GPL Ghostscript 9.01

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

This is the second release in the stable 9.x series. The corresponding GhostPDL release is 9.01.

Source packages are available from:

And from the following mirrors:

SHA-1 checksums:

  • 8832c5317c1707edd12826212601bc2b78fd9682 ghostscript-9.01.tar.gz
  • 3e8c4b8c9dbcc0458e3be0758f00205929a6b3f4 ghostscript-9.01.tar.bz2
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    Highlights in this release include:

    A new, robust CFF parser implemented in C (replacing the previous Poscript one),

    tiffscaled device - this renders internally as tiffgray, but then downsamples by an integer scale factor (specified by -dDownScaleFactor=n) and error diffuses to 1bpp output. The tiffscaled device also implements limited minimum feature size functionality; by setting -dMinFeatureSize to 1, 2 or 3, the device output is guaranteed to generate minimum dot sizes as multiples of the final resolution, useful for devices that offer finer position control than dot size control.

    Add DSC compatible output in ps2write.

    Windows makefiles now support 64 bit builds on 64 bit systems.

    A number of performance, memory use, and stability improvements with the new features introduced in 9.00, plus the usual bug fixes.

    We have also dropped support for Watcom and Borland development environments. These had not been maintained for some time, and were suffering "bit rot".

    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

    gs901w32.exe, GPL Ghostscript 9.01 for 32-bit Windows (the common variety).
    gs901w64.exe, GPL Ghostscript 9.01 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 2011-02-10