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Obtaining Aladdin Ghostscript 5.50

See also the topic Ghostscript Licensing.

Post-release news

After you get this version of Ghostscript, we suggest that you follow this link to find a list of problems, fixes, and workarounds for this release.

Mirror sites

The primary FTP site for Ghostscript is Ghostscript is also available from many mirror sites which may be closer to you and provide faster access. Ghostscript is also available on CD-R.

Unix & VMS

You will need to obtain the following sources:

and also the following fonts:

Start by reading the Readme.htm file in ghostscript-5.50.tar.gz.

It is also worthwhile having the GV previewer.

Precompiled RPM files are available from ghostscript-5.50-2.i386.rpm and ghostscript-fonts-5.50-1.noarch.rpm, The sources are available from ghostscript-5.50-2.src.rpm and ghostscript-fonts-5.50-1.src.rpm. These were built using RedHat Linux 5.1 and also work with 6.0. These will also work under Caldera OpenLinux 1.3 provided you first install the runtime glibc package from the /col/contrib/RPMS directory on the OpenLinux 1.3 "Installation" CD-ROM.

OS/2, MS-DOS & MS-Windows

Windows 95, 98 or NT

You will need to obtain and run the self-extracting EXE

gsv27550.exe, GSview 2.7 and Aladdin Ghostscript 5.50 for Win32 3429376 bytes

GSview is a graphical interface to Ghostscript which will install GSview and Aladdin Ghostscript. We suggest that you read the list of known problems in GSview

If you can't download EXE files, download the separate ZIP files:

Unzip and follow the instructions in the file README.TXT.

Windows 3.1

To run the 32-bit executables, you will need to obtain and install Win32s 1.30, download the self extracting EXE mentioned in the previous section, unzip it using a tool such as Info-ZIP, then run the enclosed setup.exe. The self extracting archive will not unpack itself correctly under Win32s.

If you need 16-bit exectuables, you will need to obtain and run the self-extracting EXE

gsv27403.exe, GSview 2.7 and Aladdin Ghostscript 4.03 for Win16 2936095 bytes

This is the most recent 16-bit version.


You will need to obtain the following ZIP files:

Unzip and follow the instructions in the file README.TXT.


There is no DOS EXE prebuilt for Aladdin Ghostscript 5.50. See Aladdin Ghostscript 5.10 for a 32-bit DOS EXE. Alternatively, the Win32 package above includes gswin32c.exe, a Win32 command line version of Ghostscript.

Compiling from sources

If you plan to re-compile from the sources, you will need:

The font metrics (AFM files) for the fonts in and some extra fonts are available in:

The documentation for Ghostscript is typically installed in the directory c:/gstools/gs5.50. Look for Readme.htm, New-user.htm, Install.htm and Use.htm.


If using OS/2 or MS-Windows it is strongly recommended that you also get GSview, which provides a graphical interface to Ghostscript. GSview 2.7 contains an installation program which also installs Ghostscript 5.50.

To unpack ZIP files, you will need an unzip program such as Info-ZIP unzip.


Aladdin Ghostscript 5.50 will be available precompiled for the Mac here.

The following information applies to Aladdin Ghostscript 5.50.

You will need to obtain the following:

If you plan to re-compile from the sources, you will need:

Start by reading the readme.txt file for installation instructions.

The MacGS Viewer Manual is part of the macgs-550-files.sit.bin archive and contains more detailed information. There is also a web version of the manual on-line. You can find out more about MacGS-550 on-line as well.

BIN and HQX files can be unpacked using Stuffit Expander on the MacOS and Win32. There is no relation between the creator of StuffIt Expander, Aladdin Systems (now Allume Systems, and the creator of Ghostscript, Aladdin Enterprises.


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