Below is a list of output devices available in Ghostscript. Many of the devices listed are not available in the standard configurations. To find out what devices are supported by your copy of Ghostscript, type gs -h from the command line or from within Ghostscript:
GS> devicenames ==If the device you need is not listed, but does appear in the list below, you will need to recompile Ghostscript. If you want a printer device that is not listed, look carefully for an alternate device that may work with your printer. If all else fails, you may have to modify an existing device to suit your printer.
User-contributed drivers marked with + are maintained outside the ghostscript source tree. Please contact the original authors with any questions about these drivers.
Drivers marked with a * are maintained by with the assistance of users, since the core developers do not have access to necessary hardware or software for testing these.
It is possible to build configurations with an arbitrary collection of device drivers, although some drivers are supported only on a subset of the target platforms. The currently available drivers are:
MS-DOS EGA and VGA: ega EGA (640x350, 16-color) vga VGA (640x480, 16-color) MS-DOS SuperVGA: * ali SuperVGA using Avance Logic Inc. chipset, 256-color modes * atiw ATI Wonder SuperVGA, 256-color modes * cirr SuperVGA using Cirrus Logic CL-GD54XX chips, 256-color modes * s3vga SuperVGA using S3 86C911 chip (e.g., Diamond Stealth board) svga16 Generic SuperVGA in 800x600, 16-color mode * tseng SuperVGA using Tseng Labs ET3000/4000 chips, 256-color modes * tvga SuperVGA using Trident chipset, 256-color modes ****** NOTE: The vesa device does not work with the Watcom (32-bit MS-DOS) ****** compiler or executable. vesa SuperVGA with VESA standard API driver
MS Windows: mswindll Microsoft Windows 3.1 DLL [MS Windows only] mswinprn Microsoft Windows 3.0, 3.1 DDB printer [MS Windows only] mswinpr2 Microsoft Windows 3.0, 3.1 DIB printer [MS Windows only] OS/2: * os2pm OS/2 Presentation Manager [OS/2 only] * os2dll OS/2 DLL bitmap [OS/2 only] * os2prn OS/2 printer [OS/2 only] Unix and VMS: ****** NOTE: For direct frame buffer addressing under SCO Unix or Xenix, ****** edit the definition of EGAVGA below. * lvga256 Linux vgalib, 256-color VGA modes [Linux only] + vgalib Linux vgalib, 16-color VGA modes [Linux only] x11 X Windows version 11, release >=4 [Unix and VMS only] x11alpha X Windows masquerading as a device with alpha capability x11cmyk X Windows masquerading as a 1-bit-per-plane CMYK device x11cmyk2 X Windows as a 2-bit-per-plane CMYK device x11cmyk4 X Windows as a 4-bit-per-plane CMYK device x11cmyk8 X Windows as an 8-bit-per-plane CMYK device x11gray2 X Windows as a 2-bit gray-scale device x11gray4 X Windows as a 4-bit gray-scale device x11mono X Windows masquerading as a black-and-white device x11rg16x X Windows with G5/B5/R6 pixel layout for testing. x11rg32x X Windows with G11/B10/R11 pixel layout for testing.
