Recent Changes in Ghostscript

Version 10.02.1 (2023-11-01)

Highlights in this release include:

  • The old, PostScript based PDF interpreter has been removed, it is no longer available.

  • We've continued to improve the performance of the PDF interpreter written in C and improve it's behaviour in edge and out-of-specification cases.

  • Our efforts in code hygiene and maintainability continue, with a particular focus on fuzz testing.

  • The usual round of bug fixes, compatibility changes, and incremental improvements.

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

Incompatible changes

Included below are incompatible changes from recent releases (the specific release in question is listed in parentheses). We include these, for now, as we are aware that not everyone upgrades with every release.


From 9.55.0 onwards, in recognition of how unwieldy very large HTML files can become (History9.html had reached 8.1Mb!), we intend to only include the summary highlights (above).

For anyone wanting the full details of the changes in a release, we ask them to look at the history in our public git repository: ghostpdl-10.02.1 log.

If this change does not draw negative feedback, History?.htm file(s) will be removed from the release archives.

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Ghostscript version 10.02.1, 01 November 2023