CurseForge Official API & Standalone Client Now Live
Today, in a blog post shared on Medium, Overwolf has announced their new CurseForge Official API, as well as a new standalone client to manage addons without the Overwolf app - something the community has requested for a long time.

To download the standalone windows client from the CurseForge website, simply click the drop-down from "Download" and choose the CurseForge Standalone application.


Originally Posted by Overwolf
The Road to Releasing The Official CurseForge API

We are excited to announce that the official CurseForge API is now available. Docs can be found here. In October 2020, prompted by community feedback, we explored offering an official well-documented API for CurseForge mods and we addressed three core concerns in a Medium post. The three areas where we needed to find sustainable solutions in order to move forward with the API were:

  • Authors’ consent when it comes to third party distribution of their creations
  • How to address the impact on Authors’ earnings
  • How to lessen the impact on CurseForge’s servers and CDN

We’re excited to be giving back the control of project distribution to the authors through the new API. Authors’ consent and the impact on earnings were solved by releasing a toggle that enables creators to choose whether or not they want to allow distribution of their mods outside of the CurseForge ecosystem.

Downloads originated from 3rd party services rely on CurseForge servers and CDN, incurring substantial costs and bypassing monetization which is used to fuel the Authors Rewards Points system. As a workaround, along with the official API, we created a Terms of Service (TOS) agreement with the goal of providing stabilization and allowing us to scale. The TOS enables essential community projects, like Discord bots, mod managers, updates, news and stats to access the API in order to grow and support gamers.

So far we had a total of 170 approved applications including:

  • 62 Mod managers
  • 35 Bots
  • 23 Analytics tools
  • 30 Server related tools
  • 9 General modding tools
  • 11 Modpack creation tools

Standalone Version of CurseForge App is Available

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 here.

As with the Linux version, it currently supports World of Warcraft only. We plan to keep this version in feature parity with the Overwolf version in the future. Please note, this is fresh from the oven and currently on Alpha.

If you have any questions or feedback about this, please join our Discord and let us know.

We want to thank the community for helping us push this through and improving the CurseForge experience for everyone! The API is, at heart, a service that empowers the community to create more tools and expand the modding workspace. As always, we would love to hear if there are any issues encountered with the new API that require our attention. Please let us know via a support ticket or in our Discord.
This article was originally published in forum thread: CurseForge Official API & Standalone Client Now Live started by Lumy View original post
Comments 62 Comments
  1. wowrefugee's Avatar
    Definitely gonna switch now. It's basically what we had before all of this.
  1. jk1895's Avatar
    Standalone and then 80 MB? Why is this so bloated?
  1. rhorle's Avatar
    Solves my biggest complaint with Overwolf in a better then expected fashion. I figured they would just bake it into the main Overwolf rather then offering a stand alone app.
  1. bleacp's Avatar
    does the standalone still has ads? if yes im sticking to ajour, wowup
  1. Hobbidaggy's Avatar
    For the next year then they cut support for the standalone app and redirect everyone over to the main overwolf app

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    Quote Originally Posted by jk1895 View Post
    Standalone and then 80 MB? Why is this so bloated?
    Because they can’t farm crypto and install malware on a small 10mb application
  1. wowrefugee's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jk1895 View Post
    Standalone and then 80 MB? Why is this so bloated?
    Because it's built with Electron. Every Electron app is like this. Has nothing to do with farming crypto or malware like the poster above thinks.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbidaggy View Post
    For the next year then they cut support for the standalone app and redirect everyone over to the main overwolf app

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    Because they can’t farm crypto and install malware on a small 10mb application
    if you can prove it is a crypto miner and has malware i will pay ya 10,000$ cause that is a lawsuit waiting to happen.
    also yes you can literally do both of those on a 10 mb application.
  1. Menolikeu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbidaggy View Post
    For the next year then they cut support for the standalone app and redirect everyone over to the main overwolf app

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    Because they can’t farm crypto and install malware on a small 10mb application
    You have zero idea what you're talking about if you think they do this. Anyone with a small understanding of programming can see every file and see exactly what is in the installer. Its the API that is the problem. They are breaking APIs for every third party to monopolize on the addon community.
  1. KajiSagara's Avatar
    can someone (an expert) could analyze if that program is safe? you know, bloatware, addwware, spyware, all the data secirity and all those nasty things that has been overwolf style of shaddy stuff
  1. Biomega's Avatar
    After the Overwolf disaster, my goodwill is definitely out the window.

