It’s ready

Gar UI Updated

I still need to update my screenshots and description, but I didn’t want to keep you waiting any longer. Click on the image above to go directly to the download page.

Be sure to open the ReadMe.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please post them in the comments below.

Quick and Easy Install Instructions

  1. Download the package from WoWInterface and extract it to your desktop.
  2. Navigate to your WoW directory.
  3. * * * IMPORTANT * * * Drag your existing WTF and Interface folders out onto your desktop. This step allows you to keep a backup of your existing UI.
  4. Copy and Paste or simply drag the contents of the GarUI package into your WoW directory. I recommend copy/paste just in case you need to start over for any reason.
  5. Open your WTF backup folder and copy/paste or drag/drop your into the GarUI WTF folder. This isn’t abolutely necessary, but it allows you to retain many of your in-game settings (e.g., camera distance, mouse settings, etc…).
  6. Drill down through the contents of the WTF folder, renaming the generic folder labels as you go.
  7. Log into your WoW account.
  8. Click on the AddOns tab on the character screen, then make sure Load Out of Date AddOns is checked.
  9. Log in with the character who’s going to try on my UI.
  10. type in: /reflux switch GarUI

A couple of install screenshots to further illustrate…

Gar UI AddOns

Reflux switch

Gar UI

At this point, the UI should be configured more or less. You’ll likely have to move the chat frame manually. To do this, just hover over it, then right-click on the General tab and click Unlock Window. Move and resize the chat frame as needed.

The UI is set up to work out-of-the-box for 1920×1200 resolution monitors, with the UI scale slider at this position…

Gar UI Scale

In my tests, I found that my Unit Frames needed a little kick in the ass in order to get them to their designated location. To be sure they’re positioned as intended…

  1. Type: /suf
  2. Go to the Profiles tab
  3. Select Default from the Existing Profiles drop-down, then switch it back to GarUI.
  4. Unit frames should reposition slightly.

If you’re not running at 1920×1200, then you’ll probably need to adjust things a bit. One thing you’ll need to tinker with is KGPanels. Nearly all of the panels are parented to their respective addons, so if you reposition an addon, the panel will follow. If you need to adjust the size or position…

  • type in: /kgpanels config
  • navigate to the panel you need to adjust, then nudge it with the config settings.

KG Panels Config

I hope you like the UI! I’ll try my best to answer any questions you may have, but hopefully this post gets you up and running.


Gar UI in a raid

121 thoughts on “It’s ready”

  1. I really want to try this UI out but every time I try to install it I end up having issues.. My screen never looks like it should after installation. Maybe you can tell me what I am doing wrong? I was tryin to include a screenshot after installation but I cant seem to do that either. Thanks in advance.

    • If you want to resize only the bars:

      Type: /bt4
      On the left, click on Bar 1, Bar 2, etc… On the right, drag the Scale slider to where it works for you.

      To make everything a bit bigger you go into your game menu, then Video options, select the Advanced option and adjust the UI Scale.

      Hope that helps.

  2. Hey Garwulf,

    First of all, thanks again for the awesome UI!

    I have a bit of a problem with the raidframes.
    I had to resize some things since i don’t play the reso that is intended.
    Now i can’t seem to move the raidframes inside the black box as you can see.

    Could you help me out please?


    Arnanu, Bladefist EU

  3. Thanks for an awesome update and tweak!

    The only disturbing thing in your otherwise flawless UI is the Blizzard raid frames tab to the left. Maybe you left it there for a reason but if not, you can disable it via SUF.

    • I’ll check that out Norm. I looked for a solution to that problem at the time, and the only thing I saw to do was run a macro after each login.

      I’ll check in SUF and see what I see.


  4. Thanks for the great UI.

    I had a hitch I had to debug that didn’t have anything to do with your config, but I thought I’d share it here in case others have had this problem.

    With the 4.0.1 upgrade KGPanels stopped working for me. No mater what I did (delete, wipe out my saved variables, reinstall) they just wouldn’t render. I decided just to uninstall and call it a day.

    Then loading your UI, I just could NOT get the panels to render. To make a long story short, I went into /KGPanels config, and under layouts there were “None” and “Difool SV”. There was no GarUI layout. If anyone knows where KGP stores it’s layouts give a yell, because it certainly isn’t in Saved Variables.

    I deleted that layout, and then started your instructions from the very start, and – BINGO! – It worked exactly has claimed.

