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  • Supports: 6.2.3
  • 6,750,033 Total Downloads
  • Updated 12/15/2015
  • Created 08/07/2008
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  • Release Type: Release
  • License: All Rights Reserved
  • Newest File: v1.4.6
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About HandyNotes

Handy Notes for your maps. This addon is intended to be a small and simple replacement for Cartographer_Notes and functions in a similar manner.

Use /handynotes to access options.

You can add notes to the maps in 3 ways:

  • Alt-RightClick on the world map to add a note.
  • Use "/hnnew" without the quotes to add a note at your current location.
  • Use "/hnnew x,y" without the quotes to add a note at location x,y on your current zone's map.

NOTE: At the time of writing, HandyNotes v1.4.x does not work when Carbonite is installed. Please report this to the Carbonite authors if you want to see it get resolved, thanks!

HandyNotes supports plugins that other authors can write to display their own set of notes on the map. See this link for a list of such addons:

Changes from v1.2.0 to v1.4.0

  • HandyNotes now uses HereBeDragons-1.0 instead of the unmaintained Astrolabe
    • Plugins which referenced Astrolabe directly should be updated, and ideally not require anything the HandyNotes API does not provide
  • New HandyNotes API function: HN:GetContinentZoneList(mapFile), retrieve a list of zones inside a continent (Z -> mapID hash table)

Changes from v1.1.6 to v1.2.0

  • Fix HandyNotes to use Astrolabe-1.0 instead of Astrolabe-0.4.
  • Place the New Handy Note dialog box above the World Map by parenting to it if the World Map is open.
  • Add a 6th optional return value "dungeonLevel" to the pluginHandler:GetNodes() API. This value is used if it is different from the input dungeonLevel, similar to the 2nd return's "mapFile".
  • HandyNotes plugin authors will need to be update their plugins to use Astrolabe-1.0 and its new API that has changed from using (C, Z) pairs to (mapID, level) pairs. HandyNotes has provided some additional functions to help with this (these functions will not work for instance and BG maps):
    • HandyNotes:GetMapFiletoMapID(mapFile)
    • HandyNotes:GetMapIDtoMapFile(mapID)
    • HandyNotes:GetZoneToMapID(zone)

Changes from v1.1.5 to v1.1.6

  • Update TOC Interface to 40000.
  • Add optional AddonLoader delayed load support.
  • Use latest version of Ace3 and Astrolabe libraries.

Changes from v1.1.4 to v1.1.5

  • Use latest version of Astrolabe library which has Hrothgar's Landing data.
  • Play nice with Carbonite which is trying to fake as being Cartographer.
  • Add HandyNotes to the Blizzard Interface Addon Options too.
  • When quest objectives are enabled, the HandyNotes icons on the world map will now show their tooltips again on mouseover.
  • When creating or editing a note on a map with dungeon levels, you may now choose which dungeon level the note appears in or choose to have it appear on ALL dungeon levels.
  • HandyNotes will now pass as 3rd parameter the dungeon map level when it calls pluginHandler:GetNodes(mapFile, minimap, dungeonLevel). Existing user notes in HandyNotes will still display on all dungeon map levels, but new notes will be level specific.
  • Remove compatibility code with all WoW versions earlier than patch 3.1.
  • Convert to use wowace localization system at
  • Notes without a title will now show "(No Title)" as the tooltip title rather than have no tooltip on mouseover.
  • Add the ability to create/change/copy/delete profiles in HandyNotes. HandyNotes was already using Ace3 profiles, just that this wasn't exposed.
  • Add ability to enable and disable plugins from showing on the map in the HandyNotes options.
  • Add a wider range of icons to select from.

r262 | nevcairiel | 2015-12-15 22:17:21 +0000 (Tue, 15 Dec 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   A /tags/v1.4.6 (from /trunk:261)

Tagging as v1.4.6


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  • #366

  • #365

    hey, i have a question, so im new to WoW and i instalelled this addon to get some help on the map and stuff, but  the addon for some reason doesnt work, it absolubtely does nothing, and i dont know what do do to fix it, any help?

  • #364

    Dependency missing is what curse client says just like on the dang map the quest helper of curse don't work any more got to use wow's shity map!


  • #363

    Have installed, uninstalled, re-installed this 4 times now. I don't have Carbonite. I know where to put add-ons, this isn't my first rodeo.

    It's acting as if it's not there at all. I need this for the Draenor Treasures addon and would love to use it but IT WON'T INSTALL. Please help. There must be another bug going on.

  • #362

    how do i get it to show up on my map in the first place


  • #361

    When HandyNotes is installed, whenever i talked to a profession trainer the recipe list is empty and it will not remember any filter options i set, when i remove HandyNotes, the profession trainer started working again without needing me to manually check off all the filter options each time I talk to a profession trainer.

  • #367
    Quote from deafgeek »

    When HandyNotes is installed, whenever i talked to a profession trainer the recipe list is empty and it will not remember any filter options i set, when i remove HandyNotes, the profession trainer started working again without needing me to manually check off all the filter options each time I talk to a profession trainer.

    I have the exact same issue. Is there something I am missing like a setting somewhere or is this just a really messed up bug?

  • #360

    Addon would greatly benefit from the functionality of being able to add multiple notes at once such as:  /hnnew x1,y1 x2,y2 x3,y3

    Alot of times we are adding identical notes at different coordinates and doing the same note 30 times is just unnecessary torture.

    Last edited by DarthSexy on 12/1/2015 5:34:50 AM
  • #359

    Ever since 6.2.3, HandyNotes & HandyNotes_DraenorTreasures is causing my map to freeze (get stuck on a certain map), as well as keep my character location bar stuck in a specific area. It also randomly blacks out certain parts of the map and turns off fog of war, no matter which addon I have that removes the fog of war.

    Does anyone know how to fix this, since this addon hasn't been updated in a while?

  • #358

    I have a perciluar problem here.  The little blue arrow that shows rare elites is missing from my mini map on just one of my characters.  I've tried deleting all addon config files in the WTF folder as well as my Cache and the addon itself and it still refuses to show me that blue arrow.  I went to a completely different computer running handy notes and it too was missing the blue arrow.  This is on a Death Knight if that makes a difference.  Very frustrating because I've come to rely on that blue arrow!  HELP!! lol

  • #354

    Please update, got the same problem as Ringeltangel.

  • #357

    You have to update HandyNotes_Directions, as noted in replies to previous reports of this "error"!

  • #353


    Thank you very much for your nice addon, it's highly useful. Can you please consider adding the yellow and green node icons that you see on minimap for minerals-fish etc. (7th and 8th icons in the first row of this image: Your default icons are not nicely visible on the maps for me and the icons I mentioned will make it a lot more enjoyable to use your addon. Please consider :) Or if it is a simple file modification, please give instructions and I can do the change myself.

    Thank you.

  • #351

    Date: 2015-10-25 22:48:26
    ID: 1
    Error occured in: Global
    Count: 1
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       [C]: ?
       [C]: error()
       ...dOns\FlightMapEnhanced\libs\Astrolabe\DongleStub.lua:17: DongleStub()
       ...nterface\AddOns\HandyNotes_Directions\Directions.lua:6: in main chunk

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  • #356

    You need to update HandyNotes_Directions, as noted in replies to previous reports of this "error"!

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