A slideshow framework for hackers.

  • Slideshow system built on top of the Vue.js
  • Supports animations, themes, interactive widgets (for web demos)
  • Easy to reuse components, slides and styles across presentations
  • All APIs public, maximum hackability

For a quick tour, see this slideshow:


Most of all, eagle.js aims at offering a simple and very hackable API so you
can get off the beaten tracks and craft the slideshows you really want.

Here is what the eagle.js syntax looks like (using Pug):

      h1 My slideshow
      h4 By Zulko

      h3 Title of this slide
      p  Paragraph 1.
      p  Paragraph 2.

      h3 Slide with bullet points
      p(v-if='step >= 2') This will appear first.
      p(v-if='step >= 3') This will appear second.

If you are not familiar with Vue.js you will find eagle.js harder to use than, say, Reveal.js, but on the long term eagle.js makes it easier to organize your slides and implement new ideas.

Get started

You must have Node.js/npm installed to use eagle.js.

Then the best to get started is to clone the example repo:

$ git clone https://github.com/Zulko/eaglejs-demo.git

Install the dependencies (they will only be downloaded in a local folder):

$ cd eaglejs-demo
$ npm install

Then run npm run dev to start the server, and open your browser at http://localhost:8080 to see the slideshows.

To start editing, click on My first slideshow to display this slideshow, then open the file eagle/src/slideshows/first-slideshow/FirstSlideshow.vue and change the content of the first slide. Observe the changes happen automatically in your browser. The only times you need to refresh the page is when you add remove or add slides to the presentation.


Install by npm

npm install --save eagle.js

Or install by yarn

yarn add eagle.js


Eagle.js is a vue plugin. You need to use eagle.js in your vue app's main file:

import Eagle from 'eagle.js'
// import eagle.js default styles
import 'eagle.js/dist/eagle.css'
// import animate.css for slide transition 
import 'animate.css'


Basic idea

Eagle.js's basic components are slideshow and slide. You use slideshow as mixin to write slideshow component, which could include multiple slides. A very basic Single File Component for slideshow would look like this:

<template lang="pug">
      p(v-if="step >= 1")
        | {{step}}
      p(v-if="step >= 2")
        | {{step}}
      p(v-if="step >= 3")
        | {{step}}
      p(v-if="step >= 4")
        | {{step}}

import eagle from 'eagle.js'
export default {
  mixins: [eagle.slideshow]

We use slideshow's data step to control the conditional rendering in slide, thus slideshow is used as a mixin. Also by this way eagle.js exposes the maximum hackability to users.


slideshow can only be used as mixin.

Note: For vue mixins, template cannot be extended. slideshow needs one HTML element to wrap around your following slides because there are events registered to slideshow after component mounted. We recommend you to wrap your template in a eg-slideshow div for default styling. Also, do not add conditional rendering on slideshow (for example, add v-if="active" on your slideshow template) as it would break slideshow's events registration as well.

You can configure your authored slideshow component with these properties:

Property Default Description
firstslide 1
lastslide null
startStep 1
mouseNavigation true Navigate with mouse click or scroll event
keyboardNavigation true Navigate with keyboard
embedded false
inserted false
onStartExit null event callback for exiting slideshow through first slide
onEndExit null event callback for exiting slideshow through last slide
backBySlide false slideshow navigates back by step by default

More explaination on backBySlide:

By default, slideshow navigates back by step, but you can change the behavior to be slide based: so if you go back to the previous slide, it lands on the first step instead of last step. See a comparison:

Back by Step: Back by slide:
back by step back by slide

Please note, if you have any embedded slideshows, you have to use default back mode, because for now parent slideshow cannot know how many steps child slideshow backs. This is a feature to be implemented in the future.

Nested slideshow

A nested slideshow can be an inserted one or an embedded one. If the nested slideshow's parent is a slideshow, then it's an inserted slideshow; if the parent is a slide, then it's an embedded slideshow.
An embedded slideshow would have its own events and embedded styles, while an inserted slideshow does not. Do not mix them up: a embedded slideshow in a slideshow will replace its parent slideshow, while a inserted
slideshow inside a slide will simply not work.


slide can be used both as mixin or component. If your want to author a complex slide, writing it as a seperated SFC with slide mixin would really help. Including the following template(pug) as wrapper in your slide component to keep the default style:

eg-transition(:enter='enter', :leave='leave')
      // Your own markup...

