Note this page is up-to-date for 5.7 that has a new directory layout; in a nutshell, 5.7 comes with a clear separation between

  • what is inherited from reveal.js with our minor adaptations (the rise-reveal subdir),
  • the RISE extension for the classic notebook (the classic subdir),
  • opening the space for a future jlab subdir that will host the jupyterlab extension.

You can install RISE in development mode in this way:


Use your usual package manager to install the required build tools. Essentially you will need:

  • git,
  • npm and nodejs,
  • and of course jupyter,
  • finally sphinx comes in handy to produce the documentation.

Clone the git repo

git clone

build rise-reveal

fetch and patch the source code for reveal.js

cd $ROOT/rise-reveal
npm install
npm run build

build the clasic extension

among others, here we pull the code for reveal.js from rise-reveal into the static folder

cd $ROOT/classic
npm install
npm run build


  • this is all that is needed at that stage
  • later on you might want to take a look at package.json that has finer-grained targets, that the build target groups for your convenience
  • in particular, if you only need to redo css, you can do npm run build-css
  • also note that you can remove reveal.js from the static folder with npm run clean-reveal.

Install RISE in developer mode

Second, let’s install RISE in a editable form:

pip install -e .
jupyter-nbextension install rise --py --sys-prefix --symlink
jupyter-nbextension enable rise --py --sys-prefix


  • the --symlink argument is meant to allow you to modify the JavaScript code in-place. This feature however is probably not available in Win.
  • If you cannot use this symlink trick, you will need to “re-install” the nbextension to actually see any changes you made on th JS files.
  • Also please make sure to properly and thoroughly reload your page in the browser; using Shift when reloading is generally a good idea.


If you change the less source often, it can be convenient to enable per-save automatic building of CSS, and for that you can use:

npm run watch-less

which will update the css code from less each time a change happens on the disk. Kill with Control-C when you are done.

Plugins development

We currently have a custom plugin for the notes: notes_rise If you need to modify this part of the codebase, after you are happy with your changes, you need to login to npm and push the package containing your changes (the package will be build and upload by the npm publish command):

cd /plugin/notes/
npm login
npm publish

Finally, you need to update the main package.json file at the root directory to grab the new version you just published.