Windows – How to use GhostScript for Windows to repair damaged PDF files

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My PDF file is corrupted, then after searching the web I found a good thread here.
Since I hadn't gswin32c on my Windows 7 x86 system I installed it from here. Now I have it on my system and ran it now! 🙂
But my problem is that how to use the commands written there as follows:

gswin32c.exe ^
  -o repaired.pdf ^
  -sDEVICE=pdfwrite ^
  -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress ^

Best Answer

  • How do I use the following commands:

    gswin32c.exe ^
      -o repaired.pdf ^
      -sDEVICE=pdfwrite ^
      -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress ^

    Note that the above is a single command. The ^ character is an escape character, allowing the command to be split across multiple lines (it is escaping the <eol> characters).

    So it could be written as:

    gswin32c.exe -o repaired.pdf -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress corrupted.pdf

    To run this command:

    1. Open a cmd shell

    2. Change directory to the location of the PDF file:

       cd c:\PathToMypdf
    3. Run the following command:

       c:\PathToGswin\gswin32c.exe -o repaired.pdf -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress corrupted.pdf


    • If PathToMypdf contains spaces then the directory needs to be quoted:

       cd "c:\PathToMypdf"
    • if PathToGswin contains spaces then the command needs to be quoted:

       "c:\PathToGswin\gswin32c.exe" -o repaired.pdf -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress corrupted.pdf

    C:\Program is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file

    My pdf file with the name p2.pdf is in this diretory: C:\Users\Me\Desktop\Attach.

    And the gswin32c.exe is in this directory: C:\Program Files\gs\gs9.09\bin

    When I run this command:

    C:\Program Files\gs\gs9.09\bin\gswin32c.exe -o repaired.pdf -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress p2.pdf

    I get the following error "C:\Program" is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

    What part is wrong please?

    You need to run the following commands:

    cd C:\Users\Me\Desktop\Attach
    "C:\Program Files\gs\gs9.09\bin\gswin32c.exe" -o repaired.pdf -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress p2.pdf


    • The "s are required because the path C:\Program Files\gs\gs9.09\bin\ contains spaces.