Post Sections ⇅
- Finding LOTRO Plugins
- How to Install LOTRO Plugins Manually
- Plugin Compendium – The Easy Way
- Activating Plugins in LOTRO
- Removing an Addon
- Learn to Make Your Own Plugins
Of the three MMOs that I have played only one proactively supports and encourages players to develop their own add-ons: LOTRO. Utilising a LUA API, developers can make tools for other players to use and enjoy, while being confined to only safe activities via the API’s restrictions. If you’re new to LOTRO, or have only recently discovered that The Lord of the Rings Online has addons, then I want to help you get started. Here’s my guide on How to Install LOTRO Plugins and Update Them.
Finding LOTRO Plugins
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How to Install LOTRO Plugins ManuallyTo do a manual install requires only a few steps. Click or tap on the individual pictures to open the full-sized version.Firstly you’ll need to find a plugin you want to download. Here’s an example:
1. Download Plugin File
2. Move to the Plugins Folder
c:/users/(USERNAME)/My Documents/The Lord of the Rings Online/PluginsMove your ZIP file from step 1 into this folder.
3. Unpack It
Move on to ActivationCongratulations, you now know how to install LOTRO plugins! Once the plugin has been unpacked/unzipped, you can move onto the in-game activation.
Limitations of Manual Installation
- While the installation of plugins is simple to do manually, you have no information on when that plugin has an update available.
- When you do want to install an update you’ll have to redo the steps above every single time.
- There’s no way, outside of the game, to easily see all the plugins you have installed.
Plugin Compendium – The Easy Way
LOTRO Plugin Compendium – Installing New PluginsThe first thing to bear in mind with new plugins is that not all of them are kept up-to-date. They are created free for the community. Anyone who has taken time to learn LUA may update them. That’s not to say old plugins are not useful – in fact one or two of mine are not regularly updated. With Plugin Compendium, you can either:
- Browse the list of available plugins (usually sorted by the updated date
- or search the list by keyword.
Plugin Compendium for Linux and MacLOTROinterface have a separate download for Linux and Mac. You can find the details here.
- Note: when you have the (standalone) app, ensure you set the Plugin Install Path and Plugin Downloads locations in the Configuration Tab. If you don’t, you’ll get errors, or the Compendium won’t recognise plugins you already have installed.
Running UpdatesMake sure you have the ‘check for updates on startup’ option checked on the Configuration Tab. When you load Plugin Compendium any available updates are immediately highlighted in yellow. This allows you to tick those that are out of date and hit the “Update” button to fix them.
Activating Plugins in LOTRO
- Is this appropriate for all my characters on a server?
- Or is it for one, or only a few, of them?
From the LOTRO Character Selection Screen
- There’s a handy Manage Plugins button the login screen. Click it!
- The Plugin Manager UI will open up.
- In the right pane use the cunningly-named “Automatically Load For” drop-down box. Select individual characters or check “All Characters”.
- Enter Middle-Earth as normal. If that plugin is activated for that character you’ll have its functionality.
If You Have Logged a Character In
- If you’re logged into a character press Ctrl+Alt+P. This opens the Plugin UI. This is the same UI as in the instruction above.
- Scroll to your new plugin and left-click it once
- In the right pane use the cunningly-named “Automatically Load For” drop-down box. Select individual characters or check “All Characters”
- If you want to use it now, usually double-clicking the name on the left will load it. After that it should become available for the characters you have selected, as soon as you login.
Removing an AddonIn one sense this is easy and in another it’s a tad tricky to remove all traces of a plugin. Here’s how to do it:
- Plugin Compendium: on the “Installed Plugins” tab, tick the one(s) you want to uninstall. Then click the “Remove” button.
- Manually: navigate to your Plugins folder, find the developer’s name and the plugin sub-folder. Delete that folder.