Introduction: Connect to a WoW Private Server on Mac!

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This Instructable will explain step by step on how to connect to a WoW private server.

***Make sure you do not update to Cataclysm if you want to play on Private servers. If you still want to play them make sure you make a copy of your 3.3.5 client. Then update your old one.***

You will have to wait a little longer for Cataclysm Private servers. Sorry!

Step 1: Find a Server and Register.

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1. Go to you web browser. Mine is Safari but you can use whatever you have.
2. Go to
3. Find a server. I just chose a random server but you can pick whatever.
4. Find the "Register New Account" or whatever it says.
5. Register!

Step 2: Change the Realmlist.

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1. Open your WoW folder.
2. Open your Data folder.
3. Open your enUS folder.
4. Locate the
5. Open the with TextEdit.
6. Erase everything from it and insert the new one for the private server you registered for.

Step 3: Delete Your Cache.

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1. Go back to your WoW directory.
2. Open your Cache folder.
3. Open your WDB folder.
4. Open your enUS folder.
5. Delete everything in your enUS folder.

Step 4: Connect!

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My favorite part!

1. Go back to the WoW directory.
2. Open World of Warcraft.
3. Login.
4. Create a character.
5. Enter the World of Warcraft!


YummerH (author)2015-06-27

You can for example use this to play on a WoW 4.3.4 Cataclysm server like:

That is instant 85 and offers great PvP & PvE

AlecS4 (author)2015-06-19

aaron.cullen.3388 (author)2015-03-03

It still does not work for me..... i have enGB tho

aaron.cullen.3388 (author)2015-03-03

It still does not work for me..... i have enGB tho

Greg12344321 (author)2015-01-01

Hi, I have a problem to find instalation file for MAC for free wow 4.3.4.a. Can you give me any advice? Thanks

BuzzingCross933 (author)2014-07-20

So we delete the MPQ files?

aalsheikh (author)2013-08-17

You can check also it have 6 realms...5 realms are 3.3.5a and 1 is 4.3.4...Working perfectly, no bugs, and there are instant level 80 pvp realm and blizzlike realm and 10x pvp/pve realm and BEST FUN REALM EVER "REMORSE" 255

sdangelo1 (author)2012-03-15

Help! so i recentl (last week) ran out of game time decided not to renew b/c of where im at finacially, i thought about playing the FTP till lvl 20 version but then discovered private servers, sounds fun right! so i do some research try everything on all the mac guides and still not even close. i am sure the problem is that i am running 4.3.3 but i dont know how to download 4.2.2 w/o the launcher automatically patching to 4.3.3... thanks

brendanm94 (author)2011-09-19

oh p.s when i go to log into wow itll look like its about to log me on then right after its done doing authentication and handshaking it disconects me from the server before i even leave the login page

brendanm94 (author)2011-09-19

Can you please help me with connecting to a private server.
im using
my cousin is on it and he wanted me to join it so i did everything it says on the website but when i get down to download their launch and unzip it into my WoW folder i cant cause im using mac, May you please please help me

bmethot (author)2011-09-17

i keeps saying something about putting in a wow folder and stuff like that what private survey do you guys use Help Me

sgray3 (author)2011-05-29

i keep getting error messages still...ill try and figure something out

Nastan (author)sgray32011-07-04

Ar you using Wrath of the Lich King client or Cataclysm?

MjrDario (author)2010-07-29

crap now its telling me account name instead of the private server 1

MjrDario (author)2010-07-29

o and btw my enUS file from WBD didnt have anything

MjrDario (author)2010-07-29


Greyevans22 (author)2010-07-24

Mine still says that I need a email to log in? I'm confused...

Nastan (author)2010-07-11

Why would you try opening the Patch files? There is no reason to.

Daimon00 (author)2010-06-07

Step 3 is why none of the people can get this to work. There is no reason to delete that stuff. If you have problems using features on the server you can delete your cache. Deleting your enUS folder will delete all the patches and ruin your game.

Nastan (author)Daimon002010-06-15

You delete the Cache files inside the enUS folder not the entire folder itself. The files you are talking about is the files contained under Data/enUS (All the .MPQ files with are the world object and maps.) not Cache/WDB/enUS (Just the data of the items.). Though I suggest not deleting the enUS folder in the cache as it may contain hidden files (What folder doesn't?).

calvo123 (author)2010-05-05

hey nastan when i try to loggin at the end of the acount verifying process
it says that that my acount is outhorized for the wrath of the lich king expansion but the cumputer you are playing on does not contain the expantion ... the problem is that i do have the wrath of the lich king expansion installed.. what should i do ?

Nastan (author)calvo1232010-05-12

 Maybe try creating a new account and see what happens.

ramunekit (author)2010-04-27

 Well I did all you said. But I'm still having trouble. I have a wrath of lich king account the Private Server is a 3.3.3 WOLK. I'm not sure what's up but it keeps giving me an error? 

dudeitzjorge (author)2010-04-02

 Do i need to have wrath of the linch king? I am currently using the normal one with no expansions and they don't let me log in because it says i need wrath of the linch king. Is there any servers that don't require it? Or where can i download the expansions?

Nastan (author)dudeitzjorge2010-04-16

 There are some servers that are hard to find that allow Vanilla WoW (Original WoW with no expansions), although I do not know exactly with ones allow it.

To download the expansions just download this:
This will install the installers to your computer.

Donnor9 (author)2010-03-19

 I have a problem, i did everything you said, and yet it still connected to regular wow... How do i fix this?

Nastan (author)Donnor92010-03-24

 Donnor9, after you made your account with the private server of your choice and changed your realmlist did you save it? If so, maybe check it again and see if you didn't save it.

Did you patch World of Warcraft after you changed your realmlist? Doing that will create a new realmlist with Blizzards  info replacing the old one containing the private servers info.

_kira_ (author)2010-01-23

Works like a charm. Thanks!
Btw right now i made a full copy of the original wow so now i play both private and full paying at the same time.

Nastan (author)_kira_2010-02-11

 That is what I did for using different Private servers and Retail. Also did it with every single patch (Thank you Promise VTrak E-Class 16x SAS RAID Subsystem! (I have a lot of money...)). I think I have every single patch since Alpha WoW.

justinlord (author)2009-12-31

Hey Nastan please i need your help!!
i have wow and it works!!
But if i login i need to choose my realm but than they say that i got a full retail account please i need help cause i cant wait anymore...

Bossalex (author)2009-08-13

Whenever i try to login it says error retrieving character list what should i do?

Nastan (author)Bossalex2009-08-18

ohh ya i forgot i always have an extra client before i upgrade to a newer patch for example i have a 3.1.3 client but one of my favorite servers is updating to 3.2 but i play other 3.1.3 servers so i make a copy of that and update one of them

Nastan (author)Bossalex2009-08-14

if the server is patch 3.2 and y have 3.1.3 u have to update if you have 3.2 and the server is 3.1.3 then u need to get a new client

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