    Even if I was to come back to WoW and need an addon manager, I'd be extremely wary of this and make absolutely double damn sure this is only what it is supposed to be.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Menolikeu View Post
    You have zero idea what you're talking about if you think they do this. Anyone with a small understanding of programming can see every file and see exactly what is in the installer. Its the API that is the problem. They are breaking APIs for every third party to monopolize on the addon community.
    they broke the APi because the people refused to partner with them and instead were abusing the API



    I am your neighbor, and i start stealing your internet, you approach me and make an offer that i pay for like 30% of the internet bill and you will continue to let me use it, i refuse so of course you cut me off. i then say "Wow they are changing the password to monopolize on the internet"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biomega View Post
    After the Overwolf disaster, my goodwill is definitely out the window.

    Even if I was to come back to WoW and need an addon manager, I'd be extremely wary of this and make absolutely double damn sure this is only what it is supposed to be.
    overwolf disaster? what overwolf disaster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KajiSagara View Post
    can someone (an expert) could analyze if that program is safe? you know, bloatware, addwware, spyware, all the data secirity and all those nasty things that has been overwolf style of shaddy stuff
    yes, experts have analyzed it for years and found literally 0 problems, but people keep saying "but malware" not true "but crypto mining" not true "but data collection" true, but optional "well then i will just use wag.io" wag.io collects FAR more data, all the while trying to hide it.

    also you dont know what most of these things mean do you, speaking you put spyware in the same category as bloatware and adware...
    yeah overwolf is adware and bloatware, but so is steam and battlenet launcher, and wowup, you dont NEED the bnet launcher you can just have the actual wow launcher, but you are required to download the bnet launcher, and it shows you ads all the time while you have it open on screen.
  1. rhorle's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbidaggy View Post
    Because they can’t farm crypto and install malware on a small 10mb application
    Does that mean WoWup does the same since their app installer is 70mb?
  1. Lora's Avatar
    no thank you
  1. Pizon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbidaggy View Post
    Because they can’t farm crypto and install malware on a small 10mb application
    Yet cryptominer scripts can be delivered using client javascript in a web browser with a payload far smaller than 10MB.

    On topic: The Linux app is packaged as an AppImage and, at first glance, seems to be well-behaved. Scanning for the WoW directory didn't work for me on Linux. Pointing it at ${WINEPREFIX}/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/World of Warcraft/_retail_/ worked a treat.
  1. KajiSagara's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    they broke the APi because the people refused to partner with them and instead were abusing the API



    I am your neighbor, and i start stealing your internet, you approach me and make an offer that i pay for like 30% of the internet bill and you will continue to let me use it, i refuse so of course you cut me off. i then say "Wow they are changing the password to monopolize on the internet"

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    overwolf disaster? what overwolf disaster?

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    yes, experts have analyzed it for years and found literally 0 problems, but people keep saying "but malware" not true "but crypto mining" not true "but data collection" true, but optional "well then i will just use wag.io" wag.io collects FAR more data, all the while trying to hide it.

    also you dont know what most of these things mean do you, speaking you put spyware in the same category as bloatware and adware...
    yeah overwolf is adware and bloatware, but so is steam and battlenet launcher, and wowup, you dont NEED the bnet launcher you can just have the actual wow launcher, but you are required to download the bnet launcher, and it shows you ads all the time while you have it open on screen.

    "Imagine defending overwolf.
    Your social credit score has increased."


    original comment: https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/wo...wolf/755220/50
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by KajiSagara View Post
    "Imagine defending overwolf.
    Your social credit score has increased."


    original comment: https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/wo...wolf/755220/50
    1. "imagine defending wago.io and wowup who sell your data to over 1400 companies
    Your social credit score has increased."
    2. lol cant even post a working fucking link.
  1. Chilela's Avatar
    Cool, I guess?

    t. Updated addons manually
  1. jlrm365's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lumy View Post
    CurseForge Official API & Standalone Client Now Live
    Thank goodness. Better late than never, eh?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumy View Post
    We take community feedback seriously.
    If you have any questions or feedback...

    When will you play nice with WowUp?!
    That'll be one to post, wherever CurseForge is discussed.
    Everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others, it seems.
  1. SinR's Avatar
    just wait until you still have to agree to the Overwolf TOS

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    Today: We're introducing the standalone CurseForge Client!

    In 3 months: Due to a lack of use, we're merging CurseForge Client into the OverWolf Platform!
  1. Onikaroshi's Avatar
    Never had any issues with the one attached to launching overwolf but will still switch as to have have to launch 2 programs lol.

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