Static Hosting

Build Single Page Applications (SPA)

You can also build the slides into a self-hostable SPA:

$ slidev build

The generated application will be available under dist/.

You can test the generated build using a web server (Apache, NGINX, Caddy...etc.) or in the project you can directly run: npx vite preview.

Then you can host it on GitHub Pages, Netlify, Vercel, or whatever you want. Now you can share your slides with the rest of the world with a single link.

Base Path

To deploy your slides under sub-routes, you will need to pass the --base option. For example:

$ slidev build --base /talks/my-cool-talk/

Refer to Vite's documentation for more details.

Provide Downloadable PDF

You can provide a downloadable PDF to the viewers of your SPA with the following config:

download: true

Slidev will generate a PDF file along with the build, and a download button will be displayed in the SPA.

You can also provide a custom URL for the PDF. In that case, the rendering process will be skipped.

download: ''

This can also be done with the CLI option --download (boolean only).

$ slidev build --download

When using the download option, you can also provide the export options:

Output directory

You can change the output directory using --out.

$ slidev build --out my-build-folder

Watch mode

By passing the --watch option the build will run in watch mode and will rebuild anytime the source changes.

$ slidev build --watch

Multiple entries

You can also build multiple slides at once.

$ slidev build


$ slidev build *.md

In this case, each input file will generate a folder containing the build in the output directory.


Here are a few examples of the exported SPA:

For more, check out Showcases.


We recommend to use npm init slidev@latest to scaffold your project, which contains the necessary configuration files for hosting services out-of-the-box.


Create netlify.toml in your project root with the following content.


  publish = "dist"
  command = "npm run build"

  from = "/*"
  to = "/index.html"
  status = 200

Then go to your Netlify dashboard and create a new site with the repository.


Create vercel.json in your project root with the following content.

  "rewrites": [
    { "source": "/(.*)", "destination": "/index.html" }

Then go to your Vercel dashboard and create a new site with the repository.

GitHub Pages

To deploy your slides on GitHub Pages:

  • upload all the files of the project in your repo (i.e. named name_of_repo)
  • create .github/workflows/deploy.yml with following content to deploy your slides to GitHub Pages via GitHub Actions. In this file, replace <name_of_repo> with name_of_repo.
name: Deploy pages
on: push
    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      - uses: actions/checkout@v3
      - uses: actions/setup-node@v3
          node-version: '14'
      - name: Install dependencies
        run: npm install
      - name: Install slidev
        run:  npm i -g @slidev/cli
      - name: Build
        run: slidev build --base <name_of_repo>
      - name: Deploy pages
        uses: crazy-max/ghaction-github-pages@v2
          build_dir: dist
          GITHUB_TOKEN: ${{ secrets.GITHUB_TOKEN }}
  • In your repository, go to Settings>Pages. Under "Build and deployment", select "Deploy from a branch", select "gh-pages" and "root". Click on save.
  • Finally, after all workflows are executed, a link to the slides should appear under Settings>Pages.