Sample display

AdiBags displays the content of your bags in one view, distributed into several sections using smart filters.

It is heavily inspired by Nargiddley’s Baggins.

Configuration is available through Blizzard addon panel, /adibags chat command or right-clicking on the LDB plugin.

Important note about localized filters: some filters rely on translations from LibBabble-Inventory-3.0 so if some of them behave strangely in your locale, please take a look at the library translation status.

About patch 6.0.2

Blizzard has introduced a lot of new inventory features with the patch 6.0.2. I (Adirelle, AdiBags’ author) have absolutely no control over the way these built-in features work. It is all or nothing: either AdiBags uses a feature as is, either I have to code it myself. I had some of these features built into AdiBags in the past, but this was clumsy, using the API in a way that it was not meant to, and ultimately buggy for some users. So I decided to remove my code in favor of the built-in ones, even if it meant a minor degration of the original feature. If Blizzard improves some of these features in the future, AdiBags will automatically benefit from these improvements.

So, in short:

  • AdiBags now uses the built-in “new itemAPI, though it only detects looted/crafted/reward items. I added another module to highlight you what moves in bags to compensate for the loss of full item detection.
  • AdiBags now uses the built-in “sort bags“ feature. It may cause a spike of lag but works very quickly and does the job right.
  • AdiBags fully supports the reagent bank, including the built-in “deposit all reagents” feature. I know it moves enchanters’ velum to the reagent tab, but hopefully Blizzard will fix this.


Important notice: since v1.6.12-beta-1, AdiBags embeds BugGrabber, an error catching addon. Please check the error is really about AdiBags before reporting them here. I suggest installing BugSack to catch the errors.

Please report any bug or error using the wowace bug tracker (your Curse account works there). The comments section below is not meant to report and track bugs. I won’t reply to bug reports in the comment section anymore.

Some words about submitting bug reports:

  • I do not care about “it doesn’t work, fix it!” messages. I need to know how it failed and a way to reproduce the bug so I can test it and make sure I fix it.
  • Bug reports are not in the “fire and forget” kind of things. I may have to ask you some details.
  • Please check all existing tickets and the “known issues” section below before submitting new ones. Duplicate reports will be rejected on sight.

Bug tracker
WoWace forum thread


Most of these features may be configured. Check out the configuration panel ! (using the /adibags chat command or clicking on the bag icon, you have any LDB display)

  • Smart filters are used to distribute items into several sections, including:
    • Item sets of the Blizzard’s gear manager (one section per set),
    • Junk items (whitelist and blacklist available),
    • Quest items,
    • Equipment (items your character can wear),
    • Sections based on item category: trade goods, consumables, recipes, ...
    • Manual filtering (drag and drop items on section header, or add new section from the configuration panel),
    • Free space.
  • Smart item sorting inside each section.
  • Smart section layout; change the setting “Automatic layout update” to control the frequency of updates.
  • Track new items; use the [N] button resets the “new” flag.
  • Display slot type.
  • Bag sorting: left-click on the [S] button; right-click toggles auto-sorting, which sorts the bag on close.
  • Hide some sections, using the [V] button.
  • Name-based search.
  • Equipped bags (click on the bag icon in the top left corner),
  • Display character money in the backpack.
  • Display character tokens in the backpack.
  • LDB data source, displaying free space.
  • Two bag placement modes (choose one in the configuration panel):
    • Anchored: the bags expand from an anchor towards the center of the screen. The anchor can be unlocked and moved.
    • Manual: move the bags by dragging their title.

Separate modules

I have written two separate modules for AdiBags:

Tips & tricks

  • you can create your own sections using the “manual filter” in filter configuration. You can then drag and drop items on section titles to reassign them ; this works for any section.
  • if you want to highlight new items without putting them into a specific section, edit the “new items” filter priority to put it at the end of the filter list.

Known issues

  • New items detection does not work like it did before 1.8: Ihis is normal. I switched to the NewItems API that Blizzard has added in patch 6.0. This API does not work for bank nor items coming from the bank or the mailbox, but it does not having the timing issue my code had.
  • Opening the bank or closing my bag cause lag spike: this is an know issue with Blizzard bag sorting. For now, it is called every time you close your bag with auto-sorting enabled. I am working on a solution to sort bags only if their content actually changed.
  • Protected action/addon blocked error: they sometimes happen with AdiBags. Even though my effort, I can not reproduce these. Blizzard taint reports are very buggy, often blaming the wrong addon. As such they are pretty much useless.
  • Please note that prospecting, disenchanting or milling can create new items (e.g. that were not in your inventory yet). This can cause the whole bag to be updated. In this case, the items that were under your mouse cursor may move around. There is no easy solution for this so be cautious.

Things that likely will not be implemented

Anything else than the existing “all-in-one” views

AdiBags has been built around, and optimized for, the idea of the “all-in-one” view. Doing anything would require to redesign big parts of the addons, especially the layout code that is quite complex at the first place.

Anything that requires to scan item tooltips

Tooltip scanning is quite CPU-consuming and above all requires asynchronous programming, since item tooltips would not always be available at the time AdiBags should use them. This would raise the complexity of bag filtering be an order of magnitude and turn AdiBags into a CPU hog.

