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Revision as of 08:53, December 6, 2009

Patch Mirrors

Adding Mirrors
Incremental Update
Playable Client
Public Test Realm
Old Patches
General Mirror Sites
Installation Tips
Torrent info BitTorrent


Patches category


Adding Mirrors

  • Please check the discussion page before you add a mirror.
  • Links should link to the download page for that patch, not to a general website.
  • Mirrors are generally to be listed in alphabetical order by second-level domain (www.domain.tld)
    • Remove the www. or any prefix for the name. Raw IP numbers will always get listed last. FTP sites before HTTP.
    • In cases where domain name is not appropriate or substantially different to the site's actual name, the true reported name should be used as the sorting parameter.
    • Use common sense. This page is actively monitored.
  • Bumping your site to the top of the list or failing to provide direct download links will usually result in your site being removed from this page.
  • Replacing links (especially for public file upload sites such as Rapidshare) others have posted without sufficient reason may be construed as vandalism and your account may be blocked from editing.
  • Files added MUST be signed by Blizzard and/or validate against a Blizzard-tracker accepted BitTorrent file. Files which are suspect may be held as dangerous and in violation of Blizzard's Terms of Use (WW:DNP).
  • See Patches for a list of patches and patch notes.

PTR patches

Looking for PTR patches? Please check the PTR Patches page.

Incremental update

The newest patches can be found here. Patches must be applied in order from lowest version to highest, for example: 3.0.1 -> 3.2.0 -> 3.2.0a -> 3.2.2 -> 3.2.2a -> 3.3 etc.







Older Patches ( 3.0.2 - 3.1.3 )

Older patches can be found on their own page .

Playable Client

The playable client download is basically a full client which you can download, install, and upgrade to the latest version of WoW without needing your CD / DVD. You will be able to play right away if you have a trial account. To enjoy the full features of the game, you will either need to purchase a key from Blizzard online, or purchase a retail copy, usually best prices are at Amazon .com(US)

Note that the Slim versions of the installer lack cinematics, but are otherwise fully functional.

Note that the RapidShare Premium product only allows 5 GB of download pr day. It is, however, still possible to download it in one day with RapidShare Premium, since leftover download does not just disappear. It will stack up to 25 GB. If you do not have enough download left on your RapidShare account, you can use the official full-client download or other mirror instead.

Note that parts from DepositFiles & Hotfile are combinable. For example you can use part1 from Hotfile, part2 for DepositFiles, part3 from Hotfile etc. .

General Mirror Sites

Note that an English site may also host German, French and Spanish patches. However, it should be categorized under "English" due to the site language, not the patches that it offers. See also Fansites.

English language sites

German language sites

Italian language sites

Russian language sites

Installation tips

  • If you install 2.0.0 Non-TBC and patch it to 2.4.2 before installing TBC, you will have to reinstall all the patches again. Luckily, you won't have to download them again, so the fastest path to take would be: WoW 2.0.0 -> TBC expansion -> 2.4.0 -> 2.4.1 -> 2.4.2 -> 2.4.3 -> 3.0.1 -> 3.0.2.
  • If you have multiple locales installed (for addon development or otherwise), you have to move or remove the extra locale folders from Data or the updater will die with a message that looks similar to this:
Cannot find data for {locale} locale.
  • WoW 2.0.0 is the full game installer, but it is not TBC.
You DO need the TBC expansion to enjoy the features of TBC (the contents of which are included in your retail TBC CD/DVD and various mirrors listed above).
  • If you do a fresh install, have a TBC account, and forget to install TBC, you cannot log into the game. The client will tell you to install TBC.
  • If you don't have a TBC account and install TBC, you will have all the features of WoW pre-TBC as if you had not installed TBC.
  • If you have a US account and install any locale other than enUS, you must edit the file or you will not be able to log into the game. The same goes for using the enUS version with an EU account (not that you would since enGB works just fine).
US account with any locale other than enUS
set realmlist
set patchlist
EU account with enUS locale
set realmlist
set patchlist

Manual/split patches

Unzip contents to your WoW directory and double click the file Blizzard Updater.exe or BNUpdate.exe to start patching.

Blizzard Updater.exe and BNUpdate.exe check for ".\Data\{locale}" (the current directory), "..\Data\{locale}" (the parent directory), "..\..\Data\{locale}" (the parent of the parent directory), until it hits the root of the directory structure (where it informs you that WoW must be installed before it can be patched), for Game data (not tested on any paths deeper than "C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Patches\{patch folder}\{patch data}"); therefore, you must put the patch files directly in the WoW installation folder or in a subdirectory of said folder.

For example, the following all work for "":

  1. unzip the files to "C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\WoW-2.2.3-to-2.3.0-enUS-patch" and double-click "C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\WoW-2.2.3-to-2.3.0-enUS-patch\BNUpdate.exe"
  2. unzip the files to "C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Patches" and double-click "C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Patches\BNUpdate.exe"
  3. unzip the files to "C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft" and double-click "C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\BNUpdate.exe"

Torrents BitTorrent

By default, larger patches for World of Warcraft are distributed through the Blizzard Downloader which uses BitTorrent and HTTP. In case you're having problems with that downloader, or if you want to have more control over your torrent download, you can choose to use your own client.

The process of getting a .torrent file for the download varies depending on the type of the downloader.

  • The Background Downloader that is active before patching day saves its torrent file to Cache\BackgroundDownload.torrent within your World of Warcraft directory. You can directly use this torrent file in whatever BitTorrent client you use.
  • The actual Blizzard Downloader that is distributed on the patching day does not save its torrent file. If you have a PC, you will need a tool like WoW Torrent Extract to extract a .torrent file from the downloader. On a Mac you can right click the app and click Show Package Contents. From there, just navigate the directories until you find the torrent. Alternatively, you can wait for a link on this page.
  • The Burning Crusade Downloader contains 2 BitTorrent files (Full and Slim). To extract them, follow these steps:
    • Run your torrent extract program on the installer.
    • Make a backup of the resulting torrent (*-2.torrent) and edit the file deleting the first starting sequence 'd8:ann' and rename the file to 'WoW-BurningCrusade-deDE-Installer-downloader.exe' and run the extractor again. -> You have extracted the last torrent sequence.
    • To extract the first sequence edit the backup copy and search for 'd8:ann'. Delete the whole content in the file from the second find result to the end and save the file. -> You have extracted the first torrent sequence.

A few clients you could use to download torrents:

  • µTorrent (Windows & Mac)
  • BitComet (Windows)
  • Azureus (cross-platform) Sourceforge
  • Bits on Wheels (Mac OS X 10.3+)
  • Tomato Torrent (Mac OS X 10.3+)
  • Transmission (Mac OS X 10.4+)
  • rtorrent (Unix)
  • Opera (cross-platform) Opera
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