The world’s most powerful free online OCR

Helping thousands of developers convert images and PDFs to text with Online Optical Character Recognition

How to convert an Image to Text or PDF?

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Upload Images or PDF Files

Select files from your computer, or just drag and drop into the upload box. The OCR tool supports image and pdf formats like PNG, JPEG/JPG, PDF, TIF/TIFF and more.

Convert to text

Our online OCR (Optical Character Recognition) tool automatically recognizes content in your files and converts it into editable text.

Download text file

Download your converted text file within seconds.

OCR image to text

What is OCR?

Ever wonder how the iPhone detects text from images? It is made possible via OCR. OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is a technology that converts an image of text into a machine-readable text format. OCR systems combine hardware and software to convert physical, printed documents into machine-readable text.

OCR software extracts data from scanned documents, images, and PDFs. Online OCR software works by identifying letters on the image, putting them into words, and then putting the words into sentences, thus enabling accessing and editing the original content. It also eliminates the need for manual data entry.

What is OCR used for?

OCR can transform and streamline business operations across sectors and industries by effortlessly extracting data from scanned documents.

OCR and banking

Banking

Banks are synonymous with paperwork. However, storing and retrieving information on paper is a cumbersome task. That’s where OCR technology can help. Banks can effectively digitize large amounts of paperwork with minimal effort. Our free online OCR tool can be instrumental in increasing the efficiency of common banking procedures such as KYC verification, loan approval, balance sheet reconciliation, audits, and more.

OCR and legal

Government

Many legal industries still use paper trail methods for information processing. Whether registering a license or voting ID cards, the technology streamlines the workflow. Rather than verifying users’ data manually, OCR technology checks the registered users’ data by scanning their cards and accessing details seamlessly.

OCR and finance

Finance

Online OCR softwares can tremendously benefit financial sector by enabling professionals and accountants to focus on high-priority tasks. Nanonets’ OCR tool can automate common but often neglected financial operations such as accounts payable, reconciliation, record-to-report, and purchase order matching while maintaining high speed and accuracy. Automating data entry is another use case where OCR to text is significantly improving efficiency for financial sector.

OCR and health industry

Health

Organizations in the medical field manage a large volume of paper medical records, health insurance forms, and more. Hence, issues like higher turnaround times, erroneous claims processing, and high customer dissatisfaction are the norm. Our online OCR tool for healthcare provides a solution by converting all forms of data–patient data, treatment history, insurance payments, or diagnosis information, into digitally accessible formats, enhancing process efficiency in healthcare.

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Key Features of Nanonets' OCR

multiple input formats for image to text

Supports Multiple Input Formats

Our OCR tool supports image and pdf formats like PNG, JPEG/JPG, PDF, TIF/TIFF and more.

multiple output formats for image to text

Supports Multiple Output Formats

Our OCR tool is able to generate output in multiple formats including plain text and excel

no training required to convert image to text

Requires No Training

This is a web OCR tool that requires no input for training.

OCR Converter supports multiple languages

Supports Multiple Languages

Our OCR converter has the capability to detect and support over 50+ languages, making it suitable for a diverse range of users.

Online OCR converter is safe to use

Data Security

Nanonets prioritises the confidentiality and integrity of your data.

OCR tool has API integration

IT / API Friendly

Our OCR tool is simple to integrate and features a user-friendly API.

Free Online OCR

Free to Use

Extracting text from images is totally free for "Guest" users and allows you to convert 5 files per day. If you need more pages to convert, please sign up and you will get 500 free pages.

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Supports Workflow Creation

Unlike other solutions available on the internet, our platform offers to set up fully automated end to end OCR workflows, from import to export.

Testimonials

Automation stories straight from our customers

customer using Nanonets' OCR #1

Maryland based Remediation Contractor

Ryan Hess, Head of accounts payable

Building Smarter: ACM Services saves 90% time for its Accounts Payable Team with Nanonets' OCR 

customer using Nanonets' OCR #2

Expatrio Global Services GmbH

Tay Kim, Product operations manager

Passport to success: Expatrio achieves 95% reduction in time for Manual Data Entry with Nanonets' OCR

customer using Nanonets' OCR #3

In2 Project Management

Neil Betts, co-founder

In2 Project Management helps Water Supply Corporation save 700,000 AUD with Nanonets AI OCR

customer using Nanonets' OCR #4

Ascend Properties

David Giovanni, CEO

Growing exponentially:The Accounts Payable team is 5x more efficient with the automation and optimization Nanonets' OCR provides

customer using Nanonets' OCR #5

SaltPay

Saifuddin, Product Manager & Catherine, Financial Analyst

Nanonets' direct integration with SAP helped SaltPay automate a crucial part of their Accounts Payable process

customer using Nanonets' OCR #6

Tapi Property Maintenance Software

Luke Faulkner, Product Manager

Tapi is processing invoices in seconds instead of hours through Nanonets AI OCR solution which has helped them reduce Accounts Payable cost by ~70%

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import requests import base64 url = "https://app.nanonets.com/api/v2/OCR/FullText" payload={'urls': ['MY_IMAGE_URL']} files=[ ('file',('FILE_NAME',open('FILE_PATH','rb'),'application/pdf')) ] headers = {} response = requests.request("POST", url, headers=headers, data=payload, files=files, auth=requests.auth.HTTPBasicAuth('REPLACE_API_KEY', '')) print(response.text)
var axios = require('axios'); var FormData = require('form-data'); var fs = require('fs'); var data = new FormData(); data.apend('urls','FILE_URL') data.append('file', fs.createReadStream('FILE_PATH')); var config = { method: 'post', url: 'https://app.nanonets.com/api/v2/OCR/FullText', headers: { 'Authorization': 'Basic ' + Buffer.from("REPLACE_API_KEY" + ":").toString('base64'), ...data.getHeaders() }, data : data }; axios(config) .then(function (response) { console.log(JSON.stringify(response.data)); }) .catch(function (error) { console.log(error); });
var axios = require('axios'); var FormData = require('form-data'); var fs = require('fs'); var data = new FormData(); data.apend('urls','FILE_URL') data.append('file', fs.createReadStream('FILE_PATH')); var config = { method: 'post', url: 'https://app.nanonets.com/api/v2/OCR/FullText', headers: { 'Authorization': 'Basic ' + Buffer.from("REPLACE_API_KEY" + ":").toString('base64'), ...data.getHeaders() }, data : data }; axios(config) .then(function (response) { console.log(JSON.stringify(response.data)); }) .catch(function (error) { console.log(error); });
var client = new RestClient("https://app.nanonets.com/api/v2/OCR/FullText"); client.Timeout = -1; var request = new RestRequest(Method.POST); request.AddHeader("Authorization", "Basic " + Convert.ToBase64String(Encoding.Default.GetBytes("REPLACE_YOUR_API_KEY:"))); request.AddFile("file", "FILE_PATH"); IRestResponse response = client.Execute(request); Console.WriteLine(response.Content);
curl --location --request POST 'https://app.nanonets.com/api/v2/OCR/FullText' \ -u 'REPLACE_API_KEY:' \ --form 'file=@"FILE_PATH"'
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Key Features

User-friendly online OCR interface
Convert .jpg, .bmp, .png or .PDFs to text
No registration or signup needed
Free, low latency OCR API with unlimited requests
State of the art OCR accuracy - best in class
Supports 42+ languages for text recognition
Secure conversion - all data is removed
Over 1 billion requests processed