Some examples what requires to scan the item tooltips:

  • detecting the kind and state of binding: unbound, soulbound, bind-on-pickup, bind-on-equip…
  • detecting already known spells/pets/recipes or faction/race/level/skill/class restrictions ; basically any “red text” in the tooltip.

Guild bank

AdiBags presents you a nice view of your bags but actually they are in a complete mess. With AdiBags, there is no need and no way to tidy up the items in the actual bags. Guilds usually try to keep their bank tidy. What would happen if some people in a guild used AdiBags for the guild bank ? Well, they would mess up the guild bank content and people NOT using AdiBags would have to deal with that mess. I can hear the screams from there. So that is why I will not implement guild bank.

Alt bags and bank

AdiBags is not an alt bags/bank viewer. If you want to keep track of what your alt owns, I suggest using an addon like BagSync.

Full bag skinning

Basic skinning is available using LibSharedMedia-1.0: you can choose the bag font, background and border, as well as the color.

Comprehensive in-game filter/section editor

According to my experience with Baggins, comprehensive editor is awful to write as an author and awful to use as an user. Hence I focus on creating filters that have a smart built-in behavior and only a few options. I try to avoid the 20% of features that would require 80% of development effort.

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  • Avatar of Narzual Narzual Aug 12, 2010 at 20:54 UTC - 0 likes

    No its not that hard but most of them that autosell greens and blues aswell have alot of junk that comes with it. If Adi feels there is no need to add my request to his/her mod then that is alright with me. It was just a feature request :D

  • Avatar of contrebasse contrebasse Aug 12, 2010 at 13:49 UTC - 0 likes

    @Narzual, is it so hard to install another add-on ? There's aready so many of them that auto sell gray items...

    Anyway, thant you for this great add-on, I couldn't live without it now !

    Author of ReagentMaker (tradeskill addon), Degaine and Sayit (RP addons)

  • Avatar of Narzual Narzual Aug 04, 2010 at 21:25 UTC - 0 likes

    Hi there this bag mod pretty much rules, I was wondering if you could put in the option to auto sell stuff that is in the junk section? That would be rad so I don't have to download another mod.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Avatar of MaddestMax78 MaddestMax78 Jul 30, 2010 at 03:00 UTC - 0 likes

    I just wanted to say that I think this is a fantastic addon. The only thing that keeps me from using it, is the lack of bank function. I mean the ability to compare what you have in your bag to what's in your bank. I understand you don't plan on coding that in. But I still thought you should hear some praise for your great work. It's very pretty, and the functionality is almost impeccable. Thanks for putting it together.

  • Avatar of Alyred Alyred Jul 28, 2010 at 21:13 UTC - 0 likes

    Agreed - Adibags has joined my list of essential addons, which Altoholic is also one of the primary members. Highly recommended.

    Adirelle, your bags addon is exemplary. Thank you for coding it and continuing to tweak it! I'm finding it hellish testing the beta without it. :)

    Last edited Jul 28, 2010 by Alyred
  • Avatar of zasy999 zasy999 Jul 19, 2010 at 19:37 UTC - 0 likes

    @Doe: I had to chuckle when I read your post (no disrespect intended). The reason being that the things you are requesting in regards to the tooltip info on how many item x is stored where and also remotely viewing the bank is exactly what's causing the lag spikes and memory useage in Arkinventory. To do what you are requesting requires the creation of a database of which items are stored where and therefore higher memory useage the more items you have etc. Adibags does not seem to do any of this, it simply "skins" and "sorts" only that what is already there ie. the bags. If the author were to implement such a feature I would like to see it as an option that could be completely disabled if so desired because the reason I switched from Arkinventory to this is because it is so lightweight and fast. If you have numerous alts may I suggest installing Altoholic, I use this with Adibags and they make a great pair, it will add the tooltip info you seek as well as, via altoholic itself, give you the possibility to view everything possible about not only your bank but all your alts information as well.

  • Avatar of Doe Doe Jul 17, 2010 at 23:09 UTC - 0 likes

    Currently been using for a month or two now, and i'm happy to say this is so far the best inventory addon I have used - its basically arkinventory minus the huge lag spikes and memory leaks :D

    I see you already have something in alpha in regards to creating custom sections (currently I just make a new armor set and reset the gear, then add potions and stuff to it - works just as well, as long as i dont run out of gear sets ). Would it be feasible to add a record of how many of x items you have. example.. you have 20 wool cloth in your inventory, it shows at the bottom of the tooltip '180' for 180 in bank, or 160 + 20 in bank, you know? something that lets you know what you have without having to run to your bank.

    Of course the ability to check your bank while not visiting it would be great too :D

    Last edited Jul 18, 2010 by Doe
  • Avatar of zasy999 zasy999 Jul 12, 2010 at 00:17 UTC - 0 likes

    Awesome bag addon, I know you state you will likely not do a "guild bank" part but that would be great, the current guild bank view compared to the personal bags looks so horrid, big, unorganized and not searchable :( For those of us who use the guild bank often or even have our own guild bank with multiple tabs it would make life so much easier. Otherwise, I like how lighweight it is and it just works perfect "right out of the box", thanks!

  • Avatar of Alyred Alyred Jul 09, 2010 at 23:14 UTC - 0 likes

    Fantastic! Can't wait to try it out tonight. :)


  • Avatar of Adirelle Adirelle Jul 08, 2010 at 09:49 UTC - 0 likes

    @Alyred: latest alpha has some goodies in that way.


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