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GhostScript is a server software. It’s a library to work with PDF files. Usually you want to install it on the server where you host your WordPress.

GhostScript software usually cannot be used by your site directly, so there should be also ImageMagick + Imagick PHP Extension installed.

Check existing installation

Before installation you should check if it’s already installed. The easiest way to check is to search for it in your php info.


On the phpinfo screen search for “imagick” word. If the word “imagick” is there, then you will see something similar to this:


If you see imagick info, and you can see “PDF” among others inside “ImageMagick supported formats”, then GhostScript library is probably installed.

Other way to check GhostScript installation is to run the following command from the Command Line Interface:

gs -v

If it’s installed, you should see something similar to this:

GPL Ghostscript 9.18 (2015-10-05)
Copyright (C) 2015 Artifex Software, Inc. All rights reserved.

GhostScript installation

GhostScript is a server library. It’s installation requires administrative privileges on the server where you wan’t to install it.

Shared hosting

On most hosting plans (sometimes called “shared hosting“) you won’t have administrative privileges so you won’t be able to install it by yourself.

In this case you should contact your server/hosting provider support for further assistance.

VPS, VDS, personal servers, etc.

If you have administrative privileges or your system administrator has, then you can install it.

The further information will probably require advanced server management skills.

Linux installation


On Ubuntu operation system the installation will require to run following commands from the Command Line Interface:

apt install ghostscript


For CentOS 6.7 operation system:

yum install ghostscript

Restart webserver

After installation you’ll need to restart your webserver or restart php-fpm if you use it

service apache2 restart # restart Apache on Ubuntu
service php-fpm restart #restart php-fpm on Ubuntu
service httpd restart # restart Apache on CentOS
service php-fpm restart #restart php-fpm on Ubuntu

More options on serverfault.com

Other Operation Systems

Please check the official installation guide.

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