How to convert prn to postscript via command line?

Postscript is a fully-fledged programming language and offers and extraordinary level of flexibility in the printing process. If you tend to view a prn file in postscript document format, the first you need to do is convert it to postscript. How could you achieve that? The advent of PCL Converter command line will come to your rescue. PCL Converter command line makes directly changing the file extension to your desired one or ones in command prompt window (see Picture command prompt window) available. More importantly, the operation is easy and simple, and the rest part of the article will show you how to convert prn to postscript via PCL Converter command line.

Step1, Downloading&Installing PCL Converter command line

  1. click the link to open
  2. go to  VeryPDF PCL Converter command line
  3. press “Download” and save file

During the installing process, you are bound to see below window box.

installing interface of PCL Converter command line

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Step2, Launching the MS-DOS command prompt window

You are bound to launch MS-DOS command prompt window. Because the command line is bound to be operated under the MS-DOS environment. The procedure is easy, and the following pictures will guide you.

Press  “start”>choose “Run”>input “cmd”>press “ok”

way to launch MS-DOS command prompt window

When the following appears, you will have the MS-DOS command prompt window.

command prompt

Step3, Inputting command line

Input the command line to convert prn to postscript, it goes below

pcltool.exe C:\in.prn C:\out.postscript


  • C:\in.prn is to specify a pcl filename or a directory for input,
  • C:\out.postscript is to specify the postscript file name for output.

Once the input is done, press “enter” key, you will see,

detailed operation on command line displayed in command prompt

                    Picture command prompt window

When you see “result=ok”, it means the program has gone through.  

Step4, Checking file

Open the output file to check if prn has been converted to postscript file, screenshot again.

postscript file contained in PCL Converter

So far, you have successfully converted prn to postscript so as to you can read your prn file in postscript document format. If you have any further questions, please leave them below, the values them very much.

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