With online OCR programs, you can extract text from images without downloading and installing any kind of software, and they’re independent of your operating system, regardless of whether you are using Windows, Mac, or Linux.
Here is the collection of 10 best free online OCR software:
1. Google Drive
Google Drive allows to store and sync files safely, access and edit them everywhere. Unlike its competitors, Google Drive offers the ability to convert uploaded images into text files and edit them with Google Documents.
You can either let Google Drive convert your pictures to text automatically by selecting the “Convert text from uploaded PDF and image files” option, or export selected files to Google Docs format manually after uploading.
ABBYY is a professional provider of OCR software, on its website users can upload and convert multiple files to editable and searchable text at once, it will store your output files in the cloud and allows to export them to other online storage sites like Dropbox, Evernote or Google Docs.
Here’re the supported output formats:
- Plain text (*.txt)
- PDF Document (*.pdf)
- PDF/A Document (*.pdf)
- Microsoft Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc)
- Microsoft Word Document (*.docx)
- Microsoft Excel 97-2003 Worksheet (*.xls)
- Microsoft Excel Workbook (*.xlsx)
- RTF Document (*.rtf)
- OpenDocument Text (*.odt)
ABBYY FineReader is able to keep the tables and columns in your documents during conversion.
Free File Converter is an all-in-one file conversion service that could perform conversion between a large amounts of file formats in the following categories: documents, images, video, audio and eBooks.
It’s the only one online comprehensive file converter that supports OCR( optical character recognition ) recognition, it does well in image to text conversion.
4. OCR Online
OCROnline is a free web-based OCR program which supports virtually any language, it supports the following input file formats: JPG, TIFF, PNG, GIF and PDF. Once you’ve uploaded a file, you can convert it into one of these formats: DOC, PDF, TXT, RTF.
OCROnline will keep the paragraph formatting( tables, columns, etc. ) for you.
OCROnline could recognize the following languages: Abkhaz, Adyghe, Afrikaans, Agul, Albanian, Altai, Armenian (Eastern), Armenian (Grabar), Armenian (Western), Avar, Aymara, Azeri (Cyrillic), Azeri (Latin), Bashkir, Basque, Belarusian, Bemba, Blackfoot, Breton, Bugotu, Bulgarian, Buryat, Catalan, Cebuano, Chamorro, Chechen, Chukchee, Chuvash, Corsican, Crimean Tatar, Croatian, Crow, Czech, Dakota, Danish, Dargwa, Dungan, Dutch, Dutch (Belgian), English, Eskimo (Cyrillic), Eskimo (Latin), Estonian, Even, Evenki, Faroese, Fijian, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, Gagauz, Galician, Ganda, German, German (Luxembourg), German (new spelling), Greek, Guarani, Hani, Hausa, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Ingush, Irish, Italian, Jingpo, Kabardian, Kalmyk, Karachay-balkar, Karakalpak, Kasub, Kawa, Kazakh, Khakass, Khanty, Kikuyu, Kirghiz, Kongo, Koryak, Kpelle, Kumyk, Kurdish, Lak, Latin, Latvian, Lezgi, Lithuanian, Luba, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay (Malaysian), Malinke, Maltese, Maori, Mari, Maya, Miao, Minangkabau, Moldavian (Latin), Mongol, Nahuatl, Norwegian, Norwegian (Bokmal), Norwegian (Nynorsk), Nyanja, Ossetian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Provencal, Quechua, Rhaeto-Romanic, Romanian, Romany, Rundi, Russian, Russian (Old Spelling), Rwanda, Samoan, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Shona, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Sotho, Spanish, Sunda, Swahili, Swazi, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tajik, Tatar, Tok Pisin, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen, Uighur (Cyrillic), Uighur (Latin), Ukrainian, Uzbek (Cyrillic), Uzbek (Latin), Welsh, Wolof, Xhosa, Yakut, Zulu.
5. Online OCR
OnlineOCR is a free image to text conversion tool that could handle digital camera captured pictures, multi-page PDF scanned documents and any other images.
Using it you can turn a file up to 4MB to Microsoft Word document format, plain text or Microsoft Excel format.
OnlineOCR could preserve the document formatting( tables, columns, etc. )
FreeOnlineOCR is an OCR software that provides high recognition accuracy, it will convert your documents into text while keep the layout and formatting of them.
7. New OCR
NewOCR in a free OCR scanner based on Cuneiform OCR and Tesseract engines, it allows to convert images in JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, PDF or DjVu format into plain text.
Once a file is uploaded, you can click and drop on its image to select your desired area, rotate the image to change its orientation, normalize the contrast in picture, or remove gray shadows from it.
Furthermore, NewOCR supports low-resolution and poorly scanned / photographed images.
NewOCR supports more than 10 input file formats: PNG, GIF, BMP, JPEG, TIFF, PDF, JFIF, PBM, PGM, PPM, PCX, ZIP, BZIP2, BZIP, GZIP, DjVu, DOCX, ODT.
8. OCR Extract
OCRExtract will recognize text and characters from files in PDF, TIFF, BMP, JPEG or PBM/PGM/PPM format.
i2OCR is a free service which will convert scanned documents, photos, screenshots and faxes into text documents. It support 33 languages.
10. Free OCR
Free-OCR is an online optical character recognition service capable of extracting text from scanned paper documents and photographs with multi-column text for free. It can process files in PDF, JPG, GIF, TIFF or BMP format, the maximum page size allowed is 5000×5000 pixels. Free-OCR supports 29 languages.
This free online OCR application enables to turn up to 20 images and scanned documents into editable text at a time, the supported image formats include: JPG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, GIF, PDF and DJVU;
Djvu-Pdf supports 29 languages: Arabic, English, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Chinese [Simplified], Chinese [Traditional], Danish, Danish [Fraktur], German, Greek [Modern], Finnish, French, Hebrew, Croatian, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovak [Fraktur], Slovenian, Spanish, Serbian, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.
Below are 6 other online OCR apps: