A presenter console with multi-monitor support for PDF files.
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pdfpc is a GTK based presentation viewer application for GNU/Linux which uses Keynote like multi-monitor output to provide meta information to the speaker during the presentation. It is able to show a normal presentation window on one screen, while showing a more sophisticated overview on the other one providing information like a picture of the next slide, as well as the left over time till the end of the presentation. The input files processed by pdfpc are PDF documents, which can be created using nearly any of today's presentation software.

More information, including screenshots and a demo presentation, can be found at http://davvil.github.com/pdfpc/


In order to compile and run pdfpc the following requirements need to be met:

  • CMake Version >=2.6
  • Gtk+ 2.x
  • libPoppler with glib bindings
  • librsvg

Compile and install

Compiling from source tarballs

You can download the latest stable release of pdfpc in the download section of github (https://github.com/davvil/pdfpc/downloads). Uncompress the tarball (we use v3.0 as an example here):

tar xvf pdfpc-3.0.tgz

Change to the extracted directory:

cd pdfpc-3.0

Compile and install:

cmake .
sudo make install

If there are no errors in the process, you just installed pdfpc on your system. Congratulations! If there were errors, they are probably due to missing dependencies. Please check that you have all the necessary libraries (in some distributions you may have to install -devel packages).

Note: You may alter the final installation prefix in the cmake call. By default the pdfpc files will be installed under /usr/local/. If you want to change that, for example to be installed under /usr/, with config files under /etc/ you may specify another installation prefix as follows:


Compiling from github

If you want the bleeding-edge version of pdfpc, you should checkout the git repository. The master branch should be fairly stable and safe to use, unstable development happens in the devel branch.

When installing from git you will need two additional dependencies:

  • git
  • Vala Compiler Version >=0.16.0

The pdfpc source can be retrieved from github:

git clone git://github.com/davvil/pdfpc.git

After it has been transfered you need to switch to the pdfpc directory, which has just been created. From inside this directory use these commands to retrieve all needed submodules:

git submodule init
git submodule update

You are now set to compile and install pdfpc. Start by creating a build directory (this is optional but it keeps the directories clean, in case you want to do some changes):

mkdir build
cd build

After you are inside the build directory create the needed Makefiles using CMake:

cmake ../

If you have put your build directory elsewhere on your system adapt the path above accordingly. You need to provide CMake with the pdfpc directory as created by git. As pointed out before, you may alter the installation directories via the -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX and -DSYSCONFDIR command line arguments.

If all requirements are met, CMake will tell you that it created all the necessary build files for you. If any of the requirements were not met you will be informed of it to provide the necessary files or install the appropriate packages.

The next step is to compile and install pdfpc using GNU Make or any other make derivative you may have installed. Simply issue the following command to start building the application:

make install

You may need to prefix the last command with a sudo or obtain super-user rights in any other way applicable to your situation.

Congratulations you just installed pdfpc on your system.

How to go on

Download the demo presentation from the downloads section and load it into pdfpc to get a feeling of it:

pdfpc pdfpc-demo.pdf


pdfpc is a fork of pdf-presenter console, available at http://westhoffswelt.de/projects/pdf_presenter_console.html