GPL Ghostscript 8.60

Artifex Software, Inc. is pleased to announe the release of GPL Ghostscript 8.60. This is the first in a new stable series.

The major milestone of this release is a merge from the ESP Ghostscript fork, used to support the CUPS printing system. This means that free operating systems can now ship a single copy of upstream Ghostscript with their releases. Thanks to Till Kamppeter and Mike Sweet for making this possible.

This release also includes numerous important bug fixes over the previous stable versions, as well as improvements to performance, memory footprint, shading and image handling. We recommend this upgrade to all free users.

Note: The default device in the gcc build is temporarily the 'bbox' device instead of the usual 'x11' device. This is a side effect of the device modularization patch from ESP Ghostscript which could not be corrected before release. To recover the old default behaviour add '-sDEVICE=x11' to the command line.

Source packages are available from the usual locations:

MD5 checksums

SHA-1 checksums

Thanks to everyone whose hard work made this release possible!

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.

Microsoft Windows

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

gs860w32.exe, GPL Ghostscript 8.60 for 32-bit Windows (the common variety).
gs860w64.exe, GPL Ghostscript 8.60 for 64-bit Windows (x86_64).


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 2007-11-19