How do I set up the TSM Desktop Application?

Set up the App to see pricing data in-game

Written by Gumdrops (Community Manager)

Updated at August 8th, 2021

This guide is a general list of steps to follow to setup the TSM Desktop Application. If you have difficulties, please feel free to visit us in Discord. This guide assumes you already have an active TSM Account on our website. If not, please create an account now

Step-by-step guide

  1. Download TSM Desktop Application Installer
    1. You can find out more information on our Desktop Application and download the installer here

  2. Install TSM Desktop Application 
    1. Download links: Windows | Mac
    2. While installing the TSM Desktop Application feel free to choose an alternate install location, otherwise just click through the screens as the default location should be fine for most people. Note: The Desktop Application does not need to be installed in your World of Warcraft game directory.

  3. Login to TSM Desktop Application
    1. Login to the TSM Desktop Application using your TSM account email address and password. Note: You cannot log in to the app with your TSM Username.

  4. Configure WoW Path
    1. Once logged into the TSM Desktop Application, click the orange "Settings" button in the top right. On the General tab of the Settings window, click the "Browse" button and browse to the top level of your World of Warcraft installation. For the average person this will be C:\Program Files (x86)\World of Warcraft\, in the example screenshot it is D:\Games\Blizzard\World of Warcraft\ - you do not need to select your retail or classic folder specifically. Make sure you have launched WoW at least once before selecting your folder.

  5. Install the TradeSkillMaster Addons
    1.  In the Addon Version tab of the Application, double-click the rows for both TradeSkillMaster AND TSM_AppHelper for the version(s) of the game you play. In the following example the addons are installed for both Retail and Burning Crusade Classic. Note: 'BCC' is Burning Crusade, 'Classic' is Vanilla.

  1. Setup Realms
    1. While still on the General tab of the Settings window, click the "Setup Realms" button. This will open a browser window to our realms setup page. Once here, locate your region/realm/faction combination, and click the "Add Realm" button. You can add up to 10 realms to your account, or 25 with TradeSkillMaster Premium
      Note: There are distinct groups of realms for Vanilla, Burning Crusade Classic, and Retail. Make sure to select the correct one!

  2. Restart TSM Desktop Application
    1. When you have finished configuring your realms, return to the TSM Desktop Application, close it, and restart it. This will force the TSM Desktop Application to pull down the most recent data for your newly configured realms. In addition it will pull down region data for any region that you have added a realm from. If you only have EU realms, you will not receive US data, for example.

  3. Login to WoW and Verify
    1. Finally login to WoW to verify that you have data for your configured realms. If your WoW was already open, please completely close it and restart. The easiest way to verify that you have pricing data is to look at the tooltip of a common item (such as a current expansion tradeskill reagent). Check the time to the right of "TSM AuctionDB" in the tooltip. If it is recent (within the last approx ~1 hour) then you have successfully setup your TSM Desktop Application.

      If you have any issues please feel free to visit us in Discord here.