    So TL’DR: If you aren’t getting the panels (and things like Recount are looking funny), then:
    1) /kgpanels config
    2) Look under “Layouts”, if you see an old layout that you created before, and no GarUI, then optionally export that layout and then delete it.
    3) Start Gar’s instructions fresh from the start.

    • Actually, I also seem to have a similar issue with Recount, and Omen (other add-ons that I have used and configured). In both cases my old profiles are still there, and seemingly because of that, the GarUI profile loads as default, not as intended in the GarUI. This isn’t a huge deal, as I can reconfigure that profile, but it is interesting.

      Anyone know where these add-ons are storing their profiles? I’ve certainly blown away the WTF, Interface (as well as Cache and Logs) folders before installing, but the old profiles still exist, and seem to slightly trip up Garwulf’s UI deployment a tad.

  5. hey gar, for some reason my email isnt working right now so here what i was gona say.
    It seems that GarUI was not in the list of profiles. the list consisted of, Default, hunter, and Lilvoljin-winterhoof. (lilvoljin is my hunter)

  6. I am gona try to rebuild your UI as it is extremely good and i really want to use it for WoW so do you have any pics of all the hidden frames and bars in view of GarUI 5.0?

  7. Ok so i’ve been looking a little closer at reflux and in the install notes i found this.

    When you download a mod, please be sure that the mod is compatible with your translation of wow. Some mods only work on the US versions, while some only work on some of the various European versions. These variations are called “Localizations”.

    I dont know about Slyse or Same Guy but i am on EU sever since i live in the UK is it possible this is a sever compatability issue with some of the downloads. Are there any EU server users that have had success installing GarUI?

    I need to go out now but when i get back i will be looking into “Localizations” for the mods included in the UI

  8. Hey Gar, sweet UI. I’m going to check it for fun here shortly. I was more curious though about what key binds you use for well, everything. Just curious how you setup your core abilities and things. I feel like I need ideas on key binds as my current ones just seem sloppy. I use similar as you now for focus, g to set and f to assist. Then like q for disengage, e for feign death, r for mark.

    • Definitely a sweet UI man, reflux is very handy. I had some questions on your SBF setup though. Are you not tracking your debuff’s on targets at all? Are you filtering target buffs in a certain way? Satrina’s interface is pretty rough for some reason, I’m use to elkano’s I guess so the filtering is a bit more intense. Anyway, thanks for the setup, very clean and didn’t have to do much tweaking for it to work at my resolution.

  9. i see one or two other people have the same problem as me so.. i’m relieved its not just me but at the same time its not good as those other people are having issues too. and if it was just me i could fix it.

  10. I am not aware of a macro to set focus…..I have the macro to use MD on the target that I have set focus to and if that target isnt available or dead then it will MD to my pet. With this new UI I have to click my macro then click on the tank or my pet which in battle can be a lil difficult sometimes.

    • Hotta,

      Just go into your Key Bindings interface via the Options menu, and assign a keybind to set focus. Like so…

      This makes setting your focus much smoother and more efficient. I also assign T to target my focus – mainly for PvP purposes. This system works well vs other hunters. 😉

      I see a hunter in a BG, I almost always immediately focus them. As soon as they feign death, I instantly retarget them by hitting T and I don’t miss a beat.

      I also have a macro set up for assisting my focus, and have it bound to G.

      F – Sets my focus
      T – Targets my focus
      G – Assists my focus

    • I find it’s handy because once in a blue moon you may forget to hit your aspect after a res, or you may accidentally shut it off with an errant key press or something.

      I’m pretty automatic with activating Hawk, but this helps when something goes wrong that thousandth time.

      99.9% of the time you’ll never see this aura, but it’s nice for the times when it does alert you 😉

    • That’s a Power Aura that displays when you’re not in Aspect of the Hawk. You can delete it or change it by typing: /powa

      It’s the first aura in the pane. Just hit ctrl+delete key to remove it, or you can click edit and adjust it however. You’ll definitely need to do this for your non-hunter alts.

  11. Sadly still no joy 🙁

    Whatever is causing this problem is most definitly going wrong with the /Reflux Switch GarUI stage every thing goes according to plan up till this point. Its like rather than switching it copies the default setting and uses them to create a new profile called GarUI :s. I wanted to get a screen shot of the error i saw before but now i cant get it to throw it up again eaither.

    I sure hope we can work this out as i want to feel that feeling Hotta and Keluna have as i revel in the beauty of this UI comp 🙂

  12. Hi all First time poster and UI user first off i just like to say “Gar ur a legend” i’ve been reading your blog for sometime and its been a massive help so Thanks and keep up the good work 😀 .

