  Lyrinana (Survival Hunter); Haftahel (Protection Warrior)

  • #97

    Thanks for the info.

  • #95

    This has to be the best Raid UI Addon i've ever had better then Grid i can't wait for the Author to update. :)

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