See an example presentation here
- Template generator with Sass styling
- Live preview server
- Self-contained HTML export
- Automated PDF conversion
- Multiple presentations support
npm install -g backslide # or yarn add backslide
Backslide can be executed within a Docker container from the command-line using the
taobeier/backslide Docker image available on Docker Hub:
docker run --rm taobeier/backslide
See the How-to-use-this-image for more examples.
Usage: bs [init|serve|export|pdf] [options] Commands: i, init Init new presentation in current directory -t, --template <dir> Use custom template directory --force Overwrite existing files e, export [files] Export markdown files to html slides [default: *.md] -o, --output Output directory [default: dist] -r, --strip-notes Strip presenter notes -h, --handouts Strip slide fragments for handouts -l, --no-inline Do not inline external resources -b, --web Export as website, copying assets s, serve [dir] Start dev server for specified dir. [default: .] -p, --port Port number to listen on [default: 4100] -s, --skip-open Do not open browser on start p, pdf [files] Export markdown files to pdf [default: *.md] -h, --handouts Strip slide fragments for handouts -o, --output Output directory [default: pdf] -w, --wait Wait time between slides in ms [default: 1000] --verbose Show Decktape console output -- [Decktape opts] Pass any Decktape options directly
Creating a new presentation
bs init to create a new presentation along with a
template directory in the current directory. The
template directory is needed for
backslide to transform your Markdown files into HTML presentations.
Then edit the file
presentation.md to get started.
You can create as many markdown presentations as you want in the directory, they will all be based on the same template.
If you want to start a new presentation using your own custom template, you can use
bs init --template <your_template_dir>.
You can also set the environment variable
BACKSLIDE_TEMPLATE_DIR to change the default template used by
Making your slides
bs serve to start a development server with live reload.
A page will automatically open in your web browser showing all your presentations.
Select one to see the preview, you can then edit your
.md file and see the changes immediately as you save the file. Any style change will also be applied live.
Just edit the
template/style.scss file and make changes according to your needs.
The base theme already provides some helpful additions.
The stylesheet is written in Sass, but you can use plain CSS instead if you feel like it, as long as you don't change the file extension.
Exporting your slides
As self-contained HTML
bs export to export all your
.md files as HTML presentations.
Everything will be inlined in the HTML document (scripts, css, etc) so you don't need a network to show your presentation. If you have images, it's best to include them as data-uri in your markdown, but local images links are inlined too during export.
If you have set a
title variable in your document (like this
title: My Awesome Presentation), it will be used as the HTML document title, otherwise the file name will be used.
Note: you can strip presenter notes from the exported HTML using the
--strip-notesoption, and remove slide fragments with the
As a website
bs export --web <file>.md to export a presentation into a static HTML website.
Files within the
template folder and from the
img folders will be copied to the destination folder.
Converting your slides to PDF
bs pdf to export your all
.md files as PDF presentations.
Note: you can remove slide fragements with the
This feature is based on Decktape.
For this feature to work, you need to install Decktape:
npm install -g decktape