See AddOn Studio 2010 for World of Warcraft for alternate version.

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

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To get started follow the steps below, and 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: Issue Tracker and Forums. Donations: PayPal.

AddOn Studio 2015 Edit

What you need:





AddOnStudio 2015 Demo DarkAS Theme plus Solar Text Color Settings File

AddOn Studio 2015 with the DarkAS Theme and the new 'Solar' code colorization

After getting used to the colorization in the MediaWiki built-in Wiki Lua scripting editor for the last week or so, which is a variant of the popular color scheme "Solarized" by Ethan Schoonover, I decided make similar work-a-like color theme in AddOn Studio as I was editing back and forth a lot, and to see how it would look. And I wanted to share for others to possibly enjoy a similar rendition of "Solarized" in AddOn Studio. The AS version has more contrast and hue separation to work in larger range of lighting conditions and screen brightness levels and types, and to be closer to other VS color themes. These will also work in the AddOn Studio 2015 for WildStar beta.
AddOnStudio 2015 Demo Eclipse DarkAS Theme plus Solar Text Color

AddOn Studio 2015 with the "Eclipse" DarkAS Theme and the new 'Solar' code colorization

In memoriam of yesterday's full solar eclipse, is the new "Eclipse" Dark AS theme above, which mutes all of the overly bright IDE colors present in the normal VS 'Dark' theme. For some may make it much easier to focus on the code. The normal Visual Studio 'Dark' theme has many florescent style bright elements which are significantly brighter than the actual text edit window. This theme brings the brightness of all non-editor elements to 'at or below' the brightness of the editor window itself. A pre-built 'Eclipse (Solar)' with the "Solar" editor color scheme released the day before, is added for convenience. The can also now be imported on top of any theme, rather than just on 'Dark AS' as it was yesterday.
Beta theme pack installation:
Unzipped themes can be placed in 'AddOn Studio for WoW/Extentions/Application' and after restart of AS can be selected in 'Tools > Options > General'. The 'Solar' text colorization settings can be loaded by 'Tools > Import and Export Settings > Import > Browse...'. Settings can be reverted by using the 'Tools > Import and Export Settings' reset option, reloading saved export, manually changing colors, or changing themes. New themes and optional 'Solar' colorization settings will be bundled next release.

Getting Started Edit


  • Download and install the above Visual Studio Shell -or- Visual Studio Community
    (defaults are fine, can skip 'Launch' after install)
  • Download AddOn Studio 2015 for World of Warcraft
  • Copy the folder 'aswow2015' in the zip file to any location you like, such as 'c:\Program Files' or 'd:\apps'
  • Run the WowAddonStudio.exe, or create a short-cut and run that instead.

Basic usage:

  • Create a new Project
  • Add existing files or create new ones
  • Deploy to WoW by clicking 'Build'
  • Run WoW to use your AddOn...



  • Rename or delete the installed 'aswow2015' folder.
  • Follow the Installation steps above, skipping the Visual Studio Shell portion.

Product History Edit

AddOn Studio 2015 for World of Warcraft is a further continuation of the AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft series, and is an update of AddOn Studio 2010 for World of Warcraft, reworked with Visual Studio 2015.

The older AddOn Studio 2010 for World of Warcraft version will still be updated in parallel, where both this version and the 2015 version will be supported together to give users a choice of which IDE's style, platform support, and functionality they are more comfortable with.

See AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft for a list of versions and the AddOn Studio for Wow Release History.

Today's Reality Edit

The general concepts of AddOn and game development, especially for WoW, are far more well understood and by a much larger audience now than they were at the time of the original AddOn Studio for WoW. And since AddOn Studio 2010 for WoW, many more games have come (and some gone) using Lua and similar extensibility concepts, and general expectations of quality in customer level tools and environments has risen as well.

This product improves on 2010 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# and Web), with support for graphical FrameXML development. There are quite a few additional Visual Studio integration features, all of which together contribute toward making WoW Add-On development tools real first class citizens in a world where that almost never happens.

What Changed Edit

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

What Works Edit

See AddOn Studio 2010 for WoW: What Works for previous enhancements

This is a short list that expressly or implicitly covers major historic issues that, starting with the release of AddOn Studio 2015 for WoW, have been handled with better support, direct fixes, and/or new and updated infrastructure.

Updated Support:

  • Warlords of Draenor and Legion - Allows everything from 70000 version features, to playing well with WoW Legion and WoD and earlier game content files, and Blizzard interface 'toolkits'. 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 or other Git support for remote code repositories. There is guaranteed support for sites like the Curse 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. I believe this is the way back to Vista and above, but not back as far as 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.
  • Includes all of the AddOn Studio for WoW specific features from AddOn Studio 2010 for WoW as well...

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