Currently the setup uses Asciidoctor to write content and builds the presentation using Apache Maven and Reveal.JS.

We have prepared everything that it should be pretty simple to get started with creating a new presentation.


  • Java 8 or newer

  • Maven 3.3 or newer

Until we have released the tooling, you will need to build it locally first or the archetype plugin will fail to run. Please read the following chapter on how to do this.

In order to create an empty presentation to start with, please execute the following command:

mvn archetype:generate -DarchetypeArtifactId=content-archetype -DarchetypeVersion=1.0.0

For Windows, you need to wrap every argument in double-quotes:

mvn archetype:generate "" "-DarchetypeArtifactId=content-archetype" "-DarchetypeVersion=1.0.0"

After choosing groupId, artifactId, version and package there should be a new directory that matches the artifactId that you selected.

Change into this directory and run the following command to build the presentation:

mvn package

After that, there should be a directory target/generated-slides.

If you open the index.html in that directory your presentation should open in the browser.

Using the latest development version

If you want to use the latest development version of the Apache Training tooling, please still use the latest released archetype. Otherwise, the archetype plugin will not be able to find the SNAPSHOT version of the archetype. As generally most changes apply to the parent being used in the slides module, you can update to the latest version by:

Adding the following section to the generated pom.xml:

  <!-- Make Snapshots of Apache projects available -->

After adding this you can update the parent version to the latest SNAPSHOT version and Maven should be able to find it.

Building the Apache Training Tooling

Additional requirements:

  • Git

In order to build Apache Training Tooling, please checkout the git repo from:

git clone
cd incubator-training
mvn install

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