    But unfortunatly I am having the exact same problem as Same guy when trying to install your UI i have tried all manner of thing to remedy this issue and am running out of ideas.
    I have just completed a clean install of your UI and since the problem appears to be with reflux i have replaced the reflux folder with a fresh download from curse, im kinda hoping this is a unpacking issue with the compression software. Will post back shortly with my findings

    p.s Just out of curiosity What software did you use to compress the files with

  13. This thing is so smooth!! Awesome Job!!

    Quick question how do I set focus on someone? i.e the tank or my pet? In the blizzard UI you could right click on portrait and “Set Focus”….I have not been able to find this feature.

  14. Actually, that begs another question. With the pain staking attention to detail that you put into prepping this UI, I’m sure you fine tuned it so that the addons work seemlessly with one another. What addons would you recommend for the following that won’t interfere with the chemistry:

    1)Raid notifications – I know you used Dues Vox before..
    2) Auctions – I think Auctionator in the past
    3) Gear management – I mainly raid on my hunter/warrior but dabble in the others, what would you recommend that won’t be as clunky as the blizzard equip manager but won’t mess up the UI
    4) Gatherer? will it throw anything off?

    I’m sorry to inundate you with these. You really are going above and beyond by providing us such great UI support as well..



  15. What addon is being used for the little tracking box (with blizz’s antics to UI scale I’m not pixel perfect anymore, and it bothers my OCD), I need to move it but I can’t seem to figure out how, I have tried chinchilla and sldt to no avail.

  16. I tried to rebuild you UI mannualy.. i have to say it is impossible! Theres too many things to take into account such as hovering and disapearing buttons, i dont even know what some addons are for. so i hope we can find a way to fix this problem. 😐

  17. I LOVE it, just configured it for my computer, 1 question though, which addon is it with the built in aligning grid. I use a different one that pretty much has more boxes and they are smaller so I can get everything a little more pixel perfect, I need to turn off the one your using because its interfering with mine, I’m OCD about my pixel perfection.

  18. To further elaborate, since I do have all the addons downloaded but reflux just isnt working, could I manually create your UI with the addons?

  19. Unfortunately, the re installation did not go well. I still have the same problem. however, i noticed that the only difference between the GarUI and the default is that the XP and rep bars are not there in GarUI and are in default. Also when i type /reflux show, it said addons are not being saved or something like that. And when i typed /reflux copy GarUI it popped up and error. now, since this probably wont work for me, do you think its possible that i could make your UI by myself instead of just using a reflux command?

    • My bad… I should have said your original account name. Not your e-mail. It’s the account name you used to login with before Blizz changed it to e-mail IDs.

      I edited my reply to you, so it’s correct now.

  20. Thank you very much, i apreciate all the work you put into your UI and the help your giving me with the installations, i have to go somewhere right now, i will try what you told me later tonight, thanks.

  21. Type in /reflux show and see what it says.

    Type in /reflux copy GarUI, then /reflux switch GarUI.

    Your situation seems to have some sort of unidentified variable at play.

    Try it one last time with a fresh install. This time, don’t even bother with your

    – Make sure you still have your original Interface and WTF folders backed up.
    – Delete any and all files in your WoW directory that are called: Interface, Texture or WTF
    – Open the GarUI 5 folder and copy/paste the Interface, Texture and WTF folders to your
    WoW directory.
    – Rename YOURACCOUNTNAME to your original account name (not e-mail), Your Server to your character’s server name, and Character to the toon’s name.
    – Log in and make sure all addons are enabled and Load out of date AddOns is checked.
    – Log in with the character you renamed the Character folder to.
    – Type in /reflux switch GarUI

    That’s gotta work… I hope. :-\

    Let me know.

  22. OMG breakthrough! (or not depending on if it is) when i re installed it and went to switch it to default and back to GarUI, the list did not have GarUI in it.. so i did the command /reflux switch GarUI and boom it was added to the list, BUT it is the exact same as the default so i think theres a bug or something that makes the command /reflux switch GarUI actualy copy the existing one and names it GarUI.. either that or i messed it all up..

  23. Ok.. i messed it up somehow while re installing it again cuz now it doesnt have the option for GarUI.. just default.. so im re installing it again.. i suck :\

  24. Awesome Job on the UI again Gar, i just have one question and that is how do I move the raid frame the one on the bottom right side close to the minimap??

    • Go to the ShadowedUF config by typing: /suf

      Uncheck Lock Frames. Drag the raid frame where you want it or anchor it to another frame. You can get precise with the positioning by going to: Unit Configuration/Raid/Frame. There is a field for x and y coords in that config area.

