Artifex Software, Inc. is happy to announce the release of GPL Ghostscript 9.02 and GhostPDL 9.02.

This is the third in this series of stable Ghostscript and GhostPDL releases.

Source packages are available from:


And from the following mirrors:


SHA-1 checksums

 * 1d8831e0dc23c658fe43c971ff1195507e1b3786  ghostscript-9.02.tar.gz
 * bc127557c81ba8b8d7d66361506198a46f2a0f83  ghostpdl-9.02.tar.gz

MD5 checksums

 * 86cc3a0509c0d96a641d58879d54274b  ghostscript-9.02.tar.gz
 * 923b5c389e2bd5e0a6c0f76999f6477e  ghostpdl-9.02.tar.gz

Microsoft Windows

You can also download the Windows binary installers:


Release Summary

This is the third 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:

For monochrome devices, there is a new halftone technique for sampled image data. The existing technique is very efficient (and is is still used) for large areas of color, such as an area fill, but encountered performance problems dealing with sampled image data where a given colour value only covered a few pixels at a time. The new approach applies the halftone threshold array directly to the image samples.

Further performance, memory use, and stability improvements with the new features introduced in 9.00, as well as Unix/Linux build fixes, plus the usual assorted bug fixes.

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

Incompatible changes

There are no recorded incompatible changes.


Thanks to everyone whose hard work made this release possible!