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Generates a slideshow using the slides that power the html5-slides presentation.


A sample slideshow is here.



Version 0.8.2 is tagged and pushed to pypi.

This release fixes some unicode and theme issues.

Thanks to Olivier Verdier, millette, and n1k0 (as always).


Version 0.8.1 is tagged and pushed to pypi.

This release fixes an issue in the "light" theme. The help and table of contents side bars were toggled on by default, but this has been fixed.



Version 0.8.0 is tagged and pushed to pypi. New features:

  • Added new light theme (agonzalezro) (#14)
  • Slide source files are now displayable in presentation (n1k0), press s to toggle
  • Press h to toggle a help sidebar
  • Greatly improved Restructured Text support
  • Themes will now fall back to the default theme for most missing files
  • Improved project file structure and pypi compatibility (harobed) (#15)
  • Fix for presentations with more than 48 slides (mtrythall and ipmb) (#17)
  • Many small bug fixes and other improvements

Many thanks to n1k0, agonzalezro, harobed, mtrythall, and ipmb for helping to make this release possible.

Also a big thanks to Lincoln Loop for supporting and using Landslide!!



Version 0.6.0 is tagged and pushed to pypi. New features:

  • Navigate your slideshow using arrow keys or the space bar
  • Press t to toggle a table of contents for your presentation
  • Press n to toggle slide number/source file visibility
  • Press 2 to toggle notes in your slides (specify with the .notes macro)
  • Press 3 to switch to 3D display (using latest WebKit versions)
  • ReST (Restructured Text) support. It's kind of experimental!
  • Theme support. Develop your own themes!
  • Macros. Easily add functionality to landslide slideshows!
  • Many bug fixes


  • Version 0.4.0 is tagged, and Landslide is on pypi.
  • Landslide installs as a command line script if you install it via easy_install or pip.


  • Write your slide contents easily using the Markdown or ReStructuredText syntaxes
  • HTML5, Web based, stand-alone document (embedded local images), fancy transitions
  • PDF export (using PrinceXML if available)


python and the following modules:

  • jinja2
  • pygments for code blocks syntax coloration


  • markdown if you use Markdown syntax for your slide contents
  • docutils if you use ReStructuredText syntax for your slide contents



  • To create a title slide, render a single h1 element (eg. # My Title)
  • Separate your slides with a horizontal rule (--- in markdown) except at the end of md files
  • Your other slides should have a heading that renders to an h1 element
  • To highlight blocks of code, put !{lang} where {lang} is the pygment supported language identifier as the first indented line


  • Use headings for slide titles
  • Separate your slides using an horizontal rule (---- in RST) except at the end of RST files


  • Put your markdown or rst content in a file, eg or slides.rst
  • Run landslide or landslide slides.rst
  • Enjoy your newly generated presentation.html

As a proof of concept, you can even transform this annoying README into a fancy presentation:

$ landslide && open presentation.html

Or get it as a PDF document, at least if PrinceXML is installed and available on your system:

$ landslide -d readme.pdf
$ open readme.pdf


  • Press left arrow and right arrow to navigate
  • Press t to toggle a table of contents for your presentation. Slide titles are links
  • Press n to toggle slide number visibility
  • Press '2' to toggle notes in your slides (specify with the .notes macro)
  • Browser zooming is supported

Commandline Options

Several options are available using the command line:

$ landslide/landslide 
Usage: landslide [options] ...

Generates fancy HTML5 or PDF slideshows from Markdown sources

  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -b, --debug           Will display any exception trace to stdin
  -d FILE, --destination=FILE
                        The path to the to the destination file: .html or .pdf
                        extensions allowed (default: presentation.html)
  -e ENCODING, --encoding=ENCODING
                        The encoding of your files (defaults to utf8)
  -i, --embed           Embed base64-encoded images in presentation
  -t THEME, --theme=THEME
                        A theme name, or path to a landlside theme directory
  -o, --direct-ouput    Prints the generated HTML code to stdin; won't work
                        with PDF export
  -q, --quiet           Won't write anything to stdin (silent mode)
  -v, --verbose         Write informational messages to stdin (enabled by

Note: PDF export requires the `prince` program:

Presentation Configuration

Landslide allows to configure your presentation using a cfg configuration file, therefore easing the aggregation of source directories and the reuse of them accross presentations. Landslide configuration files use the cfg syntax. If you know ini files, you get the picture. Below is a sample configuration file:

theme  = /path/to/my/beautiful/theme
source =
destination = myWonderfulPresentation.html

Please just don't forget to declare the [landslide] section. To generate the presentation as configured, just run:

$ cd /path/to/my/presentation/sources
$ landslide config.cfg


You can use macros to enhance your presentation:


Add notes to your slides using the .notes: keyword, eg.:

# My Slide Title

.notes: These are my notes, hidden by default

My visible content goes here

You can toggle display of notes by pressing the 2 key.

Some other macros are also available by default: .fx: foo bar will add the foo and bar classes to the corresponding slide <div> element, easing styling of your presentation using CSS.

Registering Macros

so macros are used to transform the HTML contents of your slide.

You can register your own macros by creating landslide.macro.Macro derived classes, implementing a process(content, source=None) method and returning a tuple containing the modified contents and some css classes you may be wanting to add to your slide <div> element. For example:

import landslide
class MyMacro(Macro):
  def process(self, content, source=None):
    return content + '<p>plop</p>', ['plopped_slide']

g = generator.Generator(source='')
print g.render()

This will render any slide as below:

<div class="slide plopped_slide">
    <p>my slide contents</p>

Advanced Usage

Setting Custom Destination File

$ landslide -d ~/MyPresentations/KeynoteKiller.html

Working with Directories

$ landslide slides/

Working with Direct Output

$ landslide -o | tidy

Using an Alternate Landslide Theme

$ landslide -t mytheme
$ landslide -t /path/to/theme/dir

Embedding Base-64-Encoded Images

$ landslide -i

Exporting to PDF

$ landslide -d PowerpointIsDead.pdf


A Landslide theme is a directory following this simple structure:

|-- base.html
|-- css
|   |-- print.css
|   `-- screen.css
`-- js
    `-- slides.js

If a theme does not provide HTML and JS files, those from the default theme will be used. CSS is not optional.

Theme Variables

The base.html must be a Jinja2 template file where you can harness the following template variables:

  • css: the stylesheet contents, available via two keys, print and screen, both having:
    • a path_url key storing the url to the asset file path
    • a contents key storing the asset contents
  • js: the javascript contents, having:
    • a path_url key storing the url to the asset file path
    • a contents key storing the asset contents
  • slides: the slides list, each one having these properties:
    • header: the slide title
    • content: the slide contents
    • number: the slide number
  • embed: is the current document a standalone one?
  • num_slides: the number of slides in current presentation
  • toc: the Table of Contents, listing sections of the document. Each section has these properties available:
    • title: the section title
    • number: the slide number of the section
    • sub: subsections, if any

Styles Scope

  • To change HTML5 presentation styles, tweak the css/screen.css stylesheet bundled with the theme you are using
  • For PDF, modify the css/print.css


Original Author and Development Lead




Base Template Authors and Contributors (html5-slides)