X-Perl UnitFrames

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This project is inactive and its default file will likely not work with the most recent version of World of Warcraft. The author may have abandoned it, or it may have outlived its usefulness.

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 Lazare Lazare Oct 26, 2014 at 18:53 UTC - 0 likes

    Trying to figure out why X-Perl is not saving per account versus per toon (the check box for per character is NOT checked). Any ideas? Just want to have one default setting for all my toons (and actually have a setting called Default). TIA

  • Avatar of PlayerLin PlayerLin Oct 26, 2014 at 04:28 UTC - 0 likes

    @codebluern: Go

    Resike was try commit the r879 but he think he can't fully control the whole project since Zek abandoned his addons but still login after months for reasons, and Zek(or whoever still do login the account for keeping get profits since X-Perl's large download amounts) didn't care Resike's PM about this taken-over the project on some months ago(Resike is not interest about as maintainer only for let Zek still get donates and profits, I guess), and now we're on hold since nobody want to maintain X-Perl......just wait...

    PS: Doing donates in Curse is only let Zek get the profits from it, but not other maintainers(unless Zek do want give profits to other but I never heard it happened and Zek never give a shit, never post here or do something at all.)

    Last edited Oct 26, 2014 by PlayerLin
  • Avatar of codebluern codebluern Oct 26, 2014 at 03:51 UTC - 0 likes

    So, I came on to confirm that Xperl is not being updated before I make the super painful move to another UI, but see Oct 18,2014 as last update? So is someone updating this for expansion and the patch?

  • Avatar of Nexfero Nexfero Oct 21, 2014 at 08:14 UTC - 0 likes

    Can someone explain to me what custom highlight does exactly, also what addon enables assist view?

  • Avatar of PlayerLin PlayerLin Oct 20, 2014 at 10:27 UTC - 0 likes

    @shinjuru: Go

    Read the damned description please. :p

    The download link on this main page and Curse one are the "latest Release" one, which is out-dated v3.7.5(r860) from 2013.

    Please go to the files page(ignore Curse one unless you're using Curse Client, and select to get alpha/beta versions, until we pushed the next one release version), and get the "latest alpha" version.

  • Avatar of shinjuru shinjuru Oct 20, 2014 at 01:25 UTC - 0 likes

    The download link on this main page http://www.wowace.com/addons/xperl/ shows an older 2013 version. So does the Curse link on this same page http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/xperl

  • Avatar of PlayerLin PlayerLin Oct 19, 2014 at 02:03 UTC - 2 likes

    Looks like we have volunteer for continue updating the poor X-Perl...


    Thanks, Resike. :D

  • Avatar of PlayerLin PlayerLin Oct 17, 2014 at 12:04 UTC - 0 likes

    @Takkero: Go

    Well, if no one ever try to help then that's it... :(

  • Avatar of Takkero Takkero Oct 16, 2014 at 18:52 UTC - 0 likes

    so we must use another UI because noone update this anymore? GG!

  • Avatar of PlayerLin PlayerLin Oct 16, 2014 at 16:35 UTC - 0 likes

    @Asixandur: Go

    Oh damn, I'm afraid this shit, again...... :(

    Well, good luck to you, too.

    Last edited Oct 16, 2014 by PlayerLin


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Aug 31, 2008
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GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
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X-Perl UnitFrames
Recent files
  • A: r882 for 7.0.3 Sep 07, 2016
  • 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



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