How to Install Ghostscript on Linux


Ghostscript is a program used on many operating systems, including Linux. The main purpose of Ghostscript is to view PDF and Postscript documents while under X11, Linux's graphical user display backbone. These files can also be sent to the printer as graphics so if the printer is a non-Postscript printer it will still be able to print the file. Installation is easy, the process being fairly automated regardless of which distribution of Linux you are running.


  • Open your distribution's Terminal program.

  • Type "su" into the Terminal. Press "Enter." Type in your superuser password and press "Enter" again. This process is required only for systems that use yum as a package manager. These are distributions such as Red Hat and Fedora.

  • Type "yum install ghostscript" into Terminal. Watch and wait as the files are downloaded and installed onto your system. A list of added files will show when the process is complete.

  • Log out of superuser by typing "exit." Typing "exit" once more will close Terminal.


  • Open your distribution's Terminal program.

  • Type "sudo apt-get install ghostscript" into Terminal. Aptitude uses the command apt-get for file management. This can be found in distributions such as Ubuntu and Debian.

  • Wait as the files are downloaded and installed. A list of newly installed applications will show when the process is complete.

  • Close Terminal by typing "exit" when the process is complete.


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