Free Online OCR - Convert images and PDF to text (Powered by the OCR API)

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Detect orientation and auto-rotate image if needed

Auto-enlarge content (recommended for low DPI)

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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). The OCR software also can get text from PDF.

Our Online OCR service is free to use, no registration necessary. Just upload your image files. The OCR software takes JPG, PNG, GIF images or PDF documents as input. PDF OCR supports multi-page documents and multi-column text. The only restriction of the free online OCR that the images/PDF must not be larger than 5MB. 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

Each of the four OCR Engines uses different recognition methods and supports different OCR languages. We recommend that you try each one to find out which one works best for your documents. If you need help selecting the best OCR engine for your project, please contact us.

OCR Language: OCR Engine 1 OCR Engine 2
Arabic OCR Yes -
Bulgarian OCR Yes -
Chinese OCR (Simplified and traditional characters) Yes Yes
Croatian OCR Yes -
Danish OCR Yes Yes
Dutch OCR Yes Yes
English OCR (*) Yes Yes
Finnish OCR Yes Yes
French OCR Yes Yes
German OCR Yes Yes
Greek OCR Yes -
Hindi OCR (Planned)
Hungarian OCR Yes -
Italian OCR Yes Yes
Japanese OCR Yes -
Korean OCR Yes -
Kannada OCR (Planned) -
Norwegian OCR - Yes
Persian(Farsi) OCR (Planned) -
Polish OCR Yes -
Portuguese OCR Yes Yes
Russian OCR Yes -
Spanish OCR Yes Yes
Slovenian OCR Yes Yes
Swedish OCR Yes Yes
Tamil OCR (Planned) -
Telugu OCR (Planned) -
Thai OCR (Planned) -
Turkish OCR Yes -
Vietnamese OCR (Planned) -
Special characters like §%&()=@€ Yes (limited) Yes
Language autodetection - (Planned)

(*) English OCR is always included: In addition to the selected OCR language (e. g. Japanese), the English alphabet is also recognized.

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If you want to convert larger PDF documents without page and size limit you can subscribe to our PRO PDF plan . In addition to the PRO version of the API, this plan includes a custom OCR form just like the one on this page but without the page and size limits. So you can use the power of our PDF OCR solution even without using the OCR API directly, at no extra costs. If you have any questions, please contact us.

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