Shadowed Unit Frames

Another example

SUF focuses on a simple configuration while maintaining the flexibility that most users will care about, preventing unnecessary bloating of the addon that sacrifices performance. While you aren't going to be able to set the health bar to be exactly 3.14 pixels outside of the unit frames, you can change options you actually care about such as bar height, ordering, frame height and so on. To speed up configuration, you can configure multiple units at the same time through the global configuration. For example, if you want to set the height of the Player, Target, Focus and Party frames to 50 then the height of Target's Target, Target's Target of Target, Focus Target to 30 you can easily do this by changing two options instead of having to do it seven times.

However, should you need a little bit of extra configuration do not despair! An advanced option is included that will unlock additional configuration giving finer control over the configuration.

Slash commands: /shadoweduf (/suf)

Donations are not required, but are appreciated!

Are you driven crazy by your party frames not aligning up exactly with your player frames, even if it's only half a pixel off? The anchoring system will let you solve all alignment issues, by allowing you to anchor a frame to another and set a simple offset from the frame it is anchored to, or by manually setting the X/Y position of the frame.

Using the screen shot as an example, if you drag the player frame the other frames will move with the player frame preserving the alignment and spacing. Each frame can still be manually positioned wherever you want, but this gives you a way of easily anchoring and moving frames around without having to use a ruler.

Zone configuration (Disabling options/units by zone type)
Units and modules can be enabled or disabled based on the type of zone you are in. For example, if you want to see party targets and party pets while you are in an arena but nowhere else then you can use the visibility options to enable it only while inside an arena. Modules can also be disabled by zone type, if you want to see party auras while in a raid instance but nowhere else you can disable the module in raid instances only.

Profiles do not have to be swapped and it is all automatic.

Supports unit frames are as follows:

Player: Player, Pet, Pet Target
General: Target, Target of Target, Target of Target of Target, Focus, Focus Target
Party: Party, Party Pets, Party Targets, Party ToT
Raid: Raid, Raid Pet, Main Tank, Main Tank Target, Main Assist, Main Assist Target, Boss, Boss Target, Boss ToT, Main Assist ToT, Main Tank ToT
Arena: Arena, Arena Target, Arena Pets, Arena ToT
Battleground: Battleground, Battleground Target, Battleground Target


  • Tags: Includes a simple tagging system that can be customized in virtually any way using Lua, even if something isn't included by default odds are you can make the tags
  • Incoming Heals: Supports the Blizzard Events for incoming heal data, no external libraries needed
  • Auras: Can be set to only show auras you casted, or can cast on others. Can enlarge auras that you casted, and hide the cooldown ring on the timers of auras you didn't cast as well to make it more obvious which ones you casted and which ones you didn't
  • Aura Timers: You will need a mod such as OmniCC to show timers on buffs and debuffs
  • Aura Indicators: Display colored squares or icons for certain auras on any unit
  • Fader: Fades frames when out of combat and inactive (100% mana/no target)
  • Class Power (Eclipse, Holy Power, etc): Supports all of the class power features from Eclipse to Burning Embers.
  • Highlighting: Border highlighting of frames based on mousing over them, curable debuffs, aggro or you are targeting/focusing them
  • Range Checking: Fades frames out that are out of range of you
  • Exportable Layouts: If you have a layout, or your friend has a layout you want to try out you can export/import SUF layouts by going to /suf -> Layout Manager
  • Profiles: You can change from any profile to another one without reloading your UI, should you want to use a completely different layout based on zone you can easily switch profiles without hassle

Pretty much all the general unit frame settings are in, health bars, cast bars, power bars, portraits, indicators and so on.

Basic module support is included, should you be interested in building a module see the documentation on github for more information.

Currently released:


Please focus all discussions, questions or general feedback to the forum thread:

For feature requests and bug reports, please continue to use the Ticket tracker. Feel free to ask on the thread first, if you're unsure what to do!

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  • Avatar of Shadowed Shadowed Oct 22, 2012 at 05:24 UTC - 0 likes

    I kind of doubt it, but if you have them anyway then sure. Maybe I'll somehow see something different.

    The alt power setup is a very ugly API. Unfortunately, if the color is embedded in a texture, then coloring it isn't going to happen. Maybe I'll decide to just change the texture itself, but I don't like that since the textures will have variable heights different from the alt power bar.

  • Avatar of tliff tliff Oct 21, 2012 at 23:16 UTC - 0 likes

    Just checked it.

    No useful RGB data in the table. Looks like Blizzard went with a texture for this. Seems like an ugly API.

    I'll have to crop the screenshots tomorrow and will post them if they are of any use to you.

    Last edited Oct 22, 2012 by tliff
  • Avatar of Shadowed Shadowed Oct 21, 2012 at 19:52 UTC - 0 likes

    tliff: There's one more bit of data I need.

    During the fight when the bar shows up, run:

    /script = {}; for _, id in pairs({0, 1, 2, 3, 4}) do local p, r, g, b = UnitAlternatePowerTextureInfo("player", id);[id] = {path = p, r = r, g = g, b = b}; end; print("Recorded")

    If you see "Recorded" then it worked.

    Once the fight is over, run:


    And screenshot the results and post it here. Then I can give you an answer if it's possible or not.

  • Avatar of Shadowed Shadowed Oct 21, 2012 at 19:20 UTC - 0 likes

    baklak: Blizzards issue, all UFs have this problem.

    lerdeder: There isn't, just disable the range checker.

  • Avatar of baklak baklak Oct 21, 2012 at 06:58 UTC - 0 likes

    Hi there i am new to Shadowed Unit Frames and so far i love it but have a problem. I can't "set focus" on targets. not sure where to enable this but when i don't load the addon i can use "set focus" it is on the menu. when Shadowed Unit Frames is loaded i don't have "set focus" options.

    can you please help here? thanks

  • Avatar of lerdeder lerdeder Oct 20, 2012 at 18:11 UTC - 0 likes

    I just started a Warrior and I notice that due to range check, when I am in combat with a mob unless I am 8-25 yards away, my target's frame is faded out. This is due to the functionality of the mod checking for charge as a harmful spell. Problem being as melee I am always on top of things for the most part, so my target's bar is always faded out. Of course, unless I am 8-25 yards away. I'd love to disable this somehow but still keep range check for things like charge or heroic throw at it's max as opposed to it's minimum requirement. Any ideas?

    Surely Warrior's are not expected to play with a faded out target bar.

  • Avatar of tliff tliff Oct 19, 2012 at 18:06 UTC - 0 likes

    playerframe with the default blizzard altpower bar behind it

  • Avatar of Shadowed Shadowed Oct 19, 2012 at 04:42 UTC - 0 likes

    tliff: Give me a screenshot of the bar and I'll tell you. It's very unlikely just because of how terribly Blizzard laid out the API for alt power, but a screenshot will confirm either way.

    Timanel: Unlock the frames

    lerdeder: You'll have to work it out yourself, it's not really something I directly support.

  • Avatar of tliff tliff Oct 18, 2012 at 17:07 UTC - 0 likes

    Is it possible to have the Alternate Power Bar color be the color of the Blizzard alternate power bar? I only found an option to set a specific color.

    This would be convenient for stone guard for example where the alternate power bar is colored differently depending on the active mob.

  • Avatar of Timanel Timanel Oct 18, 2012 at 14:57 UTC - 0 likes

    Hey there,

    Starting to use SUF now and I can't find any option to preview the frames. For example, I'm configuring the boss frames but the only way I can see it working is... pulling a raid boss.

    Is it possible to preview the unit frames while configuring?



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