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Obtaining AFPL Ghostscript 7.03

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,

Classic MacOS binaries and source are now available for this release. See below for details.

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-7.03.tar.gz.

It is also worthwhile having the GV or GSview previewer.

An RPM file is available as ghostscript-7.03-1.i386.rpm. In the unlikely event that you do not have the ghostscript fonts installed, you will also need ghostscript-fonts-6.0-2.noarch.rpm. The sources are available from ghostscript-7.03-1.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. The RPM above is needed for GSview.

Windows 95, 98, NT or 2000

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

gs703w32.exe, AFPL Ghostscript 7.03 for Win32 6187008 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 7.03. You will need to use GSview 4.1.

gsv41w32.exe, GSview 4.1 for Win32 1734656 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 7.03. 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 gs703w32.exe or plus: The documentation for Ghostscript is typically installed in the directory c:/gs/gs7.03/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 7.03 is available precompiled for the Mac at the mirror sites listed above.

This is simply an update of the Ghostscript engine; you'll still need to use it with a viewer application like MacGSView. Simply replace the various pieces with the updated versions from the macgs-703-shlib folder. For MacGSView 2.0beta4, the important pieces are the 'GhostscriptLib PPC' file in the Extensions Folder, and the 'lib' directory in Application Support:Ghostscript inside the system folder.

To compile MacOS shared component from source, you just need the macgs-703-src.sit archive available from the same locations, and Metrowerks Codewarrior v6 (or above). This archive contains all the third party libraries required to build Ghostscript, but not the source to the viewer application or the standard fontset (see above) required for text rendering.

Last update 2001-12-03