WoW Mangos Map, VMaps and DBC Extraction Guide

Warning : this page contain lots of images

To make installation of WoW Mangos even easier, based on various suggestion / comment made by the commenters on this site, i’ve decided to create a new complete guide using lots of images instead describing each step carefully especially at the extraction process of Maps, Vmaps, and DBC which caused problem on some people because they keep getting various error message related to missing vmap, vmdir, map, etc

As a side note, this process is based on my release (i already include all the tools required) so if you’re using someone else mangos release, you can always adjust the path accordingly (i mean the tools itself of course) or find the tools by yourself :)

Okay and here are the steps …

Requirements :

  • DBC Extractor known as MPQE
  • Ad.exe to extract Maps
  • VMaps Extractor and Assembler to create vmaps

Fresh Installation and Upgrading :

Note : the default WoW Installation Directory is C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft

Note 2 : the default data directory of your WoW Installation can be found at C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Data\enUS

Note 3 : Make sure to delete the buildings, vmaps, and maps directory (if there’s any, left from the previous extraction process) before running the .bat files to extract maps, vmaps, and dbc files

Note 4 : All the Tools needed to extract DBC, VMaps and Maps can be found in Tools directory of my release

1. Extracting Maps :

Copy below files into your WoW installation Directory :

Map extraction

and then run extract-map.bat from your WoW installation directory … and wait … until it finished (it’ll automatically close itself when finished). And here’s what it should look like after you run the extract-map.bat

Extracting map from wow

2. Extracting VMaps :

Copy below files into your WoW installation directory :

Extracting vmaps

then run makevmaps_SIMPLE.bat from your WoW installation directory and wait until finished

Waiting time

When you see something like above image, just wait until PRESS ANY KEY TO CONTINUE MESSAGE appear on your screen. If you close that window before it finished the process, you’ll need to redo the vmaps extraction process from start … estimated time : 40 Minutes – 2 Hours or more depending on your computer speed

And here’s what is should look like when the VMaps extraction process finished :

Vmaps finished

3. Extracting DBC :

Copy below files into your data/enUS directory of your WoW installation

DBC Extractor

And then run the extract.bat from your WoW data directory and wait until it finished, and here’s what it should look like when the dbc extraction is finished

Dbc extraction

4. Moving the VMaps, Maps, and DBC directory

Now since you have finished with the above process, all you have to do is just moving the VMaps and Maps directory like shown on below images into somewhere for example C:\WoW\data

Maps directory

and then now you need to go inside your data/enUS directory and then move the DBC Directory there into C:\WoW\data too. As shown below

Dbc directory

To make things clear, here’s what it should look like when you’ve moved the above three directory into your C:\WoW\data

Moving finished

That’s it … you’re done … as a reminder, you should keep that C:\WoW\data folder to make upgrading mangos process easier and to save time of course (unless there’re some big changes at your WoW installation like new patch) ;)

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  11. Fridge Jul 9, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Here’s the error I get:

    Extract V2.4 2007_07_12. Beginning work ….

    Game path: C:\Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\Data\
    Scanning for locales.
    Found locale: enGB

    Loading patch levels from data directory.

    Loading patch levels from locale directories.
    Locale: enGB

    Opening data files from data directory.

    Opening data files from locale directories.
    Locale: enGB

    Error!!!Not open archive C:\Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\Data\expansion
    Error!!!Not open archive C:\Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\Data\
    Error!!!Not open archive C:\Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\Data\enGB\expa
    Error!!!Not open archive C:\Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\Data\enGB\loca
    NOT open!!! C:\Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\Data\expansion.mpq
    NOT open!!! C:\Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\Data\common.mpq
    NOT open!!! C:\Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\Data\enGB\expansion-locale-
    NOT open!!! C:\Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\Data\enGB\locale-enGB.mpq
    Extract V2.4 2007_07_12. Work complete. No errors.
    C:\WoW Private Server\ReaperMangos5472\Tools\VmapExtractAssembler>md vmaps

    C:\WoW Private Server\ReaperMangos5472\Tools\VmapExtractAssembler>echo.

    C:\WoW Private Server\ReaperMangos5472\Tools\VmapExtractAssembler>echo Please wa
    Please wait until you get PRESS ANY KEY TO CONTINUE MESSAGE

    C:\WoW Private Server\ReaperMangos5472\Tools\VmapExtractAssembler>echo.

    C:\WoW Private Server\ReaperMangos5472\Tools\VmapExtractAssembler>vmap_assembler
    .exe buildings vmaps splitConfig.txt
    exit with errors

    C:\WoW Private Server\ReaperMangos5472\Tools\VmapExtractAssembler>pause
    Press any key to continue . . .

  12. N2KMaster Oct 16, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    what does extract-maps.bat contain? I have all the files of this walkthru except the extract-maps that comes with ad.exe

  13. Marco Jun 21, 2011 at 9:55 PM

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  15. pretty girls Jul 21, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Blessed are those who expect nothing, for they shall not be disappointed.

  16. Willy Wonka LOL Jul 6, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    uhh can you link the downloads pleae?

  17. kevin Jul 3, 2010 at 5:04 AM

    @reaper -

    Thank you very much! I have used all of your posts to create my home server and I couldnt have done it without you! Thank you Thank you!

    One question… I successfully extracted VMAPS (1hr 25min, 1.87GB) and put the vmaps folder in the data folder like you described above, but all NPCs still see me through walls. What am I doing wrong?

    • kevin Jul 3, 2010 at 6:42 AM

      @reaper -

      Never mind. I figured it out. Thank you again for all of your hard work! I very much appreciate your effort!

  18. thistle Dec 8, 2009 at 2:59 AM

    this was awsome totally got it working but only one small prob cant figure it out -no npc’s in alot of places and such as stormwind or i messed up somewhere along the way any info form anyone would be kills

  19. Zealous_Fool Oct 24, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    should i be worried that it says: Can’t find area flag for areaid 2304.

    Can’t find area flag for areaid 1536.

    Can’t find area flag for areaid 462.

    Can’t find area flag for areaid 1568.

    I’m guessing it’s just marks for different locations on the map, like the name or coords. Am i right? or is it something different, or something much more serious? D:

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  22. zach Jun 6, 2009 at 1:19 AM

    It seems to be patch.MPQ that’s causing the problem. When it’s not there it works fine, but then I don’t get all of the maps extracted.

  23. zach May 25, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    It doesn’t work for me. It gets to 41% and then says ad.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

    Opening ./Data/patch-2.MPQ
    Opening ./Data/patch.MPQ
    Opening ./Data/common.MPQ
    Opening ./Data/expansion.MPQ
    Opening ./Data/enUS/patch-enUS-2.MPQ
    Opening ./Data/enUS/patch-enUS.MPQ
    Opening ./Data/enUS/locale-enUS.MPQ

  24. jimjam2711 Jan 30, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    nvm about the tools….I’ve been stuck on the 000431 missing file thing forever somebody help….I have 4.2.0 tbc patch but the ad.exe keeps sticking at 41% no matter what version I get.

  25. jimjam2711 Jan 27, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Where do you get the tools to extract the stuff?please respond asap

    • Snowfell Aug 26, 2010 at 6:37 AM

      When you run the extractor for reaper mangos there is a file named “tools” included

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