Ghostscript Enterprise

Ghostscript Enterprise is a commercial version of GhostPDL which can also read and process a range of common office documents, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

File Support

File type File extension
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docx  doc  dotx  docm  dotm
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Open Office Word
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xlsx  xls  xlt  xlsm  xltm
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pptx  ppt  pps  pptm 
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txt  csv 


If you are interested in using Ghostscript Enterprise, please contact our sales team to discuss a commercial license. Each Artifex commercial license is crafted based on your individual use case.


Once you have acquired a commercial license agreement you will be supplied with a built binary (gse) for your system to run Ghostscript Enterprise.

  • Use Ghostscript Enterprise in the regular way in which you would use Ghostscript itself.

  • Just declare your device, your output & input files and then any other optional parameters as required.

  • Ensure to run your commands against your gse binary as opposed to any other installation of Ghostscript.

Interpreter flags

Ghostscript Enterprise specific interpreter flags are as follows:

Flag name



The locale to set for the document.


The password to set to open the file.


Create a PDF file from a Word file

A simple use case to create a new PDF document from a Word document.

./gse -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -o output.pdf input.docx

Convert a Word document into a series of image files

This snippet outputs files in PNG image format, one per page at a 300 DPI resolution.

./gse -sDEVICE=png16m -o output%d.png -r300 input.docx

Extracting text

A simple use-case of extracting text from a PowerPoint file.

./gse -sDEVICE=txtwrite -o output.txt input.pptx

Handle a password protected document

Here we send through a password to ensure we can open a password-protected file.

./gse -sDEVICE=txtwrite -o output.txt -sSOPASSWORD=clyde30 password-is-clyde30.docx

Handle a document with a specific locale

In this snippet, the document locale should be set to Korean, so text extraction knows to use Korean versions of characters that are shared with other languages.

./gse -sDEVICE=txtwrite -o output.txt -sSOLOCALE=ko-kr input.xls

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