+ atx23 Practical Automation ATX-23 label printer + atx24 Practical Automation ATX-24 label printer + atx38 Practical Automation ATX-38 label printer + deskjet H-P DeskJet and DeskJet Plus djet500 H-P DeskJet 500; use -r600 for DJ 600 series + fs600 Kyocera FS-600 (600 dpi) + laserjet H-P LaserJet + ljet2p H-P LaserJet IId/IIp/III* with TIFF compression + ljet3 H-P LaserJet III* with Delta Row compression + ljet3d H-P LaserJet IIID with duplex capability + ljet4 H-P LaserJet 4 (defaults to 600 dpi) + ljet4d H-P LaserJet 4 (defaults to 600 dpi) with duplex + ljetplus H-P LaserJet Plus lj5mono H-P LaserJet 5 & 6 family (PCL XL), bitmap: see below for restrictions & advice lj5gray H-P LaserJet 5 & 6 family, gray-scale bitmap; see below for restrictions & advice * lp2563 H-P 2563B line printer * oce9050 OCE 9050 printe (pxlmono) H-P black-and-white PCL XL printers (LaserJet 5 and 6 family) (pxlcolor) H-P color PCL XL printers (e.g. Color LaserJet 4500)
****** NOTE: all of these drivers normally adjust the page size to match ****** one of the three CCITT standard sizes (U.S. letter with A4 width, ****** A4, or B4). To suppress this, use -dAdjustWidth=0. faxg3 Group 3 fax, with EOLs but no header or EOD faxg32d Group 3 2-D fax, with EOLs but no header or EOD faxg4 Group 4 fax, with EOLs but no header or EOD tiffcrle TIFF "CCITT RLE 1-dim" (= Group 3 fax with no EOLs) tiffg3 TIFF Group 3 fax (with EOLs) tiffg32d TIFF Group 3 2-D fax tiffg4 TIFF Group 4 fax
epswrite EPS output (like PostScript Distillery) pdfwrite PDF output (like Adobe Acrobat Distiller) pswrite PostScript output (like PostScript Distillery) pxlmono Black-and-white PCL XL pxlcolor Color PCL XL
bit Plain bits, monochrome bitrgb Plain bits, RGB bitcmyk Plain bits, CMYK bmpmono Monochrome MS Windows .BMP file format bmpgray 8-bit gray .BMP file format bmpsep1 Separated 1-bit CMYK .BMP file format, primarily for testing bmpsep8 Separated 8-bit CMYK .BMP file format, primarily for testing bmp16 4-bit (EGA/VGA) .BMP file format bmp256 8-bit (256-color) .BMP file format bmp16m 24-bit .BMP file format bmp32b 32-bit pseudo-.BMP file format cgmmono Monochrome (black-and-white) CGM -- LOW LEVEL OUTPUT ONLY cgm8 8-bit (256-color) CGM -- DITTO cgm24 24-bit color CGM -- DITTO jpeg JPEG format, RGB output jpeggray JPEG format, gray output miff24 ImageMagick MIFF format, 24-bit direct color, RLE compressed pcxmono PCX file format, monochrome (1-bit black and white) pcxgray PCX file format, 8-bit gray scale pcx16 PCX file format, 4-bit planar (EGA/VGA) color pcx256 PCX file format, 8-bit chunky color pcx24b PCX file format, 24-bit color (3 8-bit planes) pcxcmyk PCX file format, 4-bit chunky CMYK color pbm Portable Bitmap (plain format) pbmraw Portable Bitmap (raw format) pgm Portable Graymap (plain format) pgmraw Portable Graymap (raw format) pgnm Portable Graymap (plain format), optimizing to PBM if possible pgnmraw Portable Graymap (raw format), optimizing to PBM if possible pnm Portable Pixmap (plain format) (RGB), optimizing to PGM or PBM if possible pnmraw Portable Pixmap (raw format) (RGB), optimizing to PGM or PBM if possible ppm Portable Pixmap (plain format) (RGB) ppmraw Portable Pixmap (raw format) (RGB) pkm Portable inKmap (plain format) (4-bit CMYK => RGB) pkmraw Portable inKmap (raw format) (4-bit CMYK => RGB) pksm Portable Separated map (plain format) (4-bit CMYK => 4 pages) pksmraw Portable Separated map (raw format) (4-bit CMYK => 4 pages) * plan9bm Plan 9 bitmap format pngmono Monochrome Portable Network Graphics (PNG) pnggray 8-bit gray Portable Network Graphics (PNG) png16 4-bit color Portable Network Graphics (PNG) png256 8-bit color Portable Network Graphics (PNG) png16m 24-bit color Portable Network Graphics (PNG) psmono PostScript (Level 1) monochrome image psgray PostScript (Level 1) 8-bit gray image psrgb PostScript (Level 2) 24-bit color image tiff12nc TIFF 12-bit RGB, no compression tiff24nc TIFF 24-bit RGB, no compression (NeXT standard format) tifflzw TIFF LZW (tag = 5) (monochrome) tiffpack TIFF PackBits (tag = 32773) (monochrome)
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