This is the command-line utility for Ultradeck. ultradeck allows you to create and manipulate decks straight from your local machine in a seamless way.


There are a couple of options to install:

  • If using homebrew, Ultradeck is available via brew install ultradeck.
  • You can download the binaries via the Releases page on Github.
  • If you're using Go, you can also run go install to install the binary for your system.

Quickstart tutorial

1. Authenticate yourself.

You'll need to authenticate yourself the first time you use ultradeck.

  1. Run ultradeck auth
  2. You'll be taken to ultradeck's login page, where you'll login via Github or Google.
  3. Once done, head back to your terminal. Ultradeck will have completed the auth and will have written a file at ~/.config/ultradeck/auth.json, which includes your authentication token.

2. Create a new deck using the cli.

Run ultradeck create in a new directory. Ultradeck will ask you your deck's title, description, and visibility setting.

ultradeck will create 2 files in your directory:

  1. <- this is your deck.
  2. .ud.json <- this is the internal file that keeps your deck in sync with what is on the webapp.

3. Open up the ultradeck editor webapp

In your directory, run ultradeck edit. This will bring up the editor screen on

The editor screen is what you'll use to get a feel for how your deck looks, change colors + themes, and write presenter notes.

4. In a separate terminal, head to your directory and run ultradeck watch.

The watch command will watch both and for changes, and bi-directionally update.

Using your favorite editor, open and add a few slides to your deck:

## Slide 1

* Here's the first bullet


## Slide 2

* And here is another item

When you write the file, ultradeck will automatically push your changes to This will allow you to quickly iterate on your deck and get the general idea across.

Command reference


  • auth: Authenticate with ultradeck. Once authenticated, you can use the ultradeck command in any directory without the need to re-authenticate each time.

Create and import decks

  • create: Create a new deck
  • import: Import a deck from to the current directory

Pushing and pulling changes

  • push: push local changes to
  • pull: pull remote deck changes from (be sure to reload in your editor!)
  • watch: Watch for changes locally and remotely, and keep local + remote in sync

Opening pages on

  • present: Show the deck view on for the current deck
  • edit: Show the edit deck view on for the current deck


  • check: check to ensure you're correctly logged in
  • upgrade: Go to the pricing page to upgrade your account

Managing images and other assets

Any images in the same directory as will be treated as assets for the deck. Assets are available for use in your slides.


➜  tree -a
├── porsche.jpg
└── .ud.json

You can reference the image in your deck like so:


# Cool cars!

When you run ultradeck push, porsche.jpg will be uploaded to as an asset.

Tips for using Git with an ultradeck directory

You're encouraged to put, any assets, and .ud.json under git control.

The ud.json file

ud.json is a representation of your deck from It includes information about slide themes, colors, presenter notes, custom CSS, etc. When you run ultradeck pull, all information about the deck is synced over to .ud.json.

This is why it's important to have .ud.json under git control, so you can always revert back changes to the actual presentation attributes of your deck, if you need to.

The file

ultradeck always looks for a file called which is the Markdown representation of your deck. There is no difference in the markdown needed to create decks.

Slides in will be parsed with the horizontal rule markdown command, specifically the 3 dashes: ---.


# Slide 1


# Slide 2


# Slide 3

Keeping local decks in sync with

ultradeck does not support fancy merge algorithms. It will simply copy whats on remote to local if you're running ultradeck pull, and will blindly push what's local to remote if you're running ultradeck push. This is why it's important to keep local decks under version control and being careful about the changes you make on

Importing a file from Deckset

Ultradeck has some support for markdown files created for use with Deckset. To use a Deckset file with ultradeck, do the following:

  1. In a new directory, create a new deck with ultradeck create
  2. copy the deckset markdown file to the directory, and name it
  3. run ultradeck push.

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