Arabic OCR

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Optical Character Recognition

OCR is the ability to scan a document (or grab a PDF file) and run an OCR program on it and it will generate, based on optical recognition and approximation, an editable text file. For an idea about OCR see

Current Status of Open Source Arabic OCR software

The only FOSS OCR system with Arabic support is Tesseract, help is needed in testing and training it.


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Software (FOSS)

  • Tesseract is an open source OCR, initially developed by HP, and released under the Apache License. 3.x versions has Arabic support.
  • GOCR - included in Debian and other distributions. No Arabic support.
  • GNU Ocrad "is an OCR [...] program based on a feature extraction method". No Arabic support.

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