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Ghostscript is the name of a set of software that provides:
- An interpreter for the PostScript language and the PDF file format,
- A set of C procedures (the Ghostscript library) that implement
the graphics capabilities that appear as primitive operations in the
PostScript language, and
- A wide variety of output drivers for various file formats and printers.
Ghostscript was originally written by Peter Deutsch.
The original Ghostscript program is maintained by a group of
developers from Artifex Software Inc.
Henry Stiles and Ray Johnston are the main developers.
GNU Ghostscript is maintained by a team of GNU programmers. The GNU version of
the software is a distribution of the Ghostscript project from Artifex Software.
GNU Ghostscript is known to run on the following platform families:
- A wide variety of Unix systems using X Window version 11,
release 4, 5, and 6, including Sun-3, Sun-4, Sun-386i, and
Sun SPARCStation; generic machines running
GNU/Linux, 386/ix, ISC Unix, SCO Unix, and Solaris; H-P
9000/300 and 9000/800; DECStation 2100 and 3100; VAX running
Ultrix and OSF/1; Sequent Symmetry; Convex C1 and C2;
Tektronix 4300; SGI Iris Indigo;
- Sun workstations (Sun-3, SPARC, Sun-386i) running SunView;
- VAX or AXP systems running VMS with X11R4/5 and DEC C or gcc.
GNU Ghostscript is a copyrighted work; it is distributed under
the GNU General Public License. You
can get the current version of GNU Ghostscript by Internet FTP from
from any of the GNU distribution sites; likely, alpha versions may be
The Ghostscript source code distribution requires the jpeg library,
the zlib compression library, optionally the libpng image format library,
Jasper (for JPEG2000 format support), expat, freetype, jbig2dec, lcms and tiff.
The versions eventually included in the distribution sources contain some
modifications essentials to Ghostscript and not included upstream for the moment.
GNU Ghostscript documentation is distributed with the source packages.
The following mailing lists are all about GNU Ghostscript:
The main discussion list is
and is used to discuss all aspects of GNU Ghostscript, including development and porting.
Discussion about GNU Ghostscript and Ghostview can be found in the
USENET gnu.ghostscript.bug newsgroup.
If you would like any new feature to be included in future versions
of GNU Ghostscript, please send a request to
Please remember that development of GNU Ghostscript is a volunteer effort, and you
can also contribute to its development. For information about contributing
to the GNU Project, please read How to help GNU.
If you think you have found a bug in GNU Ghostscript, then you should send
as complete a report as possible to
GNU Ghostscript development is done on the appropiate savannah project.
to GNU Ghostscript
- GV allows to view and navigate
through PostScript and PDF documents on an X display by
providing a user interface for the ghostscript interpreter.
GNU Ghostscript is currently maintained by Didier Link
and José E. Marchesi (<firstname.lastname@example.org>).