Rest In Peace: files.wowace and WowAceUpdater

As I'm sure many of you have heard or scene today marks the day where these services have been discontinued.

Rest in Peace

Today has marked the day where this page has been officially discontinued in favor of the newer systems that have recently been deployed.

While I know not everyone is happy over the changed we're going through and the current state of them I want everyone to know that what has happened has had to happen. I apologize that we didn't have enough time to get everything 100% right, but we're working as hard as we can across the board to make things right. It however is an uphill fight.

For those who don't know....

A few months ago I posted a long forum post outlining the current state of WowAce and what had to be done to allow the services to continue. I talked to authors and users alike trying to come up with the best solutions possible. And now we're here.

It's been a glorious if bumpy ride. The success we've experienced on this page and the updater have been an amazing accident, and we weren't prepared for it.

A little over a year ago started subsidizing our servers, and for a time that was enough to get us through the worst of it. But we just kept growing.

Things reached a critical mass during 2.4. We filled up the entirety of the 1 gigabit connection we where using and ended up pushing out more than 300GB an hour. With more than 500k users downloading updates for every small change things just couldn't keep up financially.

So that leads us to today.

In Closing

We encourage all users who are looking for updates for their addons to head over to and look around. If you're looking for Beta and or Alpha releases and are part of our testing community please join us on the new site.

If you're used to using WowAceUpdater or one of the other third party clients that used this page we encourage you to try out the new Curse Client. It's not as polished as we'd like and it will certainly receive a lot more work here in the new future.

The above text appeared this morning on

I do this with a heavy heart in many ways, but it has to be done, and not is all lost for there is much to be excited about as well. We have an exciting opportunity to reforge out past mistakes into something amazing. No it will not be pleasant, but yes we will succeed.

I'm constantly amazed by our community and I ask you all one simple question.

We're taking one step back so that we may take two steps forward, will you walk with me?

Curse Client

Curse Client for Mac

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  • Avatar of PalaCro PalaCro Oct 16, 2008 at 07:37 UTC - 0 likes

    This news hited me like a truck last night when I tried to get new addons. I am so sad atm. Have been using Ace for God knows how long now, lurking on forums, finding ways to upgrade my UI.

    Curse updater is not even close to WAU, functionality is very low, working slow, no dependancy DL options... etc.

    And, Yes! I will walk with you!

  • Avatar of deleted_112261 deleted_112261 Oct 16, 2008 at 03:18 UTC - 0 likes

    Goodbye WAU - Hello greed.


  • Avatar of Admore Admore Oct 15, 2008 at 22:00 UTC - 0 likes

    You guys have always done a great job with ACE, which, for me, has been the class of WOW add ons. I understand your reasons for changing. It's one thing to offer a development framework and mod support site as a labor of love, its another to funnel cash into it as well.

    I know it must not seem a priority to update Mac PPC architecture for the curse updater, but if you can, please do it. There are more players out there than you probably suppose. Blizzard has always supported macs, and for that reason nearly every mac owner has a Blizzard game or 3. In the meantime, is there a pointer to direct downloads? Going through Curse's clicks to get one simple add on is absurd - obviously they want to push the updater, but right now its killing PPC users...

  • Avatar of legine legine Oct 15, 2008 at 19:03 UTC - 0 likes

    It is a surprise to me. I understand the reasons, and I am happy that you done such a wonderfull work for this time.

    I hope maybe in future there will be nice aced addons. Whereever I get them.

    Have Fun!!!

    Peter P.S.: If there is an ace subscription for some money, please contact me I would gladly pay some bucks for the crafty work and an exclusive access to the download area files.

    ) Sry that I usually dont honor your work with reading Forums. I just dont have time.
  • Avatar of Seerah Seerah Oct 15, 2008 at 18:26 UTC - 0 likes

    No, it's not a surprise. A change has been needed for years. And this specific change was in planning and discussion with the community for months before it happened.

    And asking for donations didn't work. Don't you think things like that were thought of already?

    Just because *you* didn't see it coming does not mean that there were not warnings, discussions, planning, etc. They can't go to your door and tell it to you in your face.

  • Avatar of Shadoweric Shadoweric Oct 15, 2008 at 16:52 UTC - 0 likes

    Mudvin, there have been plenty of warnings and discussions regarding this in the past. This isn't a surprise.

  • Avatar of Mudvin Mudvin Oct 15, 2008 at 16:29 UTC - 0 likes

    Man, from one side im understand your problem, but damn, could you just make a page like this with something like "gief $10 or i will close in 1 month" written with 100-pixel font? I mean, why close without any warning at all? :( Any chances you will make this running again?

    PS: And yes, Curse want money for their client, it sucks, and their site sucks. It doesnt even works atm - it doesnt see any single addon on my system...


  • Avatar of CrazyPyrex CrazyPyrex Oct 15, 2008 at 15:53 UTC - 0 likes

    Now that the old WAU is defunct, how do I get rid of it? Are there instructions on how to un-install it from Vista somewhere?

  • Avatar of xpyder xpyder Oct 15, 2008 at 14:20 UTC - 0 likes

    I actually rather like the curse client, it recognizes most of my addons and for anything else I want to install there's a link on the right hand side of the page that adds it.

    I've only run into one major problem so far, most of the addons that the curse client downloads are the -nolib versions. what this means is that all those dependencies that the addons need don't get downloaded. any way to make downloading/installing them easier? is there a "Dependency Crawler" program out there that will tell me what I'm missing? food for thought.

  • Avatar of KanadiaN KanadiaN Oct 15, 2008 at 13:05 UTC - 0 likes

    well that just sucks, I hate curse. but on the good side I must now take the time to say thanks. it was great while it lasted