HowTo: Install Ghostscript on MediaTemple

I thought I’d go ahead and describe the process for installing Ghostscript on a MediaTemple (dv) server, especially since I’ve already got one reader who would like to see it.

Use your favorite shell client to log on to your (mt) account as root. I use PuTTY Portable from the “”: website. At the command line typ:

cd /usr



Once the file is done downloading, type:

tar -xvf ghostscript-8.63.tar.gz

Once _that’s_ done, type:

cd ghostscript-8.63



which will run for a moment and display a long list of output. Once you have the command line back, type:


which will take a bit longer to run than the configure command. Again, once you have the command line back, type:

make install

which will actually install Ghostscript on your server. Provided everything went well and no error messages showed up at any step along the way, you should now have Ghostscript installed. The default location for Ghostscript is:



which gs

in the command line will confirm this. If you want to do cleanup, just move back up a directory to


and type :

rm ghostscript-8.63.tar.gz
rm -vrf ghostscript-8.63

From there, just configure whatever script you want to run with ImageMagick and Ghostscript according to said script’s specifications and have fun!

5 thoughts on “HowTo: Install Ghostscript on MediaTemple”

  1. You're quite welcome. As I recall, it was a royal pain trying to figure how to install it myself. The MediaTemple documentation isn't great in some areas, and this one was a bit of a process of trial and error. Glad you found it useful. :)

    1. I honestly doubt it. The trouble with shared hosting is the fact that it's shared. It usually means you're locked in to a specific set of predetermined utilities available to all accounts on your server. I'd recommend calling MT's tech support department, though, and at least inquire into the possibility of getting it installed. Never hurts to ask, right?

  2. I decided to give it a try and found out that Imagemagick and ghostscript are already available for GS suscribers.
    Thank you for you answer

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