Makes impress.js presentations from reStructuredText

presentations restructuredtext
pip install hovercraft==2.5



The merge of convenience and cool!

Hovercraft! is a tool to make impress.js presentations from reStructuredText. For a quick explanation, see the demo.


  • Write your presentations in a text markup language. No slow, limiting GUI, no annoying HTML!
  • Pan, rotate and zoom in 3D, with automatic repositioning of slides!
  • A presenter console with notes and slide previews!
  • The slide show generated is in HTML, so you only need a web browser to show it.
  • Easy sharing, as it can be put up on a website for anyone to see!

Full documentation is available at, and also in the documentation subdirectory.


Hovercraft requires Python 3.4 or later, and can be installed like any Python package. The easiest way is to install pip, and then run:

$ pip3 install hovercraft

Hovercraft is untested on Windows, but there is no reason it shouldn't work, at least in theory.


Hovercraft! was written by Lennart Regebro <>, and is licensed as CC-0, except for the following:

  • reST.xsl is (c) Michael Alyn Miller <> and published under a BSD-style license included in reST.xsl itself.
  • impress.js is (c) Bartek Szopka (@bartaz) released under MIT and GPL licenses. See the impress.js page for more information.

Other contributors (see CHANGES.txt for details):

  • Carl Meyer [carljm]
  • Chris Withers [cjw296]
  • Fahrzin Hemmati [fahhem]
  • Christophe Labouisse [ggtools]
  • Paul Schoenfelder [bitwalker]
  • Bernhard Weitzhofer [b6d]
  • Russ Ferriday [topiaruss]
  • Henrik Blidh [hbldh]
  • Ian Castleden [arabidopsis]
  • Mario Bodemann [mariobodemann]
  • Jürgen Hermann [jhermann]
  • Adam Johnson [adamchainz]
  • Frederik Möllers [frederikmoellers]
  • David Baum [naraesk]
  • Keith Maxwell [maxwell-k]