You can configure slide with these properties:

Property Default Description
skip false
enter null Default enter animation
enterPrev null Enter animation for prev direction
enterNext null Enter animation for next direction
leave null Default leave animation
leavePrev null Leave animation for prev direction
leaveNext null Leave animation for next direction
steps 1 Total steps for this slide
mouseNavigation true Navigate with mouse click or scroll event
keyboardNavigation true Navigate with keyboard

enterPrev, enterNext, leavePrev and leaveNext provides flexibility if you want to customize the animation for prev/next direction. If set to null they will use default enter and leave styles.

Note: enter and leave must be set in pairs. Don't only set one property, because slide has two directions to move: prev/next, and both directions needs animations. We recommend either you set animation for all your slide on both enter and leave, or don't set any at all.


Under the hood, eg-transition is just vue's transition that supports animate.css: you can use animate.css's class name for enter and leave property and it just works. All eagle.js's transition effects, including slide, happen with this component, and you can use it just like using vue's transition.

Other components

Eagle.js ships several useful widgets that can be used in your slide:

  1. eg-modal
  2. eg-code-block (code highlighted by highlight.js)
  3. eg-code-comment
  4. eg-toggle
  5. eg-radio
  6. eg-triggered-message

See their usage in the demo project.


For minimum working style, you need to wrap your slideshow template in a eg-slideshow container. Eagle.js also has two themes for now: argume and gourmet. You can import theme style instead of default one to use them:

// in your main.js
import 'eagle.js/dist/themes/gourmet/gourmet.css'

To make theme style work, in your slideshow you should also have a wrapper with theme class, for example if you are using gourmet theme:

<div class="eg-theme-gourmet">
  <div class="eg-slideshow">

Advanced usages


If you want to customize eagle.js, most likely you will work on slideshow component. In this case, We recommend you to read through slideshow's source code to get a better understanding of how eagle.js works. Because slideshow works as a vue mixin, all data and method will follow vue's option merging rule. If you are not sure about whether you overwrite eagle.js's API, you can put your functions in afterMounted, which eagle.js exposes explicitly for users.

slideshow's mostly used methods are nextStep, previousStep, nextSlide, previousSlide, which are pretty self-explanatory.

Mobile Support

Eagle.js supports basic mouse, keyboard and touch event, but doesn't support any advanced mobile gestures, like 'swipe'. Still, it is very easy to add mobile support with a well-tested library, like hammer.js.

In your slideshow component's mounted lifecycle hook,

mounted: {
  // You can also register to this.$el if you want
  // to control the gesture only on your slideshow component
  const hammer = new Hammer(window)
  hammer.on('swiperight', () => {
  hammer.on('swipeleft', () => {

Eagle.js does not comes with permalinks implementation, because eagle.js does not assume your usage with it. Using eagle.js as a completely standalone slideshow, like reveal.js or Remark, or as a component inserted into your routes, permalinks can get quite different. What's more, vue-router is not a dependency for eagle.js. So it's not a 'battery included' situtation. However, it is fairly easy to implement your own.

The most common implementation for permalinks is to use hashbang in URLs. You can achieve with with vue-router's hash mode, or even better, with history mode, to get rid of the ugly hashbang. Also with vue-router, it gives your more flexibility and more granularity control.

For example, if we are using Eagle.js as a standalone application. In our router file:

const router = new VueRouter({
  routes: [
      path: '/:slide/:step',
      component: MySlideshow

And inside a MySlideshow, add watchers to update URL when slides changes, and update slides when URL changes:

  methods: {
     updateSlides: function () {
      this.currentSlideIndex = +this.$route.params.slide
      this.$nextTick(() => {
        this.step = +this.$route.params.step
    updateURL: function () {
  watch: {
    '$route': 'updateSlides',
    step: 'updateURL',
    currentSlideIndex: 'updateURL'