How To Use The Twitch App With WoW Addons

With the release of World of Warcraft Classic, there has been a renewed interest in the 15 year old game. There are now more streamers now than there were for Burning Crusade and the game is in something of a Renaissance. Streaming wasn’t really a thing when WoW was first released back in 2004 and now it is, using Twitch with WoW addons can be a little problematic.


You could argue that addons have no place in a game that is supposed to take you back to how it originally appeared all those years ago. Yet some of those addons are so useful that you really cannot game without them. I’m looking at you AtlasLoot, Recount, TomTom, Bartender and others.

Originally, you would go to Curse or wherever and load the addons directly on your computer. Now Twitch offers to help with addons, things can get a little complicated.

Using Twitch with WoW addons

These addons work seamlessly in World of Warcraft but some of them don’t play nice with Twitch. If you want to stream your gameplay, you may need to do some troubleshooting first. This guide will walk you through some common situations and offer tips for solving the issues that arise.

The desktop version of Twitch seems to work okay but if you use the app, things are not so rosy. These are some fixes we know to work with the Twitch app until it is fixed properly. For all this to work properly, you must use Curse for your addons. Other repositories like WowHead or WowInterface will not work with Twitch.

Addons not appearing in the Twitch app

If you go into the Mods section of Twitch and nothing appears, you may have Twitch pointed to the wrong folder. You can manually delete the link within Twitch so it refreshes to point to the correct destination and everything should then be visible in the app.

  1. Open Twitch on your device.
  2. Select the three line menu icon and select Help.
  3. Select About Twitch and select the Client Folder icon.
  4. Navigate to the GameInstances folder and delete the AddonGameInstance.json file.
  5. Shut down the app and restart it.

Twitch should rebuild the AddonGameInstance.json file so it points to the correct file with your addons. They should now appear in the Mods section.

Addons not appearing in WoW

If you used the Twitch app to install WoW addons and they are visible in the app but not in WoW, that’s a different problem. This can be down to multiple copies of Wow being installed on your device. If you have the full version, beta version and WoW Classic installed, there may be some confusion between versions.

Here’s how to fix it. You will need the Blizzard app or website to do this.

  1. Open the Blizzard app or log into your account on the website.
  2. Select Settings and Game Install/Update.
  3. Select the correct version you’re playing with Twitch and note the folder location.
  4. Switch to the Twitch app and select Mods.
  5. Select the gear icon to access Settings.
  6. Select the Game Specific tab and select Your Games.
  7. Select World of Warcraft and make sure it matches what you found in Step 3.

Chances are there was a difference between what Twitch had listed and the location of the WoW instance you’re playing. Once corrected everything should line up and display properly.

Addons disappearing in Twitch

I have also heard people complain about addons they added through Twitch disappearing completely. This is more annoying as it requires you to add them all over again. If you’re experiencing this, the fix is the same as when addressing the addons not appearing in the Twitch app.

  1. Open Twitch, select the three line menu icon and select Help.
  2. Select About Twitch and select the Client Folder icon.
  3. Navigate to the GameInstances folder and delete AddonGameInstance.json.
  4. Shut down the app and restart it.

Once the app reloads, you may need to go back to Curse to add them again. Once added, they shouldn’t disappear any longer. If they do, repeat the above to fix them once more.

If you’re experiencing other issues with addons you got through Twitch, you may need to uninstall the app altogether. I would only suggest this as a very last resort as it will require you to install and set up Twitch. While your streams and channels will all be retained, you will have to set up any customizations you have and maybe even add your WoW addons all over again.

Know of any other fixes for issues with the Twitch app and WoW addons? Tell us about them below if you do!