      I’m instructing by memory, so I may have to log in when I can and verify those are the steps. I’m pretty sure they are though.

  25. Unbelievably great Gar! Just beautiful.

    Worked first time once I changed the UI scale – shoulda RTFM’d 😉

    I’d been running a kludged together version of my own, but yours is a whole other level of goodness. Attention to every pixel of detail ftw.

    Now just got to tweak and switch a few addons, and we’re ready for Cat.

    Thank you so much for all the time and effort, it’s really much appreciated. Hopefully you can get back to actually playing now!

  26. I am having the same problems as “same guy”. I dl’d and installed the UI as directed (I just deleted the old files because it was a clean install of wow). All the addons are there and I am loading out of date addons. When I hit the /reflux switch GarUI it reloads, but everything is still scrambled. Any thoughts?

    • Have you tried setting the profiles manually? Even if they’re already set to GarUI, switch them to Default, then switch them back to GarUI. See if that fixes things.

      Try the unit frames and bartender first.

      /suf and /bt4

  27. I tried re installing it again, no luck 🙁
    I followed each step exactly so maybe its something with my computer, or something.. anyway, im going to bed now. big day tommorow, il try again tommorow night.

  28. I watched the vid and il try re instaling it again.. but i do have to say that when i log in the screen is only cluttered because of the addons that do unitframes and the text addons.. but the buttons are actualy in the normal blizzard format with all the silver dragons and stuff. just thought id let you know just incase it meant something. thanks.

  29. Oh! i didnt drag them, i copy pasted them into the wow folder, so theres the interface, texture, and wtf folder in both my wow folder and my GarUI folder.

  30. Yes, but just to be sure.. theres the texture, the WTF, and the interface folder right? i think it wuz called interface.. well anyway theres 3 folders right? thanks in advance

  31. Ok, so i re installed everything. (i deleted the GarUI folder) and put all the WTF and interface folders back into my wow folder, then i re did all the steps and it still does nothing when i switch the reflux 🙁

  32. Gar,

    I remember in one of your previous versions, you walked us through getting everything set up, then using reflux to save them to our Character. Do we still have that functionality with this version? If so, could you walk us through it?


    • Yea, this version is more or less the same as before, with a few extras and a new paint job. The addons are the same.

      From the ReadMe:

      II. Installing for multiple characters

      1. Log in with the character you have the UI successfully installed on.

      2. Create additional UI profiles by typing in: /reflux create MyAltsUI (e.g., /reflux create BrickUI)

      3. Copy the main settings into the new profile by typing in: /reflux copy GarUI

      4. Perform steps 3 & 4 for however many more alts you want.

      5. Once you’re finished, switch your main back to the primary profile by typing: reflux switch GarUI.

      6. Log in with your alts, typing in /reflux switch NameOfAltsUIProfile (e.g., /reflux switch BrickUI)

      7. You’ll now have multiple instances of the GarUI with which you can make character based customizations and changes to.

      8. Have fun!

  33. ok, i got it to work.. now my problem is that when i type /reflux switch GarUI it reloads but everything stays the same.. yes i checked for caps.

    • So the addons are in there, just not configured?

      My first suggestion would be to try the install process once again. Seems like something may have gone afoul.

      The game doesn’t seem to be recognizing the Saved Variables.

  34. Uhm.. i downloaded it and followed your instructions but when i loged in i had 0 addons and did not see the addon button on character select screen.. any idea why? thank you for yuor help and its a great UI.. now i just gota get it to work 😉

  35. I found it before I updated, but I can’t seem to remember where to find the xp bar. Also, while running the previous version, I couldn’t get it to show my party. I have not been in a party yet, so I am not sure if the new version fixed it or not.
    I love it though. It is great. Just getting frustrated with not being sure how to adjust the addons to make them work with what I want to see.

  36. The text I was referring to was stuff like my fps, ram used, friends, guild, durability level. It is surrounding my character and I cant seem to find out how to turn it off.

    • Oh, that’s SLDataText.

      Type: /sldt

      Go to profiles and see if it’s set to GarUI. If it is, then select the default profile, then switch Back to GarUI.

      Afterwards, type: /reload

      See if that puts things in place.

  37. Does the UI automatically switch over to the way you have it for that VoA raid?
    It seems that my sbf has put my buffs underneath the minimap.

    • Try the profile switch for Satrina. Select a profile other than GarUI, then switch back. See if that makes it behave.

      /sbf options

      Alternatively, you could just grab the layout handles and drag them into position.

