For the latest online version of the README.md see:
This package contains an OCR engine -
libtesseract and a command line program -
Tesseract has unicode (UTF-8) support, and can recognize more than 100 languages "out of the box". It can be trained to recognize other languages. See Tesseract Training for more information.
Tesseract supports various output formats: plain-text, hocr(html), pdf.
This project does not include a GUI application. If you need one, please see the 3rdParty wiki page.
You should note that in many cases, in order to get better OCR results, you'll need to improve the quality of the image you are giving Tesseract.
The latest stable version is 3.04.01, released in February 2016.
Tesseract was originally developed at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories Bristol and at Hewlett-Packard Co, Greeley Colorado between 1985 and 1994, with some more changes made in 1996 to port to Windows, and some C++izing in 1998.
In 2005 Tesseract was open sourced by HP. Since 2006 it is developed by Google.
Documentation of Tesseract generated from source code by doxygen can be found on tesseract-ocr.github.io.
The code in this repository is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0 Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.
NOTE: This software depends on other packages that may be licensed under different open source licenses.
Basic command line usage:
tesseract imagename outputbase [-l lang] [--psm pagesegmode] [configfiles...]
For more information about the various command line options use
tesseract --help or
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