AddOn Studio 2015 for World of Warcraft

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AddOn Studio 2015 for World of Warcraft is a fully-featured development environment for creating and developing AddOns for World of Warcraft. AddOn Studio features a professional Lua editor with full code-completion and other modern facilities, an integrated visual WoW UI designer, SVN and Git code repository support, project based WoW:AddOn file management and deployment, and much more.

AddOn Studio 2015 for World of Warcraft

To get started follow the steps below. Feel free to visit the following pages for more information and help. Twitter: @AddonStudioWoW. Documentation: Getting Started. History: Release History. WoW API: UI Customization. Support and Discord: AddOn Studio Discord. Issues: GitHub. Donations: PayPal.

AddOn Studio 2015

What you need

  1. Visual Studio 2015 Community (free), using one of these install links:
  2. AddOn Studio 2015 for WoW:
  3. Follow these instructions:

Other installs and downloads

Current version:

Previous versions:

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Other editions:

Release information:

Recent Features

See AddOn Studio 2022 for WoW for more information on newer 2015 features.

Getting Started

Initial installation
  1. Download and install the Visual Studio Community 2015 above
    • Defaults are fine
    • Can skip 'Launch' after install
  2. Download AddOn Studio 2015 for World of Warcraft
    • Open the downloaded '.zip' or '.7z' file
    • Copy the folder 'AddOn Studio for WoW 2015' to any location you like,
      such as: 'd:\apps', or your Desktop
    • Run 'WowAddonStudio.exe'. Or, create a short-cut and run that instead.
  1. Rename or delete the installed 'AddOn Studio for WoW 2015' folder.
  2. Follow the Installation steps above, skipping the Visual Studio 2015 install portion.
Basic usage
  1. Create a new Project
  2. Add existing files or create new ones
  3. Deploy to WoW by clicking 'Build'
  4. Run WoW or use '/reload' to use your AddOn...

Product History

See AddOn Studio for WoW for a list of all editions, and release history for detailed changes for each release.

AddOn Studio 2015 for World of Warcraft is a continuation of the previous AddOn Studio 2010 for World of Warcraft edition, but built on Visual Studio 2015.

The 'AddOn Studio 2010 for WoW' edition will continue to be updated in parallel. This version and the 2010 version will be supported together in perpetuity, to give users a choice of which IDE's style, platform support, and functionality they are more comfortable with.

Today's Reality

The general concepts of game and AddOn development especially for WoW, are far more well understood and by a larger audience today, than they were during the time of the original World of Warcraft. And since the introduction of AddOn Studio for WoW many games have come, and some gone, using Lua and similar game customization methods as WoW. With this the general expectations of quality in consumer level development tools has risen as well.

AddOn Studio 2015 improves on the 2010 edition, with an even more advanced and complete set of features, and is a powerful general IDE for WoW AddOn development using a free Visual Studio back-end (much like the free Community versions of Visual Studio for C#, C++ and Web), with support for graphical Frame XML development. There are quite a few additional Visual Studio integration features, all of which together contribute toward making WoW AddOn development tools real first class citizens, in a world where that almost never happens.

What Changed

New features and changes for the AddOn Studio 2015 edition on initial release:

See AddOn Studio 2010 for WoW: What Changed for previous changes
What Works

Short list covering major historical issues addressed in AddOn Studio 2015 for WoW.

Updated Support:

  • Includes support for current versions of WoW, originally released with support for Warlords of Draenor - Allowed Includes 70000 version and later features, as well as continuing support for WoW Legion, WoD, and earlier game content files, and Blizzard interface 'toolkits'. Support for new WoW releases is ongoing. Fixes include more complete CASC support the proper handling of WoW data files.
  • SCC Integration for GIT - the new version includes an optional, integrated, and functional version of GIT, with full support for all context menus. This is in addition to the previous SVN support. This allows using Curse Forge or other Git support for remote code repositories. There is tested support for sites like the Curse Forge sponsored WowAce and Curse Forge.
  • Windows 10 - using newer set of tools and compilers support was updated for a smoother experience on the new OS, and should still be backward compatible as far back as Visual Studio 2015 support goes back to Vista and above, but not Windows XP, Windows 2000, NT 4.0, or Windows 95. Windows Vista requires Vista SP1. AddOn Studio 2010 for WoW still has support for Windows XP.
See AddOn Studio 2010 for WoW: What Works for previous enhancements


See also

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