CascLib API Reference



  bool WINAPI CascOpenStorageEx(
      LPCTSTR szParams,                     // Parameters of a storage
      PCASC_OPEN_STORAGE_ARGS pArgs,        // Pointer to a structure with extra arguments
      bool bOnlineStorage,                  // Specifies whether to open a local or an online storage
      HANDLE * phStorage                    // Pointer to a HANDLE variable that receives storage handle

Function CascOpenStorageEx opens a CASC storage. Both local and online storages are supported, depending on the value of bOnlineStorage parameter.


szParams [in, optional]
Local storages: A parameter string containing the path to a local storage. If the storage contains multiple products (World of Warcraft Retail + World of Warcraft PTR), the product can be specified by the product code name separated by a colon ("C:\Games\World of Warcraft:wowt").
Online storage: A parameter string containing the path to a local cache, followed by a product code name and region, both separated by a colon. Example: "C:\Cache:wow:eu".
This parameter is mutually exclusive with pArgs->szLocalPath, pArgs->szCodeName and pArgs->szRegion. Specify NULL if you want to pass these as part of the CASC_OPEN_STORAGE_ARGS structure.
pArgs [in, optional]
Pointer to the CASC_OPEN_STORAGE_ARGS with additional parameters. Can be NULL if szParams is specified.
The structure has the following members:
Member Meaning
Size Contains size of the structure. Initialize it to sizeof(CASC_OPEN_STORAGE_ARGS).
szLocalPath Local Storages: A folder specifying a local storage, or any file/subfolder within any subfolder in a storage.
Online Storages: A path to a local folder which will server as cache for downloaded files.
szCodeName Local Storages: A product code name for a multi-product CASC storages. Optional.
Online Storages: A product code name. Required.
See list of known products on WoWDev.
szRegion Local Storages: Ignored
Online Storages: A region for the product. If not specified, CascOpenStorageEx will open the first region in list.
PfnProgressCallback Pointer to a callback that can show additional feedback about a storage while being open. A storage opening may be lengthy operation (especially for online storages), so it may come handy to inform the user about what is happening. Additionally, the opening process will be cancelled if the callback returns true.
PtrProgressParam Optional, pointer-sized variable that will be passed to PfnProgressCallback.
PfnProductCallback A local storage may contain multiple active products (World of Warcraft Retail + World of Warcraft PTR). When that happens and the product is not specified, this callback will be called. Useful for asking the user which particular product should be loaded.
PtrProductParam Optional, pointer-sized variable that will be passed to PfnProductCallback.
dwLocaleMask Locale mask. Only used for World of Warcraft storages.
dwFlags Reserved for future use.
bOnlineStorage [in]
Specifies whether to open a local or an online storage.
phStorage [out]
Pointer to a HANDLE variable that, on success, receives a handle to the opened storage. Use this handle for subsequent calls to other CASC APIs

Return Value

On success, the function returns true.
On failure, the function returns false and GetLastError() returns the error code.

Local storages

A local storage is a storage that is on a local drive, e.g. an installed game. The function accepts any folder or a file that resides in the game folder or deeper. Example: A local installation of World of Warcraft exists in C:\Games\World of Warcraft. To open the WoW's game storage, the following names can be passed to CascOpenStorageEx:

CascOpenStorageEx, when opening a storage, enumerates folders from the given point to the parent folders, looking for one of these files:

When one of these files is found, CascOpenStorageEx parses it and opens the game storage.

Online storages

Online storage resides on a Blizzard CDNs. When opened by CascOpenStorageEx, only index information is downloaded. Additional files are downloade as the subsequent APIs are called.