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New to installing World of Warcraft addons? This guide will show you how! There are two methods a player can use: The simplest, which is using our Curse Client to install them for you, and the hardest, which is manually downloading and installing them yourself. This guide will cover both methods, including how to use only the Curse Client to get what you need! Just click on the link below that best suits your needs and follow the given instructions -- all images will open to show you a larger one!

Using Only the Client
Using Both the Client and Website
Manually Downloading and Installing Addons

Using the Curse Client
With the Curse Client installed, managing your addons has never been easier! There are two methods of finding addons to use. Your first option is to use only the client to discover new addons. In the Curse Client, click “Get More Addons”. This will populate a list of addons, initially sorted by popularity. When you find an addon you like, just click “Install” and the Client will begin downloading the files for you!



Because the Curse Client allows this method to be so simple, all you need to do after clicking "Install" is wait for your download to be complete. Click "Downloads", and wait until you see the words "Complete" by any and all addons downloaded -- They're now installed!.


All that's left to do is load up your World of Warcraft client, log in with your normal username and password, and get to your server screen. On this screen, there's an important button in the bottom left corner with the text "AddOns". Click this button.


On this screen, make sure any and all addons you wish to use are clicked with an arrow. Note that as World of Warcraft is always being updated and patched, the addon authors need to update accordingly with these changes. If you have an addon that hasn't been updated yet to reflect these changes, be sure to have "Load out of Date Addons" checked. The addon will load, but compatibility cannot be guaranteed.


If you've followed all these steps, you're done! Your addons will now load after you log in with your character, ready to be used.


Using Both the Client and Website
Both the Curse.com website and the Curse Client are integrated into one another so that users are able to browse the site, and with a click, send addon information into the Client for automatic install. The following guide will show you how to do this.
Our website has an extensive repository of World of Warcraft addons for you to browse. Once finding an addon that you’d like to personally use, be sure to click the “Install via Curse Client” button, as shown below:


This will launch the Curse Client. Please note that you may need to log in with your normal Curse username and password credentials. Once loaded, your addon download and install will immediately begin. After a few moments, it should be installed and ready to go! The addon should look in the Client as follows:



If it does, you’re set! All that's left to do is load up your World of Warcraft client, log in with your normal username and password, and get to your server screen. On this screen, there's an important button in the bottom left corner with the text "AddOns". Click this button.


On this screen, make sure any and all addons you wish to use are clicked with an arrow. Note that as World of Warcraft is always being updated and patched, the addon authors need to update accordingly with these changes. If you have an addon that hasn't been updated yet to reflect these changes, be sure to have "Load out of Date Addons" checked. The addon will load, but compatibility cannot be guaranteed.


If you've followed all these steps, you're done! Your addons will now load after you log in with your character, ready to be used.


Manually Downloading and Installing Addons
If you prefer to take care of the entire downloading and installing process yourself, Curse allows you to do this, too! While not as simple as using either of the methods listed above, addons may be installed manually. The following guide will show you the necessary steps for a clean install.
Our website has an extensive repository of World of Warcraft addons for you to browse. Once finding an addon that you’d like to personally use, it is suggested to make a folder titled along the lines of “My Addons” on your desktop or another easily accessed area of your computer. Be sure to click the “Download Now” button and save the file to this folder, as shown below:


If when you try to download the file it automatically opens it, drag and drop the folders seen into the “My Addons” folder that was just created. Otherwise, open the .zip file you just downloaded. You must keep the folders intact in order for WoW to be able to properly use these addons. You will see a list of folders like below:


After the folders are placed inside the My Addon folder, it’s time to begin the process of moving them over to your World of Warcraft Addon folder. The folder is, by default, in C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Interface\Addons. For a Mac, the default is ~/Applications/World of Warcraft/Interface/Addons. The screenshot below shows the default for a Windows Vista/7 64-bit machine:


After locating your addon folder, it’s time to move the files themselves. Select all of the folders you would like to move, right click on your selection(s), and be sure to select either “copy” or “cut”. Remember that for a large addon such as Deadly Boss Mods (shown), there are multiple folders as there are many components to the addon. You must copy them all for the addon to properly work. The cut method is being used for this article, as shown below:


You are now ready to navigate back to your World of Warcraft addon folder. Do so, and inside the folder, right click and then select “paste”. This will copy all of the files that you previously selected into the folder. Make sure you are pasting them inside the ‘root’ Addon directory, and not a subfolder.


If you are moving a large amount of addons, or if the addon itself is large, this may take some time. Do not be alarmed if you see the dialogue below -- It just means there are a lot of files to move!
 

When done, all of the addon files that you initially downloaded and selected will be placed in the proper folder, and ready to be used in game. The newly-moved folders will be lightly highlighted, as shown below:



All that's left to do is load up your World of Warcraft client, log in with your normal username and password, and get to your server screen. On this screen, there's an important button in the bottom left corner with the text "AddOns". Click this button.


On this screen, make sure any and all addons you wish to use are clicked with an arrow. Note that as World of Warcraft is always being updated and patched, the addon authors need to update accordingly with these changes. If you have an addon that hasn't been updated yet to reflect these changes, be sure to have "Load out of Date Addons" checked. The addon will load, but compatibility cannot be guaranteed.


If you've followed all these steps, you're done! Your addons will now load after you log in with your character, ready to be used.


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