tpp man page

TPP — Text Presentation Program


tpp <Options> <FILE>


Tpp stands for text presentation program and is an ncurses-based presentation tool. The presentation can be written with your favorite editor in a simple description format and then shown on any text terminal that is supported by ncurses - ranging from an old VT100 to the Linux framebuffer to an xterm.

It supports color, various output modes, sliding in text, command prompt, LaTeX conversion and more.


-h/--help display help

-l output.tex input.tpp converts tpp slides into tex

-x allow usage of "--exec"

-v/--version display version number


display next entry within page
space, cursor-down, cursor-right
display next page
b, cursor-up, cursor-left
display previous page
q, Q
quit tpp
j, J
jump directly to page
s, S
jump to the start page
e, E
jump to the last page
c, C
start command line

Writing Presentations

The tpp presentation formats consists of normal text lines and special commands. Special commands are contained in lines that begin with "--" and the command name.

See /usr/share/doc/tpp/README for complete list of command names, and /usr/share/doc/tpp/examples for TPP presentation examples, including presentation slides that have been in real-life presentations.

Vim Syntax File

In /usr/share/doc/tpp/contrib you'll find a syntax file for the vim editor. See /usr/share/doc/tpp/README for installation instructions.

Author Contact

Tpp was written by Nico Golde <> and Andreas Krennmair <>


April 2007 tpp 1.3.1 User Commands