Creating presentations for educational or work presentations was always monopolized by proprietary tools. However, thanks to CSS/HTML we now have other more flexible tools. That’s why, in this post, you will learn how to install RevealJS on Ubuntu 20.04 / Debian 11.
Introduction to RevealJS
According to the official RevealJS website.
This framework is created with open technologies, so anyone can learn it. It also includes support for Markdown, LaTeX, and PDF export capability.
Finally, RevealJS has a great documentation ideal for everyone to start using it and create beautiful things.
Let’s get started.
Updating the system and installing dependencies
open a terminal or connect via SSH to your server and update it.
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
After this, install some packages needed to complete the tutorial.
sudo apt install curl gnupg2 unzip git
Among them is
git which we will use to get the latest stable version of the framework.
Install NodeJS on Ubuntu 20.04 / Debian 11
RevealJS depends on NodeJS to work. This means that we have to install it. You can use the
14.x branch or a more advanced one like
16.x. For this post, I will use the latter.
Add the repository in question:
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_16.x | sudo bash -
And then install NodeJS by executing the following command
sudo apt install nodejs
Then verify the installed version with the following command
Install RevealJS on Ubuntu 20.04 / Debian 11
To get the latest stable version of the tool, we have to clone the RevealJS repository.
git clone https://github.com/hakimel/reveal.js.git
This will generate a folder called
reveal.js which we have to access.
Inside it, we have to RevealJS by running
sudo npm install
You will get an output per screen like this
To address issues that do not require attention, run:
npm audit fix
To address all issues (including breaking changes), run:
npm audit fix --force
Run `npm audit` for details.
npm notice New minor version of npm available! 8.3.1 -> 8.5.4
npm notice Changelog: https://github.com/npm/cli/releases/tag/v8.5.4
npm notice Run npm install -g [email protected] to update!
To start the execution of RevealJS just run
[20:27:01] Server started http://localhost:8000
[20:27:01] LiveReload started on port 35729
[20:27:01] Running server
Now just open a web browser and visit
http://localhost:8000 to test it.
Now, you can start working with this tool.
In case you have installed RevealJS on a server or virtual machine, you will not be able to access it via localhost. For this, we have to modify the
And modify this line
const host = yargs.argv.host || 'localhost'
localhost with the IP address of your computer.
Save the changes and close the editor.
Now you can run again
To specify a specific port, just run
npm start --port=1234
Where you have to replace
1234, with the desired port. Finally, to stop the execution, press
CTRL + C.
Optional: Create a new Systemd service to handle RevealJS.
A good way to handle RevealJS is from a service that allows us to start and stop it easily. To complete this, create a new service.
sudo nano /lib/systemd/system/reveal.service
and add the following
Save the changes and close the editor. To apply the changes, run.
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
RevealJS offers us the possibility to create new presentations in a fast and very professional way using the power of web technologies. Installing it is a good way to get started with it.
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