Beamer is a LaTeX class for creating slides for presentations. It supports both pdfLaTeX and LaTeX + dvips. The name is taken from the German word Beamer, a pseudo-anglicism for video projector.

The beamer class is not the first LaTeX class for creating presentations, and like many of its predecessors, it has special syntax for defining 'slides' (known in Beamer as 'frames'). Slides can be built up on-screen in stages as if by revealing text that was previously hidden or covered. This is handled with PDF output by creating successive pages that preserve the layout but add new elements, so that advancing to the next page in the PDF file appears to add something to the displayed page, when in fact it has redrawn the page.


Compute Systems Invocation Version(s)
Red Hat Linux (64-bit) % /util/bin/pdflatex file.tex 3.0.1 (default)


  1. Copy this text into a file named file.tex:

    \title[Make a LaTeX presentation using Beamer]{Introduction  to Beamer\\How to make a presentation with LaTeX?}
    \author{Nadir Soualem -- Astozzia}
    \date{Jule 13, 2007}
    This is a short introduction to Beamer class.

  2. Compile file.tex to obtain file.pdf:

    % pdflatex file.tex

  3. View file.pdf:

    % acroread file.pdf


  1. The beamer class file is located in:



beameruserguide.pdf1.58 MB
beamer_multi_page.tar_.gz1.07 MB
beamer_single_page.tar_.gz17.55 KB