X-Perl UnitFrames

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Main Frames

Patch 6.0.3 compatibility and future of X-Perl

Use latest alpha from WoWAce for using in Patch 6.0.3


May still has problems but for most cases it should be working(at least was tested on beta), if not, clearing old setting by killing(and backup) XPerlxxxxxxx.lua in the WTF directory of your WoW installlation and try again with fresh new default setting, thanks your patience.

If still someone want to help Zeksie for he earns his donates from X-Perl then that's fine for Zek and X-Perl, but seems like it's time to cut him out as no one want to help X-Perl anymore (as many of users already heard about the mess of this poor addon), I guess.

I don't know X-Perl will still be continue or not(it's highly possible it won't be, as the new maintainer Resike continued the developing and forked to Z-Perl, and he said he won't abandon his addons), I won't force everyone should must to use Resike's one at this point, as his Z-Perl isn't stable yet, and for some reasons, I don't think he want to port his fixes back to X-Perl as he knows about how Zek did about his addons and everyone who helped Zek to maintaining this poor addon...and, of course...X-Perl may broken again when next time Blizzard's patches released..... /sigh

(At this point, I won't force everyone who used X-Perl to go Z-Perl until it's more stable than now, feel free to use Z-Perl or other Unitframe addons if you want, and do NOT hold your breathe about X-Perl too much, too. I already lost my hope on X-Perl, at least I can trust Resike and Z-Perl now...)


PlayerLin - Maintainer of X-Perl but not a proper skilled coder, just a locale translator and do some shitty PRs. :(

Bug Reporting

Please use the Ticketing System on WoWAce Here and avoid posting bugs using comments on Curse because they're difficult to track and they will probably get lost.

Use a good error catcher (like BugSack from files.wowace.com) and provide the full error text, and give as much information as possible to recreate the problem. Don't assume We know what you're talking about with some three word report.


Perl, with Extra stuff. Much enchanced from Nymbia's Perl UnitFrames, and a complete replacement for Blizzard's default unit frames, including raid frames and raid tools, with little remaining of the original Nymbia code.

  • Range Finder (combined with optional health check and/or debuff check) for all frames based on spell or item range test.
  • HoT Monitor will highlight units clearly that have ''your own'' active Heal over Time spells. Regardless of how many other heal over time buffs are on the raid members, you can keep track of your own ones and when they expire.
  • Debuff Highlighting in standard debuff colours on all friendly frames. Priority given to show debuffs that ''you'' can cure first.
  • Raid Frames, buff icons, MT list units and some other portions or X-Perl are Created on demand. Saving a lot of time and memory at system startup. Defering the creation of many parts of X-Perl to when they are actually required. And of course, most often outside of raids they are never required and are never created.
  • Raid Target icon support for Target, Target's Target, MT Targets.
  • Raid Tooltip will show combat rezzers available (druids with Rebirth ready (or very soon available) and any normal rezzers out of combat) if you bring up tooltip of a dead person.
  • In-combat indicators for all units.
  • 3D Portraits for player, pet, target, focus, party. Optional. Of course this may degrade your framerate somewhat because you are displaying more 3D character models that without this option. But some like it pretty, and it does look cool.
  • Red and Green combat flashes for frames when player, pet, target, party, partypets, raid take damage/heals. Useful indication of things happening.
  • Added '''time left''' on party member/target buffs/debuffs when in a raid, these depend somewhat on CTRA sending appropriate information over the addon channel, although some of it can be determined at run time by X-Perl, when a player gets a buff for example, we know how long it should last, and therefor when it should expire.
  • Totally new options window including all X-Perl options and access via minimap icon and the /xperl splash command.
  • Configurable colours for borders and backgrounds. Including class coloured names, and configurable reaction colours.

Much care has been taken with code size, memory load, memory usage per cycle and so on. LuaProfiler/OnEvent mods used extensively and regularly to ensure that X-Perl does not do more work than is absolutely necessary.

Assists View

Will show anyone from raid assising you with your target, and can also show healers or all plus known enemies targetting you.

Tooltips for the same also available (on player and target frames) if you prefer to not use the main window.

MT Targets

Replaces CTRA MT Targets window, and doubles as a replacement for the Perl RaidFrames warrior targets.

Indicator shows which target you are on.

Frames will be coloured to show if tanks have duplicate targets.

Casting Monitor


Shows selected classes (defaults to healer classes) in a list (much like the MT List), but with some differences.

Shows mana bars and cast bars on left. Their targets on right. Health bar as normal, but a secondary small red bar on targets which shows the maximum single hit this unit has received since entering combat. The secondary bar will extend downwards from their current HP level down to as far as zero.

A green name on the targets indicates this is the same target that you have. You can click on casters or their targets as expected.

For druids, right clicking on a caster will cast Innervate on them.

For shamans, right clicking on a caster will cast Mana Tide Totem. Check the * indicator to see if they're in your group.

All bars can be re-sized in X-Perl main options (Monitor section).

Totals can be toggled (from the 'T' minibutton at top of frame) which gives overview of raid mana status.

Raid Admin


Save/Load raid roster setups Only does direct save and load for the moment, but more to come (templates and such).

Item Check

Replacement for /raitem /radur /raresist /rareg. Use the old commands before, or drop items in the left item list.

