Adventures in Azeroth

It’s a Druid’s World (of Warcraft)

Ah, sweet nirvana of bliss

As in add-on bliss.

Based on comments by a number of folks in my previous “add-on hell post” post, I did some searching and found the WoW Ace Updater program

WOW!  (No pun intended).  Things sure have changed in the automatic updater world.  I tried a couple of these programs a while back with very little luck.  Not the Ace updater, but one or two supposedly generic programs to update anything.  Install problems, bugs and errors on running, and difficulty getting them to work was my memory of that endeavor.

This Ace updater is sweet, though.  A simple download, unzip and move files and install the program.  I’m the impatient sort, so I just fired it up without reading any of the Help documentation.  The program came right up, and found not only my installed Ace add-ons, but also found (I’m guessing) my downloads folder as it reported additional add-ons I had that weren’t yet installed.  It was a simple matter to tell the program to update everything.  Bingo-bango and I’m updated.  Really just that simple.

Of course, and all the commenters pointed this out, the utility only updates Ace add-ons.  So the more Ace add-ons you have the more this utility will update.  This led me in a couple new directions which I’m pretty excited about and I’ll document soon in an upcoming post.  Pretty cool stuff, new for me, but I’m just going to leave you with that teaser for now so stay tuned.

For you Mac users, there is a Mac updater also.

Thanks to everyone that commented for opening my eyes to this utility.  For all the rest of you that haven’t tried this program yet – it’s well worth your time to install. 

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October 10, 2007 - Posted by | Must have addons, World of Warcraft


  1. I’ve got a Mac and used to use MacAceUpdater but found it would sometimes stop working for no reason that I could discover. So I switched to JWoWUpdater ( which is written entirely in Java and should work on Windows, Mac, Linux, etc. No problems with it at all so far. Probably about 90% of my addons are Ace and I think I would go a little bit crazy if I tried to update them manually.

    Comment by Amandrel | October 14, 2007 | Reply

  2. […] lamenting my add-on mess and you all recommended focusing on Ace add-ons and using the Ace updater (thank you again, btw), I came across a bunch of compilation packages on Curse.  If you follow the link, bypass […]

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  3. I just installed the ace updater. Its awsome. I like how you can pick addons from the list and it will put it in your addons folder for you. Very nice

    Comment by chris | November 9, 2007 | Reply

  4. I tried this and removed it the same day. It somehow managed to break Omen and other Ace2-dependent Addons. I still don’t know how. I ultimately had to delete my Addons folder and rebuild it. Plus it only recognized/update about 6 of the 30-or-so addons I use. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone…

    Comment by Amur | December 9, 2007 | Reply

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