      The VoA screenshot is how things “should” look.

      Let me know if you get it worked out.

    • Just copy/paste your macros and keybind files from your WTF backup.

      At the bottom of the ReadMe file:

      Additional Notes
      As I’d outlined in Step 2 of the installation instructions, make sure you save backups of your WTF and Interface folders. One thing you may have to do is restore your macros. To do this, open up your backup up WTF folder and go to:


      Copy: macros-cache.old & macros-cache.txt files and drag them into the YOURACCOUNTNAME folder in your WoW directory.

      Perform this same step for the macros-cache.old & macros-cache.txt files in the character folder.

      Same for the keybinds.

      Put them back in and you should be back in business.

  38. Gar, how do i configure that floating text surrounding my character with the various information on it, it continues to stay on during dungeon encounters. Also, i couldn’t see any enemy cast bars while i was in halls of relflection, does this come with dues vox enounters?

    • Hmmm… Try disabling Power Auras and see if it works. PA doesn’t affect the layout at all, plus it’s more of a resource hog than many of the others.

      Also, just to be sure… you performed the steps without WoW open, correct?

      • Oh, and yes, I did all the folder shifting while completely out of WoW. :p Just wanted to mention, so I don’t look like a ditz. Hehe.

        • Good to know. You may try loading it again later with PA enabled. Try logging out in a really low activity area when you have low latency, then log back on and see if it works.

          I figured you didn’t have WoW open, but I always like to be sure. Sometimes it can be the simplest of things that we overlook.

          • So, I’m not sure what’s going on…but my latency’s almost doubled from my norm, my memory usage, however, is nice and low. It’s giving me huge spikes. I’ve never had this problem before. Hmmm…maybe my poor lappy can’t handle it.

  39. So…I dunno what’s going on, but I installed the WTF/Interface folders, renamed everything, signed on and enabled add-ons, but then I freeze up at the loading screen. 🙁

  40. Hey gar great work on the UI. Were the power auras strings supposed to be built into this package? I’m not seeing any of them inside, do you have them somewhere that i could import them?

    • Hmmm… not sure how that happened, but I hope it’s not a regular problem.

      At any rate, because you mentioned this, I updated my complete sets on the Power Auras page. the individual strings are out-of-date, but the Page 1 and Page 2 sets are funky fresh. 🙂

      Some of the auras are not active, so you’ll need to enable them if you want to use them.

      Glad you like the UI. 😀

  41. This is the first time I’m going to be picking up a UI like this. I’ve just picked and chosen adds and put it all together. I run my game in 1440×900. This isn’t going to be a huge issue, no? It’s just a matter of shifting things around?

    • Correct.

      Just be sure to back up your existing WTF and Interface olders. If you decide my UI is not for you, then all you’ll need to do is drag your backed up folders back into your WoW directory and you’ll be right back to where you were.

      Also, you can use my UI as a starting point for your own customizations – adding, reconfiguring or removing addons as needed.

  42. The two things I have been most anxiously awaiting since 4.0.1 (and not necessarily in this order)

    1) Deathwing to come kill me at some point while Huntering about.

    2) This UI update!

    • I hope Deathwing doesn’t kill my UI…

      too bad anyway…

      All of the addons are currently being updated, so I should be alright. I hope.

      I hope you like this version Rustafur. 🙂

      • Like it? Love it! I really like the move from a (for lack of a better word) “shinny” UI to a more clean look with the solid colors and darker backgrounds. I have to say, this version was much easier for me to install and configure to my 1920×1080 display than v4 was.

        Definitely worth the wait Gar, great job!

  43. Once again Gar, very awesome work. You have a knack for making things so neat and beautiful. Thanks for all the hard work you put into things like this!

    • It won’t ruin them if you save backups of your Interface and WTF folders.

      But… if my UI package contains some of the addons you’re already using, which it probably does, you’ll have to reconfigure those addons for your other UIs. I don’t believe there’s an easy way to “merge” the Saved Variables files, so you need to use mine (overwriting yours) in order for it to work right. However, my setup will co-exist quite nicely with addons that are not used in my UI.

      In order to run multiple UIs, you’ll need to create separate profiles for each version, then make sure to load the necessary addons for each character.

      The practical thing is to find one UI you like, then customize it for different characters if needed. Using multiple UIs with different layouts seems like it wouldn’t be worth the effort.

      I hope that makes sense.

  44. *waves hand frantically with a mischeivous grin* Oh! Oh! Oh! i have one! When are you going to put the pretty picture up??

    *ducks and runs*


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