GNU Ghostscript

Introduction to GNU Ghostscript

Ghostscript is the name of a set of software that provides:

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:

Obtaining GNU Ghostscript

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 available on

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.

Mailing Lists/Newsgroups

The main GNU Ghostscript mailing list is <> (subscribe) (archive).
It 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.

Getting involved

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.

Request an Enhancement
If you would like any new feature to be included in future versions of GNU Ghostscript, please send a request to <>.
Report a Bug
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.
GNU Ghostscript is currently maintained by Didier Link (<>) and José E. Marchesi (<>).

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