New Standalone CurseForge Client - Manage Addons without the Overwolf App
Early this morning,
that they had completed the long dreaded deprecation of the original Twitch API, a contentious change
impacting third-party addon managers
which used this access to download popular CurseForge mods. In light of community feedback however, they've also launched a brand new standalone CurseForge client for managing addons independent of the Overwolf app!
We take community feedback seriously. Many of the community members voiced their preference for a leaner approach to managing mods. We’ve taken this into consideration and developed a standalone version of the CurseForge app on Windows, based on Electron, which you can download
Getting to the standalone app is a little misleading however, as the link in the article directs to the main download page for the Overwolf app. In order to get the standalone version, you'll want to scroll down to
CurseForge download options
CurseForge Standalone (Alpha)
from the drop down menu instead - or
use this direct download link
. Currently in Alpha, this client only supports Windows and World of Warcraft addons.
Ignore the "recommendation" and download the standalone version if you only want to manage addons without all the extra Overwolf functionality.
Once actually installed, the app is very straightforward and works much like you'd expect - updating addons without Overwolf's overlay or other frills. Updating is as simple as clicking a button, with a separate section for searching the CurseForge repository to download other addons. If downloaded and installed correctly, it should run independently and without the Overwolf application.
The settings include closing the app completely on exit and some currently greyed out privacy options.
Of course, if you're still not interested in using CurseForge or anything associated with Overwolf, other options still remain.
WowUp already released a guide preparing its users for the turnover
, using alternative mod repositories on Wago.io, WowInterface, Github, and the WowUpHub. Not every addon can be found there though, as some remain exclusive to Curse until their authors decide to host them elsewhere. For those, downloading and installing the addon manually is a very simple process that can be done with minimal effort and typically only needs to be done whenever there's a new patch or major update.
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