• Python 3.6+
  • Inkscape 1.0+ (required only for Inkscape backend)
    • You can find installation instructions here
    • Versions under 1.0 and above 0.92 might also work, but they are not primarily supported
  • pdflatex, pdf2svg (required only for LaTeX support)

Native installation#

If you want to use Inkscape for rendering slides to PDF, make sure that you have it installed, preferably with version 1.0+. You can find how to install Inkscape here. On Ubuntu you can simply execute

$ apt-get install inkscape

Then simply install Elsie using PyPi:

$ pip3 install elsie

Cairo backend#

Install Elsie with the cairo extra package:

$ pip3 install elsie[cairo]

Docker installation#

We also provide a Docker image that has Inkscape and all the required Python dependencies installed.

First build the image:

$ docker build -t elsie .

After that you can use it to render your slides. Let's assume that you have a file called in the current directory and you want to render it into PDF. You can do that with the following command:

$ docker run --rm \
    -u $(id -u ${USER}):$(id -g ${USER}) \
    -v${PWD}:/slides \
    elsie python3 /slides/

The slides should then appear in your current directory (by default in slides.pdf).