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Ghostscript Software

Ghostscript is a Page Description Language (PDL) Interpreter and industry leader in PDF, PostScript, PCL, and XPS rendering and conversion. From its days as the first independent, open source (GPL) alternative to Adobe’s PostScript products, Ghostscript has grown and evolved to where it is widely recognized as a de facto standard implementation of PostScript and PDF languages. In fact, a June 2016 report released by Adobe and the PDF Association noted open source Ghostscript as the third largest creator of PDF files in the world, ranking only behind Adobe and Microsoft.

With the release of version 9.22, Ghostscript became the first PDF interpreter that supports the reading and rendering of documents in the new PDF 2.0 specifications. Updates to the Ghostscript code base include UTF-8 improvements, Page-level Output Intents, Black point compensation, and Halftone origin.

Open Source Ghostscript

#3 Creator of PDF Files in the World

Most Comprehensive Set of PDL Interpreters

  • Conversion Leader – When it comes to conversion capabilities, Ghostscript leads the pack with the broadest and most complete set of language conversions in today’s market.

  • Complete Font Solutions – Ghostscript has a very broad range of commercial quality font solutions available for use. This includes PostScript fonts, PCL fonts, and PDF compatible fonts. Learn more


Ghostscript’s breadth, depth and vast array of features makes it a veritable “Swiss army knife”; a customizable software solution for addressing complex imaging problems.

  • Multi-Platform support – Including Unix, Linux, Microsoft Windows (95 and later), Mac OSX, and VxWorks.

  • Wide array of modules – Libraries, back-end file format and device drivers that further enable customization and flexibility.

  • Wide range of uses – Deployed on host-based, embedded, and cloud solutions.
    – Embedding in printers, MFPs, and RIPs
    – Engine in most major document management systems
    – Engine in a number of leading PDF generators and tools
    – Providing cloud solutions for major partners

  • Compatibility – Fully compatible interpreters that accept any legal PDF, PostScript, PCL, or XPS file conforming to the published specifications of these languages. Recognizing that vendors have implemented undocumented extensions to these languages, we serve our customers by implementing such extensions in Ghostscript whenever they are commercially significant.


Ghostscript’s small (3MB) footprint, extraordinary color management, and speed make it a superior solution.

  • Size – At 3MB, you won’t find a smaller footprint in our category.

  • Speed – Benchmark tests demonstrate Ghostscript’s rapid speed.

  • Imaging Science – Ghostscript uses ICC standards throughout the entire workflow to ensure accurate color rendering each and every time. You can either use the color management system supplied with Ghostscript or interface your own, easily and seamlessly. Learn more about our Imaging Science.

  • Graphic Object Dependent Color Management technology provides significant flexibility for controlling color based upon graphic object type all on the same page.
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Battle Tested

Our rigorous, continuous benchmark testing, including daily regression testing of code and QualityLogic conformance testing, ensures the highest quality performance. In addition, over 2,000 customer years of operational testing and delivery of Ghostscript has refined the product and prepared us to deal with any technology situation.

  • Support – In addition to being experts in our technology, we are deeply committed to support and service. Yet another reason why over one hundred OEM partners worldwide rely on Artifex and Ghostscript.

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Ghostscript is an industry leader in PDF, PostScript, PCL, and XPS rendering and converting to/from any PDLs.


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Ghostscript is available under the Open Source AGPL and commercial license arrangements

Open Source

If your distribution terms conform to our open source license, download here.

Commercial License

If you would like to secure a commercial license for distribution, learn more here.

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