GPL Ghostscript 8.56

Artifex Software, Inc. and artofcode LLC are pleased to announce the release of GPL Ghostscript 8.56. This is the latest in the 8.5x stable series.

This new release has seen a great deal of work to improve conformance with the Quality Logic PS CET suite. Where close imitation of the reference implementation is required, we now provide a '' helper file which can be prefixed to a job to set certain optional defaults.

Also new in this release:

Thanks to everyone whose hard work made this release possible!

Source is available for download from the usual locations:

The basic font set is distributed separately. We recommend:

ghostscript-fonts-std-8.11.tar.gz for this release.

MD5 checksums:

498015a278308d147bea563be2c5165e ghostscript-8.56.tar.bz2
dcf20574f85b3c302e8982dcf427eb7c ghostscript-8.56.tar.gz
6865682b095f8c4500c54b285ff05ef6 ghostscript-fonts-std-8.11.tar.gz
800b7c3ceba7a07fe14478c44d9f48ec gs856w32.exe
237c58c1f2fa66fff08ef3331680d1c9 gs856w64.exe

Post-release news

After you get this version of Ghostscript, we suggest that you track news, updates, and fixes here or at the Ghostscript 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.


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.

Last update 2007-03-25