FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Ghostscript?

    Ghostscript is a high-performance Postscript and PDF interpreter and rendering engine with the most comprehensive set of page description languages (PDL’s) on the market today and technology conversion capabilities covering PDF, PostScript, PCL and XPS languages.

    Ghostscript has been under active development for over 20 years, and offers an extremely versatile feature set and can be deployed across a wide range of platforms, modules, end uses (embedding in hardware, as an engine in document management systems, providing cloud solution integration and as an engine in leading PDF generators and tools).

  • What are GhostPDL, GhostPCL and GhostXPS?

  • Where can I download Ghostscript/GhostPDL?

  • Will Ghostscript support PDF 2.0 standard (ISO 32000-2:2017)?

  • How do I install Ghostscript on Windows?

  • How do I install Ghostscript on Linux?

  • How do I build Ghostscript from source on Linux?

  • How do I build Ghostscript from source on Windows?

  • How do I view a PDF (or Postscript) with Ghostscript on Windows?

  • How do I view a PDF (or Postscript) with Ghostscript on Unix?

  • Can I use Ghostscript to convert PS/PDFs to images?

  • Can I use Ghostscript to convert PS/PDFs to other file formats?

  • Can I use Ghostscript to post-process PS/PDFs?

  • Are there options to control the quality of the output given?

  • Can I embed Ghostscript in my own apps?

  • Does Ghostscript come with support?

  • Where can I get more information about how to use Ghostscript?

  • What should I do if I uncover a bug?

  • Why doesn’t my text look as good as it should?

  • Are there any specific discussion forums related to Ghostscript you would recommend?