GNU GV allows viewing and navigating PostScript and PDF documents on an X display, by providing a graphical user interface for the Ghostscript interpreter.

GV is an improved derivation of Timothy O. Theisen's Ghostview, originally developed by Johannes Plass.

Downloading GV

GV is available from the main GNU server (HTTPSHTTPFTP) and its mirrors; please use a mirror if possible.


Documentation for GV is available online, as is documentation for most GNU software. You may also find more information about GV by running info gv or by looking at /usr/doc/gv/, /usr/share/doc/gv/, /usr/local/doc/gv/, or similar directories on your system. A brief summary is available by running gv --help.

Mailing lists

GV has two mailing lists:

  • <> for discussing most aspects of GV, including development and enhancement requests, as well as bug reports;
  • <> for general user help and discussion.

Announcements about GV and most other GNU software are made on <>.

To subscribe to these or any GNU mailing lists, please send an empty mail with a Subject: header of just “subscribe” to the relevant -request list. For example, to subscribe yourself to the GNU announcement list, you would send mail to <>. Or you can use the mailing list web interface.

Getting involved

Development of GV, and GNU in general, is a volunteer effort, and you can contribute. For information, please read How to help GNU. If you'd like to get involved, it's a good idea to join the discussion mailing list (see above).

Test releases
Trying the latest test release (when available) is always appreciated. Test releases of GV can be downloaded from the GNU server (HTTPSHTTPFTP).
For development sources, bug and patch trackers, and other information, please see the GV project page at
We are looking for translators. See the description of this task at Savannah.
GV is currently maintained by Markus Steinborn. Please use the mailing lists for contact.


GV is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.