Free OCR Software to Extract Text from Images

Sometimes we need to get the text out of photos or scanned documents. There you can use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software which are available for free to download to extract the text from images or photos taken from digital cameras or Smartphones. There are lot many small software available for this purpose. Earlier we had discussed about the Google Books project by Google where they are extracting text from the scanned copy of popular books. Google team is also using popular OCR software to get the text out of images or scanned books.

free OCR software

As I told that there are lot many software available for Windows as well as Mac operating system. Here are some popular OCR software available for free.


[ad id=’7′ style=’float:left;margin:10px 10px 10px 0′] This free OCR software is available to download on Softpedia. Size of the software is 156 KB. You can install this software on Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 operating systems. Go ahead and install this software to extract text from images, scanned documents. Use this OCR software on pictures taken from 3 Mega Pixel or better resolution camera. This software requires Microsoft .net installation.

Download FreeOCR

2. SimpleOCR

It is a free to download OCR software available on web. If you are having a scanner or All in one printer, then you can just scan a copy and use SimpleOCR to extract text out of the scanned document. Then just print the text only. SimpleOCr is a freeware and expected to remain available for free in future as well.

Download SimpleOCR

Windows OS users can also install Microsoft Office OneNote and use “Copy text from picture” option to get text out of images. You just need to open a scanned document or picture in one note and right click on the image to get the option to copy text.

Mac OS users are having very limited options in freely available OCR software. Some of the popular OCR software for Mac are ABBYY FineReader and OmniPage Pro X.

Sanjeev Mishra is a professional blogger and an Internet Marketing Consultant based in India. He has built the Internet Techies to provide you updates in technology and web application area.


  1. Peter

    November 30, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I use Free Online OCR. It is quick and accurate and they don’t ask for
    registration. Have you tried it?

  2. Natalie

    December 3, 2010 at 6:10 am

    OCR is such a great tool to have available for both business and personal use. In addition to the above mentioned sources, a free beta version of Ricoh Innovation’s OCR software is available online at:

    Check it out and let them know what you think!

  3. Natalie

    December 14, 2010 at 4:33 am

    These are great resources. Thanks for the article. I also have had great luck with OCR conversion through the free beta software offered by Ricoh Innovations. You can try it for yourself here:

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