GPL Ghostscript 8.71

Artifex Software is happy to announce a new stable release of GPL Ghostscript and GhostPDL.

This is the second release in the stable Ghostscript 8.7x series. The corresponding GhostPDL release is 8.71.

Source packages are available from:

And from the following mirrors:

SHA-1 checksums:

  • 629299140f612fac32f6289be0904107dfd1b555 ghostscript-8.71.tar.gz
  • aa2df7ba23abdfe95d36acec7333eac51768c47d ghostscript-8.71.tar.xz
  • 40b93e8612060ecc6634655332d20d321a6a1dec ghostscript-8.71-macosx.tar.gz
  • 65b35e7a5d5bfb589eac163a31bf80108a1e5853 gs871w32.exe
  • 0055fde6c803ff7acff36fd3a10f7322cdd72274 gs871w64.exe
  • MD5 checksums:

    New in this release is an experimental project file for Microsoft Visual Studio. This wraps the normal nmake build, and makes it easier for developers to get started building Ghostscript with that compiler.

    Support for tiff file output is now provided using the libtiff implementation rather than our more limited native code as in previous releases. There is also a new 'tiffsep1' output device which produces halftoned separations at 1 bit-per-pixel, in contrast to the 'tiffsep' device which produces 8 bit-per-pixel plates.

    Support for using FreeType as a type rasterizer has been greatly improved. We do not recommend its use as of this release, but it is much more functional than previously and our intent is that it will become the default in a future release.

    The graphics library has been updated to provide more accurate scan conversion of vector art including fixes to dash behavior, transparent stroked paths, thick stroked paths, radial shadings, xps cap handling, "pie" joins, degenerate beziers, improved handling of dropouts in thin strokes and better thin axis-aligned strokes.

    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,

    Microsoft Windows

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

    gs871w32.exe, GPL Ghostscript 8.71 for 32-bit Windows (the common variety).
    gs871w64.exe, GPL Ghostscript 8.71 for 64-bit Windows (x86_64).


    If using 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 2010-04-13