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Online OCR – How to use it

The Online OCR service converts scans or (smartphone) images of text documents into editable files by using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technologies.
It uses state-of-the-art modern OCR software. The recognition quality is comparable to commercial OCR SDK software (e. g. Abbyy) .

Our Online OCR service is free to use, no registration necessary. We do not need your email address. Just upload your image files.
The OCR software takes a JPG, PNG or PDF (PDF OCR with full support for multi-page documents
and multi-column text). The only restriction is the images/PDF must not be larger than 5MB. Email us if you need to process larger documents.
If you need to automate your OCR and process many documents, do not web-scrape this page. It is made for humans, not computers. Instead, please use the provided
free OCR API

Your data is safe: This Online OCR service and the OCR API store no data, as outlined in our strict privacy policy .

Supported OCR languages:

  • Arabic OCR
  • Chinese OCR (Simplified and traditional characters)
  • Bulgarian OCR
  • Croatian OCR
  • Czech OCR
  • Danish OCR
  • Dutch OCR
  • English OCR
  • Finnish OCR
  • French OCR
  • German OCR
  • Greek OCR
  • Hungarian OCR
  • Italian OCR
  • Japanese OCR
  • Korean OCR
  • Norwegian OCR
  • Polish OCR
  • Portuguese OCR
  • Russian OCR
  • Spanish OCR
  • Slovenian OCR
  • Swedish OCR
  • Turkish OCR

For best OCR results, select the correct OCR language for your document. Please do not feed hand-written documents
to this converter. This OnlineOCR service,
like any available OCR software, can only process printed documents. For the best results
with images that contain only numbers (Number OCR), try Chinese or Korean as OCR language.

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Try our Copyfish 🐟 Free OCR Software Chrome and Firefox extension: Extract and translate text from any image, video or PDF.
It’s fun to use – and powered by our OCR API . The full source code is available on GitHub (OSI-certified Open-Source).

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