Overview of Ghostscript

This document is a roadmap to the Ghostscript documentation. After looking through it, if you want to install Ghostscript and not only use it, we recommend you read how to install Ghostscript, and how to compile Ghostscript from source code (which is necessary before installing it on Unix and VMS systems).


Table of contents


Document roadmap by theme

What should I read if I'm a new user?

GPL and commercial Ghostscript

GPL Ghostscript, Artifex Ghostscript and AFPL Ghostscript are different releases.

If you run into any questions, or if you are going to be using Ghostscript extensively, you should at least skim, and probably eventually read:

Before building Ghostscript

If you are going to compile Ghostscript from source, rather than just use an executable you got from somewhere, you may want to read:


What should I read if I'm not a new user?

If you have already used Ghostscript, when you receive a new release you should begin by reading this file, then


What if I'm a developer?

If you are going to do any development on or with Ghostscript at all, you should at least look at

If you are going to write a new driver for Ghostscript, you should read