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 Alyred Alyred Jul 06, 2010 at 07:27 UTC - 0 likes

    I know you don't want to get into working a full filter/section editor, but since we can do manual filtering by dragging, could you make a note to implement a way to make our own section headers and remove them in the manual filtering section? Probably some simple implementation of it would work nicely.

  • Avatar of Talyrius Talyrius Jun 20, 2010 at 03:10 UTC - 0 likes

    It's faster to do it in batches. Disable half of your addons and check to see if it still happening. Disable a few more and check again.

  • Avatar of Lainea Lainea Jun 20, 2010 at 02:39 UTC - 0 likes

    Yeah, i realised that after I posted :) I will do it soon, when i have a spare moment, and let you know. Best to disable one at a time, yes?

  • Avatar of Talyrius Talyrius Jun 20, 2010 at 02:35 UTC - 0 likes

    The whole point of disabling your other addons is to identify which addon is causing the problem. Once you know which addon is responsible, it might be possible to fix it.

  • Avatar of Lainea Lainea Jun 20, 2010 at 01:55 UTC - 0 likes

    I disable bagnon, thinking there might have been a conflict there, but it still did it. I would rather not disable all my addons just to solve this small problem. I will try disabling tho, and if it works, i guess i will just not use this addon :(

  • Avatar of Talyrius Talyrius Jun 20, 2010 at 00:41 UTC - 0 likes


    That sounds very strange, indeed. As far as I know, this problem is unique to you. Maybe there is a conflict with another addon. Have you tried disabling all of your addons except for AdiBags to see if it still happens?

  • Avatar of Lainea Lainea Jun 20, 2010 at 00:34 UTC - 0 likes

    Hi, Im new to using adibags, and i have one issue. I'm not sure if it's been covered here already, i scanned right back through the last 4 or so pages of comments and couldn't find anything. When I am at the bank (and not when i just open my inventory), all of my bag screens open, including the old bank window and bags window. They all overlap each other and i cant see much of anything. The only solution i found is to scale the old WoW bags down as small as possible and make them transparent. How do i make it so that they dont open at all when I am using the bank?

    (and if i could figure out how to put in a screen shot, i would show you what i mean :D ) lol

  • Avatar of Talyrius Talyrius Jun 14, 2010 at 00:57 UTC - 0 likes

    I can't imagine how you could like Blizzard's bank implementation while disliking the backpack's. That's pretty much an oxymoron.

  • Avatar of deleted_2387289 deleted_2387289 Jun 13, 2010 at 23:12 UTC - 0 likes

    Is there a way to disable the bank portion of the addon? I want to use Adibags for my backpack but prefer Blizz's default ui for the bank.

  • Avatar of KAPMA KAPMA Jun 10, 2010 at 15:17 UTC - 0 likes

    So what really is missing this addon is to maintain mappings between rejoining of new things in the game.


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