How to Install Ghostscript on a Mac

Written by ray padgett
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Ghostscript is a PostScript code reader and interpreter for Mac computers. The software is open-source and free, but installing it requires a bit more work than other programs need. In addition to downloading the requisite files, you have to use Apple's Terminal program to configure the software to work with your computer.

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    Download the latest Ghostscript software under "GPL Ghostscript" at the link in Resources. As of May 2011, the latest version is 9.02.

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    Open the file that downloads. It will extract a folder onto your desktop named "ghostscript-xxx."

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    Open "Terminal" from Mac's "Applications" folder.

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    Type "cd" followed by a space.

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    Drag and drop the "ghostscript-xxx" folder from the desktop onto the Terminal window. A list of files and commands will appear.

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    Type "% ./configure" (no quotes) and hit Enter.

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    Type "% /make" (no quotes) and hit Enter.

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    Type "% /sudo make install" (no quotes) and hit Enter.

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    Restart your computer. Ghostscript is now installed and configured in your "Applications" folder.

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