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  • 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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  • #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.


  • #170
    r229 Alpha Normal Nov 29, 2012 4.0.6

    Last Alpha was 9-29-12 

    Last edited by tantalus00 on 3/23/2013 2:55:44 AM
  • #169

    Aisenfaire is correct. That is where the latest updates are. You just need to choose the Alpha versions (with an "A") after the version number.

    If you simply hit "Download", it will default to the release version of the addon, which is the last stable version of the addon. So unfortunately if you want to use this addon, you need to be using an alpha version for now. Hopefully a release (stable) version will come out one day. I hope that helped.  :)

    Last edited by menace97 on 3/22/2013 11:10:37 PM
  • #164

    This addon was great while working as intended.  Obviously it is not being kept upto date.  Just wanted to say Thank you for the time and effort given in the past.  It was a wonderful addon in it's prime.

  • #163

    Update would be nice, This addon is great!!

  • #162

    Anyone know of a macro that would work to put a handynote at your current location without having to do the dialog box?  Would like to be able to just push a button and have the spot marked with the parameters I specify in the macro.  Any ideas?

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