Note! See our CreatingPDFs page for some tips when using ps2pdf.



ps2pdf - Convert PostScript to PDF using ghostscript

ps2pdf12 - Convert !PostScript to PDF 1.2 (Acrobat 3-and-later compatible) using ghostscript

ps2pdf13 - Convert !PostScript to PDF 1.3 (Acrobat 4-and-later compatible) using ghostscript


ps2pdf [options...? (input.[e?ps|-) [output.pdf? ps2pdf12 [options...? (input.[e?ps|-) [output.pdf? ps2pdf13 [options...? (input.[e?ps|-) [output.pdf?


The ps2pdf scripts are work-alikes for nearly all the functionality (but not the user interface) of Adobe's Acrobat(TM) Distiller(TM) product: they convert PostScript files to Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

The three scripts differ as follows:

  • ps2pdf12 will always produce PDF 1.2 output (Acrobat 3-and-later compatible).
  • ps2pdf13 will always produce PDF 1.3 output (Acrobat 4-and-later compatible).
  • ps2pdf per se currently produces PDF 1.2 output (Acrobat 3-and-later compatible). However, this may change in the future. If you care about the compatibility level of the output, use ps2pdf12 or ps2pdf13, or use the -dCompatibility=1.x switch in the command line.

There are some limitations in ps2pdf's conversion. See the HTML documentation for more information.


gs(1), ps2pdfwr(1), Ps2pdf.htm in the Ghostscript documentation


This document was last revised for Ghostscript version 6.53.


L. Peter Deutsch

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