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Last Updated June 2013 is a list of totally free OCR (Optical character recognition) software packages available to download.

Free OCR Software

A list of free software to convert images and PDF's into editable text. Why pay retail prices when we list all the best freeware packages here.


is a Windows OCR program including the Windows compiled Tesseract free ocr engine. It includes a Windows installer and It is very simple to use and supports multi-page tiff's, fax documents as well as most image types including compressed Tiff's which the Tesseract engine on its own cannot read .It now has Twain scanning. It can also open PDF's Free OCR uses the Tesseract OCR engine (see below)

Tesseract The Tesseract free OCR engine is an open source product released by Google. It was developed at Hewlett Packard Laboratories between 1985 and 1995. In 1995 it was one of the top 3 performers at the OCR accuracy contest organized by University of Nevada in Las Vegas. The Tesseract engine source code is now maintained by Google.

WeOcr Tesseract Web Interface With this website you can upload an image and get your text results all online with no software to download.

GOCR is an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program, developed under the GNU Public License. It converts scanned images of text back to text files. Joerg Schulenburg started the program, and now leads a team of developers. GOCR can be used with different front-ends, which makes it very easy to port to different OSes and architectures. It can open many different image formats, and its quality have been improving in a daily basis.

Windows GUI for GOCR This frontend for GOCR is graphical and is designed to be simple to use, just select the graphics file that you want to recognise, and the output will be shown to you. You can then copy this output and paste it to somewhere useful. Most major graphical file formats are supported.

OCR Desktop OCR Desktop is a desktop utility that generates ASCII text from images such as a bitmap or image file. Incorporating Neural Networks, Artificial Intelligence, and trained with over 4 million font variations; our OCR utility incorporate the latest optical character recognition technology to solve your OCR problems. The utility is free for personal use, the registered version turns off popup's and advertising.

Simple OCR SimpleOCR is the popular freeware OCR software with hundreds of thousands of users worldwide. SimpleOCR is also a royalty-free OCR SDK for developers to use in their custom applications.

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