Artifex Software, Inc. is happy to announce the release of GPL Ghostscript 9.01 and GhostPDL 9.01.

Source packages are available from:


And from the following mirrors:


SHA-1 checksums

 * 8832c5317c1707edd12826212601bc2b78fd9682  ghostscript-9.01.tar.gz

MD5 checksums

* 5352c1c542cfabe928cfd3a17db051ad  ghostscript-9.01.tar.gz

This is the second release in the stable 9.x series.

This a an "out of order" release, primarily to ensure the GPL Ghostscript release remains in version "lock-step" with the Artifex commercial release.

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".

For a list of open issues, or to report problems, please visit Incompatible changes

Incompatible changes

There are no recorded incompatible changes.

Thanks to everyone whose hard work made this release possible!