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  • Updated 09/28/2015
  • Created 08/07/2008
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  • Newest File: v1.4.5
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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.

r261 | nevcairiel | 2015-09-28 18:03:20 +0000 (Mon, 28 Sep 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   A /tags/v1.4.5 (from /trunk:260)

Tag as 1.4.5
r260 | nevcairiel | 2015-09-28 17:19:17 +0000 (Mon, 28 Sep 2015) | 3 lines
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HandyNotes_HandyNotes.lua

Fix moving notes

Fixes Ticket 32
r259 | nevcairiel | 2015-09-20 16:31:02 +0000 (Sun, 20 Sep 2015) | 1 line
Changed paths:
   M /trunk/HandyNotes.lua

Fix two icons in the same spot overriding each other


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  • #187
    Quote from guarandinga »

    Can we have in a future update a way to add custom icons? like reading .tga files from a custom folder within the Interface one? Chinchilla map addon does something like this with the mini map blips. This would be really great cause I use to explore A LOT the whole game maps and having a wider set of icons to choose from would make my map more detailed about my findings.

    Thanks in advance. Link.


    I would absolutely love to be able to customize icons or at least have some more additions to the standard set. I also have been noticing this feeling "old" and slowing things down a bit lately. I really find this addon so useful, I hope it continues to be effective. Thank you! :)

  • #180

    In Full Map, Alt+RightClick does not create a new note, it just zooms the map out.

  • #178

    A small suggestion for a future version: I think it would be a good idea to add a small "help" function, showing the commands available. (Alt+Rightclick, "/hnnew" and "/hnnew x,y".) Or else add a description of the commands to the current Handynotes config screen. I recently started using Handynotes, and I keep having to alt-tab out of WoW and do a websearch so I can remember the commands - not very convenient!

    Other than that I find it very useful, and I like the fact that other people can write their own list of notes and upload them for people to use. Much better than trying to copy and paste loads of text, as happens with Tom-tom.

  • #177

    Okay, so the Description tab tells me how to create notes and associate them with map locations.

    It does not say even one thing as to how to access any note(s) after they are created. It is reasonable to assume that the Map must be displayed to access any note(s). However, if a PC must be at the location in order to read a corresponding note(s), then that severely limits the utility of the add-on.

    Is there a way to review the entire set of notes, or to search all of those that have been made? I don't necessarily associate (1) numeric coordinates with (2) textual or graphic content in my own mind -- what I remember are the names of locations ("Mistfall Village"), or the names of NPCs ("Master Cheng"), or sometimes the names of quests. We give people, places, and things names so that we can remember them. "12:25" is not a name.

    Can a note be edited? Can a note be deleted?

    Last edited by Quark365 on 10/13/2013 4:11:29 PM
  • #176

    6x Localization\en.lua:141: attempt to index local "HandyNotes" (a nil value)
    Localization\en.lua:141: in main chunk



    I am getting this bug everytime i log in.. how do i fix it?

  • #175

    will you be considering making a handy note app that makes your handynote compatiable with carbonite. since the orginal peron stop playing a long time ago.

  • #174
    Rares on the Timeless isle

    Hi peeps here is the way to find the Rares

    check my instructions on

    Have fun hunting,


  • #173


    I'd like to know how can I load my profiles from one account/pc to the other, I copy/pasted HandyNotes folder to the other pc but file with profiles is not there, I guess?

    Thank you in advance.

  • #179

    If you want to transfer the notes that you have made to another installation of the WoW game software, or to another account in the same WoW game folder, then you must copy each file that has "Handy Notes" in the name, from the Saved Variables folders that are in the WTF folder, which is in the World of Warcraft folder (where the game software is installed).

    For example, on my computer, the Handy Notes data is stored in the following file:

    D:\Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\WTF\Account\account_number\realm_name\Saved Variables\HandyNotes.lua

    The account_number is a string of digits and symbols that is shown on your computer as the name of a folder in that path. The realm_name folder has the same name as the realm (server) in which your Player Character is located in the game.


  • #172

    Does this addon contain pre-written notes, or is it for writing your own notes? Or both? Hard to tell from the description what it is that this addon is for, unless you are familiar with Cartographer_Notes (and I am not).

  • #171

    You can find the latest version (r230) released on 06/05/2013 that is updated for WoW 5.3.0 at:

    It's working with Handy Notes Vendor at the moment and now I'm going to try it with some other Handy Notes Addons and see if it works with them or if the other addons have bugs or not. If I remember I will post my findings here.

    @Xinhuan Please post the latest version here so that I can use the Curse client and don't have to manually install and update your releases! Thank you for this awesome addon!

    Peace to all!

    Last edited by Ehala on 6/9/2013 10:20:39 AM
  • #168

    Is this addon still supported? I can not find any other that comes close to this one. Please advise

  • #166

    Is there a way to turn the notes off on my mini map and only show them on my world map?


  • #165

    Updates are at

  • #167

    That site doesn't have anything later than what's here, and while it's generally been working fine I'm starting to have issues with notes from one map showing up on another. Don't know if it's something that changed with 5.x or not. Reloading the UI doesn't fix it either.


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