Query button will perform /raitem on all ticked items (query always includes dur and resists) and you can then view and review all the results whenever, without having to re-query each item.

Includes everyone in raid, so you don't have to work out who doesn't have items, it'll list them with 0 instead of no entry.

Active Scanner to check raid member's equipment for the item selected. So you can be sure that people actually have the item worn (Onyxia Cloak for example), without having to go round single target inspecting everyone who 'forgot' to install CTRA for the 50th raid in a row.

Grim Reaper

Removed from X-Perl, but continues as it's own standalone Ace mod.


More Buffing Features

Can be found in my new universal buffing mod, ZOMGBuffs


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  • Avatar of typhrus typhrus Aug 05, 2009 at 16:36 UTC - 0 likes

    Just got this error, i tried deleting my old xperl folder's and replacing them with the new ones but still error msg:

    Message: Usage: GameTooltip:SetUnitBuff("unit", [index] or ["name", "rank"][, "filter"]) Time: 08/06/09 02:35:36 Count: 16 Stack: [string "Interface\FrameXML\BasicControls.xml:<Scrip..."]:18: in function <[string "Interface\FrameXML\BasicControls.xml:<Scrip..."]:4> [C]: ? [C]: ? [C]: in function `SetUnitBuff' ...rface\AddOns\XPerl_PlayerBuffs\XPerl_PlayerBuffs.lua:381: in function <...rface\AddOns\XPerl_PlayerBuffs\XPerl_PlayerBuffs.lua:377>

    Locals: (*temporary) = GameTooltip { updateTooltip = 0.00099998693913222 0 = <userdata> comparing = false hasMoney = 1 shoppingTooltips = <table> { } numStatusBars = 1 SetUnitDebuff = <function> defined =[C]:-1 SetUnitBuff = <function> defined =[C]:-1 shownStatusBars = 0 numMoneyFrames = 1 SetUnitAura = <function> defined =[C]:-1 } (*temporary) = nil (*temporary) = 2

  • Avatar of Grilor Grilor Aug 05, 2009 at 15:02 UTC - 0 likes

    got this on the newest release:

    X-Perl UnitFrames - Failed to load X-Perl Options (nil)

    not sure what that means if any thing

  • Avatar of drnez drnez Aug 05, 2009 at 14:46 UTC - 0 likes

    Thanks for updating this for 3.2. But I'm getting the following error on startup:

    Date: 2009-08-05 10:42:06
    ID: -5
    Error occured in: Global
    Count: 1
    Message: ..\AddOns\XPerl\XPerl_Globals.lua line 457:
       attempt to concatenate local 'reason' (a nil value)
       (tail call): ?
       XPerl\XPerl_Init.lua:154: XPerl_pcall()
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      XPerl, v3.0.4a
  • Avatar of MandyRaskal MandyRaskal Jul 22, 2009 at 16:47 UTC - 0 likes

    Hi There :D I have enjoyed this mod for quite a long time, but recently my Death Knight's runes have not been showing up. The rune frame is there, but it is just an empty box underneath her health/runic power. Now, I should say that I do not load all of the components of the addon, so could you tell me which folder has the rune information is in? I am currently not loading party or raid frames as I use grid for these purposes. I'm wondering if that is part of the problem. Thanks in advance!

  • Avatar of Sietelle Sietelle Jul 04, 2009 at 02:59 UTC - 0 likes

    Is there a way of fixing the target/ToT frames from getting placed randomly on different characters or resetting Xperl to eliminate this problem from reoccurring? I've asked about this a few times and it seems like it is only happening to me; please PM me some kind of response about this, it is still really bothersome and the only reason I haven't switched is because I'm just too used to this addon to be as effective with another.

  • Avatar of Nugen Nugen Jul 03, 2009 at 20:42 UTC - 0 likes

    I'm also looking for the option that stackrouse is asking for. I'm a healer and raid a lot thus using the raidframes very much, and whenever I step into a 5-man instance my UI completely changes because I have to use the party frame. I would love to be able to use the raidframes even in regular 5-man instances / party's. Thanks for a great addon, X-perl rocks!

  • Avatar of questarey questarey Jul 02, 2009 at 21:48 UTC - 0 likes

    alright :( tnx markus

  • Avatar of sir-markus sir-markus Jul 01, 2009 at 06:55 UTC - 0 likes

    @questarey I had the same problem. and sadly for you: only reseting worked for me. but be sure to make a save of you current settings

  • Avatar of questarey questarey Jun 28, 2009 at 15:19 UTC - 0 likes

    Its a bit late but i'd hoped for an update to come :P Since r296 my totemframes wont work at all anymore. Also not if i use an older version. It just stand somewhere when i log in, and when i wanna drag it it just disappears.. Im not really into resetting it all and rearrange everything, so i hope its the addon and not me :P cheers, questarey

  • Avatar of thewildcard thewildcard Jun 28, 2009 at 14:41 UTC - 0 likes

    Is the hud ever coming back? I really liked the look of it.


Date created
Aug 31, 2008
Last update
Mar 08, 2015
Development stage
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GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
Recent files
  • A: r881 for 6.0.3 Mar 08, 2015
  • A: r880 for 6.0.3 Mar 08, 2015
  • A: r879 for 6.0.2 Oct 18, 2014
  • A: r878 for 6.0.1 Sep 24, 2014
  • A: r876 for 6.0.1 Sep 15, 2014



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