Getting Started with deck.js

How to Make a Deck

  1. Write Slides

    Slide content is simple HTML.

  2. Choose Themes

    One for slide styles and one for deck transitions.

  3. Include Extensions

    Add extra functionality to your deck, or leave it stripped down.

Quick Start

When you download deck.js, it will include a file named boilerplate.html. You can immediately start editing slides in this page and viewing them in your web browser. Later on, when you are comfortable customizing the deck, you can edit the various pieces of the boilerplate or make your own to suit your needs.

The Markup

Slides are just HTML elements with a class of slide.

<section class="slide">
  <h2>How to Make a Deck</h2>
      <h3>Write Slides</h3>
      <p>Slide content is simple HTML.</p>
      <h3>Choose Themes</h3>
      <p>One for slide styles and one for deck transitions.</p>

Style Themes

Customizes the colors, typography, and layout of slide content.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="/path/to/css/style-theme.css">

Transition Themes

Defines transitions between slides using CSS3 transitions. Less capable browsers fall back to cutaways. But you aren’t using those browsers to give your presentations, are you…

<link rel="stylesheet" href="/path/to/css/transition-theme.css">


Core gives you basic slide functionality with left and right arrow navigation, but you may want more. Here are the ones included in this deck:

Each extension folder in the download package contains the necessary JavaScript, CSS, and HTML files. For a complete list of extension modules included in deck.js, check out the documentation.

Nested Slides

That last slide had a few steps. To create substeps in slides, just nest them:

<section class="slide">
  <p>Core gives you basic slide functionality...</p>
    <li class="slide">
      <p>Adds a shortcut key to jump to any slide number...</p>
    <li class="slide">...</li>
    <li class="slide">...</li>
    <li class="slide">...</li>

Other Elements: Images

<img src="" alt="Kitties">

Other Elements: Blockquotes

Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

Fran Lebowitz

<blockquote cite="">
  <p>Food is an important part of a balanced diet.</p>
  <p><cite>Fran Lebowitz</cite></p>

Other Elements: Video Embeds

Embed videos from your favorite online video service or with an HTML5 video element.

<iframe src=";byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="400" height="225" frameborder="0"></iframe>

Digging Deeper

If you want to learn about making your own themes, extending deck.js, and more, check out the documentation.