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A Yeoman generator for the awesome Reveal.js presentation framework.


Creating a new presentation

Install: npm install -g generator-reveal

Make a new directory, and cd into it:

mkdir my-new-project && cd $_

Run yo reveal and start building your presentation.

After all files are created you can view your slides with grunt:

grunt serve

Then, create further slides with yo reveal:slide more-content. See below for available options. When you want to export your presentation to some static HTML server, you can type grunt dist to have all your relevant files saved to the dist directory.

Working on an existing presentation

If you are checking out an existing presentation to do some work on it, make sure to install the required dependencies:

cd my-existing-project
npm install && bower install

Now you should be able to view the slides again with grunt:

grunt serve


Available generators:


Generates a Slide file.


yo reveal:slide "Slide Title"

Produces slides/slide-title.html:

<h2>Slide Title</h2>

<p>This is a new slide</p>

And the slide filename will be added to your slides/list.json file.


Vertical Slides

In order to add vertical slides, you can nest an array inside slides/list.json


Simple (Image) Slides

Sometimes you just want a slide with a background image. That's okay, a slide object does not need a filename.

        "attr": {
            "data-background": ""



Invoked with --markdown

yo reveal:slide "Slide Title" --markdown

Produces slides/

## Slide Title

This is a new slide

Invoked with --attributes

yo reveal:slide "Slide Title" --attributes

adds a slide Object with an attr key to your slides/list.json file. Attributes will be passed to section element containing the slide.

        "filename": "",
        "attr": {
            "data-background": "#ff0000"
<section data-markdown="slides/" data-background="#ff0000"></section>
Speaker Notes

Invoked with --notes

yo reveal:slide "Slide Title" --notes

Produces slides/slide-title.html:

<h2>Slide Title</h2>

<p>This is a new slide</p>

<aside class="notes">
    Put your speaker notes here.
    You can see them pressing 's'.

All three options maybe combined, e.g.

yo reveal:slide "Markdown Slide With Notes And Section-Attributes" --notes --attributes --markdown


If your presentation requires specific resources that you would like included with your project, place them in the resources directory. These assets will be included in the distribution and available for access at the path resources/asset_name.ext.

Github Pages Deployment

With the help of Grunt Build Control, generator-reveal can deploy your presentation to Github Pages easily. All you have to do is

  • Set your username and repository name when you call yo reveal
  • Create and configure your remote Github repository for the presentation
  • Push your first commit
  • Deploy with grunt deploy

If everything goes right, grunt deploy will build and push your presentation to a gh-pages git branch. Just give it a couple of minutes, fire up a browser and go to to see your brand new presentation.


To change the options of the whole presentation, such as the theme used, transition effect etc. consult the Reveal.js documentation. An important difference, though, is that you should not edit the index.html file directly as it gets overwritten as you add presentation content whenever a new grunt build is triggered. You should instead edit the templates/_index.html file, which is used as a template for the automatically generated index.html.

Highlight.js Syntax Themes

The generated presentation app includes the Highlight.js Syntax Themes as a dependency, allowing you to change the syntax theme.

The available syntax themes can be found in the bower_components/highlightjs/styles folder. Selecting a new syntax theme can be done by changing the stylesheet reference in the templates/_index.html file:

<!-- For syntax highlighting -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="bower_components/highlightjs/styles/monokai_sublime.css">


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