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Obtaining AFPL Ghostscript 7.00

See also the topic Ghostscript Licensing.

Post-release news

After you get this version of Ghostscript, we suggest that you track news, updates, and fixes on SourceForge. Please visit

You can also participate in the discussion at the Ghostscript community website,

Mirror sites

The primary site for the Ghostscript source code is The primary FTP site for the full Ghostscript release 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-7.00.tar.gz.

It is also worthwhile having the GV or GSview previewer.

Precompiled RPM files are available from ghostscript-7.00-1.i386.rpm and ghostscript-fonts-6.0-2.noarch.rpm, The sources are available from ghostscript-7.00-1.src.rpm and ghostscript-fonts-6.0-2.src.rpm. These are expected to work on the following Linux variants:

Please note that these RPM files were built with a limited set of printer drivers. If you need extra printer drivers, you will need to recompile Ghostscript.

Windows 95, 98, NT or 2000

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

gs700w32.exe, AFPL Ghostscript 7.00 for Win32 6119936 bytes
You can unzip this if you want to check the contents.

It is recommended that you also install GSview, a graphical interface to Ghostscript. GSview 3.6 will not work with AFPL Ghostscript 7.00. You will need to use GSview 4.0.

gsv40w32.exe, GSview 4.0 for Win32 1491456 bytes


You will need to obtain the following ZIP files:

Unzip and follow the instructions in the file Readme.htm.


There is no DOS EXE prebuilt for AFPL Ghostscript 7.00. 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 gs700w32.exe or plus: The documentation for Ghostscript is typically installed in the directory c:/gs/gs7.00/doc. 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.

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


AFPL Ghostscript 7.00 will be available precompiled for the Mac here.

The following information applies to Aladdin Ghostscript 5.50.

You will need to obtain the following: macgs-550-installer.bin, FAT binary, configuration, initialization, fonts, and example files, 4551k

Note: This download requires StuffitExpander version 5.x or any version of MindExpander for decompression. Older versions of StuffitExpander will complain that the archive is corrupted; this is not the case.

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-installer.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.

Last update 2001-06-02