Write an Addon

Available since v0.32.1


An addon can contribute to the following points:

  • Global styles (use with caution has it is more the role of themes)
  • Provide custom layouts or override the existing one
  • Provide custom components or override the existing one
  • Extend UnoCSS/Windi CSS configurations
  • Configure tools like Monaco and Prism


Addons are published to npm registry, and they should follow the conventions below:

  • Package name should start with slidev-addon-, for example: slidev-addon-awesome
  • Add slidev-addon and slidev in the keywords field of your package.json



To create your addon, start by creating a directory with create a package.json file (you can use npm init).

Then, install slidev dependencies:

$ npm install -D @slidev/cli


To set up the testing playground for your addon, you can create an example.md file with some content.

And optionally, you can also add some scripts to your packages.json

// package.json
  "scripts": {
    "dev": "slidev example.md",
    "build": "slidev build example.md",
    "export": "slidev export example.md",
    "screenshot": "slidev export example.md --format png"

To publish your addon, simply run npm publish and you are good to go. There is no build process required (which means you can directly publish .vue and .ts files, Slidev is smart enough to understand them).

Addon contribution points follow the same conventions as local customization, please refer to the docs for the naming conventions.

Addon metadata

Slidev Version

If the addon is relying on a specific feature of Slidev that are newly introduced, you can set the minimal Slidev version required to have your addon working properly:

// package.json
  "engines": {
    "slidev": ">=0.32.1"

If users are using older versions of Slidev, an error will be thrown.